NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
November 23, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that twenty percent of all cranberries produced in a year are eaten on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Thoughts
Count your blessings instead of your curses; 
Count your gains instead of your losses. 
Count your joys instead of your woes; 
Count your friends instead of your foes. 
Count your smiles instead of your tears; 
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean; 
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. 
Count your health instead of your wealth; 
Love your neighbor as much as yourself.
Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 23rd  - 9AM-5PM
Thursday, November 24th - Closed
Friday, November 25th - 9AM-5PM
Small Business Saturday, November 26th - 9AM-4PM

For those waiting for the price of the 23andMe genetic kits to come down, your wish has been granted. When going to
  1. You can choose just the Ancestry option for $99. This still provides the raw data that we need to generate our Pure Genomics results.
  2. If you still want heritable and wellness traits, which we recommend for any person in their fertility years, the kit is $179 for new customers through our link. However, if you have already ordered a kit previously from 23andMe, you can get it for $149 until January 9, 2017.
For questions or clarifications, please email Steve.

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
10 Tips for Healthy Holiday Parties and Family Celebrations
Bonnie and Steve:
  1. Eat before you go to a party, especially foods high in protein and healthy fats. Your blood sugar will be more stable so you won't eat as much. 
  2. Alcohol is loaded with calories. Try substituting with sparkling water or club soda (an added benefit is feeling more full with water so you won't eat as much). The best advice is choosing non-alcoholic, low calorie beverages such as a virgin bloody Mary, fruit flavored tea, or flavored water (without sugar or sugar substitutes added). If you do consume alcohol, remember that alcohol may inhibit your ability to make smart food choices. Sip your drinks slowly. For each alcoholic beverage, have 8 oz. sparkling water or club soda in between. Add a small amount of lemon, lime, or other fruit juice to your water for added flavor. 
  3. Don't make a meal out of appetizers. Sample one or two, then wait for the main course. If fresh vegetables are served as appetizers, fill up on low carbohydrate, low calorie tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, celery, and zucchini. At a buffet, graze to take a taste of enticing items, but spend most of your time with the raw vegetables and heart healthy guacamole and humus dips. Socialize away from the food table so you won't be tempted to continue eating while talking. 
  4. If you know you'll want to have a rich dessert (instead of fruit), keep the fat and carbohydrate calories low the rest of the day to compensate. Also, forego second helpings of the dinner to save "calorie" room for dessert. Encourage family and friends to take a brisk walk between dinner and dessert. You'll be surprised by how much less you'll crave! 
  5. Watch out for raw foods (raw fish, steak tartar and eggnog made with raw eggs) or foods left out too long at room temperature. They could harbor harmful pathogens such as salmonella, shigella, listeria, or e coli. 
  6. Eat your meal slowly so that you'll feel full with less food. It typically takes your stomach about 20 minutes to let your brain know that you are full. Try to avoid or limit foods high in saturated fat like heavy gravies. These are typically very high in calories. For example: 8 oz. eggnog = 340 calories, 1 slice pie with whipping cream = 520 calories; 1 cup standard poultry stuffing = 500 calories. 
  7. Exercise more to burn more calories during the holidays. Cycling, fast-walking, and cross-country skiing are great ideas. Even shoveling the snow off of your driveway and sidewalk counts. 
  8. Offer to bring your favorite healthy recipe to the party and spend most of your time eating it. Let your host keep the leftovers from your dish. If you're hosting the meal or party, send leftovers home with your guests. It's a friendly gesture and saves your from temptation! 
  9. If you have food sensitivities or allergies, call your host before the party to determine what foods would be safe. There is nothing worse than having an allergic reaction or digestive distress when you are trying to have fun. 
  10. Don't begin a diet during the holidays or become obsessive about avoiding tempting holiday fare. If you restrict yourself too much, you'll either be depressed or "pig out" later. Remember that the average adult gains six pounds from Thanksgiving Day through New Year's Day. If you can even maintain your weight during the holidays, you'll be one step ahead when it is time to make your New Year's resolutions.
Still Need a Cranberry Sauce Recipe?
This article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members.
Support Small Business Sat 11/26
Bonnie and Steve: This Nov 26, we want to celebrate Small Business Saturday with you! It's a special holiday created so communities can show love for small businesses like ours.

So mark your calendars for Nov 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and get ready to Shop Small with us. Stop by or place an order by phone, email, or web between the hours of 9AM and 4PM.

Thanks for your support. See you Saturday, Nov 26!
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Future of Genetics & Wellness Is Now
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One Year Membership Includes:
  1. Weekly eNewsletters (84 issues). We publish our long-form issue on Monday and a mid-week brief on Wednesday. Recent preview issue here.
  2. Self-Help Action Plans. Access to two titles per month from our self-help Action Plan Library. There are currently 43 Action Plan titles to date on all aspects of wellness, including the new Heal Your Headache Action Plan. You can view the full library of titles here.
  3. Natural Foods Shopping List. Updated quarterly, our Natural Foods Shopping List includes only the most meticulously vetted, highest quality food and beverage products that we recommend to our clients. These include gluten-free, corn-free, and kosher pareve items.
  4. 30 Minutes Free Pure Genomics Analysis & Coaching (Bonnie's services are separate).
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Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, Carolyn, Lilo, Elizabeth, Sharron, and Jeannie
(847) 498 3422

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