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My last healthy obsession, green tea, has become a staple in our home. And now without even trying I’ve added another one: Seaweed snacks.  I occasionally catch a few minutes of Dr. Oz on weekday mornings (last winter I even attended a taping). A few weeks ago I caught a segment on the “miracle vegetable” seaweed (this article is the gist of the show segment). Dr. Oz tried to convince audience members that seaweed was tasty and not strange, and to try to include it in their diets, touting various kinds as  skin and weight loss aids. I didn’t need convincing that I would like seaweed; I love (vegetarian) sushi and seaweed salad, but I probably only have them once every few months at most. What I didn’t know was that I could get a really delicious seaweed snack at my local grocery store for $1.50, and that it would help my dry (and acne-prone) skin.

These seaweed snacks have become my new healthy obession. I could eat a package a day (although I try to pace myself a bit more than that).  Click here for Nutritional Facts.

My other new healthy is water. Everyone knows you are supposed to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day, but realistically, even the healiest among us get to busy to remember to do it. And then there’s the coffee, tea, soda, wine, beer, etc. But oddly enough I’ve changed my habits to drink tons of water a day without trying, just by getting a new cup. My fiance brought home a reusable plastic “to-go” type cup that he got for free at work (similar to the ones below), and I’m drinking from it constantly. It’s kind of like an adult sippy cup, but it works.

Just goes to show it’s easy to make small changes to improve your health that don’t have to feel like work.

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It’s the week of Thanksgiving, a holiday that gets pushed aside in the name of shopping for Christmas (even Halloween seems to get a bit squeezed out in the name of buy buy buying). But if you think about it, Thanksgiving is kind of a perfect holiday; for many people (who don’t work in retail at least), it’s a 4-day holiday of eating, relaxing and spending time with family, it’s all-inclusive because there’s no religious connotations, no consumerist obligations. And, the part that makes Thanksgiving one of the most meaningful holidays of the year–the whole purpose of the holiday is to pause and be thankful for your life.

Some families go around the table and ask everyone what they are thankful for, I’ve seen friends post one thing they are thankful  for everyday as their status on Facebook,  being a chronic list-maker, I’ve been in the habit of listing what I’m thankful for from the past year. Some people keep a gratitude journal, forcing themselves to record things they are thankful for even on days when they wished they never got out of bed. You could send a thank you card or email to someone you are particularly grateful for, or in the tradition of the holiday, bake a yummy treat for someone. Or, simply say thank you more often. Often those that you are most grateful for in your life (family, significant others) are the people who you overlook the most.  It’s surprising how great a “thank you for doing the dishes, I really appreciate it”  feels.

So this week, while you have the time away from work, I urge you to stave off switching to Christmas prep mode and think about all the things big and small you have to be grateful for.

And in the name of Thanksgiving, I’m going to share one of my favorite Thanksgiving comfort food recipes. Being a vegetarian means that often Thanksgiving dinner is all about the side dishes, and I’ve been obsessed with finding the best mac and cheese for over a year. I made this recipe last year for Thanksgiving ( I think it might be a Martha Stewart one), it’s really good–see if you think it lives up to the title of “Perfect Mac and Cheese” (click to view larger)