Practicing Gratitude

Each one of us is in the pursuit of happiness. We aren’t on Earth just to exist. We want a full life. We want to make the most of our days. For many of us, happiness is a mercurial and elusive concept. But it's not. Boost your happiness by practicing gratitude daily.

5 WAYS TO PRACTICING GRATITUDE ON THE DAILY

Studies suggest that writing in a gratitude journal three times a week might actually have a greater impact on our happiness than journaling.

Practicing gratitude is something that I’ve made a personal goal of this past year. Since keeping a gratitude journal, I've noticed that it's helped me be more appreciative, more aware, and more observant. It's helped me feel more grounded and much happier. 

Instead of focusing on the things that I don't have or haven't experienced, keeping a gratitude journal helps me focus on the things that I do have and experiences I've had.

Ready to start a gratitude journal? Here are some of my tips for getting started:

Pick a journal. You could choose one small enough to slip in your purse or a bigger one to keep on your nightstand.

Keep tabs on the happy moments. When something good happens to you, take a moment to write it down. How did it make you feel? By jotting down the good, happy moments, you're making it a habit to focus on the positive instead of dwelling on the negative.

Set an intention. Before you start your day, take a moment to set an intention for the day. It can be something that you are grateful for or an affirmation for the day. Don't know where to start? When I first started journaling I used to take the daily quote from my yogi tea. It helped a lot! As I got the hang of things, my daily affirmation and intentions just started to come naturally. 

Nightly gratitude. Before you go to bed at night, take time to capture your favorite moment of the day. What made you smile today? This will help you to appreciate things in your life. You’ll be amazed how much you were missing when you do. 

Ask yourself this... What are you grateful for today? What is one thing that made you smile today? Let me know in the comments on Instagram! Find me on Instagramtwitter and facebook

Savory Gravy (Gluten Free and Paleo)

savory gravy Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I've already got you covered with plenty of Thanksgiving recipe inspirations that are gluten-free, vegetarian and paleo. Today, as I was placing together the dinner menu with my mother-in-law, I noticed that the gravy we planned to serve was not gluten-free or vegetarian. I quickly got to my computer and looked at my previous post for the perfect gravy recipe. (Nom Nom Paleo's Ummami Gravy). This recipe is an adaptation to Michelle Tam's amazing paleo gravy. I modified this recipe in accordance to the ingredients I had here at home.

savory gravy

What You'll Need

2 tablespoons coconut butter 1 large onion, diced 5 pieces of sun-dried tomatoes ½ pound cremini mushrooms, sliced 3 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups organic vegetable stock 3 fresh tarragon sprigs kosher salt freshly ground black pepper

What You'll Need To Know

In a medium saucepan you'll want to melt the coconut butter over medium heat. Add in the onions and sauté for 10 to 15 minutes or until fragrant and translucent. Cook the mushrooms and dried tomatoes until the liquid is released and evaporated for about 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic to the saucepan, and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Mix in the broth and the tarragon springs and bring to a boil. You'll want to reduce the heat to medium-low to maintain a strong simmer, and cook until the gravy has reduced by half for about 30 minutes. After, you'll want to season with salt and pepper to taste and blend with a hand blender or food processor. If it is too thick, add in one more cup of broth and blend. The texture should be smooth and creamy. Viola! Pour over your favourite mash, turkey or brussels sprouts...it's darn good!

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Savory Gravy (Gluten Free and Paleo)
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Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 pieces of sun-dried tomatoes
  • ½ pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ portobello mushroom
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups organic vegetable stock
  • 3 fresh tarragon sprigs
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan you'll want to melt the coconut butter over medium heat.
  2. Add in the onions and sauté for 10 to 15 minutes or until fragrant and translucent.
  3. Cook the mushrooms and dried tomatoes until the liquid is released and evaporated for about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic to the saucepan, and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  5. Mix in the broth and the tarragon springs and bring to a boil.
  6. You'll want to reduce the heat to medium-low to maintain a strong simmer, and cook until the gravy has reduced by half for about 30 minutes.
  7. After, you'll want to season with salt and pepper to taste and blend with a hand blender or food processor. If it is too thick, add in one more cup of broth and blend. The texture should be smooth and creamy.
  8. Pour over your favourite mash, turkey or brussel sprouts...it's darn good!

  This recipe was adapted form Nom Nom Paleo's - Ummami Gravy

12 Festive Appetizers for Thanksgiving

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12 festive appetizers for thanksgiving Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Whether your hosting a large Thanksgiving party or a small intimate dinner, here are 12 of the best recipes for fantastic Thanksgiving appetizers, from super-easy hors d'oeuvres like Stuffed Mushrooms to classic Thanksgiving starters like creamy soups. The best part is that the majority of these recipes are not only mouthwatering delicious, but guilt free, too.

Check out 12 Festive Appetizers for Thanksgiving

by valerie fidan at Foodie.com