Wellness includes good nutrition, exercise, yoga and meditation.

Developing good habits will be a part of your treatment plan.

Socrates said “a life unexamined is not worth living.”

The Dali Lama said “Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”


I am not a nutritionist but science has taken on a new awareness of how diet can affect our mental health as well as our physical health.  There is no a focus on anti-inflammatory diets.  I will give some quick pointers here:

Foods that worsen inflammation are Gluten:  Wheat germ, barley, rye, spelt, Kamut, farro, bulgar, semolina, farina, and triticale.   Gluten foods to avoid are beer, bread, cakes, candy, cereal, cookies, deli meats, flour, gravies, pasta and noodles, pasta sauce, pastries, salad dressings, sauces, soups, soy sauce.   (Calimeris & Bruner 2015)

If you are like me then that is my whole diet.  Well, there is more bad news in the dairy arena.  Have you noticed that low-fat yogurt is loaded with sugar?  Milk products also contain hormones that can interfere with our hormones and lead to inflammation.(Calimeris & Bruner 2015)

Genetically Modified organisms (GMOs) that include food.  Foods to avoid with corn are:

Foods to avoid with corn are corn, corn flour, cornmeal, corn oil, corn starch, corn sugar, corn syru[, corn tortillas, dextrose, dextrin, golden syrup, high-fructose corn syru[, maltodextrin, maize, maltose, xanthan gum.  (Calimeris & Bruner 2015)

Soy is another problem because the US Dept of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service states that 93 percent of soy grown in the US is genetically modified.  Soy contains anti-nutrients which interfere with digestion and disrupt the endocrine system.(Calimeris & Bruner 2015)

Peanuts contain a carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin, which can affect those with liver conditions or candida.  They are also treated with pesticides but are high in omega-6 fatty acids.  Peanut butter is loaded with added sugar and trans fats.  (Calimeris & Bruner 2015)

This is getting depressing so I will end this here today.  We will have to synthesize this information and come up with a diet we can enjoy while feeling better.


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