Eating for good mental, physical and spiritual health 
 
No one can argue that something is happening in the world of food. The 'vegan revolution' is making in roads in what was thought an impregnable animal kingdom, pardon the pun. Science has finally caught up with experience which shows not only the plight of eating animal flesh on the planet, but more significantly on the bodies and minds of humans.  
 
A cursory glance of this new vision suggest that we are simply 'digging our graves with our forks' and that there is an awakening pointing to the fact that we may be our worst enemies when it comes to survival. 
 
There is an old adage that says that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, however that small step in eating less... animal products , saturated fat, sugar and salt, could be a giant step for our individual and personal health, the health of our families and by extension the health and longevity of the planet, confirmed by the recently published Lancet report.  
 
Join us in this blood-less revolution as we go back to the basics from garden to plate. We can not only begin to eat less of the harmful things, but eating more of the helpful which promotes good physical, mental and spiritual health.  
So lets eat more...fruits and vegetables which are cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and calories, but high in fibre and anti-oxidants.  
Eat more..whole-grain foods high in dietary fibre, essential minerals for heart and digestive health. Eat more... nuts and legumes for omega-3 fatty acids which protects the heart from disease. 
 
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  Depression 'The Growing' Epidemic 

Everybody gets the blues from time to time. For most of us, we bounce back from these low moods and get back to enjoying our lives. For some people, however, the sense of sadness and hopelessness doesn’t dissipate, and it begins to affect how you think, how you feel, and how you act. When these feelings persist, it can be an indication of depression, a mood disorder that can interfere with daily life and that can lead to psychological and physical issues. 
What is Depression? 
Depression, otherwise known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a common and serious mood disorder accompanied by a constellation of symptoms. Those who suffer from depression experience persistent feelings (day after day, week after week) of sadness and hopelessness and lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. Aside from the emotional problems caused by depression, individuals can also present with physical symptoms such as chronic pain or digestive issues. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. 

Depression DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria  The DSM-5 outlines the following criterion to make a diagnosis of depression. The individual must be experiencing five or more symptoms during the same 2-week period and at least one of the symptoms should be either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure:  1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day. 2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day. 3. Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain or decrease or increase in appetite daily 4. A slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement observable to others 5. Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day. 6. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day. 7. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day. 8. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a  specific plan for committing suicide.  To receive a diagnosis of depression, these symptoms must cause the individual clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The symptoms must also not be a result of substance abuse or another medical condition.  

Depression in Men  There is a growing problem of depression in men. Different people experience different symptoms of depression, and symptoms for men can differ from symptoms for women. Men are more likely to feel very tired and irritable, lose interest in work, family, and/or hobbies, and have difficulty sleeping.  Treatment A combination of medication and psychotherapy is effective for most people with depression. Changes in lifestyle can also reap major beenfits.  Lifestyle  In mild cases of depression, daily exercise improved eating habits, and a specific sleep routine can assist in alleviating some symptoms.  Psychotherapy  Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” is a general term that refers to treating depression by talking through your triggers and responses with a licensed mental health professional. There are different types of psychotherapy that can be effective in treating depression.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This short-term therapy works to replace negative and unproductive thought patterns with more realistic and useful ones. This treatment focuses on taking specific steps to manage and reduce symptoms. Interpersonal “talk” therapy: This attachment-focused therapy centers on resolving interpersonal problems and symptomatic recovery. Problem-solving therapy: This treatment helps people learn tools to effectively manage the negative effects of stressful life events.  Psychotherapy can help people with depression:  Cope with a crisis Identify and replace negative beliefs Explore relationships and experiences and build positive connections Find adaptive ways to solve problems Identify issues that contribute to depression Set realistic goals Develop the ability to tolerate stress and distress.  

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