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Time to Get Cooking

Nutrition, Health, Weight Loss, Mental Health, Food News

In Seattle, it’s easy to believe we have reached Spring, as there are flowers and trees blooming, and afternoon temperatures have reached the 50’s and low 60’s. Yes, we feel for you on the East Coast, and then the rest of us are walking around town with big smiles on our faces, taking in the sunshine, riding our bicycles on the roads and trails, or like the Man-Geek did, gliding his SUP (standup paddleboard) on a local lake.

Nutrition is essential to physical and mental health. It's time to start cooking and make nutritious foods that are free of yuck. Photo by Imei, taken on an iPhone 5S.
Nutrition is essential to physical and mental health. It’s time to start cooking and make nutritious foods that are free of yuck. How about gluten free flatbread for a pizza dough free from corn, soy, and wheat? Photo by Imei, home bread machine, taken on an iPhone 5S.

 

Just about every week of winter, one of the major journals, whether it be Nature, Cell, or Scientific American, has released new information about the consequences of eating processed foods with chemicals, or about the mysteries of the intestinal microbiome, what I call our “second brain.” Heart disease, obesity, and GI disorders are just some of the consequences of eating out or eating in with processed foods and additives, along with lack of exercise, increased stress, and poor sleep/rest patterns.

How are the of spring weather and nutrition related? Simply this: you can’t get out and enjoy the great outdoors unless you take time to get cooking in the kitchen and learn to eat real food. Do one without the other, and you miss the benefit of both. Here’s three reasons why you need to learn how to cook and eat real food at home, and most likely, select your food choices more carefully when you go out to eat.

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Striving To Be Perfect

Striving To Be Perfect: Surviving An Eating Disorder In A Perfectionistic World

By B. Imei Hsu, RN, MAC, LMHC, Artist

Recently former television news anchor Katie Couric and music and media superstar Lady Gaga were in the news about something that hits close to home for me. The experiences of these two women intersect with the  presence of three banker boxes with assorted papers on the floor of my home. There is  nothing special about the boxes.  Unmarked, ordinary, and crunched in the corners from overuse and stacking, the only reason I would mention them is that nearly every person who has struggled with an eating disorder (commonly referred to as an E.D.) will know exactly why sharing about these benign boxes has everything to do with understanding the underpinnings (and the signs of recovery) of one the most recalcitrant but treatable psychiatric disorders: