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Life in Keto Land

Soooooo. I don't know if you're curious or not - I haven't posted in a long time - because VIstaprint was disordered or dysfunctional - and I am still waiting for them to tell me it's 'fixed'. . . 
I am STILL FOLLOWING THE KETO WAY OF EATING.  I have dropped almost 3 full dress sizes.  
In fact I am so committed to it now that I feel like I forgot how I used to eat - graze - and fill up on lots of empty carbs.    I really thought that I would miss my food groups: pasta, pizza and popcorn - but I DO NOT AT ALL.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

25 years ago I made the decision to become a Mental Health Counselor.  It was encouraged by a Pastor who saw me working with a couple dozen "Alley Kids" and my own statement of 'its sad that I enjoy what I do for free more than what I do for pay'.    Several of those kids had real mental health 'issues'  -most just assumed they were the 'bad' kids.    I intuitively knew different.
Since then - 1995 - I have been in the trenches of mental illness, addiction, grieving, community tragedies, headline events and the real stories that many don't know, won't know and can't know.

DRUG TAKE BACK DAY


I've been on a kick to "Tidy" - the principal of it is to organize your home bycategory.   
Please make one category every single medication, vitamin, supplement, diet pills, OTC medications.   

Having been on the front line of this horrific drug epidemic that has taken the lives of people I know and left behind even more grieving I know.  I can't emphasize enough to remove any 'extra' drugs that you don't need or are not prescribed to you.  This is not just a teen problem -adults steal medications too!

When to Seek Help from a Professional

 You should get evaluated by a professional if you've hadfive or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks or if any of these symptoms cause such a big change that you can't keep up your usual routine.....
When You're Depressed...
  • You feel sad or cry a lot and it doesn't go away.
  • You feel guilty for no reason; you feel like you're no good; you've lost your confidence.
  • Life seems meaningless or like nothing good is ever going to happen again. You have a negative attitude a lot of the time, or it seems like you have no feelings.

What to Do if You Need Pain Management and Have Addiction History

Our country is in the midst of an epidemic of Heroin addiction and deaths by overdose.  As many as 80% claim they started by using prescribed opioid medications for seemingly 'normal' life eventsrequiring pain management: teeth extractions, sports injuries, accidents involving injuries, surgeries, child birth, cancer, and/or cosmetic/ re constructive surgeries.   Physicians often prescribed them for increasingly lower level painful events - because they wanted their patients to be 'comfortable' and insurance companies often paid for the prescription that was reported as 'effective'.

Do You Have Trouble Asking For Help?

Do you have trouble asking for help?

Do you perceive asking for help as a sign of weakness?

Do you know how to get help when you can't sleep, haven't slept, seem to cry 'all the time', feel emotionally fragile or vulnerable to the slightest statements, even those not directed to you directly?  

Have you 'copped an attitude'? - that is either expressed in reactive anger at just about anything or apathetic or not caring about people, work or things you used to?

Are you feeling physically anxious

How to Get Heroin Out of Your Community

Is your home, neighborhood, town, borough, county or state dealing with the surge or epidemic of heroin addiction?  
I doubt your answer is 'no'. 
We're all seeing it, hearing about it, experiencing it or have dealt with the collateral damages of it.  
I've been hearing about it directly from the addicts themselves, their mothers and fathers, their siblings, peers, professionals along with reading anything I had time to read.   I recently got a chance to readChasing the Scream 

Are You Raising a Trophy Kid?

I got to catch up on my Netflix list this weekend and I can't help but share how the documentary: "Trophy Kids" is an absolutely MUST SEE if you are a parent!  

As much as the movie is about parents who want to raise trophy winning kids, and believe absolutely that their kid is worthy - if you're reading this - I want you to watch it and watch the teens WHILE THE PARENT IS TALKING!    What is going so wrong is how the parents never shut up!   I mean it.  I don't care if its sports, academics, careers or future expectations - it's NOT about the potential scholarships - these parents are so fear filled they don't take one minute to LISTEN!

Women in Transition: How Tidying Can Help!

I'm going to encourage anyone, not just women, but men as well, to read through this book and then offer individual counseling to help guide through the process.  It is that profoundly 'life changing.'   

Having a professional counselor in place as you begin the actual process can be even more effective for the same reason I hired a personal trainer.  Having a person you have to report to, get positive feedback from, share with as well as motivate and encourage when you hit slumps is going to make your personal experience even more meaningful.

Life Changing - Kondo Style

There are times in life where something grabs you and shakes you up. Moments of 'light bulb' awareness where several thoughts, events or situations all line up like an eclipse.  
I had that happen last month and I'm just getting started. 

Please take the time to read this through - I hope to convey the 'magic' of this process.  If you are a parent of a 'lost' child, an 'addict' child going through your own life changing events: empty-nest, retiring, divorcing, lost a significant person - take the time to read this - then get this book:  
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