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Happy Thanksgiving


As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to welcome my new subscribers and thank my loyal subscribers. I especially appreciate your sharing my updates with your family and friends.

You might also notice the new look this month. I switched services and am still tweaking the design. Hope you like it.

Take a moment to express gratitude to your body and the food you have that nourishes and fuels it. With our busy lifestyles, it can be easy to take for granted the wonderful gifts we have within us.

Take time to thank yourself and reflect on all your body can do for you. It then becomes a little easier to implement healthier lifestyle habits.

I hope you enjoy my special Thanksgiving newsletter. Know that creating a healthy lifestyle happens one day at a time, and the little choices you make do add up. When it comes to your Thanksgiving feast, remember to be mindful with the choices you make.

Please make sure to look below right at the special holiday offer I have for you.

Enjoy the day with your loved ones!

In appreciation,

Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Wellcoach Certified Health Coach
Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics



A Thanksgiving Wish:

Today I will make time to thank my body for all it can do.

I am grateful for my heart that beats and keeps me alive.

I am grateful for my legs and feet that move me.

I am grateful for my ears, nose, and mouth. Because of these I can listen to a friend in need, smell the aroma of a home-cooked meal, taste the nutrition that feeds my body, speak words to comfort, and laugh till I cry and my heart is content.

I am grateful for the perfect flaws that I have and for all that they have taught me.

I am grateful for the people who brought me into this world and raised me to become the person I am today.

I am grateful that I am here and able to read this and share with people that I love.

Today I am going to state all that I am grateful for, rather than everything that needs to be changed and improved.

Today I am simply grateful.


French Green Beans with Pomegranate, Goat Cheese and Almonds

 Adapted with permission from Time to Table: 20 Minutes Prep, 8 Minutes Cooking Servings: 6


Juice from 1 large POM Wonderful Pomegranate*, or 1/3 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

1/3 cup arils from 1 large pomegranate or POMS fresh pomegranate arils (Make note of the TWO videos I have on how to deseed pomegranates! Water method and No water required)

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/4 pounds fresh green beans, stems removed and cut on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces (6 cups)

1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange peel

1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds

Salt and pepper to taste

4 ounces sliced goat cheese

Preparation: Score 1 fresh pomegranate and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate underwater to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. (This describes the Water method but personally I think No water required is easier and faster.)

Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1/3 cup of arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.) Prepare fresh pomegranate juice.* Place oil in a wok or large skillet and heat until hot. Stir-fry the beans with the lemon peel for 6 minutes. Add the almonds and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss beans with reserved pomegranate arils and pomegranate juice; turn onto a serving platter. Arrange goat cheese slices over the top and serve.

Nutrients Per Serving (5.2 oz.): 185 calories, 8g protein, 14g carbohydrate, 12g total fat (5g saturated), 15mg cholesterol, 295mg sodium, 1mg manganese

Health is the greatest gift

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” Buddha


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5 Ways to Practice Gratitude for Health


Share the strength of your body with another.
Find someone else who is in need of help and use the strength of your arms and legs to help them do what they cannot do for themselves.

Laugh more.
Find humor in your day to day living. Humor and laughter will help shift your perspective and give you the understanding that there is good in the world and whatever made you laugh and smile is probably something to be grateful for.

Grow your own food.
Practice gratitude for this earth you live on and the body you live in by planting a garden and nurturing your body with the food from it.

Move your body.
Move with thoughts of gratitude rather than obsessing over burning off every bite of last nights meal! Be grateful for the food you enjoyed and the company you shared it with.

Rest when you are tired.
Show gratitude to your body by taking a break and resting when you are tired or burned out.




Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD, FAND is a respected award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist in Dallas, Texas who specializes in weight management, cardiovascular disease and wellness and exercise and sports nutrition. She is a Wellcoach Certified Health Coach and a well-regarded nutrition counselor/coach, vibrant public speaker, writer and media spokesperson in the nutrition area.  She can be contacted at or  214.395.3114

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