What Happens When Your Values Don’t Align with Your Behaviors? Nothing. And That’s Not a Good Thing.

I have been talking to my clients and in the community talks that I’ve been giving about the importance of values. When our behaviors don’t match and support our top values we feel, well...icky and blah (very technical terms). It’s as if you are driving a car with deflated tires or you are cross-county skiing outside the packed path. It makes the task (and life) feel difficult and not fun. I’m not unfamiliar with this icky and blah feeling. It often happens this time of year-post-holiday and smack dab in the middle of a cold, cold, (did I say cold???) icy winter. During the cold months, I don’t get out to exercise or spend as much time in nature as I do in the warmer months. Those things align with my top values. I also don’t have as much social connection as naturally occurs in the warmer months.

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Ask Dr. Kelly: Does the food I eat REALLY make a difference in how I feel?

When I talk to my clients about improving their mental and physical health, we often discuss the role that food plays in their life. Many of my clients feel overwhelmed by the amount of nutrition and diet information available at every turn. Should they try keto? What if they lost weight on low-fat back in the 80s? Is the HGH diet safe? They don’t know what to believe.

I’ve seen the big impact that food has on mood in my life and in the lives of my clients. To help my clients understand the scientific evidence connecting food and mood, I put together this mini-literature review to show what the science has found. I hope that this helps to answer your questions about food and mood.

Nutritional psychiatry is a growing field that utilizes food and targeted supplements as part of an integrated treatment approach to prevent and treat mental health disorders. Countless research studies have shown that adequate nutrition is essential for proper brain functioning and mental health (e.g., Bodnar & Wisner, 2005; Jacka & Berk, 2007; Jacka et al., 2011; Murakami & Sasaki, 2010; Psaltopoulou et al., 2013; Rossler et al., 2016).

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Lessons Learned from the Original Badass

I had the pleasure of attending a talk and book-signing by Jen Sincero. She's the author of two books:

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

You are a Badass at Making Money

I highly recommend reading these books to help you become the best, most connected, happiest version of yourself. AND, if you can get your hands on the audio versions (my library had them through Hoopla), do it and listen over and over and over....in the car, on a walk, while you make dinner, etc. Not only is it convenient to listen throughout your day, but Ms. Sincero is HILARIOUS, and due to the funny voices that she used and ad-libbing here and there, I remembered key phrases in a way that I wouldn't from reading alone. Also, I learned at this book talk (is that what they are called??) and signing, she speaks just as she writes. She is the real deal. 

You can read the books to get all of the golden nuggets of wisdom packaged in an approachable box with a laugh-out-loud funny bow on top. I'm giving you the life lesson jewels that she dropped during the talk. 

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Inflammation Part 1: Inflammation is helpful…until it’s not

We’ve all had a splinter or stubbed our toe and seen what happens as a result…the area hurts, it gets red, and swells up.  Those symptoms are inflammation at its finest. Those symptoms are our body’s way of beginning the healing process. Those symptoms are signs that the immune system has turned on and is ready to fight invaders to prevent infection. That’s the good part of inflammation…the white knight coming to the rescue; it’s called acute inflammation. Acute inflammation’s evil step-sister (no offense to amazing step-sisters out there!) is chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is…well…chronic. It is always there. Whereas acute inflammation is a natural process that we don’t control, chronic inflammation is within our control; we can turn it on or off with our lifestyle and nutrition choices. Before we get into what we can do to stop chronic inflammation, let’s take a closer at what it is and what problems/issues it causes.

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Christmas is BIG, but it's all about the little

Christmas is all about the BIG: big lights, big gifts, big sales, big traffic, big parties, big food, big bonuses (okay, not me but hopefully you!), big trees, and big jolly men in red suits. BUT, what really matters this season is not the big things...it's the little things. The little in-the-moment, everyday things are the foundation of relationships and love and joy. When you focus on the little things, Christmas lives inside you all year long.

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