Reindeer Rush Nutrition

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Can the holidays get any busier? Just when you make it through gift-wrapping and the Christmas cookies, there’s the New Year and the inevitable resolutions. When we finally slow down, we realize we need to take a minute and just breathe. (It’s interesting our watches have to actually remind us to do that, right?)

So this year, I’m challenging you to start small rather than make resolutions that won’t last. Work on one change a week. For example, start with two workouts a week, or start with eating five fruits and vegetables in a day. Or maybe just start with eating a salad instead of a burger to boost your intake of leafy greens. And when that finally becomes a habit, you can add another small change. Just don’t try to change everything all at once. That’s what backfires, and we tend to give up when we fail.
I love the idea of just slowing down in the New Year so we can think about what’s going well and what we need to work on to be better. And the meaning of “be better” is different for all of us. It could be about being more giving or more loving or more patient. Those are all part of healthy living that we don’t often talk about.

I want to be better at a few things and not take so many other things on. So maybe, like me, you need to be better at saying no (and not just to a big helping of ice cream at night). Maybe you need to work on saying yes to foods that give your body energy and good fuel, and saying no to the others. And that may mean having just a half-cup of ice cream if that’s what you’re craving.
I think we need to make peace with food — and our bodies — and realize what we eat makes a huge difference in our outlook and longevity. Most of us know that. But it’s also OK to indulge sometimes — just as long as we enjoy it — and then get right back on the healthy lifestyle journey.

Q and A
Q: Are mushrooms healthy?

A: Mushrooms are a great way to add B vitamins (helpful in providing energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates). Mushrooms are also fat-free, low-calorie, nutrient-dense and low in sodium. And mushrooms are the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle. They are also a good source of selenium, a mineral that helps the immune system function properly. Add them to soup, meatloaf, salads and stir-fries.

Like many of you, we have multiple Christmas celebrations to accommodate family schedules. I fixed this Christmas Waldorf Salad at a recent family gathering, and we all loved it. Dried cranberries take the place of raisins, and Greek yogurt and mayonnaise make the salad creamy yet light. It’s from Eating Well.

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large sweet apple, diced
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup red grapes, halved
1/3 cup walnut halves, toasted and chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt and salt in a large bowl. Add apple, celery, grapes, walnuts and cranberries; toss to coat. Serves 6.
Per serving: 169 calories; 2.3 grams protein; 17.9 grams carbohydrates; 10.9 grams total fat; 2.1 grams fiber; 125 milligrams sodium.

Where to buy the book, Dillinghams of Big Ivy, Buncombe County, NC. and related families

Where to buy the book, Dillinghams of Big Ivy, Buncombe County, NC. and related families

Dillinghams of Big Ivy, Buncombe County, N.C. and related families By Margaret Wallis Haile


DILLINGHAMS OF BIG IVY, BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. AND RELATED FAMILIES, by Margaret Wallis Haile, is a family history consisting of twelve years of concentrated research covering two hundred years of genealogy beginning with Absalom Dillingham.  Originally published in 1979 and reprinted with permission for the Mars Hill University Bookstore.  862 pages in two volumes, each volume indexed.


Reprinted with permission for the Mars Hill University Bookstore


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Big Ivy is located in the Northeastern corner of Buncombe County. 

Big Ivy is located in the Northeastern corner of Buncombe County. 

Big Ivy Community Development Club is located in the remote, northeastern corner of Buncombe County.

The Big Ivy Valley bounded by Interstate 26, the Madison County line, the Coleman Boundary, the Yancey County line, and Paint Fork Road to Maney Branch Road, encompassing the Barnardsville school and fire districts, is filled with natural beauty in all seasons.

The residents of the valley are a diverse group in a number of ways.

While we enjoy the talents of, for example, a master blacksmiths who plays the anvil musically, the author of the Ladies of Covington novels, a recipient of the lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, and an international scholar on the ancient Mayan civilization, another achiever who was recognized as one of America’s Premiere experts and voted to the National Academy of Best Selling Authors, we also face an unemployment rate in Barnardsville, the unincorporated center of the valley, that is nearly double digit, with a negative projected job growth rate for the near future. It is no surprise that the rate of job losses in Big Ivy occurs at a faster rate than the state rate. The 2008 estimated median household income for the predominate zip code encompassing the valley is almost $13,000 lower than the State average, and the percentage of residents living below the poverty level is over 14% higher than the State average. The percentage of those living 50% below the poverty level is almost double of 6%. The median household value is over $8000 less than the statewide value and the majority of Barnardsville Elementary School students participate in the free/reduced cost lunch program. We have many riches of various kinds to tap in the valley, and many needs of those who live here to be met in various ways. #WeAreBigIvy

Big Ivy Community Development Club

Our Community Center is at the heart of the area. Located on Dillingham Road, it provides many needed services for all the residents. Recreational opportunities abound… basketball and volleyball courts, swimming pool, playground, picnic area, walking trail and baseball fields. A thrift store, our “Little White House”, utilzes the only original building. Our resource center offers childcare both full day and after school. It houses a medical clinic weekly as well as a Food pantry, Coat Closet, rooms for GED classes and various club meetings. A fully equipped commercial kitchen is an asset to the large multi-purpose room.

Visit the waterfalls of Big Ivy

Here is a list of all trails in the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead area. click here Trails of Big Ivy 

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