Whole Foods as Anti-Depressants?

I was shocked to read in the National Post (January 2014) that Canada is one of the top three consumers of anti depressants (behind Iceland and Australia). We take twice as many antidepressants as Italians, and more than the Germans, French or English. As a former ex-pat of this fine country I find this incredulous news. Aren’t we one of the most abundant, free, financially stable, diverse, and well-cared for countries on the planet? I have to ponder, why then, are we so depressed? Apparently, even our top psychiatrists, like Dr. Joel Paris of McGill University, are speaking out to say that too many Canadians are treating life’s normal spells of misery the way they would handle something cosmetic they dislike about their bodies –by asking a doctor for a quick fix. His article states that psychotropic drugs are too easily dispensed by family physicians and that “over diagnosis is much more common now than under diagnosis”. What is depression anyway? Depression in itself is not a true emotion. It is an amalgamation of many different emotions, including sadness, grief, loneliness, anxiousness, discouragement, and perhaps even suppressed anger. Saying you’re depressed takes away your responsibility for finding the underlying cause. It negates the emotion you are feeling and your empowerment to change it. Human emotions are meant to be felt. They are a normal and healthy way of dealing with life experiences. I often witness my 3 year old twin granddaughters exhibit a roller coaster of emotions in a very brief span of time. They can go from gleeful exuberance to abject crying spells and back to joy in a...

5 Steps to a Slim and Healthy New Year

With Christmas over and New Year’s approaching what’s the easiest and most effective thing you can do to recover from the excesses of overeating, and the blame, shame and self criticism that goes with it? Here are some simple actions you can take to change your habit and jump start your way toward a healthier, slimmer, happier 2017. #1 Do not step on the scale.   Why rub it in? #2 Do not give up on yourself. Ever. This should actually be # 1. #3 Throw out the “frankenfoods” (not made by nature) in your fridge and cupboard and do not replace with same. A good place to start your hit list would be anything that contains canola, safflower, soybean and cottonseed oils. These are the worst offenders, and have contributed largely to our overweight and malnourished population. You will find them in practically every un-food on the shelf. Unfortunately, and contrary to marketing myths, chemistry does not improve on nature when it comes to food. #4 Start your day with whole foods, eat all you want of those, and then, repeat. Simple!   Purchase only quality whole foods and you will save on your grocery budget as you buy and eat a lot less. #5. Eat Mindfully. This is the hardest step, but if mastered, can create the most change. How to eat mindfully?   Pay very close attention to your eating behavior.  Slow down the process and really notice how you act around food. How quickly do you reach (or grab) for the next bite? How fast do you bring it to your mouth? What size of bite do you...