Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
December 2008


As I am writing this it is minus 8 degrees outside during the darkest time of the year during the worst economic recession of my lifetime. It appears to be a cold dark time for many to say the least . And yet as I look outside on this frigid day the sun is shining and it looks beautiful as I sit in my cozy house with enough food on the table so as not to be hungry. I hear in my practice every day and read in the news about threats of job loss and loss in value of assets, for those who even have assets, financial stresses for families just squeezing by , or not. Many people are trying to find a way to cut back on their expenses. I would like to remind you that if any of you are considering delaying your healthcare needs due to financial reasons , please talk to me and we can work out a reduced fee or donation for office visits. I have done this at times in the past on an individual basis but these times require different measures. This dark time of the year is a reminder that we each carry the light inside ourselves and it is up to us to share the light with others . That is the true gift of this time of year, not the crass materialism that it has devolved into. Blessings. Also a reminder to all my patients that the office will be closed from 12/23-12/30. If you have an urgent need to see a Registered Naturopathic Doctor during that time please call the office at (303)443-2206 for the number of the on call ND.

in this issue
Preventing Unwanted Winter Weight Gain Beat the Winter Weight Gain Blues Natural Treatment for Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder Natural Cold and Flu Prevention Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe

Beat the Winter Weight Gain Blues

Choosing 'comfort' foods wisely and watching portion sizes is the key to preventing winter weight gain, according to dietitians. From Medical News Today

Natural Treatment for Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder

ight is important for all living things. With autumn we experience equal hours of darkness and daylight. Light continues to shorten dramatically until winter solstice when daylight in Moscow is just over eight hours each day.

Less light brings hibernation naturally. During fall and winter the lack of light causes about 20% of people to experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). In northern latitudes incidence can be up to 10%. Closer to the equator it drops to 1-2 %.From Safe Harbor

Natural Cold and Flu Prevention

It is estimated that about 36,000 people in this country die every year from the flu. It is further estimated that there are approximately 200,000 hospitalizations every year relating to the flu. Although these numbers seem scary, they pale in comparison to prior outbreaks. From 1918 to 1919, there was an outbreak of Spanish influenza in the United States that killed about 500,000. An estimated 40 million people died worldwide from the 1918 flu pandemic. With such factors as air travel, crowded cities, and population levels that are much higher, if a similar deadly virus hit us today, the death toll could be quite significant. Although it would seem from the news that everyone gets a flu shot, in point of fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that only about 5-20% of the U.S. population is inoculated for the flu. From Heartspring.net

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup Recipe

Split pea soup is high in protein, low in saturated fat and low on the glycemic index. It is fairly easy to make and this recipe contains no ham hocks! So warm yourself this winter with this healthy lunch or dinner entree! Happy holidays!

Preventing Unwanted Winter Weight Gain

It is very common in northern latitudes for the average American to gain from 2 - 10 pounds each winter especially during the holidays when there are more parties and gatherings centered around food. Here are a few tips to prevent winter weight gain from compromising your health goals this winter season.

1. Fill your plate 1/2 to 3/4 with salad or braised greens. This is the best way to avoid overeating all of those carbs and fats at parties and potlucks that happen over the holidays.

2. Stay active. It may be time to retreat to a more indoor venue for your exercise, especially if the temperature is, say 5 below! Even though running on a treadmill or a versiclimber is not as much fun as cycling the trails or going on a nice hike, it will stave off depression and help melt away those extra pounds. Or better yet, try a more vigorous yoga class such as ashtanga style. Once the mercury climbs to a more comfortable 20-30 degrees skiing is always an option for those like myself who dislike the extreme cold.

3. Eat more protein, veggies ,fruits, whole grains and nuts and avoid overdoing the simple carbohydrates and the saturated fats. Avoid highly processed snack foods. Staying active actually reinforces healthy food cravings and thus you are more likely to make better food choices.

4. Drink plenty of purified water.

5. Take a good multivitamin, fish oil. cal/mag and probiotics. This will help to keep your body healthy and energetic so that you are not unduly craving sugars and fats and so the inner wisdom of your body can guide you to a nutritionally intelligent choice.

6. Practice stress management. Say no to buying those junky toys and running all over town for the holiday shopping experience. Instead choose a few quality items. Meditate, practice yoga , eat well and get enough sleep. And to all of my student patients: Pace yourself so that final exams are not so arduous. Blessings and happy new year!

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