self care during the holidays

  1. Thank you Beth that smoothie looks delicious!!

  2. Karen Griffiths says:

    Thank you for capitalizing your sentences! It makes it so much easier to read!! ❤️

  3. Marcia Rayne says:

    Beth, I love smoothies but I am on a low carb low sugar lifestyle change. I used a half of a banana, chia seeds, flax seeds, protein collagen powder, and instead of almond milk, I use plain yogurt. I add strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries. Also I add 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple. ( easier that going shopping for fresh every two days. If you feel like it is not sweet enough, add I tbs of natural honey. It does taste like a real milkshake ! Adding a small amount of fresh spinach works too.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      so many smoothies, so little time. but green smoothies loaded with veggies is the way to go if you are on low sugar and low carbs. if you want energy to spare for a tough workout or run a banana date smoothie is perfect!

  4. Jane Renzetti says:

    Great post, but I must respectfully differ about some fruits when you are trying to stay away from sugar. A banana has the equivalent of 8 tsps. of sugar according to our doctor who specializes in a metabolic diet and the body can’t decipher between regular white sugar and sugar in fruit. It certainly is better than having a cookie but might I suggest that berries…raspberries, strawberries and blueberries as well as half an orange are lower in carbs and better choices.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      completely agree, but some of us face challenging or strenuous workouts, and this is a perfect smoothie for that. honestly, i limit my fruit intake because of the sugar, and that goes for the berries and oranges. don’t even get me started with orange juice… if we go back to how our forefathers ate, we understand they ate sugar, but it was a priceless commodity back then; therefore, it was a rare occasion. and they ate fruit but only when in season. it’s the modern age where anything and everything is accessible on any given day that things went awry. and more importantly, how processed foods have really done a disservice. i’m a firm believer there’s a time and place for everything. i lead a sustainable life, not a spartan life. and i’m certain you do too.

  5. Momma's Girl says:


    Enjoyed your post. I especially like your comment about your mom’s “mental health days.” Can you consider doing a post about her sometime? You’ve mentioned her before … and I miss my mom.

  6. Momma's Girl says:


    I especially like your comment about your mother’s “mental health days.” Can you consider doing a post about her sometime? You’ve mentioned her before … and I miss my mom.

  7. Andrea says:

    Wow, that sweater is so beautiful. Love the neck. I find most turtlenecks too tight, so usually opt for cowls, but this is a show stopper.

    A diabetic friend of mine, shared her dietary balance guides with me and they really do work, without all the ‘special’ recipes – not that that is wrong. I’m Canadian, but I actually find your Diabetes guide makes more sense (to me), in that it separates sugars from starches. I try to stick to eating items with 10grms of sugar or less. She also taught me, that eating protein and a little fat with your sugar, keeps the blood sugar constant, so your body doesn’t spike. During my unintentional weight loss due to Covid languishing, seems to be due to keeping starch to a minimum and focusing on all the fruits and veggies I love. Thanks for sharing your health journey with us, Beth. We all need non judgmental inspiration- you 👏

  8. Nancy B. says:

    Thanks Beth for the wise words on self-care. Also, love the funnel neck sweater you’re wearing.

  9. Kathleen McDermott says:

    I, too, would love to hear more about your mom. I had a wonderful mother and think of her every day. So much of what I love in life is tied to her. The small, everyday things that are really the most precious. Looking forward to whatever you would like to share about your mom. P.S, Yay Braves!!

  10. Katherine says:

    Hi Beth,
    I have smoothies every morning, two actually, with at least 35 minutes apart from one another.
    As you fully know depending on your needs, I also put in a tablespoon of flax seed, a handful of almonds, and in one of my smoothies I put in a few tablespoons of Fiber One cereal, it’s good for your constitution. Fiber One has the highest fiber content. You can buy it at Fry’s, Safeway, and Walmart. We have been eating this and adding it into smoothies for years.
    Beth I too love what your mother coined as a “mental health day,” I agree with her 110% your mother had her head screwed on in the right direction. Self care is so important. I look forward
    to hearing lots more about your mother. I am sure she was an exceptional lady. Look how you turned out. Sometimes the parents are smart, and teach and the children learn by example but the children due to a variety of reasons are out of balance. I bet your mother is in your heart daily.

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