Taken from a one of my presentations in Health Psychology…
With the exception of the first year of life, the majority of a person’s growth occurs during adolescence (Stang, Story, & U.M., 2008). This creates an increase in need for energy and nutrients to supply the energy. Nutrient needs are higher during adolescence than any other time of a person’s life. Proper nutrition during this time is essential for healthy maturation into adulthood as well as to help prevent diet-related chronic disease that can occur during adulthood such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.
However, despite the great importance of healthy eating during this crucial growth time of adolescence, many young individuals are not eating a diet that meets national nutrition guidelines, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Stang, Story, & U.M., 2008). To understand and resolve this problem, it is important to understand the eating behaviors of adolescents and what factors influence them. Personal factors such as cognitive-affective factors and behaviors as well as the social environment can impact nutritional intake. Adopting poor nutrition behaviors as well as developing eating disorders are concerns that effect nutrition intake in a negative way that would impact health. Understanding not only the nutrition requirements but also these factors that influence nutrition behaviors in adolescents will help in the prevention of nutrition related health problems that may occur in youth and later in adulthood as diet-related chronic disease.
Stang, J., Story, M., & University of Minnesota. (2008). Guidelines for adolescent nutrition services. Duluth, Minn.: University of Minnesota.
Many parents of adolescents understand the frustration of trying to get their kids to eat right. At this age, most kids are trying to develop their independence. They want to make some choices of their own. Here are 3 good tips I can share with you that have helped me see that my own kids got the nourishment they needed to develop strong immune systems, mental and physical health.
- Lead by example. You can’t expect your kids to eat healthy if you do not eat healthy yourself.
- Provide only healthy choices in your household. Choices are there, while any choice made is a good one. My services include education in this area.
- Utilize supplements. Even in making healthy choices in food, we sometimes find ourselves lacking in nutrients which can create cravings that lead to loading up on unhealthy calories.
- For over 20 years I have used Nature’s Sunshine’s supplements. I expect I will continue for the next 20+ years to use them because I have always been pleased with the results and quality of them. We caring some items in our office and have them online at herbalhour.mynsp.com
If you need help becoming a family who eats healthy, I also provide family sessions that focus on helping in nutrition and behaviors.
You can find me at dohi Center for Well-being (717) 473-4980 or email me at CharlotteTest@dohiwellbeing.com.
My sessions are held in our Waynesboro, PA office or can be scheduled at my mountain ranch in Fairfield, PA which also incorporates Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
The Concept of Flow
The concept of the flow experience is used to understand the feelings people are actually experiencing while working toward their goals. Flow is experienced as intense enjoyment while a person becomes so immersed in an activity that they are not aware of time passing by or physical discomforts. Contemplation of the feelings experienced would actually interrupt flow. The feelings are so enjoyable to some they may seem addictive. While the flow experience is rare for many individuals, it may occur more frequently for individuals with certain personality traits. In addition, intelligence of the individual is also a factor that can be associated with flow. By understanding the concept of flow and how it can be utilized, it is possible help individuals to increase opportunity to experience flow and achieve goals.
Taken from a paper written by Charlotte M. Test (The Concept of Flow, 2012).
Do you have difficulties meeting your goals and getting into your Flow? Part of the Coaching effort is in determining why this is and what needs to be done so that you can make the changes to improve your well-being.
Give me a call at dohi Center for Well-being (717) 473-4980 or email me at CharlotteTest@dohiwellbeing.com.
Often people make the comment “A person first has to WANT to quit [change] their habits”, referring to smoking, drinking, drug use, gambling, eating unhealthy, etc.
What do you think? Do we wait for change? Do we wait for ourselves, our loved ones, or even our patients (depending on who in your life needs change), to announce they now WANT to change before seeking help to make those life changes?
My answer is this… No. Often people are brought to counseling for addictions by loved ones or even by the law. Are these people then thinking “oh now I WANT to change”? No. More than likely they are feeling resentment for even being asked to make a change.
So now what? Well, that’s my job! A good therapist will work with the individual to help them with change regardless of what the change stage may be. The precontemplation stage of change is still a stage of change. There is no predetermined time frame for the progression of change; it is only the individual’s own experience with TIME.
Charlotte M. Test, N.D., M.A., CAADC
“You are not a helpless victim of your own thoughts, but rather a master of your own mind.” – Louise Hay
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin needed for health.Human beings do not have the ability to make vitamin C in the body like most other mammals are able to, and therefore must obtain the vitamin from dietary sources (Higdon, 2006). Within the human body, vitamin C functions as an essential cofactor in numerous enzymatic reactions such as in the biosynthesis of collagen, carnitine, and catecholamines, in addition to a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C also accumulates in the central nervous system, especially in the neuronsof the brain (Drake, 2011). Research, although primarily among animals studies, demonstrates the importance of vitamin C as a vital antioxidant molecule in the brain, having a potential therapeutic role against neurodegenerative diseases that involve high levels of oxidative stress,such as ischemic stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntingdon’s disease(Harrison & May, 2009). In addition, a review of the literature reveals that researchers are exploring not only the deficiency risks but also the therapeutic uses of nutrients, such as vitamin C, in substance abuse treatment.
Mindfulness meditation is a practice that was developed in the ancient Buddhist tradition and continues to be practiced today. It involves obtaining a calm and conscious awareness of one’s body functions and feelings. Currently, many therapists are incorporating this practice of mindfulness meditation with cognitive behavioral therapy to form a treatment for a variety of mental and physical conditions including substance use disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and pain. Some of the mindfulness-based therapy techniques currently in use include Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Many books, DVDs, and Internet websites are available for any person interested in learning about this practice. In addition there are many studies available for review that reveal the many uses and benefits of mindfulness meditation techniques, demonstrating this is evidence-based therapy we can incorporate with confidence for a variety of therapeutic needs.
Additional value in mindfulness meditation is that it is a non-drug treatment. For those battling drug addictions, drug treatments may not be an option to treat co-occurring PTSD and pain. Drug dependence theories posit that drug dependence is a disease state, in which physical dependency on the substance eventually leads to the compulsive and repetitive use of the substance despite the negative consequences to the user’s health, mental state, or social life (Shen, Orson, & Kosten, 2012). This drug dependence is often a result of prescription drugs. Research has revealed that individuals prescribed opioid drugs, used for the treatment of chronic pain, had a significantly higher rate of misuse than those with a history of drug abuse who were not prescribed opioids (Pohl & Smith, 2012). This has become a serious problem in the United States with the overuse, abuse, and addiction to opioid medications. Opioid dependence is considered to be a lifelong, chronic, and relapsing disorder for the individual (Shen, Orson, & Kosten, 2012). Therefore, in patients who have a history of addiction or other risk factors for developing addiction, opioids should be prescribed with consideration of their tendency. The need to explore alternatives is obvious. Mindfulness techniques that address even complex co-occurring disorders such as substance use disorder with PTSD and pain are worthy of exploration. At dohi Center for Well-being we utilize mindfulness techniques in counseling as well as teach Mindfulness Meditation to the clients we see, and we are very pleased with the results.
Pohl, M., & Smith, L. (2012). Chronic pain and addiction: challenging co-occurring disorders. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44(2), 119-124. doi:10.1080/02791072.2012.684621
Shen, X., Orson, F., & Kosten, T. (2012). Vaccines against drug abuse. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 91(1), 60-70. doi:10.1038/clpt.2011.281