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Hello Everyone,

This months feature movie for Movie and a Smoothie will be “Heaven Is For Real” 

 Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

 Health Tip:

Observe portion control during holiday meals (and all year round) to avoid holiday weight gain.  This allows you to enjoy all of your favorites and quality time with family and friends, avoid the bloated post-meal feeling, and still fit in to your favorite pants or dress for all of the upcoming events and gatherings the season brings.  The attached link from GuardYourHealth.com is an excellent tool to help you use your hand as a reference guide when filling your plate.  After all, you’ve always got at least one hand “handy” so there’s no excuse for overindulging this year!

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Cleansing Cranberry Smoothie

Cranberries are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, but perhaps best known from their cleansing powers. They help clear toxins and plaque buildup from the body by cleansing the organs involved in elimination and the lymphatic system.

Cranberries are also known for offering protection against urinary tract infections, supporting the immune system, benefiting the cardiovascular system, and for their anti-cancer benefits.

Something I like to do whenever I deviate from my normal eating habits for a couple of days to a week, like Thanksgiving and other holiday meals, is eat clean and use naturally detoxifying foods.

Toss a little lemon in and you’ve got a one-two cleansing punch.

This smoothie isn’t overly filling, so you could add a banana to beef it up, but is light and refreshing and helps decrease the transit time, or time it takes for waste elimination within the colon.  That’s a very good thing for overall health!

Cleansing Cranberry Smoothie

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Anything you have on hand that will boost the nutrition

Directions

Place all of the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend on high until the desired consistency is reached, usually around 30-45 seconds.

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Inspiration Corner

  • When our only reality becomes emerged within an “exaggerated importance “of material wealth we feel a certain lack and so, we desire more and more to fill this void.  In truth the material riches of this illusive reality we have created cannot fulfill a spirit robbed of the unseen treasures that are life’s true gifts.  May Peace, Light and Love surround you and yours always, D

  • Sometimes it is our fear and need to know the outcome that keeps us from stepping outside of our comfort zone and grabbing hold of the opportunities that offer us the greatest potential for growth.

  • The cycle of life begins with the innocence of pure acceptance, becomes entangled within the insecurity of doubt only to rise from the mire blossoming into the radiance of knowing and wisdom.

  • Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.

    Saint Francis de Sales

  • Listen, for within the whisper of the wind and the soft rustling from the leaves of the trees lie the wisdom of long forgotten truths.

  • Listen, for within the whisper of the wind and the soft rustling from the leaves of the trees lie the wisdom of long forgotten truths.

  • Life offers us many opportunities.  However, to truly experience the potential we must first be willing to choose and embrace the possibilities.

  • The color of one’s skin and the beliefs they hold are simply the cloak one wears and the staff they carry as they travel life’s journey.  What connects us all like family is not found in the outside appearance but rather in the light from within, which is the brilliancy of our individual Beings.

  • How often have you asked, and then when the very thing you have desired is offered you hesitate to grab it?  Perhaps the time has come for you to recognize the abundance that is within your grasp.

  • It is important that you take responsibility for your life.  After all, it is you who created your experiences.

  • Be happy, be healthy and be whole, for your tomorrows are created by the choices you make today.

  • Learn from the past, hope for the future, but always live in the now.

  • The only real obstacle in your life is the one you believe you cannot overcome.

     

  • Learning to love unconditionally is the key that will unlock the door to understanding your true life’s purpose.

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