Depression or Sadness, is there a difference?

Normal life has its ups and downs, and sadness is a part of life for all of us.  Perhaps you are sad because you have a romantic or family relationship that is not working out, you have not gotten the job or promotion you desire, you are lonely or isolated.  If you have recently lost a family member or someone you care for deeply, you may feel profound sadness.  There are countless reasons to experience sadness and you may ask, am I depressed?

Sadness is a normal response to a difficult time, it is normal to be sad, and sadness is not a disease state.  Sometimes the terms sadness and depression are used interchangeably.  You might feel sad or “depressed”, but if this is due to a tough incident or event, it is not the same as the clinical disease called Depression.

Depression on the other hand is an overwhelming sadness about everything.  It is a medical condition that goes beyond life’s ordinary ups and downs.  People with severe depression do not just pull themselves together after an episode of sadness.  In fact, when experiencing clinical depression, you may feel sad for no identifiable reason.

So, if you are feeling sad, we will make several recommendations.  Get outside, spend time in nature, exercise, spend time in quality social interaction, volunteer, eat foods that are nourishing, take care of yourself, however that is meaningful for you.  Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine will also help you process sadness so that you can move on with your life.

Treating depression takes a more multifaceted approach.  Treatment may include therapy, medications, lifestyle modifications.  Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are helpful in this multifaceted treatment plan.

Please let us know if we can be of help

Ann & Emily

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The Cook At Home Diet!

 

 

We are often asked what is the best diet?  How do I lose weight and get healthy?   Should I eat Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, Low Carb?????

The diet we most often recommend is the “Cook at Home Diet”.

What is this radical new diet all about?  It’s about getting healthy, saving money, and taking control of your nutrition.

So, with the Cook at Home Diet, you do not have any food restrictions, you just focus on preparing the highest quality food you can get, you control your portion size (no more Cheesecake Factory type portions made for 300 lb. football players), and you control your budget.  Win Win Win.

How do you improve the quality of the food you eat?  You start with baby steps.  Here is a list of ideas, you don’t need to incorporate them all, pick one or two and get started:

  • Avoid processed, packaged foods with multiple, unrecognizable ingredients, such as hamburger helper, packaged gravies and sauces,
  • Start incorporating some organic fruits and veggies. Check out the EWG Dirty Dozen List that identifies the most contaminated fruits and veggies in the US, and switch one or two of your favorites out for organic varieties.
  • Start incorporating meats from grass fed sources, organic free range poultry, sustainably harvested wild fish, organic free range eggs, you get the idea.
  • Select full fat dairy, organic sources are best
  • For cooking oils, select avocado, olive, coconut, ghee
  • Avoid sugary or artificially sweetened drinks
  • Avoid sugary baked goods

What does it cost to eat out on a regular basis?  The data varies, but the average is at least $13 per person per meal.  How does this compare to eating at home?  You can feed a family of four for as little as $10 per meal.  But let’s assume you want to splurge on ingredients sometimes, and allow for an average cost of $5 per person per meal.  For a family of 4, if you ate all your meals out, the cost at $13 per meal ends up with a total of $56,940 per year.  If that same family ate all their meals at home, the cost is $21,900.

Our suggestion, is to cook some meals at home, and go out and enjoy yourself once or twice a week.  If you did that, you would still save over $25,000 per year over eating out every day!!

Take care and enjoy eating at home.

Ann & Emily

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