Halloween Can Be Healthy if You Do This

Healthy Halloween tipsHalloween is believed to date back to the eighth century when Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as All Saints’ Day to honor all saints and martyrs.

All Saints’ Day followed some of the traditions of the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people lit bonfires and wore costumes to drive ghosts away. The poor would knock on the doors of the rich, receiving food in exchange for prayers for the souls of the rich homeowner’s dead relatives. Children later took up this practice.

Pleasant, right?

All Hallows’ Eve was the night before All Saints’ Day and eventually became Halloween. Halloween came to America with a flood of new immigrants during the mid-1800s, including millions of Irish who were escaping Ireland’s potato famine. It was during this time that people began dressing up in costumes and knocking on neighbors’ doors asking for food or money.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

The Holidays Are Only as Stressful as We Allow Them to Be

How to Reduce Holiday Stress

According to the American Psychology Association, 69 percent of Americans are stressed by a perceived lack of time during the holidays, 69 percent are stressed by a perceived lack of money, and 51 percent of are stressed by the pressure to give or get gifts. 22 percent report an extreme level of stress.

Society has conditioned us to believe that we need to go absolutely crazy, spend all of our money, and try to juggle a ridiculous amount of stuff during a five-week period that encompasses Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s.

Some people were actually camped out for Black Friday sales last week. Are they celebrating Thanksgiving in their tents, or are they skipping the holiday in favor of leading a stampede and saving $100 on a new TV?

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

How to Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

Healthy Thanksgiving Meal Tips In 1621, 90 Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe made a two-day journey on foot to Plymouth Plantation to break bread with the Pilgrims for what is traditionally known as the first Thanksgiving. After a two-month, 3,000-mile voyage aboard the Mayflower and a winter in which they may not have survived without the help of the Wampanoag people, the Pilgrims were extremely thankful.

Only one written account of the first Thanksgiving exists and turkey isn’t mentioned. The main course was likely duck, which was plentiful in the waterfront village, and venison, a gift from the Wampanoag. The meat was probably roasted over an open fire. Seafood, cabbage, onions, corn and squash were likely served as well.

Regardless of what my kids might tell you, I’m not old enough to have attended the first Thanksgiving celebration. But there’s one thing I can tell you for sure – there were no processed foods whatsoever.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.