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Support for Pregnant and New Mom’s Struggling with Depression and/or Anxiety

Support for Pregnant and New Mom’s Struggling with Depression and/or Anxiety

on Jun 20, 2017 in General Wellness, Mindfulness

BEING A MOTHER IS DISCOVERING STRENGTHS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU HAD AND DEALING WITH FEARS YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED. Bringing a child into this world can be an overwhelming experience both physically, mentally, and emotionally.  It is common for women to experience all these changes with at least some feelings of depression and anxiety. Some Mom’s will experience these feelings to an extent that it can become debilitating. Connecting with other expectant and new mother’s is comforting and the guidance of experienced counselors can help you cope and discover resources that are available to ease the transition into motherhood. If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of depression and or anxiety, please call or let them know that they are not alone and that Kaiser Permanente has support that can help. Maternal Wellness Support Groups for Pregnant/Postpartum Women 619-641-4456 Kaiser Permanente at Carmel Valley 1st and 3rd Fridays, 1 to 3:00 p.m. Sand Conference Room — Shelly Jaffe, LCSW Facilitator 3851 Shaw Ridge Rd., San Diego, CA 92130 Kaiser Permanente at San Marcos 2nd Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Second Floor (between bldg. 3 and 4)— Shelly Jaffe, LCSW Facilitator 400 Craven Rd., San Marcos, CA 92078 Kaiser Permanente at Viewridge (Begins in August) 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Collaborate Conference Room— Narine Babanyan, LCSW Facilitator 5251 Viewridge Court, San Diego, CA 92123 New Mom’s are welcome to bring children under 1 year with them. Pre-registration is appreciated, however feel free to walk-in. No need to check-in, just go straight to the meeting room. Regular attendance is the most helpful, however you attend meetings as your schedule allows and stay as long as you can. More information may be found at :...

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You are Exposed to 250 Pounds of Toxins Daily – Ways to DETOX

on May 28, 2017 in Cancer prevention, General Wellness

Do we really need to detox or is it simply a fad?  Experts in the field think a little bit of healthy detox is a good thing to do. Unfortunately most of the world’s water sources are polluted to some degree with pesticide runoff and other dangerous toxins contaminate our soil, our air, and our everyday living spaces as well. Studies testing umbilical cords of newborn infants for pesticides and plastic residues suggest that accumulation of these toxic substances is a reality, even for the unborn.  It is estimated that the average American today is exposed to that upwards of 250 pounds of toxic chemicals a day! Where does all those toxins go? Research by toxicology experts, Dr. Warren Yu at George Washington University, Dr. David Carpenter at University of Albany and the Department of Defense, Dr. Choyke at the National Institute of Health, and researchers Dr. Roy Walford and Dr. John Lester, indicate that most of the toxins we absorb gets stored in our fat tissues and tends to concentrate in the body fat that surrounds the stomach, liver, intestines, kidneys, adrenals, pancreas, and the brain. This may be the primary reason that carrying extra body weight is linked with increased risk for things like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancers, even a shortened lifespan. The full effect of these stored toxins is not yet entirely clear, but there is speculation that they may trigger a host of common ailments such as, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and possibly autoimmune disease. Dr. Yu and Dr. Carpenter worked to help detox rescue workers from 9/11 and Gulf War veterans exposed to agent orange. They found that the two greatest areas where we can eliminate toxins are from our skin and GI tract. Skin is our largest organ and toxins can be sweated out. Engaging in activities that make you sweat and then rinsing off with cool water can provide significant detoxification. A high-fiber diet, i.e., 40 grams of fiber a day or more is another way to help move toxins out through your GI tract. Here are some of the strategies that help to detox: Intense exercise that stimulates sweating and increased breathing Dry skin brushing (removes dead skin cells and toxins)...

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Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

on May 8, 2017 in Cancer prevention, Nutrition

Anywhere from 5 times to 50 times sweeter than natural sources of sugar, artificial sweeteners have been marketed as a great alternative to sugary drinks and snacks. Thought to be safe and effective for people who needed to lose weight or suffer from diabetes, much of the early research regarding artificial sweeteners seemed to validate their safety. However, now decades and a host of independently funded studies later (instead of funded by the companies that had the most to gain by using artificial sweeteners), a clearer picture of their safety, or lack of it, seems to be emerging. Ninety two percent of independent studies on Sucralose™ and aspartame point to troubling adverse effects on health.  Artificial sweeteners have been linked to higher incidents of stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pre-term birth, depression, and obesity.  Possible links are indicated for some types of cancer, liver disease, kidney disease and dementia as well. Once considered a great alternate for diabetics, artificial sweeteners have been documented to increase insulin and blood sugar levels. In fact, one can of diet soda increases blood sugars and insulin 20% higher than drinking the same amount of regular soda. Diet beverages didn’t fare well for those trying to lose weight either. Apparently artificially sweetened drinks and foods alter carbohydrate metabolism in such a way as to increase appetite. “On average, those who drink diet sodas eat 88 to 150 more calories a day compared to those who don’t.  Even more troubling is the fact that people drinking diet beverages gained weight even when researchers corrected their diets so there was no increase in calorie consumption. Most artificial sweeteners are not absorbed by our body. Instead they travel down through the colon and are digested by the bacteria in our gut.  The fact that these substances are not absorbed was one of the main reasons artificial sweeteners were once considered safe. Ironically, it now appears that is the reason they are so detrimental.  As little as one can of soda can significantly alter the type of bacteria that thrive in your digestive tract.  Good bacteria help regulate hormones, moods, vitamin and mineral absorption, weight regulation, and so much more.  Unfortunately, there is bacteria in our gut that if...

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Worst Foods to Feed Your Kids

on Apr 25, 2017 in Cancer prevention, Nutrition

100% of Children Tested Showed They Tested High in Carcinogens – Worst Foods to Feed Your Kids If you are not already very concerned about our exposure to environmental toxins…you should be.   We all are exposed to a daily bombardment of toxins from the environment, however children are at particular risk.  When nearly 500 children were tested, 100% of them had over the safe levels set for known carcinogenic and toxic substances. One hundred percent (and their parents tested high as well) of the children had overly high levels of Arsenic, dieldrin (an insecticide), DDE (a break down product of the DDT pesticide), and the highly carcinogenic dioxins. While we are exposed through air and water pollution to these deadly substances, our greatest exposure is in the foods we eat.  The number one source of arsenic for children..chicken…think of all those chicken nuggets!  The second worse food was diary. Dairy products were the main source for the dioxins, lead and other pesticides found in the children. Once these toxins are absorbed in our bodies they are stored in our fat tissue and it is very difficult to get them out.  The best option is to minimize our exposure. Minimize your dairy or avoid it all together and eat poultry no more than once or twice a month. Skip the yogurts unless they are organic and try sorbets instead of ice cream. Eat a predominately plant-based...

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If your compassion does not include yourself, it is not Complete.

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is not Complete.

on Apr 3, 2017 in General Wellness, Inspiration

For some, the basic aspects of self-care seem to be an elusive luxury.   If the idea of taking time out to take care of yourself seems indulgent or out of reach for you, consider that if you do not take the time to nourish and restore your own basic capacities, you will have far less to offer to others. Effective Self-Care Strategies Eat healthy foods Get between 6 – 8 hours of sleep per night Engage in regular physical activity Maintain social support Cultivate hobbies Keep your mind active  Reframe life circumstances in more positive, yet realistic, ways Experience your emotions and but learn to not be controlled by them Practice regular moments of mindful awareness Take time out to reflect on how you are living your...

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Humility…a great strength

Humility…a great strength

on Mar 28, 2017 in General Wellness, Inspiration

What humility does, is create a receptacle of acceptance within us, so we are open to being filled with the knowledge and goodness of others. Humility is a kind of hunger for more abundance. The greater our humility, the greater our fascination with the world around us, and the more we learn.While some people seem to be more naturally humble, the reality is humility is a learned skill and one that can be strengthened. Humility is often confused with meekness or timidity, but they’re not the same. Humility comes from the Latin humilis, meaning grounded. Humble people are confident, self-assured; they take their roles and responsibilities seriously. Humble people have a quiet confidence about themselves. They are comfortable with who they are, and this frees them to recognize and value the strengths in those that surround them. They do not feel threatened by others achievements, instead they experience joy in recognizing others. They make great leaders, they attract people to themselves and lead by inspiring. Strengths of genuinely humble people… ADMIT  MISTAKES RESPECTFUL OF ALL PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF POSITION OR WHAT THEY CAN OFFER. FOCUS ON OTHERS STRENGTHS AND TAKE JOY IN RECOGNIZING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF OTHERS. BE SELF-AWARE. SELF-REFLECT, AND SEEK INPUT FROM OTHERS ON “HOW AM I DOING?” IT TAKES HUMILITY TO ASK THE QUESTION, AND EVEN MORE HUMILITY TO CONSIDER THE ANSWER. UNDERSTAND PERSONAL LIMITATIONS. BE SECURE ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE WEAKNESSES AND TO SEEK THE INPUT AND TALENTS OF...

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Putting Some Muscle Into It

Putting Some Muscle Into It

on Mar 12, 2017 in Fitness, Inspiration

A strong body is a healthy body. The benefits of building muscle mass or strength are many; decreased aging, better posture, better balance and endurance, increased energy, mood elevation, burn more calories, better weight control, increased immunity, greater self-esteem. How to get stronger: If you want to build muscles…you have to work your muscles until they’re tired. It is the principle of overload.  When you work your muscles until they tire, your body sends signals for your muscle tissue to repair and build.  Because your body is highly adaptable, if you train using the same amount of resistance over and over, you will maintain your strength, but not build muscle mass or strength. Instead you’ll need to increase the amount of resistance or weight you’re using every 2 to 4 weeks to keep pushing your body to build...

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Strategies for a Happier Life

Strategies for a Happier Life

on Mar 6, 2017 in General Wellness, Inspiration, Mindfulness

Sometimes it is not so much what you need to be doing, but what you need to stop doing that can lead to a happy life. Here are a few things to consider…not doing! Pleasing:  All of us want to be loved, needed, and valued. But sometimes we can be so afraid of being rejected that we make ourselves needed. If they need us, they won’t leave us. But trying to please people to make ourselves happy and fulfilled, ultimately leads to disappointment and frustration.  Happiness comes when we thoughtfully decide what we do and do not want to do. Then giving comes from a place of joy, with no expectation of return, no frustration in our efforts going unappreciated, no feelings of being a doormat. Let Your “No” be Heard: Some people find it hard to say no. They may have mental chatter that says things like, “You should!”, “You ought to!” or “What will happen if you don’t?” At times it may feel easier to say yes, than to deal with the fallout of saying no.  But saying yes to things you know you don’t want to do is like giving a piece of your life away that you’ll never get back. You’ll get caught in the rut of spending all your energy coping with what life throws your way, and none of your energy will get focused on helping you build the life you want for yourself. Happiness comes only when you learn that saying “no” is about loving others as much as loving yourself.   A reluctance or inability to say no is often accompanied by a reluctance to communicate difficult emotions and feelings.  It is easy to avoid communicating fear, needs, frustration or anger. Thinking things like; “I should, ought to, need to” can make you try to bury these emotions, but these emotions are there to help you make better choices and find your own direction. You need to listen to these emotions and allow them to guide you into decisions and behaviors that help you create the life you want to live. Busy for the Sake of Being Busy: It’s a myth that being busy or having a packed schedule is equivalent to being a person of importance. Gaining...

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