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Vol. 19 New Year Dec/Jan '17

In this issue:

• Hello Again!
• What’s New?
• This Month:
Overcoming Mindless, Addictive & Emotional Eating
Feature Article: New Weigh, New Year's Resolution
• Nourishing Recipes: Treasure Chest-Nuts
: Oven & Fire-Roasted

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Off to see mom in brand new Betty Blue.  Rosie's hoping to hitch a ride.

Hello Again!

Welcome friends to our New Year Issue! As was recommended to me last year by Vicki B., this is a double Dec/Jan edition of From The HealthShrink. Given all the holiday activities, I found it not possible to write newsletter content for both months last year. So, Vicki, thanks for the healing tip! I'm feeling far more relaxed this time round.

Much of this issue's focus in on addressing our addictive/emotional eating pulls. I think we experience this phenomena especially during the holidays. In our Feature Article I've selected a terrific, and very relevant article published right here last year.
New Weigh, New Year's Resolution speaks to the challenges of dieting without considering all aspects of our life and what's working or not.

Moreover, This Month's
Overcoming Mindless, Addictive & Emotional Eating offers options to the habit of grabbing food mindlessly. No doubt, for many, the impact of our emotions on how we eat absolutely impacts our body size. Learning to look inside ourselves for support of our body can move us towards fulfillment in the new year to come. FYI: Bubble Bath Day, in What's New was my inspiration for creating This Month's emotional eating article.

Our
New Year Issue wouldn't be complete without a holiday eat treat in Nourishing Recipes. Mind you, this recipe is as simple and old-fashioned as it gets. Treasure Chest-Nuts: Oven & Fire-Roasted, is a lost gem. Run, don't walk, to your nearest store and pick some up. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F, cut an X in each nut, and roast. It couldn't be more simple, delicious smelling/eating, and healthy! Yum!

Two other things of note. I’m giving a presentation at The Yard on
Wed, Dec 14th. You can get the details below in What’s New. This should be fun and you’re invited!

Also, and I only mention this because I’m so excited, I’ve just leased a
SMART car! Imagine, at 58 years old, one can get a car for the first time ever! As you can see above, the car is tiny and great for getting around the city and parking. I’ve christened her Betty Blue after a dear friend of ours who has since passed.

This car hopefully will add some comfort and ease into my life. What can you do to bring more comfort, ease, and pleasure into your 2017? More joy and coherence in our lives is healing for the body, mind, and heart.

I hope you enjoy this double issue of
From The HealthShrink! One final, important note, (and this involves you). To start off the new year on the right foot, I'm offering a $50 holiday discount on my Initial Discovery Meeting. Regularly priced at $150, take advantage of this offer while there's time. This sale is valid throughout the month of December and concludes on Monday, Jan 2nd at 11:59pm EST. By the way, if you'd like to contact me first for a Free 20-minute telephone consult before making any purchase, by all means!

Cheerio everyone!  I'll be back with another great issue of
From The HealthShrink come February. Happy, happy to all!
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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Holiday season is in the air.

What's New?

Dec 14th: The HealthShrink Presents - Join me this Wednesday at The Yard in the 4th Floor Conference Room when I give a talk on
Them's the Fats: Eating Fat for Greater Health & Increased Energy. Start time is 12:30pm. Can't wait!

Dec 14th: Roast Chestnuts Day - Bing Crosby had it right when he serenaded us all with the wonderful holiday ballad, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire! No wonder our Nourishing Recipes in this New Year Issue features Treasure Chest-Nuts: Oven & Fire-Roasted.

And, in the preamble to the recipe, you'll read just how Janet and I were turned on to these delicious and nutritious nut bombs. Give them a shot and you too might enjoy a new addition to your healthy, holiday treats repertoire!

Dec 24/25/26th: Happy Holidays - Whether it's Channukah/ Christmas/ Kwaanza, if you're up for celebrating, now is a great time of year to do so. If you're not familiar with the lovely Kwaanza holiday, check out our article right here.

To those honoring Channukah and/or Christmas, I'm sending you blessings and peace for a joyous season. Breathe in love, exhale love. Breathe in heart-coherence, exhale stress. Connect your body, mind, and spirit with heart-filled serenity. Namaste!


Dec 30th: Bacon Day - I enjoy bacon big time and I know I'm not alone. Whether eaten straight up or added to other dishes to bring in a luscious flavor, bacon is a winner. As usual though, the quality of what we eat matters. If we eat bacon from an unhealthy animal, we will ingest that animal's ill-health.

It's important that an animal not only eat healthfully while alive, but that it also lives in a relaxed, non-stressed environment.
If we eat meat from a stressed animal, we will absorb the stress hormones of that animal.

Moreover, with bacon we need to be aware of additives, sugar, and other ingredients that bring down the quality of this excellent tasting food. I recommend buying your bacon at a local farmer's market. I buy mine on-line as well from US Wellness Meats. The animals are healthy and the bacon is absolutely sugar-free. "The taste?", you ask. Sublime.
Dec 31/Jan 1st: New Year's Eve/Day - What a wonderful time to slow down and reflect on our year past and year to come. Start where you are now and what changes you have made in your life, your heart, and your body over the past year.

Where are you in your life? Where would you like to be? Breathe slowly, deeply, and gently and truly reflect on yourself. Are you content? Are you feeling empowered? What changes would you like to make to feel joyful and create your dream come true life?

If wanting to re-shape your body in a healing, loving way is one of your wishes, please contact me for a Free telephone consult. We'll spend 20-minutes together talking about you and any issues with which you may need support. I will share how I work, and together we'll assess if what I have to offer could be of value to you.
Jan 8th: Bubble Bath Day – During the holidays and beyond, many of us try to solve our problems or celebrate our highs by reaching for food. In This Month's Overcoming Mindless, Addictive & Emotional Eating article, I address this self-sabotaging manner of coping.

There are many, many options available to
self-soothe or embrace a great moment other than overeating. Luxuriating in a bubble bath is one excellent way to provide cheer and delight from either end of the emotional spectrum, and everything in between.

Seriously. Give it a try! Dim the lights, use candles, add some lavender or eucalyptus essence to your bath, play soothing music or nature sounds, (I love ocean), and close your eyes. I have a feeling you'll enjoy this treat at least as much as reaching for those extra goodies!


Jan 21st: National Hugging Day – According to MJ Felicetti in Mind/ Body/ Green, “Hugging is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress.” (All factors that impact our body size.) Moreover, Family Therapist, V. Satir states: “We need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 for maintenance, and 12 for growth.”

If you're not sure where to get started with hugging, you may want to check out Amma, (mother), the hugging saint/guru on-line! People flock in droves for her healing embrace. To date, Amma has hugged well-over 33 million people! If Amma isn't your cup-of-tea, then get mindfully out there today, and every day, and give/receive deep heart-to-heart hugs with loved family members and friends.
Big hugs heal!
This Month: Overcoming Mindless, Addictive & Emotional Eating

by Susan D'Addario, LCSW, Certified Eating Psychology Coach,
Licensed HeartMath Certified Coach


Introduction

There are many things in life that can throw us into a
positive or negative emotional tizzy. Recently, for example, after witnessing a particularly lengthy and tough campaign battle, Americans voted and received the stunning outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. The result, Donald Trump beating out Hillary Clinton with the Electoral College, left some folks ecstatic and others mortified. 

While holding vastly differing views on how the country should be run, and who's the person to do this, the one thing Donald and Hillary supporters have in common recently is
mindless eating. Fast foods, packaged foods, snacks, desserts, etc., all high in sugar, fat, and salt, are being swallowed whole. In fact, I continue to see photos of the "bad" foods people are about to eat posted on social media, i.e., goppy desserts, fried food, and more, while referencing something about the election results. 

Unfortunately, this happens all too often for so many of us. We use/abuse food to celebrate highs, as well as to drown out our sorrows. It’s incredibly common for us to eat when we’re bored, anxious, sad, thrilled, happy, etc., etc. So, what exactly is going on?
Why in the world do we reach for food even when we’re not hungry?

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Feature Article: New Weigh, New Year's Resolution!

by Susan D'Addario, LCSW, Certified Eating Psychology Coach,
Licensed HeartMath Certified Coach

It's holiday season. What most of us can realistically expect is that we're going to eat more than usual. It's just part of how we celebrate. And, we're going to gain weight. No shock.

Of course, many will make the all too familiar, "I'm going to diet" or "I'm going to join a gym", resolutions to start off the new year. Great intentions! My input though:
if we really want to lose weight once and for all, let's stop doing the same old, same old and let's start doing something radically new. Now, that's a resolution that peaks my interest!

Honestly, I'm guessing most of us have done the low-calorie, tasteless, starvation diet thing and/or excessive exercise routine more than once. Sure, we can lose weight, but for how long? And at what cost? (97% of us who lose weight will gain it all back and more within 2 years.)

I propose that instead of looking exclusively outside of ourselves for weight loss answers, let's first look inside by asking and addressing the following questions. (Please take your time with these and answer as fully and with as much detail as you can.)
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Nourishing Recipes
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Treasure Chest-Nuts: Oven & Fire-Roasted

I wasn't much of a chestnut eater until last year during a trip to Italy. While there, Janet and I went to the Feast of Chestnuts in the Southern Italian town of Noci. There we were walking the crowded streets with marching bands, street performers singing and dancing, comedy acts entertaining, and lots and lots of chestnuts roasting in the great outdoors!

The smells were too tempting and sure enough we had a bag of warm chestnuts handed to us. We both sampled one each and immediately agreed they were delicious. And, PS, chestnuts go great with a glass of red wine. A real holiday treat indeed!

If you enjoy a moderate amount of carbohydrates, chestnuts are a great alternative to sweet potatoes and the like. They are also fairly high in manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and copper.

On a final note, not all recipes need be complicated to yield satisfying results. Here is such a recipe. You can roast these gems all on their own or with very few and simple add-ons. Chestnuts are in season October through March. And, while some eat their chestnuts raw, due to the nuts' tannic acid content, if you go this route, be prepared for a bitter bite.

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Time to close my friends with this month's,

Healing Thought:
New Embrace,
New Self-Love,
Re-Newed Body.

Happy & Healthy 2017.
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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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