Our brains on exercise

It's hard to understand why the importance and primacy of exercise is so often overlooked and/or buried in the treatment and care of those who suffer from mental distress. It is nothing short of criminal to not make exercise and diet/nutrition one of the first things that is tended to when people are suffering from that which is most often treated in psychiatry. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Losing 85 lbs, buying new clothes…

A little update on the body front. Sometimes I do have fun and quite enjoy the positive changes that have come into my life. It's good to share the silly stuff too. […]

Why are we getting so fat? Obesity in the modern world #foodie friday

It's not just calories in calories out. Obesity is very complex and includes some environmental factors we have very little control over. It seems some people like to believe that every fat person is just a glutton, but that is just not the case! This is a nice little video that attempts to explain some of the many factors involved. ... [click on title to read the rest]

Sugar is, indeed, toxic: new studies tie it with increased rates of diabetes now too #foodie friday

This op-ed in the New York Times from a few days ago is perfect for today. Friday. Yes, foodie friday. It’s the Sugar, Folks Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one. A study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. And after accounting for many other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity. (and lots more info on topic) … [click on title to read the rest]

Are You At Risk For Diabetes and Obesity? If you’ve taken or take psychiatric drugs the answer is YES

Since lots of people who’ve taken atypical antipsychotics have developed diabetes or are on the way to developing diabetes, it’s important for anyone with any metabolic issues that have been caused by psych drugs to know the information shared in the below video and the links I share. Also, it’s important to know that if you’ve taken psych drugs, you may have some of these problems without realizing it. These issues are societal wide but those of us who’ve taken psych meds have a substantially higher risk. Conventional medicine only diagnoses diabetes once the disease process has moved quite far along. So if you learn about the risk factors now you might be able to stop the process and get healthy and never develop diabetes!

Why are we getting so fat? Obesity in the modern world

It's not just calories in calories out. Obesity is very complex and includes some environmental factors we have very little control over. It seems some people like to believe that every fat person is just a glutton, but that is just not the case!

“The seriously mentally ill die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population…”

(exploring the source of a statistic) Are you familiar with this oft-quoted statistic: “people with serious mental illness served by the public mental health system die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population”?  You see it everywhere – for example in TIME magazine, USA Today, and throughout the mental health blogosphere. It comes from this 2006 report... Continue Reading →

Psychiatric Meds and Fat

Most of us who have been treated with psych meds gain weight, there are a lucky few who escape this side effect, and then many that gain a moderate amount and then what seems a large significant minority for whom major weight gain is a problem. I fall into the last category. Before I started... Continue Reading →

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