Category Archives: Lifestyle Medicine

MIND diet slows Alzheimer’s dementia

Hybrid ‘MIND’ Diet Keeps Aging Brain Sharp Megan Brooks August 10, 2015 The MIND diet ― a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet ― may slow cognitive decline in elderly adults, according to researchers from Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center who developed the MIND diet. In an […]
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The gut microbiome and diet in psychiatry

The basics: The mind and body are greatly effected by the trillions of microbes which dwell within your gut. Eat well, use probiotics and prebiotics, and thus foster the growth of beneficial organisms in your intestines. Keep a healthy intestinal lining (with a healthy, high fiber diet): This will keep the toxic products of pathogenic organisms within […]
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Health Sleep Habits 2015

1. Maintain a regular bed time and wake time.  Unless you can make naps a regular part of our day, try to avoid them.  They exception to this is when you become sleepy when driving.  In this situation you are impaired and it is important that you pull over where it is safe to do […]
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Medscape: The Gut Microbiome and Diet in Psychiatry: …

I found this online.  I hope you find it as fascinating as I did.  Your mood is greatly influenced by the bacteria in your intestines!  There are ten times more microbes in your intestines than there are cells in your body.  Go figure!       A link to the following Medscape article was sent […]
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Diet Against Systemic Hypertension (DASH Diet)

There are so many many diets out there, and arguably the DASH diet is one of the elder statesmen of the diet world.  It was extensively studied in 1997 at Harvard University, and spawned several other good studies (OmniCarb, OmniHeart, DASH-Sodium, etc.). I find DASH fairly straightforward: it is Mediterranean-like, reasonable, intuitive, and it comforts […]
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A list of things to do: The Pleasant Events Schedule.

Well, this version appears to be from the standard work of Dialetical Behaviour Therapy, and from what I can tell, it is put on a repository website, dbtselfhelp.com, for public consumption. I think I am in the spirit of the website by linking to it, and including this KEY page. When you are down…..it’s hard […]
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Activity Chart

Courtesy of CBIS Manual, June 2009, British Columbia  (link to document here)

The Energy Bucket of Depression

Courtesy of the CBIS Manual, June 2009, British Columbia: Depression’s Energy Budget Every day, we wake up with “resources” available for our use that day. These resources might be energy, time, sense of well-being, motivation, etc. The amount of available resources changes every day, even throughout the day. If we consistently spend beyond our resources, […]
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Stop Depressive Thinking! Catch the error of your ways

Here is a very nice, concise review from the CBIS Manual of very common cognitive thinking errors.  The theory goes, if you change how your think, you change how you feel. In my opinion, this is solid gold.  It is bang on, and very helpful. If you are ever vigilant, constantly watching how you react […]
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Other Ways to Relax and Get though Intense Distress, and Links: The Basics

GROUNDING EXERCISE! Purpose • Grounding is a calming and centering method that helps you to become more focused in your body and on the present moment. It reminds you of your strength and ability to cope in the present. Process • Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your hands […]
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