Self Help Blog

Natural Remedies for Depression & Anxiety

Many of my clients state that they would much prefer to avoid the use of medications and would rather natural remedies in dealing with their conditions. There are good reasons not to use medication if possible, given the plethora of side effects and the unstudied possibilities of long-term effects. Generally, if an individual is experiencing severe, such as suicidal thoughts, extensive sleeplessness or inability to function on a daily basis, I suggest that the individual talk with a physician about a trial of a prescription medication. These definitely have a place, and in some cases, there is better living through chemistry! That said, I believe that we are a pill-popping society, and the media influences us to believe that taking medication should just be a part of what we do. Billions are made in the pharmaceutical industry. Much information comes from the advertising done by the drug companies themselves, and of course, they do stand to profit. Regarding depression Exercise of 30 min. per day can do much to alleviate depression – endorphins, the body’s natural pleasure producing chemicals, are released during exercise. I suggest that a person get started with just five minutes if that is all he or she…

Healthful Products

I feel that my website would not be complete without a discussion of some products that are good for your body. All of the hypnotic effects of advertising proffer the belief system that various personal care products that we buy are wonderful for us. But if you really dig deeply, you will find that many of the simple things we use every day, such as toothpaste, shampoo, makeup, deodorant, lotions, cosmetics, contain very harmful ingredients. These ingredients penetrate our bodies not only by ingesting them, but they also get inside of our skin and our tissues through our pores. I am not even sure of the current count, but I do know that a Senate subcommittee headed by Edward Kennedy during the 1990’s revealed that over 870 products on the market contained carcinogens: cancer-causing or promoting ingredients. I do not believe for a minute that we can totally eliminate exposure to toxins. All we need to do is breathe or drink water to get something bad into our system. But I do believe, based on pretty extensive research into original sources, that we can control the amount of toxins that we allow into our systems. An interesting article I recently…

Lose Weight With Hypnosis

I have decided to try to help more people with weight loss issues.  This is not a new subject to me; I have been using some of these strategies, un-advertised, for nearly twenty years. We have all heard the statistics about Americans and obesity;   about 60% of Americans are now considered to be obese by specific operationalized guidelines about what  constitutes the concept of being overweight.  There are thousands upon thousands of programs, books, diets, articles,  supplements, medications, remedies, and even schemes that are out there to help with weight loss.  Most people diet, lose, then put the pounds back on. Some research also demonstrates that we are genetically pre-programmed to hold onto weight, something that goes along with survival instincts  from the caveman days of our ancestors. I would heartily encourage any person who desires to lose weight and to keep it off to read extensively on this topic.   There are many outstanding, highly educated persons who have taken existing and extensive data about diet and nutrition, and have written comprehensive books and articles about this issue. I personally have reviewed, and continue to review many  of the books and information about these things. I have personal reasons for my…

Lo-Carb Sugar Free Granola

Ingredients: 1 cup raw almonds 1 cup raw walnuts 1 cup raw pecans 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup flax seed meal 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil 1/2 cup sugar-free maple-flavored syrup (I used Vermont Sugar-Free) Preparation: Heat oven to 300 F. Cover baking sheet with sides with a silicon mat or greased parchment paper. Roughly chop the nuts. You can do this in a food processor, but if you do, start with the harder nuts — the almonds in this recipe or filberts (hazelnuts) if you use them. Once they are chopped up a bit you can add the softer nuts (walnuts, pecans). Otherwise the softer ones will become meal before the hard ones are chopped. Melt the butter or coconut oil – you can microwave it in the bowl you’re going to use for mixing (although you can mix right on the baking sheet), if you wish. Mix the syrup and coconut oil or butter together. Combine the nuts, coconut, seeds, and salt. If you’re doing this on the baking sheet, add the water first and mix (hands work best), and then the oil/butter and syrup…

Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes

These pancakes are to die for! You’ll never guess, but the “flour” for these pancakes is simply ground pecans which you can do in a food processor or blender. Ingredients: 1 cup pecans 2 teaspoons cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon baking powder pinch salt ¼ cup canned pumpkin 2 tablespoons oil ¼ cup sugar-free ginger ale (or just water and sweetener to taste) Extra sweetener to taste* 2 eggs Preparation: Grind pecans in food processor. Add spices, salt, and baking powder and pulse until well-blended. Transfer these dry ingredients to a medium-sized bowl or quart-sized measuring cup with lip. (Note: do not try to blend the wet ingredients with dry in the food processor – it makes the batter thinner for some reason). Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well (a fork works well). Heat pan or griddle to medium heat and cook pancakes, flipping when brown. You can add sugar-free maple syrup on top, or if you like, add a little extra sweetener to the mix before cooking so that you don’t have to add any other condiments on top.