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!
If you live a ridiculously busy life, it can be really hard have a balanced diet, let alone even make time for breakfast. But with some careful planning, a fast, easy, on-the-go breakfast is possible. Here’s some great, easy, healthy ideas:
Rub the pork in the spices and set in the slow cooker. Top with hominy, onions, tomatoes, and broth. Cook for 7-9 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. Remove the pork and shred. Add it back to the soup, ladle into bowls, and top with avocado, cilantro, more diced onion, cotila or Parmesan cheese, and tortilla strips. Serve with hot sauce and lemon wedges.