Is it an Eating Disorder Or a Relationship Disorder?

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Most Americans have been on a diet at some point in their lives. Even if they’re not overweight–it’s hard to resist the temptation to look like the hottest celebrity whether they’re on the low-carb, no-carb or cabbage soup diet. We’re bombarded with advertisements touting the benefits of the latest dietary craze. If you’re on a diet now, you’re not alone. But I’m going to fill you in on a little secret that could very possibly change your life and the way you look at food.

As you have probably heard countless times before, most diets don’t work. Let me rephrase that, most diets are not sustainable. Can you imagine never eating a piece of bread again, or living on cabbage soup? In fact, studies have found that depriving yourself of certain foods will just have you craving more. Can you relate?

The problem is most Americans have an all-or-nothing approach to life.

Our bodies are very smart. When we completely cut one food out we have intense cravings. People think they should resist their cravings or if they give into them they’re weak. I encourage you to be kind to yourself. Listen to your body.

Sometimes when we crave certain foods it’s our body telling us that we’re dehydrated or lacking certain minerals. For example, if you need water the body doesn’t send the message that you’re thirsty until you are on the verge of dehydration. You might think you’re hungry, but it’s actually your body telling you that you’re really thirsty. Before you go to the refrigerator have a tall glass of water. Salt cravings are an example of nutrient deficiency. Ask yourself if you’ve had any vegetables or whole grains.

There are also times when we think we need chocolate or a half pint of Ben & Jerry’s to get through the day, but it’s actually a lifestyle imbalance. Have you ever thought that your cravings and weight gain could be linked to more than just the foods you eat?

I call these lifestyle factors primary food. Primary food refers to everything that’s not on your plate: career, relationships, spirituality and physical movement. The idea is when you have a fulfilling career, loving relationships, a spiritual practice, and regular physical movement you are more likely to make better decisions over the foods you eat. When you are balanced in your personal life, food becomes secondary.

Before going into education, I worked in a small natural food store. All day, every day, I watched customers moving through the aisles, shopping, asking questions, giving great care and attention to the quality of the foods they would be consuming. Then after work, I would often go out into my neighborhood to chill out. Sometimes, I would go to the movie theater, where many of the popcorn-munching, soda-gulping moviegoers were laughing and enjoying themselves with their friends or romantic partner. I noticed that the people I saw in the evening often looked healthier, happier and more alive than the people shopping in the natural food store. This got me thinking. It wasn’t just about the food.

Another situation that had a big impact on me was when one client came to her counseling session crying about her marriage. While working with her, I saw that eating more fruits and vegetables was not going to make the issue disappear. And then later I found other clients who made great improvements in their health by smoothing out their relationship issues. Creating more positive relationships made them happier and healthier than any dietary changes could have made them. It’s fascinating!

Think about your own life. Have you been on a diet for as long as you can remember? Are you one of those yo-yo dieters? Before you give up hope, look at your primary food. Are you in nurturing relationships? Do you have a career that inspires you and gets you excited for each day? What is your spiritual practice? It takes time to balance out all areas of your life, but I encourage you to be aware of these outside influences. You will slowly see that as you adapt a more balanced lifestyle you will be happier and more likely to nourish yourself with nutrient-rich food.

Joshua Rosenthal MScED is the founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has been working in the nutrition field for more than 25 years and is the driving force behind the school. He teaches at the school alongside top leaders in the nutrition and wellness fields including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. Integrative Nutrition is the only school that teaches over 100 dietary theories. Students are trained as health counselors and receive the holistic nutrition education to go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.

Narcissism and other personality disorders are closely related to addictions to alcohol, drugs, shopping, and other addictive behaviors are corelated. Visit HealthyPlace for in-depth information on Narcissism, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and the narcissist:

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 03, 2011

Ridge Diagnostics, a San Diego-based neurodiagnostic company offering the first blood test for depression, is providing consumers important online resources for depression and the biochemistry of depression through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the new ?Matter Over Mind? blog site.

Ridge offers a proprietary, simple blood test for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) through its CLIA-certified laboratory. Ridge researches, develops, and brings to healthcare providers and patients a blood test based on biological markers and diagnostic algorithms to aid in the diagnosis of MDD and other neuropsychiatric disorders.

?We are excited to increase our social media outreach and build better relationships with our online and social media communities,? said Catherine Schuster, Ph.D., RN at Ridge. “We hope that our efforts into social media will result in reducing stigma and creating a stronger, more well-informed patient who is able to champion her/his own healthcare.”

Lonna J. Williams, Chief Executive Officer at Ridge, stated, ?Ridge Diagnostics is committed to increasing national and worldwide communication and education about blood tests for neuropsychiatric disorders among a growing base of physicians and patients.?

The company is looking forward to building connections with patients and healthcare professionals through dedicated social media channels using Facebook, weekly blogs and daily Twitter updates.

About Ridge Diagnostics, Inc.

Ridge Diagnostics is a neurodiagnostic company developing and marketing blood-based tests to diagnose and monitor neuropsychiatric disorders. Ridge has commercialized the first-in-class, proprietary blood test for the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). The portfolio of neurodiagnostic blood tests are based on a proprietary Human Biomarker Library and Hyper-Mapping technology. The testing services are provided by the Ridge owned CLIA laboratory. The company is located in San Diego, CA and Research Triangle Park, NC.

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HRB338 is an In-Depth Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine Study (Diagnosis and Treatment) of Anxiety Disorder and Mental Illnesses (Unmad in Ayurvedic Sanskrit), along with examination of related Vata Anxiety Disorders, Pitta Anger Violence Mania, Suicidal Tendencies (Suicide), Kapha Sadness Depression and Melancholy. Comparison – Contrast of Anxiety Depression classical Diagnosis (Assessment), Etiology (Causes), Pathology (Disease Process – Progress) and Treatment (Therapies) in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M. or Traditional Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture) and Ayurveda — both styles Indo-Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu Ayurveda with along with Tibetan Medicine (Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine – T.A.M.).

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"One-Earth Therapeutics – Kaya Chikitsa – Integrated Ayurvedic-Chinese-Western Remedies for Anxiety (Atattvabhinivesha), Panic, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive (OCD) and Depression according to 200 B.C. Charaka Samhita – Level I"

Course Codes are: HRB338, HRB538, HRB638, HRB738

These Hi-Def HDTV videos and the MP3 audio files are the first in a 1.5 trimester unit (22.5 class hours long) series of lectures aimed and comparing, contrasting and synthesizing Anxiety Diagnosis and Anxiety Treatment in both the 2500 year old Chinese Medicine (Zhong Yi or TCM) with the 2500 year old Indian Ayurveda and 1300 year old Tibetan Ayurveda systems (TAM). The goal of this lecture program is to assist the student in seeing and understanding their vast commonalities in both theory (concepts) and practice (clinic) of ancient Indo-Sino-Tibetan psychological – psychiatric therapies in order to learn integrated practice modalities.

This rarely presented synthesis of the healing wisdom of these three great cultures (China, India and Tibet) will not only compare-contrast the theoretical and practical aspects of psychology – psychiatry within the framework of these two time-honored healing systems, but more importantly, will examine in detail the clinical practice aspects of manic – depressive bi-polar treatment — both herbal connections (Indian, Tibetan and Chinese herbs and minerals) and acupressure (Marmas in Ayurvedic Sanskrit) with acupuncture in the Chinese system.

We examine the mind and mental illness from the perspective of the Ayurvedic three doshas (Tridosha – Vata-Pitta-Kapha) and look at their relationship to major concepts in Chinese Medicine that are often spoken of by acupuncturists to their patients. Some of these relationship comparisons include:

1. Vata Dosha (Space and Air – Wind, Cold, Qi [Prana in Ayurvedic Sanskrit]),

2. Pitta Dosha (Fire and Water – Spleen Qi [Jathar Agni in Sanskrit], Heat, Damp-Heat, Blood [Rakta Dhatu in Sanskrit], and Yang),

3. Kapha Dosha (Water and Earth – Phlegm-Mucous [Ama in Sanskrit], Damp-Cold, Jing Qi [Ojas in Sanskrit] and Yin).

Commentary on and Lectures from the ancients texts of Indo-Sino-Tibetan Medicine: Chinese Classic of the Yellow Emperor – Huang Di Nei Jing (~200 B.C.), Shang Han Lun (~150 A.D. traditional Chinese Shang Hán Lùn), Divine Farmers Materia Medica (~150 A.D. The Divine Farmer’s Herb-Root Classic (traditional Chinese Shénnóng bencao jing) with Charaka of Patanjali (~200 B.C.), Sushruta of Nagarjuna (~200 A.D.), Astanga Hridayam of Vagbhata (~700 A.D.) and the "Four Tibetan Medical Tantras" (~800 A.D. "rGyud – bzhi" in Tibetan, pronounced "Ju Shee" — "Si-Bu-Yi-Dian in Mandarin — in Sanskrit it is called the "Amrta-hrdaya-astanga-guhyopadesa-tantra" or Amrita Hridaya Astanga Guhyopadesha Tantra)

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This class is a basic level yet detailed introduction to diseases of the mind and spirit (Ayurvedic Psychology) focusing on diagnosis of Prakruti (genetic constitution of vata-pitta-kapha) and Vikruti (imbalance of three doshas of vata-space-air-movement, pitta-fire-water-metabolism, kapha-water-earth-phlegm-fat).

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