Choosing to Thrive with 5 Simple Steps


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With the holiday season just a few weeks away, there’s an energy and festivity in the air that makes us feel alive and thrive. However, as our lives start filling up with responsibilities and tasks, it’s easy to go from thriving into survival mode. When we thrive, we prosper and flourish, when we survive, we continue to exist.

The holidays often trigger emotions and seduce us with food and alcohol. We get busy prioritizing and trying to meet everybody else’s expectations. With the Thanksgiving holiday countdown just 25 days away, avoid the downhill health slide by setting intentions. Setting intentions will ground you on making smart choices so you can thrive this season, not simply survive them. Just following through on one intention can take you from surviving to thriving in all areas of your life.

Here are my top 5 tips to thrive the season and beyond. Challenge yourself to one or more.

  1. Make water your drink of choice – Water is a key part of a balanced diet. Skip the soft drinks. Many are high in sugar (or artificial sugars) and artificial ingredients. They cause you to crave more, make you irritable and pack on weight (yes, artificial sugars too).
  2. Give up sugar!  Sugar contributes to nutrient deficiencies by leaching minerals from your body plus all of the above.
  3. Give up processed packaged foods. Only eat foods when you can identify all the ingredients. Add in more vegetables and fruits, no label required.
  4. Get some “R & R”, read a book, get a massage, and take time for a bath.
  5. Get physical, take a walk, a run, a bike ride or a hike in nature.

Balance your life; eat well, sleep well and remember to make time to play!  Challenge yourself, make your intentions know so you will have accountability, post it on facebook, do it with a coach, sign up for my 21-day “clean-eating” course, just do it and watch how you will thrive through the season and into the New Year.


Enjoy my sweet version of Apple Crisp, you can have your “cake” and eat it too!


Dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves (to taste)
  • 1 tsp. flax meal (optional)

Wet ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil (heat in oven to make it a liquid)
  • 3 tbsp. cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced (or chopped)


  1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease baking dish with a small amount of coconut oil
  3. Place apples in the bottom of your baking dish (sprinkle with cinnamon)
  4. In a bowl, mix dry ingredients (almond flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves)
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, ginger)
  6. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ones and stir well. Create a crumble consistency.
  7. Spread / crumble this over the apples.
  8. Bake approx. 40 minutes until the apples are juicy and bubbling or until the top is brown/crisp.


susan-chasenSusan Chasen is a Certified Nutrition & Health Coach. She is the founder of The Organic Teaching Kitchen where she offers nutrition coaching, “hands-on-cooking” classes, cleanses & nutrition workshops to adults, teens & kids. Susan brings wellness into school classrooms and small businesses too. Baking and Cooking Birthday Parties are fun for all ages at The Organic Teaching Kitchen.

Contact Susan for health consultation. It’s complimentary to Mom Offers More Readers. The Organic Teaching Kitchen is located at 18 Old Post Rd. South. Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Check out her monthly group workshop schedule at or contact her at [email protected]

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