Check out our poster for the FACE conference. Very proud of Tina Jimenez!
I cannot believe we even need to ask this question, but I guess we do. Without vital school nutrition programs, there will be an even greater dumbing down of America than there already is. Fight for your children’s lunch programs. Fight for WIC. Fight for our schools. There is too much at stake.
How does nutrition affect children’s school performance? – CNNhttps://apple.news/AA-aQG0BzQmW7vDhdJF4jGA
Are you overcome by the onslaught of disturbing news, fake news, alternative facts, rise in hate crimes, and general political divisiveness that is our toxic post-election atmosphere? Here are a few tips to protect your mental health and avoid media burnout.
- Get off Facebook, Twitter, and other social media as much as possible. If you engage, try to avoid chiming in on political conversations, and focus on the good news over the bad news.
- Hide people in your news feed who cause you anger, worry, or hurt. It isn’t worth the fight or the angst.
- Turn off your notifications on your phone. Especially your news feed.
- Watch one hour of news per day and try to get some news from outside US sources. BBC World News and other international news have a good blend of world news and tend not to focus on the Donald 100% of the time.
- Spend time with your loved ones and pets, away from the television, away from the news headlines, away from it all. Focus on what really matters, and recharge with those you love.
Here is a link to a great article with more helpful advice: Fatigued by the News?
If I had to choose between a Special K vaccination and meditation I would choose meditation in a heartbeat.
Preventing Mental Illness With a Stress Vaccine
This article gives some really interesting new information about what happens to your resting metabolic rate while on a diet and experiencing a sedentary lifestyle. The key is in your calves! Check it out!
I just recently put together this spiffy handout about how to maintain and enhance good brain health through the lifespan for the folks at my practicum site Pasadena Rehabilitation Institute. Feel free to pass this on to friends and family. Our brains matter!
I presented this oral presentation at the 96th Annual Southwestern Social Science Association Meeting in Las Vegas, NV in March of 2016. Bariatric surgery is very hard on the body, both physiologically and emotionally. However, there are some effective treatments for disordered eating post-surgery. If you or someone you love is thinking about this surgery, prepare your mind and heart before surgery to enhance the best outcomes.
I presented this poster at the 2016 Western Psychological Conference in Long Beach, CA. It highlights some aspects of my dissertation on Post-bariatric Surgery Eating Disorders. Bariatric surgery is a very dangerous and life-altering procedure that tends to have dangerous medical and health complications if the person seeking the surgery does not follow a strict diet and attend to his or her mental health. More awareness of these complications before and after surgery is needed so that we can better help as clinicians.
Election got you down? Feeling anxious, depressed, and worried? This is the best time to decompress and focus on self-care. So turn off the TV, shut down the social media (after reading this blog!), and find your center. As anyone who knows me will attest, I am an ardent proponent and advocate of meditation and mindfulness. And I cannot recommend it highly enough. I began my practice over four years ago and know it has profoundly changed my life.
Mindfulness can be defined as an essential quality of consciousness characterized by an attunement to the present in a non-judgmental manner, with an emphasis on having an open mind and heart. With the nasty vitriolic bile spewed forth during this election season, this negativity is taking its toll on our health. I recommend even a small amount of mindfulness meditation a day to reconnect to your center, find your empathy and compassion, and recharge with loving kindness.
The health benefits of meditation are amazing. Research has shown that mindfulness affects certain areas of the brain involved in these particular areas:(a) attuned attention regulation, (b) the cultivation of pro-social behaviors, (c) enhanced emotion regulation (d) the application of extinction and reconsolidation of maladaptive thoughts (e) enhanced meta-awareness via a change in perspective of the self via non-attachment and de-centering and (f) increased intention and motivation to achieve mindfulness.
Take ten minutes out from your day. That is all it takes to start reaping the benefits of a daily meditation practice. I will guarantee your body and mind will thank you for it. There are plenty of great, free programs out there. Check out these great programs:
I recently presented this poster at the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Annual Conference in Culver City, CA October 15, 2016. Weightism carries serious psychological and physical health consequences and it is up to us as health practitioners and good citizens to put an end to this insidious form of discrimination and bias. Check it out!