People sometimes tell me they wouldn’t have thought there was a link between nutrition and mental health. It is my hope the following will help you understand there is indeed a huge link between nutrients, mental health and mental health problems. And by growing our collective awareness of this, we might reduce the stigma of mental health problems and create a climate where more people seek and receive help with their mental health struggles, and go on to live happy and productive lives.
Nutrition does indeed build us — it gives us our very physical foundations — right down to our cells. Cells that make up our brains, brain stems and nerves, our hormone-secreting adrenal glands and ovaries and testes. Cells that make up our hearts and lungs, our complex, mind-blowingly amazing — and often abused — digestive systems. Cells that make up our blood. Immune cells that fight infections and keep us well.
Christmas can be a painful time of year for many people - a time when grief, loneliness, health struggles, depression, anxiety, lack of money, or family trauma can be that much more prominent. And what adds to the pain for many of us, is the loud, deeply contrasting message that this is a happy, merry, joyous time. A time of togetherness, of fun, of treats. A time of spending lots of money and receiving lots of gifts. A time of family. These societal messages can be like salt in our wounds.
Yet this common human experience isn’t often talked about. In a spirit of acknowledging our human struggles and sharing ways to care for yourself through tough times, I’ve put together these mental health first aid tips for the holidays.
There are tips for those who are:
-feeling exhausted emotionally and physically
-impacted by toxic family, and
-for those who are struggling to sleep.
cholesterol: what is it, why you need not fear eggs and quality saturated fat, and what you can do about elevated ldl (part 1)
For around 40 or so years, we’ve been told that if we eat cholesterol-containing foods like eggs and saturated fats (butter, cream, meats, coconut oil, cream and milk), we’ll raise our cholesterol and our risk of cardiovascular diseases, like heart attack, stroke and arterial plaques.
Recently, I’ve had many people asking me how many eggs they can safely eat per week, because their doctors have told them they have high cholesterol and therefore need to avoid eggs. And I’ve had several people express surprise that I recommend adding a raw free-range egg and coconut cream to a morning smoothie, to make it more nourishing and satiating.
So, in a series of two articles, I’m going to help you learn more about cholesterol – what it is, what a high LDL cholesterol blood test result really means, and why you don’t need to fear saturated fats or eggs (truly).
The tools we looked at in part one focused more on supporting your physical health. Let's now look at tools for supporting your emotional health.
Acknowledging your stress and trauma
Stress can be a big contributor to depression, and stress can be caused by many things.