Get Right With Raspberries

I love berries. And chances are- you do too!  Beyond their wonderful taste, here a few reasons to make raspberries a new weekly addition in your family’s diet.  Raspberries are extremely low in sugar.  5 grams to an entire cup!  Perfect for those who are trying to follow a low-sugar lifestyle.  Dr. Axe states, “Raspberries are very low on the glycemic index ranking as a 3 in glycemic load. Low-glycemic foods, such as raspberries, have little impact on blood sugar, ultimately helping stabilize it. Overall, it makes this low-sugar and high-fiber food option a great choice to include in any diabetic diet plan.”  If you follow my blog, you know that destabilized blood sugar lends itself to a destabilized mood.  If we want to improve our mood with our food; raspberries are one way to do it.

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3 Lab Tests Needed When Confronted With Depression And Anxiety

No one wants his/her child to feel depressed and/or anxious.  No one wants a child to suffer needlessly.  Many times we look for complicated answers to simple questions.  Is my child depressed?  Is my child struggling with anxiety?  Sometimes we can find the answer with an easy test.  Depression and anxiety can occur as a result of an undetected nutritional deficiency.  Unfortunately, most doctors will not screen for this routinely nor will therapists suggest this in most cases.  Hopefully, we can change that dialogue.  So until your practitioners suggest these guidelines; I will suggest them for you.  If you or a loved one is suffering from symptoms of depression or anxiety, please go to your doctor and request the following lab work:

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A Prescription For A Healthy Mind

  1. Daily vigorous exercise.  Make yourself sweat!
  2. Get outdoors and feel the sun on your skin.
  3. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  4. Eat Omega-3 fats from fatty fish such as Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon.
  5. Cut out sugar and simple carbohydrates.
  6. Take a new class (sewing, dancing or cooking).
  7. Be social. Go out and laugh and talk.
  8. Call a friend.
  9. Do something kind for someone else.
  10. Play with your children.  Hug your children.  Laugh with your children.
  11. Start a gratitude journal to help reframe your thoughts.
  12. Go to bed and wake up the same time everyday to normalize your circadian rhythm.
  13. Reduce or eliminate alcohol.
  14. Read a book.
  15. Begin a daily meditation practice.  Start with just 5 minutes and build your way up.
  16. Drink more water.  Dehydration in its mildest form can cause pain, lethargy and even anxiety.
  17. Take a break from social media.
  18. Say NO to activities that add stress to your family life.
  19. Value your family by valuing yourself first.  If you are depleted – no one benefits.
  20. Smile and choose happiness.  Or start with choosing moments of happiness.
  21. Understand that every thought and every feeling is temporary.  Acknowledge, learn and move on.
  22. Learn to apologize and learn to forgive.
  23. Learn a new skill.
  24. Cook a meal with your children.
  25. Attempt to be present in every moment.

I’m Not Waiting Anymore

I am not waiting anymore.  I am not waiting for another study to tell me how to behave.  I am not waiting for pharmaceutical companies to finally act in an ethical manner.  I am not waiting for major food corporations to take responsibility for their wrongdoing.  I am not waiting for someone else to give me the answers because I already have them.  We all have them.  However, we are led to believe otherwise.

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My Journey With Food : Part 1

Food.  I am a lover of food.  My whole family enjoys food. We love to sit down at the table together- laughing, eating and talking about our day.  This of course occurs on a good day.  A lucky day.  Because I argue I mean discuss alternative viewpoints with my kids over food choices just like most American people.  I want them to enjoy what they are eating while ensuring it nourishes their health simultaneously.  Guess what?  They don’t care if their health is being nourished.  They just care if it tastes good. And so I spend most of my time learning what works with each family member and combining that into one meal we all can sink our teeth into.  I am telling you: this is no small feat.

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My Personal Beliefs As A Former Clinician

If you follow my work; you should be aware, be very aware of the angle from which I write.  I want to be transparent. If you are taking time out of your busy day to read something I have written I want you to know first and foremost I am grateful.  Second, I believe you deserve my truth and if my truth doesn’t jive with yours; you have the opportunity to always walk away.

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