The holiday season is fast approaching. I know, I know, it’s only September; I’m worse than the retail industry! But, hear me out and keep an open mind.

This season, that is supposed to be full of happy, joyous, and peaceful moments, becomes a circus. EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. Every year, I try to figure out how I become such a doormat to the season. I’m a grown, smart, and fairly in-control (most of the time) woman, so why am I such a victim? I believe it’s because I don’t have a plan, or if I do have a plan, I sabotage it by scheduling in things that sound “super fun!” And, no, they’re usually not super-fun, they’re usually super-draining. This year, I’m not doing that. This year, I’m making the season more enjoyable, more mindful, and more low-key.

Here’s how:

  1. I will NOT overbook myself. This is easier said than done since every holiday gathering (especially after COVID) sounds so fun
  1. I WILL schedule things in that create space and peace
  1. I WILL make time for my immediate family and myself
  1. I WILL have empty spaces in my schedule that WILLNOT get filled with crap
  1. I WILL honor that I have an autoimmune disease and not wait for a flare to get me to slow down
  1. I WILL enjoy the season

Read on for a wonderful vata pacifying anti-inflammatory, stick-to-your-ribs root veggie recipe from our acupuncturist, Grazina Adkins.



Grazina’s Vata Pacifying Root Veggie Melange

1 Onion, diced

4 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped

1″ Knob of Ginger, Grated

Roughly Chopped

3 Beets, Peeled

4 Carrots, Peeled

5 Spears of Celery

4 Potatoes, Peeled

2 Sweet Potatoes, Peeled

1 tspn Turmeric Powder

Ghee or Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Heat ghee or oil. Add onion, garlic, ginger; saute for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add turmeric powder; stir for 30 seconds cooking turmeric. Add chopped veggies, season with salt and pepper, turn heat to low, cover and cook until the soft.

You could add cubed beef or lamb or chicken to the pot (with a couple of bay leaves and some liquid) to make a stew, OR blitz the cooked veggies for a soup OR blitz the veggies and drink as a smoothie.