This Christmas I would like to share a lesson I learned from my father. It’s a lesson I learned as an adult, and I’m sure he tried to instill it when I was a child, but as life rolled out into my own adulthood this particular lesson became buried in business, bills, child rearing and responsibility.
My parents are very healthy and drug free, and one way they keep this level of health is my recommendations of certain supplements and eating correctly. My mother looks amazing for 65 years old and is disciplined in her food choices. My father however doesn’t adhere as strictly to the foods I suggest as my mother does. Ironically, overall he is in pretty good health. How does he do this?
Well, here is the answer, and a very important one! My father feeds himself joy. He makes it a priority to make plans that excite him and my mother such as travelling south for the winter and planning many different outings and activities. He works very hard when they aren’t away, but reaps the benefits of these winter plans every year.
The joy he receives by putting fun at the top of his priority list serves them both well, as this a man of almost 70 years old that, during the summer months, works 13 hours a day and doesn’t sleep more than 6 hours a night at best, as his mind is busy solving problems for his company! He eats a few atrocious items such as processed white bread and processed cheese slices which I cringe at every time I see them in his fridge! But despite this, his health remains great, and he is active, sharp and 100% drug free.
Most of us are often forgetting the importance of fun and are prioritizing and focusing on the strict responsibilities in life and therefore missing a key link to good health and longevity. I think we need to remember that stress or lack of joy can make us as sick as any food can, and we need to start to put fun first for ourselves, our kids and our relationships, and see how we flourish! Note to couples: this is one of the greatest ways to keep your relationship passionate and alive!
This Christmas and in 2016 make it a resolution to give yourself the gift of health by getting excited about something on a regular basis, and getting out there to truly live!
Below is my traditional gluten free stuffed turkey recipe to share for those who didn’t get the recipe last year! Enjoy!
Turkey with Stuffing and Gravy
6 kg/13lb fresh organic turkey with giblets
1 lb Lundberg Country Wild or Wild Blend rice
2 pieces gluten free bread-crumbled
4 tbsp butter
1 tbsp dry sage
2 tbsp gluten free flour
Cook rice according to directions on pkg
Sauté onions in the butter until browned. Mix together with the cooked rice, bread, sage, and salt and pepper to taste. Stuff the turkey, and sprinkle with salt and pepper generously. Pour ¼ C water into the bottom of the roasting pan. Cover loosely with foil and roast at 350F 20 min/lb. Baste frequently.At the last 30 minutes, take the cover off.
Keep the giblets and neck, and simmer in a small pot with a whole onion, 3 C water, salt and pepper for whole time the turkey cooks. Use this water for the gravy.
For the gravy;
When the turkey is cooked, remove it from the roasting pan, and place the pan on a burner turned to med-high. Add the water from the giblets (throw out giblets or eat if desired). Bring to a slow boil. Put a small amount of cold water in a cup and add the flour-mix until smooth-add to the water-simmer until it thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve turkey, stuffing and gravy with choice of vegetables and enjoy
Have a wonderful holiday!!