The Link: Winter Doldrums

Is the winter weather getting to you? If so, this month’s newsletter has some ideas about beating the “winter blues.” This month we have some links for recipes that give food ideas for a warm and fuzzy feeling while still eating healthy. Exercise and a little light therapy will also help lift the spirits along with some silliness with the crazy holidays of January that can entertain you.

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Winter Foods

Seasonal Recipes from Epicurious (find it on the ipl2)

Epicurious is a website that compiles recipes and categorizes them by type of dish, holiday recipes, and seasonal. This page for winter recipes includes recipes like roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, and butternut squash soup. Each recipe is user-rated based on “would make it again.”

Season Cooking – Winter (find it on the ipl2) is another website that collects recipes, meal planners, nutrition information for each recipe, and detailed user reviews. The site is maintained by a community of home cooks. Each page of recipes can be sorted by user ratings or title of recipe. This seasonal cooking page has recipes for foods like pumpkin pie, spice cakes, and cranberry chutney.

NEW! Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

This website is a blog maintained by a couple who lives a gluten-free lifestyle. They have also written a cookbook, which The New York Times listed as one of the top of 2010. This article is a collection of winter recipes that are gluten-free and delicious, including a roasted vegetable salad, snickerdoodles, and zucchini carapaccio.

Nontraditional Therapies

Light Therapy (find it on the ipl2)

A detailed description of how light therapy works, risks involved, and expected results on the Mayo Clinic website.  This is the official site of the Mayo Clinic whose mission is to provide “useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise and standard of excellence of Mayo Clinic”.

Acupuncture Today: The Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Classical Points for a Contemporary Condition (find it on the ipl2)

Acupuncture Today is a monthly newspaper that has served the acupuncture community since 2000.  It has articles and information about the ancient science of acupuncture.  This article outlines specifics about the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder, but also gives some general guidelines for staying healthy in the winter.

How Stuff Works: Is there a link between exercise and happiness? (find it on the ipl2)

HowStuffWorks is the website of Discovery Communications, and “is the award-winning source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works.”  This article discusses the connection between exercise and physical health, and has links to other sites where their information comes from.

Lift Your Spirits

NEW! January, 2013 Bizarre and Unique Holidays

Have fun with that fruitcake you received for Christmas on “Fruitcake Toss Day” (January 2nd). This and other special days are explained on this website which tells a lot more about every holiday you can imagine. So check it out and read about “Bean Day,” “Blame Someone Else Day,” “National Hugging Day,” or “National Blonde Brownie” or National Popcorn” Days. These special days will lift your spirits during the month of January.

NEW! Bizarre, Crazy, Silly, Unknown Holidays & Observances

For January 2013, a list of special month names for January, such as National Polka Month or National Soup Month, is given followed by special week names (No Name Calling Week) and special day names, such as National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day and Bubble Bath Day. One day that always comes up in January that is sure to make you feel better is National Hugging Day. Links are provided for many of the special events to give you more information.

KinderArt® January Crafts & Special Days (find it on the ipl2)

This website is sponsored by KinderArt which was created to offer art lesson plans and activity ideas to education. Click on “Seasons” and select a month to find the special days in that month with information about planned activities to help celebrate that special day. For January, each special day can have at least one special craft activity to learn more about that day.

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