Monthly Archives: April 2012

Emotional Register

We’ve known for some time that the neurons that “hold” our memories & emotions are in every part of our body. That’s why somatic therapies have become more widely used. They help us actually physically work through our issues. This short blog is more evidence of that:

Did you know that your heart has neurons just like your brain? In fact, the HEART is the first thing to register stress or emotion of any kind. Then it sends a signal to the brain. And the brain makes up a story to explain the feeling in your heart. What that means it that it’s better to trust your heart than the story your mind tells you. Or better yet, understand that your mind needs to take its cue for what to think from your HEART! The heart speaks to us with emotions. And all emotions signal genuine needs for love, touch, validation, grief, etc. Check out to decode the language of your emotions and your heart!

-Dr. Christiane Northrup

I Am Enough

(Repost from May 2010)

This mantra is helping me when I have the urge to overeat. It calms me down & puts me back into the moment.

I am enough. I have enough. There is nothing that I need that is not already in place in my life.


Shame is like mold . . . it grows the best in the dark!

If you open it to the light (by sharing your shame with someone who can be trusted), shame loses it’s power. It’s best if you share with someone you know can be trusted – someone with whom you have experience that they can listen without judgment and without telling others.

Secrets and shame go hand-in-hand. In the 12 Step Programs we say, “You’re only as sick as your secrets”. The only way to be truly free is to not have to carry a load of secrets.


When you find yourself reacting instead of responding, step back. Let the dust settle and your head clear. Where there is defensiveness there is no communication. None.

Return to love first, and then return to the conversation.

– Cheryl Richardson

Chinese Food Lowers Rsk of Depression and Anxiety

In our most recent issue, we highlighted a recent study showing a link between proper nutrient intake and mental health.

Last fall, researchers in China published a study in Public Health Nutrition regarding the effect specific diets have on mental health. This is somewhat different from last issue’s study, which focused on specific nutrient levels and their effect on mental health.

This group of 8 researchers—along with public and school nurses, as well as interviewers—studied the eating habits of over 5000 Chinese youth ranging in age from 13–21. They also measured their levels of depression and anxiety.

What they discovered is that diets high in processed foods or animal-based foods increased the risk of depression and anxiety.

On the other hand, they discovered a traditional Chinese diet (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, rice, and some soya products) actually lowered the risk of depression and anxiety.

A 2006 study found similar correlations regarding a traditional Mediterranean diet (fruits, nuts, vegetables, cereals, legumes, and fish) also protected against depression in young people.
Happy eating!

-Taken from an article in the Truehope Common Ground Newsletter.