Tips for Buying Holiday Gifts Abroad

Holiday shopping can feel overwhelming in the best of times. If you’re abroad and buying for people on a different continent, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether you’ll be traveling home for the holidays or sending gifts to your loved ones overseas, here are some tips to keep in mind to make the process easier. 

Gift a taste of your travels

If you’re able to gift a memento that your loved ones would not be able to find at home, that’s a win. You’ll have gotten them a souvenir and holiday gift all in one. But the logistics of traveling with or shipping bulky packages can get complicated. 

For simple gifts that won’t necessarily take up too much space, focus on art or food. These don’t need to be large or complex items either. A smaller print from a local street vendor, specialty preserved or canned

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Holiday Travel: 5 Strategies for Combating Substance Use

Holidays are supposed to be a joyful break from daily routines, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Sometimes people have to interact with family members, friends or other people who don’t respect their recovery during holiday vacations. These are a few ways I’ve learned to make recovery easier while traveling during the holidays.

1. Create Backup Plans

Travel and substance use can seem like an unchangeable combination. It also doesn’t help when you travel to see people who don’t support or care about your recovery. The thought fills me with intense anxiety before the holiday arrives, making substance use even more appealing.

It’s so important to create backup plans for those challenging moments. I like to bring a few mocktail recipes when I visit family and ask everyone to try them with me. It turns sobriety into a fun activity and a bonding experience.

You can also plan polite

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Miso Crunch Salad – Healthy Travel Blog

This creamy, sweet and savory miso dressing turns anything it touches into a delicious dish. It pairs especially well with sweet snap peas, corn, crunchy cabbage and cucumbers. The ideal side for salmon or shrimp, it also stands on its own as a vegetarian dish served with grains or tofu if you’re seeking a more substantial meal. As a fermented food, miso contains powerful probiotics which help bolster your gut health and boost your immune system. It also contains Vitamin K, zinc, protein and calcium, along with a host of beneficial minerals. Best consumed raw to preserve its probiotic power, miso works beautifully in this easy-to-whisk-together dressing. While all the vegetables in this recipe are hydrating and full of fiber and minerals, cabbage stands out for its ability to help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as lowering inflammation in your body and aiding in digestion.  

Serves 4

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Food features central in any holiday season, in every one’s culture.

For Thanksgiving in the United States, food plays a huge role in the history/legend of the holiday’s origins, along with the present-day celebration of the festival.

At the same time, in and beyond the U.S., families’ finances will also be playing a central role in dinner-table conversations, shopping on the so-called “Black Friday” retail season (which has extended long before Friday 25th November), and in what’s actually served up on those tables.

Let’s connect some dots today on food, finance and health as we enter the holiday season many people will be sharing this and in the coming weeks.

Financial security, health and food were featured in a YouGov poll in April 2022 which can inform our understanding of the relationship between these factors in everyday peoples’ lives.










The graph clearly illustrates the relationship between peoples’ perceptions of

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Take A Moment – Climate for Health

At the recent ecoAmerica National Health and Climate Forum, I was invited to present some thoughts about self-care for those of us engaged in the climate fight.  I believe we must continuously invest in ourselves to do our best work now and to maintain this commitment over time.

For everyone involved in stopping climate change, it’s challenging not only because of the enormous complexity of the problem, but also because the rest of life doesn’t stop, with work, family, personal or health issues demanding our attention and energy at the same time.

But for those of us in health care, we get both the benefit and the burden of that added perspective. Although we’re not climate scientists, our health background allows us to understand and communicate climate change better than many.  But in addition, we truly get the extreme risks we’re running with the worsening dis-ease of nature, which

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