OCD & calories

I saw this image online and was completely in full agreement with the statement. It bothers me so much to see clients eating unhealthy, yet they count calories. Its such a conundrum. My suggestion is to not focus so much on caloric intake, but on preparing for and eating a balanced meal. Stay clear of the middle aisles at the grocery store, unless they are 100% of whatever it is that you are buying, with no added preservatives. Most do not realize how obsessive counting calories can be. If you stay clear of foods with long labels, you've won half the battle. Go local.

Eat well, feel good!

Hemp Happy!

Its been a while since I've posted a TJX store healthful foods haul. I will do a series of posts of items that I have recently picked up at my local store. 

However, today, I would like for you to meet my Hemp Hearts <3. During the day, I am not confined to working behind a desk. I am actually the director of a behavioral health outreach program at a psychiatric hospital and I spend roughly 90% of my time in the community, networking with mental health professionals. In having a position which requires me to have back to back appointments, I sometimes do not have the luxury of stopping for lunch. I instead, pack small foods to snack upon throughout the day. This week I have been all about these Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest. I love their story so much because it has been true to my own personal experience this week...lots of energy and utter happiness! This 8 ounce bag was $6.99 at Homegoods.

I've blogged about Hemp in the past, so do yourself a favor and read up on some of the benefits here.

Hempseed is a source of essential fatty acids which can help fight symptoms of depression. 

Eat well, feel good my friends!

Wellness Break: Chiropractic Care

For some time now, I had been meaning to see a Chiropractor for my digestive and irritable bowel (IBS) symptoms. So a few weeks ago, I decided to go and I had not one, but two spinal adjustments within a few days. Upon arrival to my initial appointment, I had some stomach pangs that were fairly constant and had been that entire morning. Shortly after my doctor adjusted me, I noticed a difference. I am clear that it was not just in my head, as I have been experiencing IBS since summer of 2012 and I am attuned with my body. Of course, I have to balance my diet with my wellness care by eating mostly gluten-free foods. Cutting out gluten and dairy has significantly lowered my IBS symptoms. Yoga also helps me to practice stillness, so that the muscles in my large intestine also relax.

Here are some benefits of having a chiropractor adjust your spine. As you can see, there are several areas relating to your mental health that improve by having an adjustment. As a holistic health practitioner, I advocate for at least a consultation. However, I also recommend that if you see a MD on a regular basis, that you consult with him/her first. If you are like me and are pretty aware of your well-being and you've done the research on problematic areas, find a reputable chiropractic physician in your area and seek them out. There are pros and cons to having a spinal adjustment, some cons can be life—threatening. Please do your due diligence by researching before having an adjustment.

What has been your experience with chiropractic care? Positive and negative experiences are welcome.

Jen's Acai Smoothie Bowl

Isn't she pretty?! I've been making and perfecting a few acai bowls for a little while now. When I've completed my recipes, I'll be sure to share! Eat well, feel good.

FM's Flu Shot

Hello there! I feel so terrible because it appears that I have neglected my blog. To be honest, I can admit that I have a horrible work/life balance and work oftentimes consumes my schedule. I have taken on a few projects that have unfortunately taken precedence over blogging. Needless to say, I am back to share with you Food-Mood's version of a "flu shot".

Its no secret that I believe wholeheartedly in holistic health. I had gone 30+ years without ever receiving a flu shot and due to my working in a psychiatric hospital, I received my first one in 2012. A few days after getting that shot, I became seriously ill. I know, you are supposed to get the flu, while your body builds up "antibodies" - and while never having had a shot or the flu, I absolutely hated how I felt. The sickness lingered on for a couple of weeks and I vowed to never get a flu shot again.

In walks my idea of the flu shot, via my at home juicer...
Here's what you'll need:
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 ginger numb
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
This recipe is good for one person. Be sure to get a head start on upcoming cold/flu season with natural healing. Your health is so important during this time of year!

Here are a few recipes that I use when I am want to build resistance: cold tottie recipe and immune boost juice recipe.