Holiday Healthy Snack Recipe

Eggplant Ricotta Bites


  • 1 medium eggplant
  • Kosher salt
  • Flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cups breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large plum tomatoes diced
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Shredded fresh basil


Slice the eggplant into thin rounds and add salt. In a small dish, pour
flour. Beat eggs in another dish, and
in a third dish, mix the breadcrumbs
and parmesan. Put eggplant rounds
in flour, dip in eggs and then coat with
breadcrumbs and parmesan.

Heat oil over a large pan on medium
heat. Cook eggplant until golden.

Mix tomatoes with 2 teaspoons of olive
oil and vinegar. Add ricotta to each
eggplant round, top with tomatoes and

7 Tips to be Stress-Free During the Holidays


Keep a routine

It is especially easy to lose your normal routine during the holidays due to festivities and the special occasions that tend to happen this time of year. Don’t abandon your healthy habits, keep your usual routine of diet and exercise, which is especially important when holiday foods and drinks come around. Try keeping a calendar to keep better track of your schedule.


It is easy to take on too much during this time of year. On top of your normal schedule, there is the obligation to see family, attend gatherings and gift-giving. You can only do so much! Prioritize and don’t be afraid to say no if you simply don’t have enough time to commit to something. The holiday season is busy and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

Watch the wallet

There is nothing that will stress you out more in the long run than spending too much money during the holidays. Make a budget and stick with it. It is incredibly easy to overspend during this time. Budget and allow yourself to spend a certain amount for the entire season, you’ll thank yourself after the holidays are over.

Make time for yourself

Although it is the season for giving, make sure to make time for yourself too. It can be stressful and overwhelming when you try to constantly please others. It is ok to say no to events that you may feel obligated to go to. One of the most important ways to stay stress-free this season is to give yourself time to relax. Do yoga, read or any other activity you like to do to relax.

Try acupuncture

There is no better time than now to try acupuncture. If you are feeling under the weather, stressed and not at your best health, acupuncture can help. Acupuncture can help lower stress levels, boost your immune system and leave you feeling relaxed. Give it a shot!

Give Back

Volunteer at your local food back or donate to a clothing drive. Giving back to the community is always important, but especially during the holidays. Spending time helping out doesn’t just help others, but can benefit you as well.

Don’t sweat the small things

Holidays are meant for family, friends and for celebration. Don’t sweat the small stuff. This is a time to relax and be thankful for the people in your life. Material objects come and go, but relationships will be there and are the most important thing of all. Put your job and your stress on the backburner for a bit and enjoy the people who mean the most around you.

Diabetes-Friendly Foods

Symptoms: fatigue, lassitude, abdominal
bloating, loose stool, a pale tongue with
white coating, and a fine weak pulse
Recipe: Rice porridge with common
yam and lotus seed – Boil a suitable
amount of rice, yam and lotus seeds until
all are very soft. The final consistency
should be of a thick soup

walnut and bean porridge
Symptoms: fatigue, weakness, soreness
in low back and knees, feverish sensation
on the palms and soles, a cold sensation
on the backs of the palms and soles, a
pale tongue, and a deep fine pulse
Recipe: Walnut and black bean
porridge – Wash 50g black bean and 100g
millet. Cook it with 30g walnuts and water
until the consistency is thick and all the
ingredients are cooked well

Acupuncture to Quit Smoking

Acupuncture has beenused to treat addictionfor many years. Curbing addiction, specifically when it comes to smoking, is not something that can be done overnight. There will be times when you think you won’t be able to stay smoke-free and want to give up. Considering acupuncture treatment when you are trying to quit can have great effects on helping you back on the road to better health. Acupuncture works by addressing the body as a whole. Illness arises when there is a blockage or stagnation in our natural energy flow. By using acupuncture p oints, this treatment helps to release these blockages and return the body back to its natural flow.
The acupuncture point specifically used to help curb smoking urges
is called “Tim Mee” and is located on the inside of the arm. This point
helps change the body’s perception of nicotine. This point combined
with others can help reduce cravings.
Not only can acupuncture help curb addiction, but aid in
symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine once you quit. Symptoms
like jitters, mood swings and restlessness are common when
quitting smoking. When you feel anxious from these feelings, it is
even easier to feel the need for a cigarette. Specific acupuncture
points can help relax and detoxify the body to lower withdrawal
A study done at the University of Oslo, Norway, found that those
who were trying to quit smoking and received acupuncture
treatment reported a reduced craving for smoking and a greater
distaste for tobacco.
Acupuncture can not completely eliminate addiction, but it a great
aid in the recovery process after quitting. The first and hardest
step is to decide to quit, there are many treatments including
acupuncture that can help you on the way therein after.
Contact an acupuncturist and learn how acupuncture can help you
stay smoke free for a healthier body, mind and spirit.

Acupuncture and Diabetes

The rate of diabetes in America is alarming, 29 million Americans to be exact. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2030 the number of people with diabetes worldwide will double from the current 380 million people who currently suffer from the disease.
Living with a chronic illness like diabetes does not only affect someone’s physical health, but mental and emotional as well.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, diabetes represents a deficiency and dysfunction in the spleen and pancreatic system.
If the spleen/pancreatic system’s function declines, it cannot produce the insulin necessary to handle glucose in the bloodstream, which causes a variety of diabetic symptoms. Chinese medicine has had an understanding of diabetes for thousands of years. It is known as aiaoke, which means an emaciation-thirst, as diabetes can cause a person to lose weight and have extreme thirst. In ancient times, type 2 diabetes was found in the wealthiest people because of their diet that was high in fatty and sugary foods.
The TCM theory behind diabetes states that diabetes is a result of an imbalance of yin. Because of the imbalance, the body’s natural energy flow called qi becomes out of balance and blocked.
A report done in 1994 in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine looked at 60 patients with diabetes and found that 2/3rds of the patients in the group receiving acupuncture noticed an effect and improvement in their symptoms. The other group received a diabetes pill, and researchers concluded that although both had therapeutic effects, acupuncture was more effective in prevention including cardiovascular diseases.
Although a lot of Westerners don’t think of acupuncture as a treatment for chronic disease, specific acupuncture points on the body have been proven to be effective for diabetes.
Unlike prescription medication, acupuncture has almost no side effects and is completely natural. The treatment is painless, and along with treating your illness, acupuncture can leave you feeling relaxed and calm. If you or someone you know is suffering with diabetes, ask an acupuncturist how they can help you on the road back to better health.