Here Come the Holidays… There Goes My Diet!

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Okay, so why am I already seeing Christmas stuff in the stores? The answer is because we love, love the holidays and all the celebrating that it brings. For many people the holidays are a time for re-uniting with friends and family, enjoying once- a-year festivities and, unfortunately, gaining weight. On average, Americans gain 2-4 pounds over the holiday season. And while this doesn’t seem like much, most do not take ...

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Control Your Food To Help Control Your Mood

foodThere are many different factors that influence our health and wellness. What we eat has a huge impact on how we feel and how we function. Whether you’ve been feeling overly stressed, tired, or depressed changing what you eat could make a big difference.

Seeds and nuts, soy beans, certain cheeses and meats, oats, eggs, seafood, bananas, pineapple and milk often contain tryptophan, which is ...

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The Love Comes First

As the year went by I watched a gradual transformation occur. Bit by bit my friend restored every inch of that car. As we faced final exams that year, my friend arrived in what had become a shining, rumbling, teenage automotive dream. It was as beautiful as the image he had described in the fall.

What I’ve learned from that experience is that the love comes first. That car looked like a disaster to me. He loved it, saw the possibilities ...

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Summer Structure

Whbeachen the sun is shining and the weather is warm, it may not seem like there is much to complain about. However, the summer can also be a difficult time to manage mental health issues for adults and children. Summer is often seen as a time of freedom and bliss, although the lack of structure during the summer months may result in feelings ...

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Good for the Mind, Good for the Body

mind_body_spiritOur minds and emotions play a critical role in our health. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, taught that good health depends on a balance of mind, body, and environment. Many ancient healing systems in fact emphasized the interconnection between mind and body in healing. While these insights of old may not have had the benefit of modern research, the wisdom has ...

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Avoiding the Lunch Box Bug

abdominal-pain-in-children-from-eColiThe food supply in the United States is among the safest in the world. However, when certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens contaminate food, they can cause food-borne illness, often called “food poisoning.” The Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of food-borne illness annually — the equivalent of sickening 1 in 6 Americans each year. And each year, these illnesses ...

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Limiting Daily Stress and Strain with Better Self-Care

Salvi LoPiccolo, LMHC
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Living in this fast paced society we quickly forget how important it is to be aware of and maintain our overall well-being. However, this is much easier said than done when we are being pulled in many different directions. Something I try to reinforce to all of my clients is the necessity of self-care. Self-care is any activity or practice ...

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