Are you feeding your anxiety – By Kathleen Russell

I was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder in 1994 in the seventh year of my recovery from addiction, by a specialist in the field. I know I’m not the only one. Many of us deal with the debilitating symptoms of anxiety at different times in our lives. For a few years medication helped to blanket my brain with the chemicals it didn’t produce on its own. With the help of this medication and coupled with psychotherapy , I committed myself to healing. Sessions started weekly, then monthly, and eventually, to carrying my therapists number in my pocket just in case. Time frame in healing is as individual as recovery. For me, I needed the support of a twelve step program, a concentrated nutrient dense food plan to follow, psychotherapy, a psychiatrist for medication modification, all complimenting each other, to become healthy in mind body and spirit. It’s an understatement to just… Continue reading

Today’s Conversation Over Coffee – Taking Yourself Out To Eat

There’s something just a little bit opulent about taking yourself out to eat. And I don’t mean to your usual fast food joint serving soulless food….I mean going to a proper restaurant with the best food, made by a chef that uses the best ingredients and creates dishes that are a work of art. The effort and love put into creating a beautiful plate of food is transferred to you. It makes the food extra tasty and extra nourishing. Recovery is about nourishment of mind, body and spirit. It’s about feeling deserving and grateful and satisfied with the present moment. Sitting there alone allowing yourself to feel utterly extravagant and without the distraction of conversation to dull your experience of eating this exquisite food, you taste every sumptuous bite. Each delicate flavour expertly chosen all for you! Order whatever you want! Appreciate smell, taste and texture. Pure joy. Go on….take… Continue reading

Green Living Helps Our Recovery – By Kathleen Russell

Mother Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd. Saving energy, using less and growing closer to “Green Living”, is a motivation for prevention of further destruction. We have our warnings and action is being taken by many of us to clean up the toxins and chemicals from our environments to protect our Earth. So what about our internal environments and the fundamentals needed to protect and restore our health? Does all this really enhance our recovery path? In recovery, we are the tree of life in Mind~Body~Spirit. Our personal roots are stronger when combined with preventing toxic use of products in our daily lives, and our recovery from soul sickness and continued active addictions. Holistic health and our own well-being is all-inclusive, removing people, places and things that are toxic to our health. Our clean living is a healing process and offers us a foothold into emotional freedom. Our strength… Continue reading

National Nutrition Month; Time to Detox – By Kathleen Russell

March Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition and Kidney Awareness month. These themes are created for support and incentive to eat healthier and take better care of ourselves. So, I’m going to talk about the need to cleanse internal toxicity from our bodies. The very function of our kidneys is to filter and clean toxins from the bloodstream before entering into the bladder where urine is made and prepares for its departure. Keeping the toxins flowing out of the body is necessary to keep them healthy and prevent toxic overloads. For people in recovery we have used and abused our kidneys with drugs and alcohol and it is truly amazing what role our kidneys have played in a constant battle to operate under this distress. Most of us take for granted the work they do, and forget the important part we play in keeping their functionality strong and effective. Nutrition is our best… Continue reading

Healing Our Amazing Hearts – By Kathleen Russell

February; the month when the theme of “heart” is at the forefront of our minds. Yesterday, February 14th we celebrated Saint Valentine’s day. This day encourages us to show the people we love our appreciation with flowers, candy and gifts. It’s a special way to fill our hearts with love in creative and fun ways. It is also Heart Health month. It’s time to think about the way we take care of the health of our hearts. Wouldn’t that be an interesting gift to ourselves? Deciding to pay attention to what and how we feed our heart and finding new healthy ideas for longevity? Many people in recovery from various addictions, chose a design for living through the 12 step plan. February being the second month of the 12, the second step in 12 step recovery , tells us that we could be restored to sanity. Really, I am NOT insane.… Continue reading