Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
December 18, 2003

Dear Debbie,
My thirteen year old daughter is driving me crazy asking for expensive fancy things like a Louis Vuitton bag and a Tiffany bracelet. She says all her friends have them and she feels left out of the crowd. What do I doótake out a loan for her wardrobe? How do I get her to be real?(Poor Parent) Dear Poor Parent,

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Affirmation of the Week
The cave you fear to enter
holds the treasure you seek.
If necessary enter the cave
with a flashlight and corrective lenses.

Stress Reduction Tip of the Week
The holidays are coming and the tasks are multiplying. Cope by changing your vocabulary from
"I should do this" to "I could do this". Delegate chores to others; even a young child can help clean up or set a table. Reevaluate beliefs and rituals. Do what you believe in and what is right for you and not what you were made to believe in as a child. Affirm everyone even the difficult family members. After all, they mean well in their own way. When you act positively, others will respond and reflect your positivism - well, most of the time.

Article of the Week - "Donít Make Any More New Yearís Resolutions"
Every year around December we all start thinking about the New Yearís Resolutions we will be making on January 1st. At the top of the list are dieting, exercising, quitting smoking and organizing. Then we also remember the resolutions we didnít keep: Dieting, exercising, quitting smoking and organizing. Every year we get another chance and most importantly we can postpone the latest version of our transformation until the actual New Year - usually about a month away. Donít we all realize by now that we wonít keep these resolutions either? More.. Other articles

Food of the Week - Squash
There are more than a dozen varieties of squash in various shapes, colors, sizes, flavors and textures. Buy whole squashes which feel hard and have no soft spots or cracks. A squash which is heavy for its size will have a thick wall of edible flesh. Squash is high in vitamin C and beta carotenes which convert to vitamin A. In fact during storage the beta carotenes increase. Small acorn squashes that come in green, gold and white can be baked with or without any stuffing. Cut them in half and remove the seeds. Fill the center with a mixture of diced apples, dried cranberries and cinnamon. Sprinkle with a little fruit juice, cover and bake or microwave until tender.

Radio Show Guest of the Week - Dr. Stuart Rappaport
Tune into the Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show Sunday mornings at 10:30am on WLIE 540 AM in New York City. (Available online live, or hear past shows).
On December 21, 2003 our topic will be We All Need A Vision with Optometrist Dr. Stuart Rappaport, who will enhance our field of vision with the latest eyecare information and resources.

Debbie Eisenstadt Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WLIE 540 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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