Most of us consider the holidays to officially start right on Thanksgiving Day and end at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s. In actuality, they start right before Halloween and end at the buzzer on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s because the season of eating and excess starts typically with the acquirement of pounds and pounds of candy and ends over a vat of chicken wings and nachos.
The Meadows appreciates and understands the connection between lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise and stress management, and their role in recovery. We also take a holistic approach to our patient care, focusing on all aspects of wellness. Fasting has been shown in multiple studies to help with weight loss, prevention, and management of metabolic diseases, longevity and even cognitive function. There are many opportunities to improve health through diet – fasting may be a good option for many of our patients seeking to improve overall health.
So much has been written about the burgeoning happiness movement. While combing through my own research and notes on what happy and successful people do, it struck me how intentional they are about choosing the right mindset to become happier and more optimistic.
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Everyone knows about stress. We work too hard, play too hard and sleep too little. We’ve got too many balls in the air and ignore self-care. No me time, no downtime. The result we’re stressed out! And everything suffers, our mood, our health, our work….to say nothing of everyone around us. Small problems feel bigger and our reactions to anything from waiting in a grocery line to how we are with our partners and kids are out of whack.
All or nothing tends to characterize the family that has contained trauma and/or addiction. The tendency to cycle back and forth between black-and-white in thinking, feeling and behavior, reflects the family’s problems with self-regulation consequently the family as a whole and individual members can lose their ability to “right” themselves when thrown off balance.
The year was 1992. I was downing bagels at most meals, and noshing on licorice-like it was going out of style. Nuts, butter, and oils were all evil, and I was sure that eating these high-fat items would, of course, make me fat. Turns out, I was all wrong on this assumption. Consequently, I was not alone in my thinking. For too many years, fat has been vilified as the bad guy amongst the macronutrients. In fact, it turns out that all along, it was my bagel, and licorice that was causing my weight to grow, and my health to plummet.
This workshop for professionals is a 3-day intensive for individuals who want to further their own healing and for those who assist others in the healing journey. This workshop acknowledges that many people have encountered difficult situations as children and as adults: trauma, abuse, neglect, break-ups, betrayal, disappointment, failures, illness, loss, and grief. Yet, humans are resilient creatures - they generally find ways to survive. However, surviving isn’t the same as thriving! Indeed, many times the very adaptations that helped people to survive get in the way of really living life wholeheartedly.
When you think about your overall health, which parts of your body do you think are the most important? You probably envision your heart, your brain, and maybe even your kidneys or liver. Do you ever think about your gut? Gut health has taken center stage in the world of food, health, and wellness in the past few years and for good reason. That’s because researchers have found that our gut health plays a huge role in our overall health.
“The essence of psychological trauma is the loss of faith that there is order and continuity in life. Trauma occurs when one loses the sense of having a safe place to retreat within or outside of oneself to deal with frightening emotions or experiences.”
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD