Stress Management Techniques

We live in a busy world where we juggle many responsibilities. It can get stressful at times. Knowing a few Stress Management Techniques is important. Before we can alleviate stress factors in our lives, we must identify the stressors.

Our career, relationships and finances tend to be our biggest stress inducers. Sometimes, what we think is the stressing factor is not the problem at all. For example, it may be stated that work it stressing you out. The fact may be that procrastination of completing a task is leading to stress as the deadline approaches. We must accept responsibility for the role we play in creating stress in our lives. We have control and we can choose to see things differently. We have the ability to reframe the problems and stressors in our lives. Stress Management Techniques help reframe the problem. Look at the big picture and focus on the positive. When we adjust our attitude to a situation, the situation changes. Here are 6 Stress Management Techniques that help us deal with stress when it arises.

Stress Management Techniques

1. Journal-This one act can greatly decrease your stress levels and clear your mind. Take time to journal when you are stressed and note what caused the stress, how it made you feel and what you did to feel better. What we track, we can improve. You may begin to see a pattern of times of the day or particular circumstances that cause you stress. Use these indicators to begin eliminating these stressors from your life.

2. Support yourself with good nutrition-When we are stressed we often reach for sugar or carb filled snacks; you know the comfort foods were talking about. A well nourished body can better cope with stress, so be mindful of what you eat.

3. Learn to say no-Know your limits and stick to them. Saying no can be seen as an act of self care. When we take on more tasks than we can handle, stress is inevitable. Pare down the to-do list, by crossing some things off the list, we automatically relieve stress.

4. Exercise-Take at least 20 minutes a day, three times a week to do some physical exercise. Exercising can relieve pent-up stress or tension and clear the mind.

5. Get plenty of sleep-Adequate sleep fuels your mind and body to rationally deal with stress.

6. Meditate-Meditation reduces stress, relieves anxiety and helps us enter a state of calm. A key piece to meditation is deep breathing. Here is a deep breathing exercise you can do anywhere. It takes about 5 minutes.

  • Select a comfortable sitting position.
  • Close your eyes and direct your attention to your own breathing process.
  • Think about nothing but your breathing; let it flow in and out of your body.
  • Say to yourself: “I am relaxing, breathing smoothly and rhythmically. Fresh oxygen is flowing in and out of my body. I feel calm, renewed, and refreshed.”
  • Continue to focus on your breathing as it flows in and out, in and out, thinking about nothing but the smooth rhythmical process of your own breathing.
  • Realize that the mind naturally wanders; that is expected and normal. When you realize your mind has strayed away from the breath, simply bring it back. In time, your mind will be able to focus for longer periods of time.
  • After 1-5 minutes, stand up, stretch, smile, and continue with your daily activities.
  • If you’re in a hurry, worried you may fall asleep or are afraid you will miss something, simply set a timer to alert you. Doing this for even 1 minute helps balance the nervous system.

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Healthy Holiday Eating

The holidays are the perfect time to indulge a little. We can enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds. Healthy Holiday Eating is easy. During the holidays we want to be mindful eaters. We can have the treats we desire when we focus on eating healthy items a majority of the time. It is much easier to prevent holiday weight gain than get the pounds off after the fact. Remember New Years Resolutions are right around the corner. We can set ourselves up for success in the New Year by focusing on healthy holiday eating habits.

Our 6 Tips to Healthy Holiday Eating

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Remember our 6 Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

  1. Don’t drink your calories
  2. Eat protein at each meal
  3. Fill up on fruits and veggies
  4. Control portion sizes
  5. Exercise
  6. Get your beauty rest

Healthy Holiday Eating Recipe: Paleo Stuffing

Try our recipe for Paleo Stuffing. Our Paleo stuffing is gluten-free, vegetarian, Paleo friendly, dairy-free and has no sugar added.


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Paleo Stuffing

Stuffing is one of our favorite side dishes at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Our Paleo stuffing is a great alternative to serve this holiday season. With friends and family in town for the holidays we must take into consideration our guests dietary restrictions. We have come up with a recipe that everyone can enjoy. Our Paleo stuffing is gluten-free, vegetarian, Paleo friendly, dairy-free and has no sugar added. With that being said we didn’t sacrifice any of the flavor with this dish. It will be a new holiday favorite. Try our Paleo Stuffing recipe and in the comments below let us know how much you loved it.

Paleo Stuffing

What You’ll Need:
6 cups toasted gluten-free bread cubes*
4 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, diced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 red apple – chopped (leave peel on)
2 teaspoons dried sage
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste

Optional: Handful of chopped walnuts
2 cups cooked Vegetarian or Beef Chorizo

What You’ll Do:
Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In a large skillet over medium heat melt two tablespoons of coconut oil. Add the onion, celery, spices and garlic. Cook until the veggies are tender. Transfer the spiced veggie mixture to a large bowl with the bread cubes. Mix in the optional chorizo with its juices. Add in the chopped apples and cranberries. Pour in the broth and lightly beaten eggs. Mix well. Transfer the stuffing mixture to a lightly oiled 8×10” baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for approximately 40 minutes. Remove the tin foil and add the optional walnuts. Continue to bake uncovered for another 10 minutes or until the stuffing is golden brown. Enjoy!

*Paleo Stuffing Option: My local Whole Foods carries Paleo bread cubes made with almond flour around the holidays, check your local store for availability. To make your own Paleo stuffing cubes use the recipe below. Make the recipe a couple days in advance so that the Paleo Stuffing can dry to the consistency of regular bread cubes. Chopping the Paleo stuffing mix into cubes after it is cool allows them to become crusty quickly. Store covered until ready to use.

Paleo Stuffing

Paleo Stuffing Cubes

What You’ll Need:
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 large eggs
2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 1/2 Tablespoons raw honey, warmed
1/2 cup coconut oil

What You’ll Do:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together all dry ingredients. Set aside.

Blend the eggs, applesauce and vinegar in a food processor or blender for about 5 seconds. Slowly add in the warmed honey and coconut oil and blend until combined.

Add the dry ingredients and blend until well combined. Pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool.


If you would like to learn more about going gluten-free check out our previous blog post: Is Gluten Making Your Face Break Out?

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Crab Corn Bisque

Crab Corn Bisque is a perfect meal on a chilly fall evening. This recipe is ready in 45 minutes. Quick and delicious, you will love this dish. 

Crab Corn Bisque

What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
3 cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
4 ears corn, kernels cut from cob
1/2 cup half-and-half
2-3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
16 ounces fresh lump crab meat

What You’ll Do:
Heat butter in a large pot over medium. Sitr in onion, cook until soft and translucent. Pour in chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Stir in garlic, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir corn into the boiling broth. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low.

Remove 1 cup of soup, and set aside to cool slightly. Then pour into a food processor. Pour in half-and-half. Puree for 30-45 seconds, and set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together flour and milk. Slowly stir into simmering soup. Stirring constantly, simmer for 1-2 minutes. Then stir in pureed mixture.

Reduce heat to low, stir in crab meat, and cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes.

Hearty creamy and all around awesome! You can garnish with cheese if you like, and serve with crusty French bread.

Corn: Remember to buy organic, GMO free corn.
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