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How to Stay Well this Holiday Season (Including Ginger Cookies Recipe)

Teapot and glassFor most of us the holiday season is a time of great pleasure; however this can be marred if we fall sick with a cold, flu or have some digestive troubles.  Here are some tips to help stay well while enjoying this time of feasting and friendship.

  • Make sure to get good quality sleep in a quiet, cool room – for most of us 6-8 hours is ideal.  If you have a busy party time, you can catch up with naps.
  • Stay active – dancing is great exercise!  Walking, hiking, yoga and simply breathing deeply all have great health benefits.  Even if it’s cold, don’t forget to allow Vitamin D to form in your skin by going outside.
  • If you think you are going to be exposed to people who have colds, use a hand sanitizer and wipe down door knobs or other hard surfaces.  Avoid reading magazines in public places as paper absorbs microbes.
  • If you should fall ill, take time to recover. Rest up and have some hot ginger tea or a cup of chicken noodle soup.  Freshly squeezed lemon with honey and warm water is soothing for sore throats (avoid too hot water or you destroy the vitamin C).
  • Surround yourself with love. If you are alone, make sure you watch or read some uplifting and loving stories to inspire you.
  • Zinc rich proteins like lean meat, dark meat poultry, wheat germ or seafood are good ways to support a healthy immune system.
  • Celebrate your life and be well!

CNC Book Cover 2011 v3For more healthy tips and recipes to guide you through cancer treatment using specific nutritional advice for over 100 identified chemotherapy agents, check out “The Cancer Nutrition Center Handbook”. Written by Simms/Mann UCLA Center’s Integrative Oncology Specialist Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT. To purchase her book, go to:

Carolyn also provides special educational programs for patients and family members to develop an individually tailored nutritional plan to optimize wellness. She has an extensive background in nutrition, integrative medicine, preventative health and complementary care.

If interested in scheduling an appointment, email For more information, go to:

To get a taste of what you can expect from “The Cancer Nutrition Center Handbook“, read below for a recipe on ginger cookies.

Ginger Cookies Recipe


  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 8 ounces butter (2 ½ cup sticks)
  • 10 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¾ cups white flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, taking about 8 to 10 minutes by hand or 4 to 5 minutes in a food processor. Lightly fold in the beaten egg and molasses. Sift flour, baking soda and salt and lightly fold into the mixture with firm strokes using a metal spoon. Season with the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Form ¾ inch round balls of dough, flatten a little and dip the top into ½ cup of powdered sugar. Place on a non-stick cookie sheet with the sugar side up. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes depending upon how crisp you like them. Serve warm.

Serves: 36     Prep Time: 0:20
Calories 151     Carbohydrate 26g      Cholesterol 19 mg     Protein 1g     Fat 5g     Dietary Fiber 1g

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