Stop and Breathe

Its not often that people stop and take the time to think about their breathing. On an average day most people won’t even give it a second thought or even notice that they are breathing. Its one of the most important bodily processes in keeping us alive and yet one of the most neglected. Our…

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Exploring the Self Leads to Peace

When we think of being mentally healthy, we tend to think of a state of being that is devoid of negative thinking, lacking sadness or pain, and virtually stress-free. This level of functioning is what we assume as the expected baseline for the healthy “normal”. We have come to this conclusion for many reasons. Media,…

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Mindful Eating

As a dietitian, I’ve seen the emotional and physical damage fad diets have done to my clients. Fad diets often warp your relationship with food, fill you with shame and guilt, damage your metabolism and generally make eating a struggle. Food is meant to be enjoyed and to nourish you, not fill you with anxiety…

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Self-Injury Awareness Month

March is Self-Injury Awareness month and the perfect opportunity to discuss what self-injury is and how to support someone who struggles with injuring. Self-Injury, or Self-harm, is any deliberate and non-suicidal act that causes physical harm to one’s body. There are a multitude of reasons why one may harm their self and it can occur…

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Making the Most of Mondays

Monday, or in other words, the most dreaded day of the week. It signifies the end of the weekend and the start of the work week and usually starts off with too little sleep, not enough preparation, and a general lack of excitement. Its hard because even when you like your job, its hard to jump…

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What is an Eating Disorder?

The National Eating Disorders Association is a non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. According to their webpage, they reach millions every year, campaign for prevention, improve access to quality treatment and increase research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. They,…

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Reduce Stress in the New Year

After the holidays wind down, New Year Resolutions set in, and life and work responsibilities come back in full force, it is easy to become overwhelmed by stress. Unfortunately, this stress can at times be unavoidable. While you cannot necessarily change all the events and factors that cause stress, there are some simple strategies you…

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A Dietitian’s Thanksgiving Tips

Food without guilt. What food items make Thanksgiving special to you? For me, it’s Grandma’s pumpkin pie.  For another it’s Aunt Nina’s sweet potato casserole.  Whatever the foods are, the key is to allow yourself a reasonable portion of these items, but leave the less desirable sides to others.  Setting healthy boundaries including what you…

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The Art of Positive Thinking

So often in the psychology and mental health world you hear people focusing on negative thinking patterns, cognitive distortions, and how to confront them. This leaves little thought to the other end of the spectrum, positive thinking and the power of positive thinking patterns. Here are a few ways to adapt a positive thinking frame…

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Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s.  If that isn’t enough, 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.  It also kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined. Experts believe the number of Americans aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s may nearly triple by 2050.  It is…

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