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January 2019

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It’s Winter

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5 Ways to Dodge the Doldrums

The holiday season is past, and winter is upon us, for better or for worse. For many, it’s for worse; the winter doldrums can make this time of year dreary and difficult. Take heart: Though the days are short now, they are getting a little bit longer every day. In the meantime, here are some ways to battle the winter blues.

  1. Let there be light. The long nights and short days of winter are hard for so many people. Add to that stretches of time when the skies are gray, and it’s no wonder you’re feeling blah. You may need more light. Not just any light or lamp, but specially designed light therapy boxes that give you a sense of bright outdoor light.
  2. Move. Not to another city, state or country, but move your body. The doldrums can make you feel tired. But getting up and moving, whether it’s going outside for a brisk walk or skiing, or inside to a swimming pool or even mall walking, will re-energize you. Exercise helps your body release endorphins, which are hormones that can help you feel better.
  3. Change things up. Maybe you have hobbies you usually enjoy, but they’re just not doing it for you right now. It might be time to find some new hobbies, or find ways to change up the current ones. If you love to bake, try a different type of cooking, or take a cooking class that’s not about baking. Instead of crossword puzzles, try jigsaw puzzles. And whatever you choose, invite friends and family to join you. Which leads us to:
  4. Be social. It’s all too easy to hunker down and stay inside. But getting out and seeing close friends and family can do a tremendous amount of good. It’s tempting to cancel that coffee or lunch invite, but don’t. Put on the boots and the coat and enjoy the change of scenery.
  5. Have a winter party. Yell “Fie upon thee, winter!” by inviting friends over for an anti-winter gathering. Or, if you have young children, have a winter camp-out in your family room. Build a tent out of blankets, make hot cocoa and heat up some Chuckwagons in your make-believe campfire (otherwise known as a microwave). If you can’t beat winter, celebrate it.

Note: If your winter blues are making it hard for you to function in your daily life, it would be a good idea to visit your family doctor to check for any physical issues or deeper depression.

Make Breakfast Easy!

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5 Options for Satisfying Breakfasts on Even the Most Hectic Mornings

Mornings are great—if it’s a Saturday morning when you don’t have to be at the ice rink for hockey practice at 7 a.m. Otherwise? Oof—getting kids to school, daycare or sports, adults off to the adult part of the day, dogs to doggie daycare—it’s a rush that often seems crazy-making. Take advantage of our Hot-to-Go Breakfast Sandwiches to make the start of your day a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable, with something for everyone in your household.

  1. Don’t wait in a long line at a bagel shop when you can grab a Deli Express Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagel. All the deliciousness in a fraction of the time.
  2. Or maybe there’s someone who needs some firing up. Our Chorizo Sausage, Jalapeno Egg, Cheese and Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuit Sandwich will make their eyes pop wide open! Bonus—extra water consumption. (Milk is also known for being a good foil to heat.)
  3. Feeling the need for a lighter bite? Try the Egg White, Ham & Cheese on an English Muffin. All the flavor and protein without the cholesterol of the egg yolk. Pair with some fresh fruit or fruit juice, and feel good.
  4. Go back to basics: The Sausage Biscuit or Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches give you delicious, hearty meat in a flaky pastry. Add some yogurt or fruit juice to round off that first meal of the day.
  5. Some days may feel like there’s just not enough breakfast in the world to get you going. But we’ve got you covered: Our Mega Omelet Sandwich with two sausage patties, cheese and bacon on a giant bun will fill that appetite. Finish that off, and you’re ready for anything the day can throw at you. (But you might have to double the order if you have athletic teenagers in the mix.)