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I went back and reviewed my introduction to last year's November newsletter and after reading it I decided I couldn't really improve on it, so I hope you find that my choice to repeat it is appropriate. 

Well that crazy time of year is suddenly upon us once again. This time of year can be great for helping clarify what really is important in our lives, so we can do our best to keep our actions in line with those things that matter most to us. 
Hopefully for all of you, that means family, friends, community, your passions, and your health. Please remember the better we take care of ourselves, and the healthier we are, the more we can do for others.
So please take care of yourself and have a Great Holiday Season!

Great Story on Real Health 

An article recently published in the NY Times, entitled "An Island Where the People Forget to Die",  provides an excellent example of a very healthy and happy lifestyle, and how it lead to overcoming cancer with no effort.  It was delightful to read about the simple and pleasurable lives of these people.

I Survived Once Again!

I'm glad to say that on Sat. Oct. 20th, I started and completed The Santa Barbara Century Bike Ride (yes a 100 miles) for the third year in a row!  I'm pleased to report "I Survived", thanks again to lots of training, lots of supplements and the necessary will power.  
My day started out with an early unexpected, and unwanted, incident, when I banged my kneecap hard on the corner of our bathroom tile counter at 5:30 AM.  A loud Ouch! awoke Laurie all the way upstairs.  None the less, onward I went.  Unfortunately, my last 70 miles yielded a painful moment each time I made a stroke on my left pedal, which was about 90 times per minute.  However, after all the training to get ready for this event, I wasn't interested in missing it.  So, 2 flat tires and many hours in the saddle yielded another day of accomplishment, and a new level of fitness that makes all my 40 - 55 mile rides that much easier, and actually more pleasurable. 
The ride had a record 860 registered riders from 17 states and Canada. The oldest Century rider was 72 and there were two 11 year old riders.  All our visitors got to see S.B. at it's best the day before the ride and the day after.   Unfortunately the day of the ride was a bit wet at the start, overcast all day and cold and windy on the mountain peaks above S.B. 

The ride raised a record $50,000 from our entry fees that will go to a variety of charities. Many thanks to the founders of The Century, for their foresight and tremendous effort, Bill Lindberg and Kalon Kelley, as well as the other directors Byron Beck, Ed France, Diana Blanchard and Casey Roberts and many unnamed individuals who donated hours of their time to make this happen. They do an amazing job.

Dr. Dale's Holiday Eating Guide

Once again we are fast approaching the one meal of the year that American's most commonly associate with "Being Stuffed". Yes, that feeling that you can barely move, and the only thing that most people can do after this meal is to sit in a large chair and try to keep their eyes open for more than ten minutes.
The good news is there is a simple solution, where you can have your cake (rather pie), and eat it too. Here are the keys to surviving Thanksgiving without feeling like a "Stuffed Turkey" yourself, and without gaining any significant amount of fat! 

1. Make sure the meal has lots of different tasty veggies that you love. I like to do variations on the traditional themes. For instance, I often make a mix of roasted onions, with a balsamic glaze, instead of the usual creamed onions.

2. If you are having wine or other alcohol on this day, wait to have some of your meal before starting in on your "drink of choice". Or, at least have an appetizer first. Drinking before you start eating will go right to your head, which will greatly increase the odds of your losing all dietary control. A little food in your stomach first, plus some self control on how much you drink, and you are much more likely to stay "un-sauced and un- stuffed". Another valuable tip if imbibing, is to drink a glass of water after every glass of alcohol. 

3. Then, first eat a lot of the foods you know to be healthy and not weight gaining. Turkey and all the different veggies, salad, etc... Be sure to mostly fill up on these before you move on to the stuffing, potatoes and dessert. This way you can have some high carb foods, but the amount is going to be relatively small. On the other hand, if you start out with the stuffing, you will end up stuffed, and end up eating less of the foods that keep you slim and trim.

4. If at all possible, try to get the gang to go for a walk after the meal. Even a 15 - 20 minute walk after eating this meal will help refresh you, and keep you from falling into a deep slumber. I promise if you try this you will feel better after the walk, and you'll be glad you did it. If "the gang" doesn't want to go, grab one other smart soul, or go it alone!! This can also be a great excuse to escape from any of those relatives you can only take so much of.

5. The most important key to preventing this meal from becoming the beginning of a major weight-gaining marathon, is to "Send All The Carb-Loaded Leftovers Home with your guests!" Yes this is a cruel punishment for them, but they probably won't mind, unless they're a Dr. Dale patient also, which of course they should be! One bad meal, even if it leaves you stuffed, will only do temporary harm. Keeping the fridge filled with Calorie Rich Carbs is a Sure Sentence to Weight Gain.

6. What you do on Thanksgiving is not nearly as important as what happens in the next few days. Either T-Day is the beginning of Trouble, or a one-day blip on the scale. Here's a treat and one of the smartest things you can do for your "holiday health". This can turn Thanksgiving into a starting point for losing a couple of quick pounds. Now there's a healthy concept!! Take your leftover bones, make some great turkey stock (the longer and slower you simmer the stock the better) and then turn the leftover turkey into delicious turkey-vegetable soup, which you can eat for days, and lose weight while eating it!

In fact, if you follow this link and log into my website, it will give you Dr. Dale's Recovery and Rejuvenation Soup Recipe.  Use the leftover turkey as your protein in the soup, and you will be on your way to a lot of quick, easy and healthy meals for days to come.

7. Follow these same general guidelines for the rest of the Holiday Meals and Parties, then come the beginning of the year you will have maintained your weight or possibly even lost some. What a great gift to yourself! 

These tips are best printed out and put on your refrigerator for all your guests to read. I hope this helps. It certainly was fun for me. Enjoy and Thank You for the Many Blessings You Bring to All of Us at "The Clinic"!

Inspiration of the Month

Moraitis considered staying in America and seeking aggressive cancer treatment at a local hospital. That way, he could also be close to his adult children. But he decided instead to return to Ikaria, a small Greek Island, where he could be buried with his ancestors in a cemetery shaded by oak trees that overlooked the Aegean Sea.
Moraitis and his wife Elpiniki, moved in with his elderly parents, into a tiny, whitewashed house on two acres of stepped vineyards near Evdilos, on the north side of Ikaria. At first, he spent his days in bed, as his elderly mother, and wife, tended to him. He reconnected with his faith. On Sunday mornings, he hobbled up the hill to a tiny Greek Orthodox chapel where his grandfather once served as a priest. When his childhood friends discovered that he had moved back, they started showing up every afternoon. They'd talk for hours, an activity that invariably involved a bottle or two of locally produced wine. I might as well die happy, he thought.

from the article - The Island Where People Forget to Die.

In Closing

I hope that each and everyone of you have many things to be Thankful For and that you are continually aware of, and inspired by these many blessing.  

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