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Forget the Halls: New Ways to Spend the Holiday Season

In 2020, our options turned from nearly limitless to severely limited in terms of ways to spend our holidays. For many who remain immunocompromised or are otherwise taking precautions with social gatherings, gone are the days of having to create an hourly schedule of time spent with various extended families, deciding how much time to spend enduring conversations about politics or our romantic or career goals, or feeling guilty about the online-to-in-store ratio of Christmas shopping.   With a global pandemic causing both community and family stress, everyone has been forced to reconsider or modify the traditional ways in which we previously spent the holidays.   But while this year has been a time to mourn some of what normalcy means for us, it might also be an opportunity to evolve our thinking about how we might spend the holidays on our own terms.  At THIRA Health, one of our core philosophies...

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Salmon With Cranberry Sauce

Want a good source of protein this holiday season? Try this festive recipe from, “The Spruce Eats,” salmon with cranberry sauce. Enjoy the sweet, savory flavors from this dish and as well as the nutrients! Salmon is rich in protein and is a great source of B vitamins and omega-3 fats to keep your heart and brain healthy. Consuming salmon may help fight inflammation of various conditions such as diabetes and even cancer. Try this recipe out and gain all the nutritious value this dish brings to your holiday table! Ingredients 6 (5 to 6 ounce) center-cut salmon fillets2 tablespoons lemon juice2 tablespoons butter (melted)1/4 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon white pepper1 tablespoon butter1 onion (finely chopped)3 cups fresh cranberries1/2 cup brown sugar1/4 cup granulated sugar1 cup red currant jelly3/4 cup orange juice2...

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On Giving and Receiving: How Giving Gives Back to Mental Health

The holiday season is commercially advertised for many things: food, connection, shopping, joy, togetherness, excitement, and relaxation. In the month of November alone, we witness multiple celebrations across religious practices, such as Diwali, Dhan Teras, Chhath Puja, Advent, and Thanksgiving. The most widely recognized November holiday in American culture is Thanksgiving, which has evolved into a cultural tradition that involves enormous meals and its effect on those with eating disorders, college football, and “comfy pants.” However, the linguistic makeup of the holiday is what sticks for many: “thanks” and “giving.” While these terms are paired together as a token to give thanks, there is much more to give during the holiday season that reaps benefits for everyone involved. The Hindu/Sikh tradition of the Diwali Indian Festival of lights...

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Overcoming Emotions at the Dinner Table

At THIRA Health, our work with women, particularly in issues of disordered eating, is multifaceted. This means not only treating the whole person but remaining mindful of environmental impacts on the journey to healing.   While holidays are often filled with feelings of love, togetherness, and gratitude, they can also be filled with uncomfortable emotions such as shame, guilt, and anxiety. The traditional holiday dinners can quickly turn into a collection of ruminating thoughts, nervousness, and fear of lost control.   This article will focus not only on ways communal meals can evoke an emotional response, but also on how to best overcome and manage distress by creating internal and external support structures.   About Eating Disorders  The stigma and lack of education on eating disorders can make it a profoundly lonely experience...

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Thankful for Self-Love: Caring for Yourself During the Holidays

The holiday season is officially upon us as cooler Fall weather ushers in cozy sweater season and a more tangible feeling of togetherness. We have all missed so much throughout this year; even if we are preparing for a virtual holiday, we can still reflect upon and pay tribute to the ways we might have changed over this year in physical and emotional ways.   Thanksgiving is recognized as a national holiday and embodied in the commonplace traditions of family gatherings, quality time, and gratitude.  Large meals are a traditional feature of the holiday and associated with our sense(s) of family and togetherness. For those who struggle with disordered eating, this tradition creates challenges beyond those that we face in any family gathering.  What happens when holidays intended...

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Turkey Cranberry Sandwich Recipe

It is the month of giving thanks and eating the typical turkey with the guaranteed leftovers. We make it easy for you by sharing this yummy recipe from "Savory Sweet Life!" It's an easy recipe that you can freely customize! Try incorporating arugula and alfalfa sprouts into this recipe for a good source of vitamin C and K if you want to help support your immune system and blood clotting regulation during this season. Try this recipe out and share with us what you added to your sandwich! Turkey Cranberry Sandwich Recipe Author: SAVORY SWEET LIFE / ALICE CURRAH Prep time:  5 mins Total time:  5 mins Serves: 1-2 Deli style turkey cranberry sandwich. Ingredients Deli Style Turkey Cranberry Sandwich Recipe2 slices bread ( toasted or un-toasted)mayonnaisecream cheese, softenedcranberry sauceshaved turkey slices/turkey sandwich meatlettuceOptional:sproutscucumberstomato slicesred onion Instructions Spread mayonnaise on one side of sliced...

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Seven Mental Health Tips; Recognizing Mental Illness Awareness Week

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week THIRA has put together seven mental health tips for us to recognize and work on implementing in our every day. It is our hope that these images resonate with you and help you to take some time to focus on your physical & mental health. In order to spread awareness through out our community please share these images on your social media using #mentalillnessawareness and tags us @thira.health ...

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International Day of the Girl: Raising Empowered Women

Strength and resilience are characteristics that women have needed in abundance throughout the history of the human race.  As mothers, protectors, sometimes warriors, women have had to find ways to go over, under, around, and through obstacles that they encounter in their journey through life. Women are increasingly well-represented at the highest levels in Academia, in the Arts, and in Science, as exemplified by this years’ Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry (Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna). These women developed the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology, which has opened whole new possibilities in the treatment of cancer, infectious diseases, and other maladies that have long resisted treatment. We are witnessing ever-greater numbers of powerful women in government, positions of influence,  and within society at large fighting for...

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October Staff Spotlight

What is your role at THIRA: Past: Primary Therapist Current: Utilization review & program coordinator COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES: WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK, YOU CAN FIND ME...

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Mental Health Across the Globe: Caring for Ourselves In the Time of COVID-19

Mental Illness Awareness Week/World Mental Health Day/National Depression Screening Day Mental health, mental illness, depression, anxiety, trauma… All of these terms apply to the mental health struggles many of us deal with, and can vary by culture and expression.  Mental Illness Awareness Week happens every October (this year it is the 4th through the 10th), World Mental Health Day is October 10th, and National Depression Screening Day is October 8th.  This provides the opportunity to highlight the importance of knowing and caring for yourself.  It is a good time for all of us to consider whether we might need some extra help with issues that are of concern. Our focus in treating the whole person at THIRA Health is based on the idea that each of us...

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