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The Negative Impact of the New Tax Bill on Non-Profits & Charities

December 24, 2017

To get the most out of your philanthropic dollar, donate TODAY to your favorite charity. The new tax bill will have a major impact on charitable and non-profit organizations around the world. It takes effect January 1, 2018 and "would fundamentally weaken the ability of charitable organizations to raise money, provide services, and benefit our communities. Charitable giving could drop as much as $20 billion a year," acccording to UNICEF's website (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund), an organization which "works for the survival, protection, and development of children worldwide." The UNICEF website added, "If you're no longer going to be itemizing deductions then you might maximize your charitable contributions before year's end," quoting H & R Block, a tax preparation and filing service. 

A charitable organization I'm most intimately involved with is The Salvation ArmyI spend several hours per week there counseling recovering drug and alcohol users on how to live healthy lifestyles once they're ready to face the world. Many of them have never known love in their lives. Some are raised by alcoholic, drug-addicted or absent parents or families; they are often physically, sexually and emotionally abused, homeless and desperate. They have nowhere else to go except The Salvation Army where they are welcomed with open arms and hearts.

A particular story shocked me, but it is just one out of many. One of my clients, at the age of five, was thrown down the stairs by her mother. After she tumbled to the bottom of the stairs her mother jumped on her head, cracking her skull. She was then taken away from her mother and sent to live with alcoholic relatives who abused her. This is according to her private medical chart; the young woman did not speak of it.

Another man in his forties was unjustly incarcerated for 22 years. He was finally exonerated based on new evidence, but the best of his life was over. Amazingly, as many of my clients there, he had a positive attitude when speaking with me, and said he felt "blessed" (his words), but has been struggling with heroin addiction. Again, he didn't share his tale of woe; it was something I had to read about in his personal history, which as a medical professional, is part of my duties: to understand a person's life, history, health, etc. so I can help them to the best of my ability.

Many of my clients there have experienced injustices of all kinds. For instance, being incarcerated for nine or more years simply for "intent to distribute" drugs. Yes, that's a crime. But I believe the punishment is excessive. Then these poor sould get lost in the system - if they hadn't already, torn from their families, uneducated, and damaged with nowhere to go except back to their negative environments.

Americans have always been generous people with big hearts. Give now to The Salvation Army, one of the highest rated charities in the world. But it is just one of millions, like UNICEF that make a difference in peoples' lives. You could contact me (Katherine@PersonalizedNutrition), if you like, about medical supplies needed!


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Katherine's Top 40 Healthy Holiday Tips - Listen to the Podcast!

December 18, 2017

Personalize your favorite strategies for enjoying yourself while staying healthy and fit through the holiday season.  Listen to my "Top 40 Diet Simple Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations for the Holidays" on The Boost Podcast with Elena Lipson - and me!

The holidays are a time for celebrating life and for bringing friends and families together. They also mean many opportunities for socializing, eating and drinking. My belief is that you can do it all, have fun, feel great and still stay in shape and good health during the holidays with just a little planning and support. Besides, what's the alternative?

Even if you've mastered your daily routine of self-care, the holidays present new challenges like travel, crazy schedules, fattening delicious foods everywhere, increased family, friends and work obligations and pressures.

On "The Boost Podcast," I remind you, among other things, that you can eat with abandon, even your favorite holiday foods like peppermint bark or potato pancakes, you can sleep more, reward yourself with sexy lingerie or a massage, go to great parties. In fact, you should!

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Diet Simple Tip# 132 for Party Goers: The 25 Percent Blowout!

December 10, 2017

Here's some rocket science: What happens when you go to four or five parties in a week, and you eat yourself silly at each one? You'll make a good social impression, but the impression on the scale at the end of the week will be even more impressive.

It's difficult for serious party goers to keep food intake and calories under control. Every sideboard and dining table is loaded with food, and every bottle is filled with caloric libations.

In Diet Simple's Chapter, "The Party Goer's Guide to Perfect Weight," which is especially appropriate for party animals, anyone who entertains (or is entertained) frequently for pleasure or for business, or those who go home for the holidays' Tip #132, "The 25 Percent Blowout," shares sage advice:

Don't stay home, for goodness' sake, but try this little trick: Suppose you've been invited to four gatherings. The hostess of Saturday night's party is justly renowned for her fabulous cooking. Allow yourself to indulge like crazy. Have your fill. But that's it for the week. At the other three parties, feel free to taste whatever healthful offerings that happen to be available. Otherwise, limit yourself to a glass of sparkling water. Won't you be hungry? No, because you were wise enough to eat before leaving home.**

At the height of the holiday season, you might find yourself invited to four parties in a week. Go to all of them - and indulge at one.

**Excerpted from Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations

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