Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Stevia has gained a loyal following since it was approved for use by the FDA in 2008. The zero-calorie sweetener is found in soft drinks, yogurts, and in stand-alone packets that people can use to sweeten whatever they like.
Stevia is a plant with leaves that are very sweet. When synthesized through a relatively complex process, the resulting extract is 300 times sweeter than table sugar.
What many people don’t realize, is that the stevia powder they are adding to their food is not 100% pure stevia. In fact, there is hardly any stevia extract in it. Because stevia is so sweet, only a tiny amount is required. Most of the powder in the packet is simply filler.
Take Truvia, a very popular stevia sweetener, for example. Here is its ingredient list:
Erythritol, Rebiana, Natural Flavors.
Rebiana is the stevia extract.
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol occurring naturally in fruits. However, it is much cheaper to produce industrially. It is the product of fermenting glucose with yeast called Moniliella pollinis. In the US, the glucose feedstock for the yeast is usually sourced from GMO corn.
So while this stevia powder is not genetically modified per se, purists may object to its use. That’s what a company called Steviva is betting on. Their Erysweet product is made from non-GMO ingredients sourced in Europe.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Dance Movement Therapy in Eating Disorder Treatment
Addictions and disorders do not affect just one aspect of an individual – they profoundly and negatively impact the brain as well as the body. Therefore, the most effective treatment approach involves therapeutic integration, meaning not just one type of therapy is used in the healing process, but many.
Talk therapy, which is an essential component of any treatment, deals with a woman’s mind: her thoughts, background, experiences, emotions, etc. Expressive therapies also address feelings and emotions, but do so through the avenue of her body.
Dance movement therapy (DMT) is the psycho-therapeutic use of movement as a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, social and physical integration of the individual. In other words, DMT uses therapeutic movement to improve the mental and physical well-being of the person.
DMT recognizes that the brain and body are inextricably connected. Whereas the brain may identify and label an emotion, the sensation of this emotion resides in the body.
Consider stress, something everyone is familiar with, as an example: you are late again to work, there’s too much traffic, and you could lose your job. The stress and anxious thoughts start in your mind, but you feel it in your body: heart racing, sweaty palms, rapid breathing. Your brain and body are clearly connected.
DMT is conducted in supportive, non-judgmental groups. This allows women to freely express themselves, enjoy the strength and versatility of their own bodies and encourage one another. At the onset of therapy, women often feel anxious, self-conscious, shut down; the entire experience is foreign and can prove daunting.
In time, many experience the liberation to be found in movement as they grow in awareness and interpersonal interaction. Perhaps most significant, they discover hope. The future can actually contain exciting experiences, laughter, positive moments and joy. For women who have been controlled by a disease or addiction and have not felt happy for a very long time, this is a life-changing revelation.
Eating disordered women in particular often hate their bodies, viewing them as the enemy, something they need to control. Dance Movement Therapy strives to move women from a state of self-image to self-perception; in essence, to shift their focus from the external to the internal. Self-image is predicated on what is seen in the mirror; with these women, it is rarely positive.
Conversely, self-perception is how they feel in their bodies. Women are encouraged to notice how incredible their bodies are: strong, flexible, resilient, and even strikingly graceful. Their bodies can even express the most intense emotion, without using a single word.
DMT is designed to reestablish a connection between a woman’s mind and body. This expressive therapy, in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and the 12 step program, offer women the best possible chance for complete and lasting recovery.
Blog Post Contributed by Kim Rothwell BC-DMT, LCPC, CADC, Dance Movement Therapist, Timberline Knolls
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
National Farmers Market Week is this week, so go out and support your local farmers, while buying and eating some of the freshest and tastiest produce you can put your hands on.
According to the USDA, the number of Farmers Markets has exploded in the past 5 years from under 5000 in 2008 to over 8000 today. To find a farmers market near you, look for one of the following directories: