I took most of my blogging time to read an article called My Chemical Romance, reporter Chris Norris. It details his experience of spending 10 years on anti-depressants, and how he finally got off of them. He says going off of them meant going against all doctors orders, and although he claims it was the worst thing he ever did, he “can’t recommend it enough.”
Not even remotely surprised by anything I read in this very interesting article, my mind keeps wandering to health care reform and our current government, financial crisis. In 2009 $10 BILLION dollars was spent on antidepressants. 10 BILLION dollars spent on a medical specialty which doesn’t even have a biologically based test to help make proper diagnosis. Sure, there are behaviors that physicians looks for in diagnosing major depression, such as loss of interest in usual activities, feelings of despair, difficulty concentrating, memory problems and sleep problems, At least 5 symptoms must be present for at least 2 weeks to be diagnosed with severe depression. Most of the people I know that are or have been on antidepressants did NOT have at least 5 of these symptoms. And really, we all have bouts of sadness and most of them are appropriate. Since insurance companies are pretty good about paying for prescriptions, (definitely quicker and more readily than for psychiatric therapy in the form of conversation) we have become a medication nation!
Besides the money this is costing our government (hence, us!) the rebound effect of antidepressants (like pain and other medications as well) causes our bodies to stop producing the very chemicals that we need to be balanced. We automatically produce chemicals and hormones that ease pain as well as make us happy. Once we start flooding the body with pharmaceutical versions of these, our bodies detect levels and signal our natural mechanisms to stop production. The human body is incredibly smart that way.
By 2009, the number of Americans receiving anti-depressants had risen to about 27million! No wonder I have such issues with Big Pharma. Be it anti-depressants, pain killers or even cholesterol and blood pressure meds, we MUST be wise consumers. Take charge of your own health and allow yourself to feel. Feeling isn’t always such a bad thing. I am reminded of that book I recently read, When Things Fall Apart,” and know that I am lucky to feel.
I am off to get my daily dose of medication in the form of exercise. Wherever you are, I hope you will be getting yours, too.
- Patients who use anti-depressants are far more likely to suffer relapse (scienceblog.com)
- 101 Wednesday – Depression (slacktivist.typepad.com)
Vegan Feast Thursday found 8 of us at the table. Thanks to Gardein and Diaya, I made chicken nachos to go with the hard and soft tacos made with Boca Crumbles. A ripe and ready to eat pineapple from our front yard doubled as a centerpiece during dinner, and a sweet treat, as part of dessert. It’s always nice when we have surprise guests and have to break out extra chairs.
When walking everyone out to say goodnight, the jasmine plant made her flowers known by the one of a kind,sweet smell. I picked off a stem, placed it in some water and set it on my master bathroom counter to enjoy through the night. This morning, grabbing the newspaper off the driveway, I was once again greeted by the plant’s sweetness and all I can do is sing a great old tune by Seals and Crofts.
“Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom…July is dressed up and playing her tune…Summer breeze, makes me feel fine…”
Hope wherever you are, you, too are feeling fine and blowing through the jasmine in YOUR mind! Enjoy this sweet day of summer.
Today, a topic that confuses us all, including (and sometimes, especially) me, PROTEIN. How much do we really need? How much is too much? Do I get enough to build muscle? Where do vegans get theirs from? Do they make me fat? Skinny? Didn’t Dr. Atkins teach us all that protein is THE answer for weight loss? Didn’t The China Study and then Forks Over Knives tell us that too much protein is what’s causing cancer?
With so many questions, I will use this Vegan Feast Thursday to try to share some of the answers that I have found, that make sense to me. The rule of thumb for gym rats like myself, has always been to get about 20% of daily calories from protein. Some have suggested that body-builders need as much as 2 grams for every pound of body weight. Just 1 gram seemed even overly aggressive for me, personally. What about all the calories and fat in much protein? ANY fuel we eat too much of, gets stored. Plain and simple.
Over the last few decades, especially much more recently, we have become aware of a great big link between too much animal protein, and cancer. In fact, in the China Study and Forks Over Knives, we see the incredible health benefits of lowering animal protein intake, to less than 5% of our daily consumption. In fact, in people keeping their intake less than 5%, cancer is basically non-existent.
So how do we get or stay both strong, fit AND healthy? If you must eat animal protein, keep it minimal. A half-pound burger supplies about 42 grams of protein. That’s A LOT!! And while red meat is considered a good choice, Men’ Journal Magazine, considers soy an excellent choice! Studies prove that soy protein builds muscle just as effectively as animal protein and has the added bonus of being a cancer fighter. Beans, which also provide much fiber (meat has NONE) have up to 18 grams (lentils) in a cup and although they are not a “complete” protein, beans will combine with other foods you eat through the day to build a complete chain of amino acids. Combining say beans and rice at a meal is a great way of having a complete protein but it’s old school to think we NEED to combine them at each meal. Quinoa, which is actually a seed, IS a complete protein and provides about 8 grams per cup. Even a cup of cauliflower has 5 grams of protein and next to NO calories!
I found a great new Gardein product this week. Its a burger and though it takes a few minutes to prepare, it is definitely a lot more hamburger like, than a Boca Burger. One patty has 130 calories and provides 17 grams of protein. They are in the freezer section of the grocery store and a bag of 4 of them is $3.99. Just watch the sodium when eating these or any frozen foods!
We’ll be eating tacos tonight. I never make them, but Derek put in a request. I pulled a pineapple out of the yard last night, so we’ll be sharing that, too. Nothing beats eating something home-grown.
Have a great VFT. Remember that even Men’s Journal suggests that all of us should be amping up our intake of NON-animal protein as they offer us the important muscle building amino acids, with the bonus fiber, no cholesterol, less fat and NO carcinogens.
As always, make wise, healthy choices that best support you, your loved ones, and the world around us. And, oh yea, the guy in the picture with all the muscles…that’s Robert Cheeke and yes, he really is a vegan!
While I got to watch about half of the Extreme Makeover Weight Loss show, I watched on the DVR and the second half did not get recorded as the show aired late (after the President spoke). The overall theme of this show, does seem to be setbacks, especially once the trainer, Chris Powell, leaves their homes. Sure, just like the rest of the world, most of us definitely know HOW to lose the weight, it’s the DOING it that’s so challenging. Often when we make changes of any kind, they are easy in the beginning. It’s once the novelty wears off, and it’s just part of our daily grind, that things get so difficult and, well…DAILY. Thanks, Carol, for filling me in on the rest of the show. Even with all the setbacks, 180 pounds were lost in a year, proving that how we handle setbacks defines who we are and how we live our lives. Living in fear and hence “holding on for dear life,” denies of us reaching our goals.
One of my friends recently filled me in on her new 2 day rule. When life throws her a curve ball, she has decided that 2 days is the maximum amount of time she will allow herself to feel badly about it. Then it’s time to pick up, off and move forward. I love the 2 day rule, I think it is a very realistic approach and think it can certainly be applied to many situations in life. Beyond 2 days, we are probably “holding on” instead of “letting go.” Letting go need to be a priority for us to keep growing.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
Yesterday, when I scanned the list of dis-eases and what they might relate to emotionally, I got stuck on Alzheimer’s. We all have our “dis-ease” of choice that we fear like the plague. When we look at the gene pool that we are, we tend to, and rightfully so, be most fearful of the dis-eases that plagued our parents, and their parents before them. My mom and her mom were tiny little packages of physical strength but their brains seemed to decline in very similar ways. As I read the brain-body connect in Hays book, she suggests that a probable cause for Alzheimer’s Dis-ease is “refusal to deal with the world as it is. Hopelessness and helplessness. Anger.” Wow, few people have as hard a time as I do, watching the news. I often say to Mitch, “I can’t watch it because there is nothing I can do about it and it makes me frustrated and sad!” Aware of this connection, I will try to look at the world around me in a different light. Though I may not be able to change the big picture, I can definitely change how I think. Certainly, I can be joyful that though the world around me might be out of control, my world is not. I will remember to be grateful for MY world. Practicing gratitude makes everything better and I will make sure to always keep that in the forefront of my mind. I strongly encourage YOU to look into the possible emotional causes of some of your physical stuff and see if changing the way you look at things, might just change those things!
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Have a great Tuesday everyone. Locals, I will be teaching YogaStretch at 11:30. I have been changing things up at 6 and adding some circuits and a little more intensity. Then at 7, it’s StretchReduction (yoga/Pilates blend). See you there….or here! If you would like to be my guest for any of those classes, let me know!
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Several months ago, one of my students gave me a book by Louise L. Hay called You Can Heal Your Life. She had just finished reading one of my books and wanted to reciprocate. I didn’t feel a “need,” for this book, at this time in my life, so I placed it on my bookshelf. Yesterday I pulled it down to look for a good quote about peace, but instead found it chock-full of information regarding the mind-body connection. Hay believes that “all dis-ease comes from a state of unforgiveness,” and that “whenever we are ill, we need to look around and see who it is that we need to forgive.” She goes on to explain how the people that we need to forgive the most, are the ones that are hardest. Makes perfect sense. Sometimes it’s someone else, and sometimes, its ourselves! I love that she goes on to explain that forgiveness does not mean are condoning the behavior, it simply means we are LETTING GO. I, too, believe, hard as it can be, we ALL need to let go in order to achieve our own optimum peace and wellness. When I scan the pages of dis-eases, and what emotional situations may be causing (or contributing to) them, and I think about myself, and others I know that suffer with these health issues, it really seems to make an awful lot of sense. I will be reading the book, cover-to-cover, but my immediate take away is that if you are dealing with health issues, WHATEVER they may be, keep searching your soul for the emotional issues that are wearing you down and above all else, try to LET GO. When we get STUCK, it can manifest in our bodies in many different ways. As an example, over-eating may have everything to do with fear, and feeling a need for protection. And of course, an obvious connection is how long- standing, unsolved emotional problems can lead to high blood pressure. Lower leg problems seem to relate to not be able to move forward, knee problems from stubborn egos and pride, and liver problems from chronic complaining, fault-finding and feeling bad about one’s self. The list goes on an on. The cure really is the same for all. We need to learn to let go, get “un-stuck,” and find trust in forgiving whomever and whatever! We need to stop putting band-aids on our bodies and look deeper into our minds and souls. We can only change our bodies, if we first change our brains. Turn negatives into positives with affirmations and positive thoughts. The opposite of dis-ease is ease. Ease brings us peace and wellness.
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I sign off this morning, leaving us all with a quote by Daniel Hernandez, a newlywed from NY who took part in the state’s 1st day of same-sex weddings. So simply said, it is the answer, “Love just transcends hate.”
On a completely different note, to all the animal lovers…as you search the web, please keep your eyes open for a Pet Supermarket ad with a 5.00 off coupon. Make sure to click and print! If you find one, let me know, please!! Thanks
I am saddened by the news of the passing of Amy Winehouse, but I am in NO way surprised. I find that many things don’t surprise me, because every action REALLY does have a reaction. RIP Amy, as you become part of a very, very talented, elite group of musicians that left us at the tender age of just 27.
Let us ALL make wise choices that support our best physical, spiritual and mental health. Let us make compassionate choices that make the world around us a better place to live. May we make peaceful choices that not only impact us and ours but bring much needed unity to our universe. Namaste.
- Peace out Amy Winehouse (sarabydesign.wordpress.com)