This is the year to have a healthy relationship with food!

Food nourishes us, gives us strength to move forward in our life and accomplish what we want to. Food is used by our brain to think, gives us the fuel for emotion and yet for so many people it is almost like food has become our enemy.

Companies are making millions of dollars a year creating non fat, non sugar, low calorie foods, diet/weight loss programs and promises of a new thin you. Are these realistic or healthy for our bodies, hearts and minds?

Do you wake up anxious, angry upset or defeated thinking about your struggle with food? Does your life revolve around wishing you could just Control your eating or were thinner. Do you think if only……then my life would be perfect?

Let’s work together to create a healthy respect for your body, your mind and your relationship with food maybe for the first time or after years of struggles.

Food gives us life, allow it to work for you as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle freeing you up to use that extra energy and focus to enjoy all the other areas in your life that can give you peace, pleasure and happiness.

The Road to Good Intentions in the New Year

Is it a familiar pattern for you to get excited about the beginning of a New Year and decide that this is the year you are going to look after your body and/or your emotional health. You start off strong with wonderful intentions and after a week or two things start sliding back to the way they were before, you get discouraged and give up?

It is a common pattern that we get into when we get caught up in the end result (losing 30 lbs, running everyday) which are long term goals, without focussing on the day to day short term goals that help us get where we are going.

Prioritize in order of importance your goals for the year, keep them realistic and create a series of short term goals that you can achieve along the way and watch your motivation continue!

Laugh to Heal

What is FREE, FUN and HEALING…LAUGHTER!

We have a wonderful, natural tonic inside of us that promotes a sense of well-being, physical healing and joy. It is called LAUGHTER. It is there to help you lighten your mood, feel good and enjoy yourself.

Think back and ask yourself:

When is the last time that you let go and really laughed out loud? So much laughter your eyes started watering and you had to take an extra breath? Or put on some music for no special reason and just danced around?

Have you ever sung your favourite song out loud and really let go? Or just played like you were a carefree happy child for no reason other than the playing itself?

Laughter is health-promoting medicine and it is free!

When we laugh we actually experience useful positive changes in our brain. The act of laughing releases positive endorphins that feel good. Even better than that research has shown laughing has physical health promoting benefits like enhancing the immune system and reducing our blood pressure.

Dr Lee Berk a researcher at Loma Linda University in California has spent decades researching the positive effects of laughter. His studies have discovered that even the anticipation of laughter itself results in positive physiological and emotional changes in our mind and body.

In his book Mind,Body,Spirit:Exploring the Mind,Body,Spirit Connection Through Research on Mirthful Laughter. and Spirituality, Health and Wholeness, An Introductory Guide for Health Care Professions: Haworth Press 2004, he reviews the amazing findings over 3 decades of research into the benefit of laughter.

Findings suggest that a good belly laugh is a workout for your core and is aerobic! It can bring your immune system back into a systematic balance and it can relieve negative emotional pressure.

Laughing is a win win

So explore what tickles your silly button, whether a joke, video, good friends and move forward into better health.

Panic Attacks

Are Panic Attacks Making Life Difficult?

Approximately 1in 23 people or 4.23% of our population lives with excessive anxiety. Even more people today suffer from panic attacks.

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense anxiety. This may feel like a rapid heart rate, an inability to breathe, feelings of intense nausea, an out of body experience or the feeling that everything is closing in on you. Many people experiencing a panic attack for the first time believe that they are having a heart attack and often go to the emergency room. This is usually where they first hear the words panic attack.

After the first attack subsides you may find yourself worrying that it will happen again. You may begin to avoid certain situations “in case” it happens again. Initially you may avoid the situation in which it happened. Later on you may notice the things you avoid are more general.

Common situations in which people first experience panic attacks are driving, in elevators, going over bridges, flying and sometimes at home.

Adults my distract themselves from these uncomfortable feelings with alcohol, drugs, food, work and exercise in order to avoid the familiar uncomfortable feelings of anxiety and panic.

As uncomfortable as these feelings are, anxiety and panic are generally very treatable!

When excessive anxiety or panic has developed, the root cause is often found in an event or events that were intense enough to leave a lasting impression. The treatment through a combination of methods is designed to eliminate the strong emotion connected to the event(s).

Through this process the power of these emotions is nullified. Often excessive anxiety and panic can be resolved in 4-6 sessions.