Hi! I’m Jenna. Welcome to The Spark Wellness Newsletter. I’m a holistic mental wellness coach. I operate at the intersection of mental health, self-care, nutrition and REAL LIFE.
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- Strategies for managing stress and overwhelm
- Evidence-based research and recommendations you can use to take care of your mental wellness
- Recipes and insights that can help you use good mood foods to boost your energy – the best antidote to stress!
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With the start of December, I'm thinking about holiday baking.
Food is an important part of holiday traditions. Food is part of how we gather and share with friends and family. It's about memories of holidays past and the memories we want to create with our families.
Whether it's a potluck with friends, a cookie exchange at work or a family meal food brings people together to socialize and celebrate.
For me, baking is part of my holiday traditions. I make time for baking by myself and with my kids. It reminds me of the cookie decorating parties my mom hosted for my friends and me when I was young and helping my grandmother in the kitchen.
We all have our favourites and we try to make them all during the holiday season. Gingerbread cookies, jam thumbprints, butter tarts, cherry cake, sugar cookies, cranberry squares, peanut butter cookies... there's lots to choose from.
Quick tip - if your holidays are busy, with a long to-do list and lots of expectations, remember that you don't need to do everything before Christmas (or the holidays you celebrate). We often do our holiday baking in the week between Christmas and New Year's when the kids are off school. The holiday season can last as long as you choose!
If you're looking for some holiday recipes, I have two collections you can choose from: one is gluten-free and dairy-free, and the other uses whole grains. You can download them both from the Spark Wellness Community Resource Library I've include some other favourite holiday recipes too!
Take care and be well,
Jenna Kelland (she/her), PhD (Adult Education)
Holistic Mental Wellness Coach
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