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Understanding Therapy

 I love to teach – especially students learning to be mental health professionals.

When my summer course on Health Counseling started this past week the very first question I asked my students was “What does a counselor or therapist do?” It is a question many people either do not know the answer to or have false beliefs about. Even my students don’t fully understand, at least on their first day of class.

 

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Nutty Chocolate Freezer Fudge - Quick, Easy, and YUMMY

I looked at the clock and realized.... I had exactly 15 minutes to quicly prepare SOMETHING to bring with me to a family party. Needing to go grocery shopping and without a plan in mind, I was on a mission to create something quickly, easily, and of course something that had to taste delicious. So, what did I do?

I grabbed my blender and started throwing stuff in. My husband walked in and said,"What are you making?" My response was, "I have no idea" hehehe. It all turned out really well though.

So, here is what I made.....

 

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No No GMO!

What is a GMO exactly? Well, GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organism.” To create a genetically modified organism, the genes of a plant or animal areliterally altered. In a laboratory, the genes of a completely unrelated organism are inserted into the genes of the plant or animal (i.e. like fish genes inserted into tomato genes… and yes this has been done).

Genetic engineering is quite different from traditional breeding. It is not like mating two different kinds of dogs. It is more like crossing a dog with a pig… which of course would not occur in nature. Genetic modification is far from an exact science and its true consequences have not been sufficiently studied. Yes, the FDA has approved these organisms and they are present in our food but, please keep in mind that the deputy commissioner for food at the FDA is Monsanto’s (the corporation that seems to be leading the way in biotechnology) former Vice President

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Is that really food?

Buyer Beware! Before you spend your hard earned cash on packaged and processed foods, you should know that they provide little to no nutritional value and in many cases, they are harmful to your health.

Processed and packaged foods are one of the biggest nutritional health destroyers. Despite what many package labels claim, (i.e. Cocoa Puffs is good for you because it is filled with fiber or the blueberry muffin mix is healthy because it contains blueberries -which it usually doesn’t- or Nutella is amazingly nutritious for breakfast), you would be hard pressed to find packaged and processed foods in the grocery store that will actually provide nutritional benefits.

Most packaged foods have been processed so much that they need to be fortified with vitamins and minerals. In most cases, you can consider them dead foods (and foods that bring death … oops, did I say that?).

Now, I understand, fresh foods may not always be readily available and the supermarket is, in fact, filled with primarily processed and packaged foods, so what does one do?...........

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Do vegetables really matter?

Most Americans today consume less than 3 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (and most of those servings are of fruit). With the convenience of processed foods and the fast-paced harried lives that we lead, it seems easier to opt for processed and packaged foods than it does to grab fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables are the key to good health and nutrition though. They contain the phytonutrients and the minerals that the body needs to sustain life. By simply adding in more vegetables, clients experience weight release, better energy, better bowels, lower pH, sleep better, relieve aches and pains, reduce allergy symptoms, lower blood sugar levels, reduce their risk of chronic illness, and more. The list could go on and on. Vegetables were put on the earth for us to consume......

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Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

Alas, the holiday season has arrived. A time for festivities, shopping, family, <st1:personname w:st="on" style="color: #222222; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.6666679382324px;">joy… and for some, angst! There are 3 schools of thought when it comes to the holiday season and eating. The first school of thought believes that they should deprive themselves of all the holiday treats. They think of holiday gatherings and cringe. The visions of indulgence make them nervous and rightly so. They are likely committed to eating healthy but worry about their levels of will power. We will call them the Avoiders. The second school of thought also approaches holiday eating with concern. They however, have decided that they will indulge. They do so knowing that they may suffer some consequences in the end whether it is indigestion, weight gain, or increased susceptibility to colds... 

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Take Back Your Power -- Take Action

Last week we hosted a screening of Take Back Your Power at South Bay Wellness. The documentary was not only powerful and insightful but it reminded us of the many dangers of Smart Meters (also known as Automated Meters and Digital Meters). They are the meters that the Suffolk County Water Authority, PSEG (LIPA) and National Grid are currently installing all over Long Island at rapid rates. As outlined in detail in the movie, these meters are: Hazardous to our health. They emit high levels of EMFs that affect the human body as well as plants and animals. An invasion of privacy. Companies will know exactly what you are doing and when and will be storing this data. Likely to raise (not lower) your bills. They leave the electricity, gas and water systems vulnerable to cyber attacks. The companies do not need your permission to install these devices.     Many people believe that they have no say in the matter. This however, is simply not the case. The best thing you can do i ...

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Beware of Fake Food

Buyer Beware! Before you spend your hard earned cash on packaged and processed foods, you should know that they provide little to no nutritional value and in many cases, they are harmful to your health.  Processed and packaged foods are one of the biggest nutritional health destroyers. Despite what many package labels claim, (i.e. Cocoa Puffs is good for you because it is filled with fiber or the blueberry muffin mix is healthy because it contains blueberries –    which it usually doesn’t - or Nutella is amazingly nutritious for breakfast – which it isn’t), you will be hard pressed to find packaged and processed foods in the grocery store that will actually provide nutritional benefits.  Most packaged foods have been processed so much that they need to be fortified with vitamins and minerals. In most cases, you can consider them dead foods (and foods that bring death … oops, did I say that?).  Now, I understand, fresh foods may not always be readily ...

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The yin and yang of lighting.

Studies show that people feel better when they have access to natural light while they work. And a happy worker leads to increased productivity and efficiency and better yet, creativity! If you’re like me, creativity is a necessary resource to tap into.  If you work from home 100% or even 10% of the time, be sure to position your desk in your home office to get sunlight during the working hours. And if you have a laptop, take a few hours to go outside or enjoy another space within your home to get fresh insights and perspectives. Perhaps on the eastern side of your home in the morning and western side in the afternoon. See where you feel most productive and inspired! A room that is under lit is considered very yin in Feng Shui. It is most suited for sleep and relaxation such as a bedroom or meditation room. A room that is very bright is very yang in Feng Shui. It is a room best for working and socializing.  However, it is best to have a balance.  A combination of lighting i ...

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Help for pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety.

South Bay Wellness is so proud of our new support groups for moms and moms to be struggling with anxiety and depression! Please share this press release far and wide.  Research estimates that up to 20% of mothers will suffer from postpartum depression (including anxiety) and depression is the number onecomplication of pregnancy.  We can no longer stand by allowing moms to suffer needlessly.   The Mental Health Association in Suffolk County has teamed up with South Bay Wellness Center in Sayville to offer a new support group, Mothers Circle of Caring. “We are so pleased to see how much support the community has given us in launching this new program.” States Laura Gigantino. The 12-week wellness group aims to offer pregnant and new mothers who are struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders including postpartum depression, a place to come discuss their struggles, support one another and gain tools for coping. “Perinatal mood disorders and postpartum depression respon ...

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