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  1. Healthy Activities to Combat Turkey Day Calories

    Grandfather Teaching Grandson to Catch FootballYou could have your Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings – the turkey, sweet potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce – but keep in mind that a big meal could weigh in at about 4,500 calories. That’s equivalent to about eight Big Macs.

    The sleepiness or “turkey coma” (as some people call it) induced by overindulging is associated with tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey that is a natural sedative. Nutritionists and exercise physiologists recommend that people who tend to eat large Thanksgiving dinners prepare for their feast by increasing their physical activity days, and perhaps weeks, ahead of time, also on the big day.

    Here are some outdoor activities for blunting the impact of Thanksgiving calories:

     

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. Going Green for the Holidays

    pinecone used as holiday decorationThere’s never a better time to start teaching children about going green than during the holidays. You’ve probably already discussed with your kids some of the basic ways to be environmentally friendly, such as recycling glass and paper.

     

     

     

    Here are some more ways toward a greener holiday season for you and your family to try:

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  3. Mastering Holiday Shopping on a Budget

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    Holiday shopping can be exciting as well as a time to show your loved ones how special you think they are. Thankfully, holiday shopping doesn’t have to break the bank. With these quick tips, you can make sure that your bank account is smiling right alongside your friends and family this holiday season.

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  4. Skip the Crowds & Save Big This ‘Black Friday’

    Fall Front Door WreathThe day after Thanksgiving, sometimes called Black Friday, marks the start of the holiday shopping season. For people on tight budgets, however, a spending spree on the day after Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving weekend is simply out of the question.

    Since one doesn’t really save money by spending money, perhaps it’s time to re-purpose and re-name Black Friday. Below are six ways to save money on Black Friday, and year-round.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. World Kindness Day Challenge

    Ten ways to show kindness to othersThe word “kind” is defined by the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as “having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others; wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others.”

    World Kindness Day is November 13. On this day, Gerber Life would like to challenge all of us to show a desire to inspire and do good things for others by choosing one of the following 10 ways to show kindness. Should you join in accepting our challenge, let us know how on our Facebook thread.

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