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Helping Kids Break The “I Feel Fat Spell” – By Andrea Wachter

Most people in our thin-obsessed, fitness-crazed culture are battling with their bodies. For some it’s an occasional pastime, for others it’s a full-time job. It used to be mainly adults and teens who were struck by what I call the “I Feel Fat” Spell. But these days, even young kids are hating their precious bodies. We are all surrounded by unrealistic, perfectionistic messages about how we should look. And while we may not be able to shield our kids from all the diet talk, fat chat and photoshopped images that surround us, we can certainly clean up what happens in our homes. If your child is struggling with body image issues, here are some tips for you: How to Help Your Child Break the “I Feel Fat” Spell Stop Fat Chat – Refrain from talking about how “fat” you feel or how “good” or “bad” you are according to how much you ate or… Continue reading

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

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

Listening To Our Bodies Wisdom – By Kathleen Russell

The process of Recovery is all about learning to listen to our truth.  When we tap into this place within, we practice listening to our voice more and become aware that we’ve had it all along. Getting down to causes and conditions allows us to tap into being quiet and as we continue to do so, it’s a transformation to enlightenment. Listening with new insight, from the heart center instead of the brain center, we find an amazing companion.  Learning ways to be still teaches us to become more open and we have a new best friend. Learn to hear the wisdom of your body through the heart’s intuition, tapping into your own awareness of, “HALT”, { Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.}  With mindful intention to these feelings, often a glass of water, a good meal and a conversation with a trusted friend, puts everything into perspective. Feeding the health of… Continue reading