Vol. IV  Vacation Issue Aug 2015

In this issue:

• Hello Again!
• What’s New?

• This Month: "Vacation Time=Time with our given/chosen "Tribes."
• Feature Article:
"Nourishment for the Soul, Heart, & Body" Part I of II
• Nourishing Recipes: Susan's Grilled In-Season Summer Veggies
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Hello Again!

Hi everyone - So glad to be back! This vacation issue is jammed packed with excellent healthy information that reaches deep down inside. I know you’re going to love it! Feature article, “Nourishment for the Soul, Heart, & Body,” addresses the needs and benefits of self-love. If you really want to re-shape and have better body image, it starts from the inside.  Also not to be missed is my piece on tribal connections – given or chosen – found under “This Month”. And, if you’re in the mood for color, you won’t want to miss Nourishing Recipes: Susan’s Grilled In-Season Summer Veggies!

All of this, plus plenty more! As a reminder, my back-by-popular demand FREE talk, “5 Effective Methods for Health Gain & Weight Loss,” is set for Aug. 11th at Symphony Space. Make your reservations today!

One final note. It’s  summer and time for fun, vacationing, and dressing in shorts, short sleeves, and even bathing suits. But, for those who’ve been bullied, teased, ridiculed, criticized for having larger than average-sized bodies, summer can be a season of extra stress and hurt. That’s why I was particularly impressed with what this feisty teen had to say in the attached video.

Enjoy the issue!

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Good for her for taking back her power! Have you taken back yours?
What's New?

July 18-25th: The HealthShrink vacations in the Catskill mountains in NY State.  Just like all seasons, summer is the time to celebrate those summer traditions with your given/chosen families. Read more about "Having Tribes: Soulful Medicine" below.

August 11th: The HealthShrink- a FREE Presentation: "5 Effective Methods for Gaining Health & Losing Weight.”

Tried everything you know to lose weight and keep it off for good?  Think it's all about "calories in & calories out"? If you're at your wits end with the usual diets & exercise, it's time to learn about strategies that can really make a life changing difference in your health & body size. You're not a willpower weakling, nor have your failed.  But something is terribly amiss when it comes to weight, and hint: it's not your fault. Discover the "5 Effective Methods for Health Gain & Weight Loss" at this FREE presentation given by The HealthShrink, Susan D'Addario, Certified Eating Psychology Coach.
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August 12th: "Mystery Date" - this is a great and fun activity my wife and I do together. It also works just fine with 2 friends. More details to follow  in the Nourishing Tips section of The HealthShrink website. But, this is just one thing we do together for fun, romance and relaxation, (which of course always leads back to reducing cortisol and insulin which helps limit fat storage and increase lean mass). Our date destination? Why, that's a mystery for now which will be revealed in my September e-Newsletter. Stay tuned!

August 21st-25th: The HealthShrink travels to New Hope, PA! I am really looking forward to nature walks, biking, tubing along the river at Washington's Crossing. I will be posting about the trip on My Facebook page.  Join me there.

August 31st: August is the month for creating The HealthShrink LinkedIn page. Join me there.

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This Month:
Having Tribes : Soulful Medicine

I'm very fortunate, or at least I think so. I grew up in a big Italian-American family with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. My maternal grandparents emigrated to New York from Southern Italy in 1912. My grandmother, Rose, the youngest of 8 siblings, left her very large, closely knit family behind. Of course, back in those days, traveling abroad to visit relatives was arduous at best. For my grandmother it took almost 1 week to sail 1 way across the Atlantic Ocean and then back, (a trip she made twice). Even a simple, "hello," to her parents could only be accomplished by what we now call, "snail mail." The strained connection for my grandmother from her country, town, culture, family and friends was painful.

All this to explain why she instilled such a strong sense of family in her own 8 New York born children. My grandmother had essentially lost easy contact with her Italian family of origin. Without family and friends and not speaking English, she compensated somewhat by creating a brand new, tightly knit family in the U.S.A. And while both of my maternal grandparents have passed on more than 30 years ago, this New York family with Italian roots continues to grow, thrive, and love.

What's so great about having a group, tribe, or family? For me, it's the feeling of connection, support, and belonging. It's a sense of identity. Whether born into a wonderful family tribe as I was or not, finding a tribe and making a connection is tremendously important to our good health and overall sense of well-being. And, there's nothing to say you can't be involved in multiple tribes at once. If you're feeling isolated, look around for your connection(s). Plug into tribal options at your school, neighborhood, house of worship, sports team, book club, professional organization, and so on. The most important point is to not isolate. While I believe in independence and completely uphold alone time and doing our own thing, no one should live life as an eternal island.

Just as nutritious foods feed and heal our bodies, healthy tribal connections energize and feed our souls. But, be mindful. The degree of healing of course is related to the quality of both our food and group/people choices. If we eat exclusively processed, fast foods, the body will not thrive and more often than not will gain excess weight. The same thing holds true for our soul or real inner self. If we primarily isolate or hang with a group or even a few individuals who say or do hurtful things to us; if we feel habitually misunderstood or tormented, our inner soul/self will suffer.

Soul recovery occurs with, amongst other things, love, trust, pleasure, and tribes we can count on, feel apart of, and call our own. And, all too frequently, there is a strong link between having a sad soul seeking solace and our eating foods that temporarily comfort, but do not heal deep down. Consequently, authentically changing our body and weight in a long-lasting way can only happen when we really pay attention to and nurture our inner being. Re-gaining our health and genuine body size, contrary to popular belief pushing strict dieting and excessive exercise, begin with a jubilant and supported soul. It is then that we have the best chance of healing, growth, and thriving inside and out.

Dedicated to my beloved grandmother, Rosina.
Feature Article:
Nourishment for the Soul, Heart, & Body" Part I of II

Susan D'Addario, Founder & Eating Psychology Coach
The HealthShrink

(Following the strong and positive responses by readers to Point #5 - Love yourself as you are right now! from, "Once Upon a Time - The Weight Loss Myth" Part II, I expand a bit further here to more fully explore the topic of self-love and non-caloric weight loss from an Eating Psychology perspective.)

Let’s start at the beginning, middle, and end: In order for our body to be the weight it's truly meant to be, we need to be the person that we're truly meant to be. The idea that we can actually lose weight long-term purely by cutting back on what we eat and/or exercising like crazy, simply isn’t true. Not for the long haul at least.  And when weight loss occurs under these circumstances, it’s not without stress and being at war with ourselves.

Simply stated, any weight loss strategy that begins from a place of stress, demand, anxiety, self-loathing, or hate for the body is doomed to fail in the long run. Research shows that 98% of us who diet with the best of intentions and motivation will gain all of the weight back and more within 2 years. What's missing for most of us is beginning from a place of feeling good about ourselves and being in an overall relaxed state in life. And the kicker is that anything in our life that constantly stresses us is a contributor to our weight gain, or an inability to lose it.

Nourishing Recipes
(Featuring clean ingredients: organic, local, pasture-raised, wild, and love!)

Susan's Grilled, In-Season,
Summer Veggies
(I chow down heartily and try to make veggies my main course. Therefore, the number of servings depend upon the portion size. No worries though. These grilled or roasted veggies make wonderful leftovers!)

Serves 4+

•2 medium-sized, organic yellow, red, or standard orange-colored carrots. (Shop at a local farmers' market to vary vegetable/fruit colors. More colors equals more nutrient variation).
• 1 small broccoli head.
• 1 small cauliflower head.
• 1/2 red onion
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, ( I use Bionaturae Organic EVOO)
To taste:
• Sea Salt, (not white colored and avoid anti-caking additive)
• Crushed black peppercorn
• 1 medium white potato, (Use non-GMO which is anything organic)

Cut all veggies into the same 1 inch size so cooking time is equal for all veggies.
• Peel carrots and remove either end. If the carrots are thick, half or slice the pieces so the carrots are less thick.
• Cut broccoli and cauliflower heads into florets. If you want to leave some of the stem or if you'd like to chop the stems into 1 inch pieces and use, great! If florets are larger than an inch, half or quarter as needed.
• Chop onion into 1/2 inch sized pieces.
• Optional: Chop potato into similarly sizes pieces.
• Rinse all veggies under filtered water and spin dry in a salad spinner or pat dry with a cotton cloth.
• Add vegetables to a  large bowl and add olive oil and sea salt. Toss everything well. (Using your hands to mix the veggies allows you to feel if there is enough oil. You want everything to be lightly coated but not swimming in the oil.)

Cook: (25-30 minutes)
• Turn on and preheat the grill. On an electric grill, I give it a good 10-15 minutes on high.
• Add all the ingredients to a wire basket or a flat metal pan with holes on the bottom and sides. Make sure the vegetables are lying flat and not piled.
• Holding a spatula with an oven glove, move the vegetables around every few minutes so they cook evenly.
• After approximately 25-30 minutes take a sample to see if ready. (Some folks prefer their veggies less cooked than others so use your taste buds to guide the cooking time-frame).

Serve hot in a large bowl. Nutrition and tasty nourishment all in the same bite! Eureka!

PS: We throw a sweet or spicy turkey sausage ring we purchase at the local green market right on the grill as well for 10 minutes a side. What a combination! After cooking, you can cut the sausage also into 1 inch size pieces and add right into the bowl of grilled veggies. Or, we cut individual links more rustically into approximately 3-4 inches long to accompany veggies.

Parting thought: Healing begins with self-love.

Until next time, be well and:
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Susan D'Addario, The HealthShrink, has been a psychotherapist in private practice for more than 20 years. Also a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Susan enables individuals interested in regaining health and reshaping their bodies to navigate their challenges using a groundbreaking, innovative eating psychology counseling approach. The HealthShrink program combines many of the best weight-loss strategies, from nutrition science to dynamic eating psychology. It’s a positive, empowering, transformational perspective designed for anyone who eats. Susan works with individuals and groups in-person and via Skype. Couples coaching is also provided upon request.
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