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Mental Illness

I wanted to share something I found on a Facebook page about mental Illness. It’s such a fascinating movie! It’s about an hour or more and worth every minute!

I believe in healing through human connection. Support through friendships, spirituality, and having some physical activity makes a world of difference no matter what you’ve survived in this life.

That human connection is imperative for those with a mental illness. Often times those diagnosed with a mental illness are the ones that are the most isolated. However, I think we would all agree that being heard and cared about is beneficial for everyone!

I also believe that there is a need for some people to be on medication and for some it may not be a good fit. That’s between each unique individual to decide for themselves with the guidance of their loved ones and Doctors.

I love how much this movie brought out so many emotions for me as I’m sure it will do the same for you.

As with everything, you will get out of it what your ready to hear. You take from it what applies to you and your situation and then leave the rest for absorbing another time.

The movie is called Crazy Wise and I really hope you take the time to watch it!

When your finished watching it, please come back and tell me your thoughts.

I am grateful to be a survivor.

Thanks for listening.

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Kitchen Road Map

Creating a Kitchen Road Map is imperative in today’s busy world. It just takes a little time and prep work to make quick weeknight meals that you can feel good about.

Don’t stress over doing everything all at one time, you can take small steps to eventually achieve your kitchen road map goals.

Small Steps to Success…

  • Start with just organizing and clearing out your pantry one weekend.
  • Maybe the next weekend, you can see if you need to invest in some good quality storage containers for all your prep work.
  • Then make a list of your favorite foods and organize your recipes to have handy.
  • You might want to start small by prepping healthy snacks for the week such as pre-washing/cutting vegetables and making a homemade dressing to use as a dip.

Having a kitchen road map will prepare you for a busy week which will reduce some stress and anxiety about weeknight meals.

Make an appointment with me to discuss your plan of action and get clear on what’s been holding you back from attaining your goals.

Click here – road map for your free guide to help you succeed in creating quick weeknight meals made your way!

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I’m grateful to have a passion for cooking.

Do you plan out your weeks worth of food for quick weeknight meals?

Thanks for listening!

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Guts

Lets talk about your gut. I love your guts 🙂 I hope that you love your guts because it is your second brain. What exactly does that mean? Simply put, whatever we put into our bodies will affect our mood as well as our health.

Studies show that the following modern lifestyle directly contributes to unhealthy gut flora…

  • A diet that is high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic infections
  • Some Grains
  • Conventional grain-fed dairy
  • Unhealthy oils
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil and Ibuprofen
  • Antibiotics
  • Pesticides

Scientists have already discovered that gut bacteria produce neurotransmitters. Unhealthy guts can cause…

  • Mental Health Issues
  • Poor Immune Health
  • Autoimmune Illnesses
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Skin Conditions
  • Trouble Maintaining a Healthy Weight
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Acid Reflux

Serotonin is an important brain neurotransmitter that is relevant to depression, migraine, and other neuropsychiatric illnesses. It has been estimated that about 95% of serotonin is found in the GI tract. Credit for that statement goes to: Kim, Doe-young; Camilleri, Michael. The American Journal of Gastroenterology; Cambridge95.10 (Oct 2000): 2698-2709. See the document here.

You can do your own research on the research that’s been done. I’ve read plenty about the strong connection between what we put into our guts and how it affects our mental wellbeing.

I’ve done my own scientific experiment on myself. From all my research and suggestions from my Doctor, I have concluded that when I have a healthy gut, I don’t experience the anxiety and severe depression that I usually do when I don’t have such a healthy gut!

My inspiration for this article came from the mystery that surrounds my Grandmother. My family never knew why she was a little off (as they called it). I look back and see signs of mental illness that I think could have been improved with better gut flora.

I’m certainly not suggesting that all mental illness can be cured with better gut flora. I am merely asking why not try to improve upon the symptoms by improving the gut flora?

How do we improve our gut flora? Well, for starters we stay away from the modern lifestyle that was pointed out at the beginning of this article, consume more fermented foods or probiotics, detox from all your candida overgrowth, and start using food as our medicine instead of pills.

That’s my 2 cents and I hope you see the common sense in it all as I did when I first began my journey of wellness.

I’m grateful for finally making the brain/gut connection.

What will you do with this information? I hope you research and study it as much as I did to make that connection. Perhaps you don’t need to and will begin your healing sooner rather than later!

Thanks for listening.