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Health

Being a House Guest And Following Your Diet

Being a guest has it’s challenges as well. You need to be sensitive to the ways of other households, you don’t have your usual comforts of home and familiarity, and you may not have access to the foods that make you feel good and that you are choosing to eat these days. And your host may insist you eat everything served especially those who spend countless hours shopping and preparing the food.

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Antidepressants

Tolerating Discomfort on Your Path to Success

Achieving a goal, like losing weight, following your meal and exercise plan, earning a degree while you’re working, or raising money for a cause you believe in, can feel euphoric, especially when you’ve overcome significant challenging obstacles to get there. We know logically that it’s hard to make the changes required to reach a goal. So why, then, when the going gets tough, are we unprepared and wonder why the journey is not pain-free? Part of it has to do with our desire to avoid pain, seek pleasure, and take the path of least resistance. Being aware of this triad can help you better accept, and tolerate, the obstacles you’ll face.

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Antidepressants

The Association Between Depression And Cognitive Decline

Clinical depression can be associated with confusion and cognitive impairment. Processing speed, creativity, memory, and mental focus can be compromised in the setting of depression. Cognitive decline associated with depression can look like dementia in the elderly. Treatment for depression, and social support and compassion, can be a way to improve cognitive function.

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Energy

Caring For Yourself When You Are The Caregiver

We care for others, willingly and with love, such as being there for your children, friends, work colleagues, and community. At the same time, doing so can bring unexpected and ever-changing demands that at times can feel depleting, overwhelming, and frustrating. Taking care of yourself – and making sure your needs are met – while caring for others is vital, especially when caring for elderly parents, a spouse, child, or other family member with a chronic condition.

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Health

Spicing Things Up

One of the easiest ways to keep meals simple is to repeat the basic ingredients from week to week and even day to day and mix things up with fat free and low fat condiments.  This blog includes a list of our favorites we use all the time. Happy Cooking!

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Health

Incorporating Healthy Fats into Your Diet

Heart-healthy omega-3 fats, unsaturated fats, and healthy saturated fats are well known, plus they’re great for metabolism, weight management, and mental wellness. Examples include nuts, seeds, fish, grass-feed beef and even dark chocolate.

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Antidepressants

Weight Loss is Generally Not Intuitive

An enduring problem associated with strategies aimed to reduce obesity, or at least to make the obese healthier, is the “one size fits all” approach. It is rarely cost effective to work with an individual patient to figure out why weight was gained or perhaps regained. It takes time to figure out how lifestyle may contribute to overeating. Does the patient get enough sleep, or eat to stay awake? Is the patient overwhelmed by work or caregiving, perhaps for an elderly parent or disabled spouse? Is the overeating a response to depression, anxiety, social isolation, marital, financial, or other problems — or simply loneliness? Could intuitive eating work for everyone? The reasons for weight gain are not intuitive; nor, it seems, is the solution.

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Cravings

Comfort Foods: Nostalgia or Neurochemistry?

Fortunately, the increase in emotional comfort and decrease in stress experienced after eating carbohydrates is not dependent on changing food choices or new foods entering the supermarket. Carbohydrates will elicit a positive mood, regardless of whether the food was also eaten by one’s grandparents or is new to the contemporary eater. After eating pasta or quinoa, oatmeal or farro, or orange or purple sweet potatoes, relief from feeling down or anxious or tense.

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Emotional Eating

Using Imagery to Overcome Obstacles

Using imagery to formulate a specific action in response to a specific obstacle can give you clarity about what actions will support your goal, confidence to follow through, and, ultimately, the success you’re aiming for.

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Energy

Turmeric Cauliflower Soup with Fresh Herbs

Turmeric is well-known in Ayurvedic and South Asian cuisines for it’s anti-inflammatory, balancing properties. The spice contains curcumin which has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, analgesic, anti-aging & anti-cancer properties as well as positive effects on your brain function & mood. This easy turmeric cauliflower soup recipe is a great way to incorporate turmeric into your diet.

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