Vol. XI   Resiliency Issue   Apr 2016

In this issue:

• Hello Again!
• What’s New?

• This Month: April = National Stress Awareness Month
The Importance of Resilience
Feature Article: Earth Embrace
• Nourishing Recipes: Ginger Root Tea Time
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Signing the lease to my new office at The Yard Lincoln Square.

Hello Again!

So glad to be back with our April
Resilience Issue where you can count on more exciting information all with good health, calm, body comfort, and love in mind!

There are 2 big themes going on this month and it was hard to pick just 1 to follow. So, I didn’t. I went with both. But, before getting into that, let me mention something super exciting.
I’ve just moved to a new office after a decade long of being where I was. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be changing digs.

The new space continues to be in the Upper Westside of Manhattan. I’m now on Columbus Ave at 67th Street very nearby Lincoln Center. It’s a convenient location and the neighborhood is bustling. I’m actually right across the street from WABC so I’ll keep an eye out for hot-off-the-press news stories! At any rate, our feature banner image above is of me signing my new office contract. As my dear friend and website designer/master Rafael DeArce of
dRC Online says, “Change is good.” Well, good works for me!

Now, back to the themes I mentioned above. Theme #1:
April = Stress Awareness Month. This is supremely important as an appropriate amount of stress in our lives is fine, but being stuck in a chronically stressed state (which most of us are sometimes without even realizing it) is extremely detrimental to us physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Moreover, when we habitually operate in Sympathetic Nervous System dominance (stressed state) our bodies will ultimately gain fat irrespective of exercise and/or healthy eating.

Consequently, look for This Month’s article
April = Stress Awareness Month. In this piece, I write about a particular way, the HeartMath® way, that can not only help get us out of stress, but can also lead to increases in our overall, long-term resilience. This is about discovering techniques to help get us into coherence, re-charge our depleted batteries, and operate more efficiently and effectively. I could go on and on, but I won’t. Instead, I’ve included a short video about HeartMath® and building personal resilience. As a Licensed HeartMath® Certified Coach, I’d be happy to respond to any questions you may have in this regard. (The timing of this topic is also perfect given Tax Day comes knocking at our doors on the 15th. Yikes!)
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All the best in good health!
Susan D’Addario, LCSW
Founder, The HealthShrink
Certified Eating Psychology Coach
Licensed HeartMath Certified Coach

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What's New?

March 30th: Bump, Set, Eat – How What You Put on Your Fork Impacts What You do on the Court – This was my 3rd presentation in the Gotham Volleyball Health & Wellness Seminar Series and I’ve had a blast each time. Plenty of folks showed up, listened, and absorbed information regarding what will give them the energetic edge over their volleyball fr-enemies. Spike it guys/gals!
April 1st: No April Fools! - New Office Move – 157 Columbus Ave, Suite 509, New York, NY 10023  - Well, after much waiting, I’m now able to pack my bags and move into my brand new space operated by The Yard. And, I’m very excited! You can still find me in the Upper West Side of Manhattan right by the IRT 1, 2, or 3. There are buses and other subway lines to reach me as well.

What I love about the new industrial looking space is its
energy! I’m no longer specifically in a therapy-suite setting. I’m now surrounded by a variety of professionals from all different fields. I have a private office, but there is also an open air work space. Moreover, there is a very comfortable waiting area, kitchen, bathroom, elevator, conference rooms (where I’ll hold future presentations – and you’re invited!) and more. Needless to say, HURRAY!

April 15th: Tax Day – It’s that time of year again when the IRS comes knocking on our door. Try not to stress too much though especially given April is National Stress Awareness Month. For many, anything having to do with taxes – organizing and collecting info, filing a return, and making payments - is just 1 type of life stressor that can wear us out.

Of course, 1 way to manage IRS angst, at least temporarily, is to file an extension. (I’m not embarrassed to say I’ve done this more than once.) Another more long lasting technique for any and all psychological, emotional, and/or physical depleting moments is to breathe deeply and slowly, and to use our brilliant hearts to bring
inner ease and resilience into our lives. Sound intriguing? Yesiree! For more information, check out This Month below.  

April 22nd:
Earth Day – I first became aware of Earth Day and its meaning many years ago during a get-a-way to sunny and mellow Key West, FL. One of the things I loved about the area, besides the tranquility, beauty, and open-mindedness of the locals, was the connection to and respect for the environment. This was a new concept to me at the time.

While going out to snorkel with a group 1 time, we were all requested to try not to make contact with our fins and the sea floor as a way to protect the coral. Needless to say, I was very impressed! So, yes, let’s absolutely care for our beloved planet. While we’re at it, let’s also allow
Mother Earth to heal us as well. This though requires skin-to-dirt earth contact. If you’re ready, I’ll see you at our Feature Article Earth Embrace.

April 28th:
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – This precious celebration first began in April, 1993 as Take Our Daughters to Work Day. It was a way to promote the out-of-home work environment to young girls since women were frequently shut out from the male-dominated work world. Due to its success, overtime young boys were also welcomed to visit and learn about their parents jobs and work environment.

I so appreciate the meaning and intention behind this day for our young ones – love, support, bonding, opening doors, self-esteem, good mental and emotional health, hope, and future. This annual event clearly contributes to the development of a well-grounded young adult. It’s all part of the challenging plan of
becoming and being our optimal, healthy, real selves. Hear, hear!

April 29th: National Arbor Day – This day is the celebration of our trees and goes back to 1872 in US history. It’s a wonderful time to be outdoors and to join others in planting a tree. If you’re not into planting, consider hitting a local park or trail and taking in the beauty of your surroundings.
I especially appreciate the trees we have in Manhattan, without which our city would be excessively hot, smoggy, and dirty. As a shade fan, I can say unequivocally that trees are without question a gift. As a teenager I was particularly moved by The Giving Tree, an absolutely delightful book written by Shel Silverstein in 1964. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read this book, run, don’t walk, to your nearest library. It rocks and trees rock! Enjoy and happy tree climbing.

Looking Ahead

May 10th: “Them’s the Fats”: Eating Fat for Greater Health & Increased Energy  –  Come 1, come all to my upcoming FREE presentation at Christopher Street Financial, 475 Park Ave, Ste 2100, New York, NY from 6:30PM-8PM. Enjoy a few healthy treats and a glass of wine while I give the low down on how to acquire enduring, healthy, natural energy as well as a body composition re-do. We’ll cover eating tips, flipping the switch, and changing from being a sugar burner to a fat burner. This is my 2nd talk with Christopher Street Financial and I’m so grateful and excited to be going back. See you there!

May.  14th: New York, NY – The Millennium Hotel
May.  15th: Long Island, NY – Long Island Hilton, Melville


Hey everyone, I’ve reserved a booth at both these health expos. I’m super excited to meet with people in-person, listen to their situations around health and body re-shaping and talk about how The HealthShrink program may be helpful for them to work through issues and get on the right track! If you’re free, come on by to say “hello”, chat, and meet a whole slew of talented healers.
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This Month:  April = National Stress Awareness Month

I very frequently speak about the importance and need of getting into the relaxation response (vs. being in the stress mode) as a way to gain overall health and authentic body size. Simply put, when we’re stressed, our body releases insulin, a fat storage hormone, and cortisol, a stress hormone. Together the 2 set the stage for increased body fat and decreased lean tissue.

Now there’s nothing particularly evil about cortisol whatsoever. In fact, without it, we’d have difficulties surviving. It makes us move fast in every sense of the word when there is actual or perceived danger or threat. Certainly, in great part, after some 200,000 years our human species is alive and around to this day thanks to cortisol.

The problem of course arises when we don’t get out of the stress mode. If we’re chronically in the sympathetic nervous system response, (stressed), our body, mind, spirit, and overall good sense of being will become worn out and depleted. Fact: Sad, but true, too many of us are chronically stressed. And stress can be so on-going, that more often than not we don’t recognize how out of sorts we are. Or, if we do recognize we’re stressed out, we make light of it or accept that that’s just how things are or have to be.

Well I don’t accept that. The truth of the matter is, too much stress not only challenges our body and body-size, but it also can have a huge impact on our work and relationships. It’s just not an optimal way to live and I believe we all deserve better. That’s why, not too long ago, I took this really awesome training on building personal resilience with the Institute of HeartMath®. As a Licensed HeartMath® Certified Coach I can tell you that there are very effective science-based techniques that can help us to de-stress in the moment from challenging situations, both large or small. Seriously!

HeartMath® is a focused and practical program combining personalized coaching (that would be me) with tools to help you self-regulate your body’s response to stress and build resilience. What you can expect to gain using HeartMath®?

• More resilience and vitality

• Overall sense of well-being

• Mental clarity and focus

• Improved relationships

• Increased composure in challenging situations

• More effective communications

• Better sleep

• Less fatigue

• Reduced worry, overwhelm, and feelings of anxiousness

Sounds quite excellent, I know. If you’re interested in learning more about
HeartMath® and how it can help you, check out the related video and article I’ve included below. If you have any questions or comments on this topic, please feel free to let me know.

Feature Article: Earth Embrace
Susan D'Addario, LCSW, Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Licensed HeartMath Certified Coach

Greetings earthlings and happy Earth Day! I wish much health and happiness to all of you and to your beloved planet. I come from far away to join you in this special celebration and appreciation of your wonderful world. It’s a noble cause and absolutely makes sense to support and to work for a cleaner, greener home environment. When the Earth is healthier, you earthlings are healthier too. In fact, increased direct skin contact with dirt, grass, sand, and sea, adds to your potential for good, grounded health. In case you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, I’m referring to earthing or grounding which is something anyone may do any time of year.

Earthing – Nuts & Bolts

Hey folks, I’m back to being fellow earthling Susan again and I’d like to continue our down-to-earth discussion. If you think about it, way back when and throughout time actually, human beings, like all mammals, have always had a lot of up close, skin-to-skin contact with the Earth. Whether sitting, standing, squatting, resting, playing, hunting, walking, running, or sleeping, just about everything we did and how we lived meant being in direct contact with the Earth every day. “Okay, right and, so what?” you ask.

Nourishing Recipes
(Organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised, local, wild, gluten-free, and love!)
Ginger Root Tea Time

Authentic Ginger Root Tea (GRT) is so easy to prepare, I hesitate to even call it a recipe. In addition to being super easy to make, GRT is incredibly healthy and delicious all in the same sip!

One of the healthiest spices on the planet, ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body. As an anti-inflammatory agent, ginger may improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s Disease. Additionally, ginger may help: lower the risk of infections, lower LDL cholesterol, reduce menstrual cramping, treat chronic indigestion, drastically lower blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors, reduce pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis, reduce muscle pain and soreness, and treat a variety of forms of nauseas – especially morning sickness. It may even help with some forms of cancer.

True story: I was recently diagnosed with strep throat and my MD advised me to take ginger. Well, I showed her my thermos filled with GRT, and the doc was spellbound and delighted! I kid you not!

For Recipe...
Time to close my friends with this month's,

Healing Thought: Align & connect your heart, mind, and emotions for more flow & less stress. - Doc Childre


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Susan D’Addario, LCSW, Founder of The HealthShrink program, has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than 20 years. As both a Certified Eating Psychology Coach and a Licensed HeartMath Certified Coach, Susan helps people address and re-work their relationships with life, food, eating, and their bodies. In addition to supporting individuals towards regaining health, and re-shaping their bodies, Susan also offers science-based, energy management techniques that can help you de-stress from challenging situations. These coherence and resilience techniques allow you to get back on track faster, right in the moment. Susan works with individuals and groups in-person, by phone, and via Skype. Couples coaching is provided upon request.
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