Coping With Anxiety

Anxiety is possibly one of the most common reasons people seek therapy. It can range from mild to severe and have any level of impact on your quality of life. So what exactly is Anxiety? Anxiety is a broad spectrum of disorders, as well as being a component or symptom of several other mental disorders. Anxiety…

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Multigrain vs. Whole Grain

“Multigrain” and “whole grain” are not interchangeable terms, even though we often use them that way. “Multigrain” simply means that a food contains more than one type of grain, although none of them may necessarily be whole grains.  The same goes for other variations of this term, such as “9-grain” and “seven grain.”  Whereas, the…

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Starting the School Year Off Strong

The start of the school year can be a time of both excitement and anxiety for children and teens. Some children look forward to the year starting, seeing friends again, and maybe even crave the structure. Others simply dread the end of summer fun and most of all the start of structure. And then others…

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Summer Skin: A Rainbow for a Glow

Research on the best foods for healthy skin is somewhat limited, and rather subjective. But what it does tell us is that for glowing skin, we need to eat a wide variety of foods.  And, those foods need to be higher in antioxidants because antioxidant-rich foods seem to have a protective effect for the skin.…

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What Are Functional Foods?

Functional foods are certain foods that contain nutrients that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition. The term “functional foods” was first introduced in Japan in the mid­ 1980s and refers to processed foods containing ingredients that aid specific bodily functions in addition to being nutritious. Advocates of functional foods will explain…

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is more than just a therapy technique, rather a lifestyle change. It is a component of a few different forms of therapy, most commonly associated with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or Cognitive Therapy. It involves an awareness of all that is around while being present and in the current moment, without judgment. In a sense…

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Hydration in the Heat

Nutrients don’t only come in the form of food; water is the most important, and often most forgotten, nutrient. You can go a rather long time without food, but only days without water. Your lean body mass contains about 70­ to 75% water, with fat containing much less: about 10­ to 40% water. Because of…

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Picking the Right Therapist

Often times we hear that the most difficult part of starting therapy was finding the right therapist, or even knowing how to find the right therapist.  Many times, this is such a personal issue that it can become overwhelming searching to find the right fit. Sometimes it happens just by luck and the first person…

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What is Self-Care All About?

Self-care is simply that, the act of caring for yourself. During the times we need it the most, or high stress times in our life, is when we do it the least. These self-care acts do not have to be complicated or long, but can be if that is what you need. When you become…

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What is an Eating Disorder?

WHAT IS AN EATING DISORDER?   According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition, the following are a list of symptoms that warrant a clinical diagnosis of an eating disorder.   Anorexia Nervosa: Restriction of energy intake relative to requirements leading to a significantly low body weight in the context of age, sex, developmental…

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