A Little Less SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs for many during the low-light winter months north of the San Francisco/Philadelphia line.

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How’s Your Focus?

Years ago I walked into Leroy’s coffee shop and from behind the counter Jill Berger greeted me with “Hi, Jody. How’s your focus?”

Astonished, because I’d just been thinking deeply about that very subject, I replied “a little fuzzy.”

Her smile widened, “Actually, I mean your car,” she said.

Whoops. I reported the Focus was dandy, although not so great in the snow.

My mental focus, however, was a little cloudy. I was working on my Masters Degree and needed a dependable supply of concentration. Soon thereafter I strategized and implemented a few focus-improving changes – protein and water intake topped the list.

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Eating to Live, Living to Eat

August 26, 2011 – An excerpt from Peninsula Pulse

I’m sitting at my desk. It’s mid-afternoon, and my energy’s crashing. My mind feels slow and blurry. I’d like a nap, but I have to keep working and get some more productive hours in. I reach for…

http://leftovers.recipes/26698-skinoren-creme-usa.html My bottle of water. I almost always keep a filled 27 oz. water bottle with me. Mine happens to be a Kleen Kanteen, because I like the stainless steel bottle (durability and no plasticky chemicals) and the leak proof lid.

special info A source of protein. Nuts are easy to always have on hand, delicious, and quickly do the trick. Nuts can get expensive, but buying them in bulk reduces the cost significantly. Fresh fruit’s great too: put an apple in your bag for later.

Jody Jessup, a registered dietitian and professional psychotherapist who specializes in nutrition counseling, provided a fantastic analogy: “We wouldn’t dream of putting the wrong fuel in our vehicle. It can be a really cumbersome, expensive fix.”

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Can you explain what the non-diet approach is?

Absolutely! The non-diet approach focuses on metabolic health and overall well being rather than the number on the scale being the primary focus.
We know restrictive diets don’t work – I can talk about that in a future post. The non-diet approach assumes (correctly) that the body will find its natural weight as one eats in response to hunger and fullness. We focus on meal composition and timing so that your blood sugar works to support you. Satiety becomes an important gauge as to when you have had enough, refocusing the reliance on inner cues rather than external rules. Physical cues of hunger and satiety are valued, not overruled.
Nutrition education empowers your decision making and sense of stability. All food is legalized and acceptable; it is self-regulated, internally cued, and non-restrained. Exercise for the sake of weight loss is replaced with movement that brings you a sense of pleasure. Size acceptance and body trust are additional components. Harsh judgments about what bodies should look like have created a nation of women (men, too) who have lost confidence living in their bodies, with self worth wrapped up around how we look instead of who we are and what we bring to the world. We do not find happiness by changing our body to fit the culture, but by changing our attitude toward self and never forsaking our natural body form. The perfect body is unachievable–and the inevitable consequence of this impossible dream is powerlessness and failure.
I am passionate about undoing that cultural trap; one that implies we can’t feel good until we look good. The non-diet approach has a philosophy that resonates with my own – that we hunger more for full lives than perfect bodies, so lets optimize our health and take up all the space we deserve in a full life.

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