Vol. XIII  XY's Health Issue   June 2016

In this issue:

• Hello Again!
• Inspirational Video:
Burly Ballet Dancer
• What’s New?

• This Month: The Biggest Winner
Feature Article: XY's Shorter Lifespan: Why and What You Can Do
• Nourishing Recipes: Pigs in a Heavenly Blanket
• Follow Us! Like Us! Share Us!
Team Wicked takes Gold in Gotham Volleyball's EOS tourney. Bravo boys!

Hello Again!

It’s June, …finally, …hurray, …I’m psyched! (For those of you less inclined to cheer on longer days and warmth, pardon my outburst.) There’s so much to talk about with regard to this fabulous month! I promise to try and not go on for too long.

First, hats off to June as
Men’s Health Month and Happy Father’s Day! This edition of our newsletter focuses on our meaningful XY beings and their health and longevity. Pleasurable movement really helps guys! True story. I was walking in Central Park not all that long ago with my dear friend Tim. He’s a middle-aged man and he’s overweight. Tim also is not into going to the gym.

While walking, Tim pointed out a women dressed in a yoga outfit stretching out. He said, “She’s you. You look after your health and you do things. I just don’t identify that way.” We spoke while walking, (wonderful movement in and of itself), about
healthy, pleasurable movement vs. going to the gym. Guess what? Tim has since purchased a bike and just last weekend went for his first ride. How awesome! Healthy, fun movement is our gift to find and befriend.

In honor of all men and their friends, throughout June I’m offering a
50% discount on our Initial Discovery Meeting – (a $75 value). If you’re considering coming in to see me, now is a great time. Take advantage of this generous offer to support your health by clicking the Discount Button below.

I hope you’ll come to hear my upcoming talk at the Yard scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th at 1pm. The topic is,
“Them’s the Fats”: Eating Fat for Greater Health and Increased Energy.” It promises to be excellent. You can RSVP by going to the What’s New: June 7th section of this e-newsletter.

June is a month that warms us up, so let’s get outside!
Picnics work, along with runs, yoga, and hanging out with our best friends. It’s also a great time for gaiety, pride, and parades! In addition, many of us start going to the beach this time of year to enjoy the sand, sun, and aquatic activities. Read all about these topics and more right here in From The HealthShrink.

I don’t know if you read the New York Times article last month about losing fat and putting it back on? Well, a dedicated reader of this e-newsletter sure did. Read my reply to Anne L. on this subject in This Month:
The Biggest Winner. You may be surprised.

Finally, Janet and I are having another
mystery date coming up on June 1st! I’m the organizer this time and I’ll let you know all about it with photos and updates on Facebook, or right here next month.

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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Inspirational Video: Don't believe them when they say you can't!
Susan at the NAVEL Expo. Many thanks to Margo and Robin for the surprise visit!

What's New?

June 1st: Mystery Date – It’s time for yet another
mystery date with my darling Janet. And this time, there’s going to be a surprise added to the mystery. How fun! If any of you are wondering what in the world a mystery date is, please check out my article right here.  At any rate, I’ll be sure to reveal it all in the July issue of From The HealthShrink. Stay tuned!

June 1st: 
Global Running Day (Million Kid Run) – I’m 100% in favor of fun, healthy, body movement! The problem is that many adults forget the joys of moving including dancing, walking, hiking, biking, etc., and many children spend far too long sitting in front of electronic devices. Well, GRD is for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running, (even if you don’t consider yourself a runner).

The idea is for adults who love to run to share their passion with other adults and/or kids who don’t run. Check out the GRD site and give a thought to participating either as a leader or a learner! It’s easy and doesn’t at all require long-distance runs or fast sprints. Just pledge to take part in some type of running activity. It can be a lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with neighborhood kids. The key as a leader is to model your love for running and to inspire others to get moving. Instead, if you’re a learner, your key is to take a risk and try something new for the fun of it!

June 7th:
Them’s the Fats: Eating Fat for Greater Health & Increased Energy – (1pm) - Oh my goodness. I had a great time at Christopher Street Financial last month making this very presentation, (thank you for the invite Chris Street folks!) I’ll now be giving this overview on fats at The Yard, 157 Columbus Ave., 4th floor, in the Upper Westside of Manhattan near Lincoln Center. Honestly, it would behoove you to do your best and plan your lunch hour around this extremely, informative and fascinating FREE health seminar. If you attend, I can say with utmost confidence that you’ll leave feeling amazed, enlightened, and empowered. Your RSVP is essential.
June 8th: National Best Friends Day – Today is a wonderful day so please, slow down enough not to miss it! Despite most of us living very busy lives, it’s worth stopping long enough to appreciate the person we call our best friend. This is a time to show them how much we appreciate them, how special and important they are to us and how we cherish their friendship.

For those of us who are blessed with a best friend, celebrate that person! Make a plan to spend some quality time together. Grab a bite, take a walk, see a movie together, or catch up over Skype. Whatever you decide to do, include thanking them for all the wonderful and supportive times you've had together!
Pleasure and healing hormones abound.

June 8th: Worlds Ocean Day – Most of us learned long ago that the Earth’s oceans cover more than 70% of our planet. Well, today is a day to express gratitude for all our oceans which provide beauty, pleasure, and food. Moreover, the majority of the Earth’s oxygen comes from the ocean plants that live near the surface of the water. In fact, scientists agree that there’s oxygen from these plants in every breath we take! Imagine!

oceans absorb carbon, produce approximately 75% of the air we breathe, and they moderate global temperatures to boot. Without the oceans and their natural wonders, our planet would fall victim to all sorts of problems and would absolutely not be able to support life as we know it. Wow!!

But, it’s too easy to overlook all there is to be thankful for regarding the oceans. And, in moments of taking the oceans and their gifts for granted, we can cause great harm to the very thing that is the heart of our planet! Mindless pollution by individuals and corporations threaten the very health of our oceans and the wild life and nature contained therein. In order to ensure the
health and safety of our present and future communities, it’s imperative that we take loving responsibility to care for the oceans.

This year’s WAD theme is
Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet, and there is a special effort to stop plastic pollution which poses a serious threat because it degrades very slowly, polluting waterways for a very long time.In addition, plastic pollution impacts the health of sea animals which mistake microbeads for food. FYI -Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic that can be round or irregular in shape. They are used in consumer products such as body and face scrubs to produce a “feel good factor”.  It’s time to clean up our act and to join in the support to help detoxify these GREAT and essential bodies of water.

June 18th: International Picnic Day – Life, a picnic? Maybe not always, but especially for today say, “Yes!” One of the greatest ways to enjoy the upcoming summer season, Int’l Picnic Day is a chance to celebrate outdoors with friends and family. Games and activities, and, oh, the delicious food. I love the concept of eating out in the open air, surrounded by nature and loved ones!

I fondly remember going on picnics as a young child with my immediate family and extended relatives. What fun I had
playing tag, softball, and riding the carousel. I absolutely loved, and still do to this day, the smell of chicken, burgers, and hot dogs on the grill. If you don’t believe me, then check out this issue’s Nourishing Recipe, Pigs in a Heavenly Blanket. Yum!

What a treat then and
wonderful memories now! So, let’s keep this tradition going! Feel free to make your own style picnic. Grab a blanket and book. Bike, walk or hike to a nearby favorite spot. Bring a salad, and enjoy an al fresco lunch. In short, it’s a marvelous day to commune with nature and enjoy a lovely almost summer day. Relaxation state is on!
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June 19th: Father’s Day – Recognized as Men’s Health Month, June is a perfect time to host and to celebrate the past and present fathers and father-like figures in our lives. I think of my father, Daniel, gone now for 3 ½ years with a smile, gratitude, and great love every day. My wish for all, whether you are the adult child or the father, is love, peace, and a healing connection. I know it may not be always possible, but it is my wish for us  nonetheless. PS: My Feature Article XY’s Shorter Lifespan: Why and What You can Do is dedicated to all our male beloveds.

June 20th: Summer Solstice – My, oh my, and welcome back my friend! This is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. I am absolutely ready to cheer! On this date, the solstice officially starts at 6:34 a.m. EDT. The summer solstice is the day with the most hours of daylight in the entire year so forget about staying inside and get out and play! Soak up the rays for enhanced Vitamin D, (taking care of course not to overdo it). Embrace the warmth of the season my friends. If you find the temperature or humidity a bit too much, the grass and trees are always ready to offer their free, friendly carpeted-shade. 

June 21st: International Yoga Day – This day was internationally recognized by the United Nations General in 2014. Yoga is a physical, mind, and spiritual practice that originated in India over 5,000 years ago.  You may have decided that running isn’t quite your thing. Well, what are your thoughts about giving yoga a try? Its benefits are many and include:
  • Enhancing vitality, focus, memory and productivity
  • Stabilizing the body, mind and emotions
  • Strengthening and stabilizing the spine
  • Can relieve back pain, stress, anxiety and tension
  • Can relieve chronic ailments and improve overall health
  • Enhances teamwork and communication
  • Imparts a lasting sense of joy, peace and fulfillment
Hmmm. I’m absolutely inspired to try out a few yoga classes for good mind, body, spiritual health and tranquility. How about you?

June 26th: LGBT Pride DayHappy Pride to us LGBT folks and to all our fantastic, straight allies! How joyous to live in the USA in this day and age and be able to love and marry the person of our choice! Festivities abound on this day in NYC. Other parts of the country and world celebrate this holiday on other days during this month, as June is known as LGBT Pride Month. Spread the love and open our hearts. Love always wins! What a beautiful way to add to June's warm embrace!
This Month: The Biggest Winner

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

After the release of my May e-newsletter, From The HealthShrink, I received the following note from a dedicated reader, Anne. She was inspired to write after reading a front page article in New York Times on 5/2/16, entitled, “That Lost Weight? The Body Finds It,” by Gina Rolata.

Here’s Anne’s note and my response:

Hi Susan.
Thanks for the newsletter, which I look forward to reading.  Did you see the article in today's Times about how difficult it is to keep weight off?  Quite depressing, actually.  A topic for another edition!

Anne L.

Good Morning Anne,

Nice to hear from you! Yes, the article in the Times is telling the truth. It’s what I’ve been saying all along; stats show 97% of us who lose weight will gain it all back and more usually within 2 years. The Biggest Loser is no exception. The reason for that is fairly simple.

This reality show, like most of us, continues to operate under the misguided weight loss guise of calories-in /calories-out and excessive exercise. The truth is, this is a trick. We can very, very rarely maintain weight loss acquired this way. Restricting our food and calorie intake is an unnatural and even punishing way to live. Eventually our brain will send out very strong hunger messages and craves for food. Most of us become miserable and ultimately, we give up, give in and eat. Then, quite often, we start to feel guilty, angry, and hopeless.

As long as we’re alive, eating is actually normal. Self-induced starvation is not. In reality, our brain is just doing its job when it makes our metabolism sluggish to counteract the reduction in food consumption. This is the brain’s way to protect us and our survival.

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Gift Now

Feature Article: XY's Shorter Lifespan: Why and What You Can Do
Susan D'Addario, LCSW, Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Licensed HeartMath Certified Coach

Hi guys. You may be big, muscular, strong, and fast, yet stats continue to show that women live an average of 5-to-10 years longer than you! This is NOT okay. Sean Hagberg, chief science officer of Rio Grande Neurosciences in Santa Fe, NM, and clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico states, “Women outliving men is persistent across all cultures.” Hmmm.

There are multiple reasons documented for this longevity difference between men and women. So, gentlemen, please
drop whatever you’re doing and read on to understand why this shorter lifespan trend exists for men and what you can do about it. (Women: You may have fathers, male life partners, sons, siblings, cousins, nephews, friends, colleagues, and other men in your lives who hold a special place in your hearts. Please be part of their health and longer life solution!).

Let’s cut right to the chase and look at a variety of reasons why men are currently outlived by women.

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

Pigs in a Heavenly Blanket

I absolutely love a delicious, grilled hot dog, and hallelujah, it’s that time of year again! Yep, people are back outside grilling, and eating outdoors. Given that June 18th is International Picnic Day, this meal couldn’t be more timely!  And, trust me, Pigs in a Heavenly Blanket like these, you’ve never had before. (Are you drooling yet?)

You may think that healthy eating excludes a summertime favorite like the frankfurter. Well, think again. It’s entirely possible to enjoy a frank here and there with the gusto it deserves. (And, when we eat a food that brings us
authentic delight, healing, pleasure hormones are released by our bodies.) Add to that delicious, healing scenario the selection of healthy and quality hot dogs and accompaniments and we've now got a dog that's Best in Show! 
For Recipe
Time to close my friends with this month's,

Healing Thought: Health is the balance of mind, body, and soul. - Hippocrates

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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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