Educational Grand Rounds: Adapting 12 Step Recovery in Behavior Change Part 3

by Michael Sorg

This week, we discuss the first steps of the 12 Step Program for Behavioral Change! 

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. 

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure themselves and others

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. 


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The following is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended as a substitute for medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  The content should not be used for self-diagnosis, or treatment of any health-related condition.  As always, seek the advice of your health care provider with any questions regarding a medical or mental health condition.  Opinions expressed are the personal opinions and do not represent S’eclairer Behavioral Therapy.

Nutritional Nugget: Pineapple

by Melissa Vertosick

What benefits do you get by adding Pineapple to your diet?

  • Bromelain, a collection of enzymes that helps with digesting proteins and can lower inflammation (the core has the most bromelain)
  • Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Pineapple has more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C also helps with inflammation and improves your skin tone.
  • B vitamins, a variety of B vitamins are present to help with energy production
  • Fiber
  • Natural sugars

How to select a Pineapple?

  • Fruit should be heavy for its size and firm
  • Avoid fruits that are bruised or have darkened areas
  • Look at the bottom where it has been cut from the tree. You are looking for it to be slightly soft when you press it and that the area is free of mold
  • Be aware that color is not always an indication of ripeness. You can smell the bottom where it has been cut and it should smell sweet.
  • Store on its side so the bottom has air flow. Once cut, store in refrigerator.

For a video on cutting a pineapple, visit https://youtu.be/iPiwFhoTsl8

How to add them into your diet?

  • Have a cup of pineapple as a naturally sweet dessert.
  • Add into stir fry, rice, or other whole grain dishes
  • As an ingredient in freshly made juices and smoothies
  • Mix with sprouted buckwheat, nuts and seeds for a raw breakfast dish

Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP

Appointments now open on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Please make appointment at front desk by calling 724.468.3999. Visit the S’eclairer website at www.seclairer.com

 For more diet and lifestyle information, visit thewholelifeapproach.com

Educational Grand Rounds: Adapting 12 Step Recovery in Behavior Change Part 2

by Michael Sorg

This week, we discuss the first steps of the 12 Step Program for Behavioral Change! 

Want an audio version?  Subscribe to our Podcast on iTunesSpreaker, or iHeartRadio

Follow the Educational Grand Rounds Playlist on Youtube

 Follow us on TwitterFacebook, or Google+ to get updated with the link when do occasional talks LIVE via Google Hangout OnAir! 

The following is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended as a substitute for medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  The content should not be used for self-diagnosis, or treatment of any health-related condition.  As always, seek the advice of your health care provider with any questions regarding a medical or mental health condition.  Opinions expressed are the personal opinions and do not represent S’eclairer Behavioral Therapy.

Mindfulness! A Walk in the Woods to Pick Blackberries!

by Ruthann Valentine

From August 2015 Newsletter.  Sign up for the S'eclairer Newsletter here.

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I remember walking in the woods with my father.  Our goal was to pick blackberries!  He would beat down the weeds with his walking stick to make a path for us.  He carried the big bucket and I carried the small bucket, waiting to be filled-up with luscious blackberries,

My father taught me how to pick those blackberries, one at a time and only the big ones!  This kind of focus is the core principle of mindfulness.  At times my father would whistle a happy tune and I would laugh!  I would "light-up" with delight!

As I walked in the lush green woods, I soaked up the "good feeling"!  All of my senses and soul were enriched.  One blackberry at a time, we eventually filled-up the big bucket and my small bucket!  Of course, I would eat some blackberries along the way, thinking about the jam that my mother was going to make!

My whole being was involved in this beautiful, mindful experience with my father.  Collectively, our body, mind, heart and soul was fully nourished, an example of lifestyle medicine for health and well-being!  Be well and happy as you eat fresh blackberries and take a walk in the woods!


Emotional Muffins

by Safdar Chaudhary

From August 2015 Newsletter.  Sign up for the S'eclairer Newsletter here.

Dr. Safdar Chaudhary

Dr. Safdar Chaudhary

At S'eclairer our students were busy making muffins last week, alter that day our yoga teacher decided to also make muffin during essential oil and health worksop during the group. We all participated in preparing and then baking in our oven the collective effort lemon tasting muffins. Preparation required adding milk, flour, eggs and blue berries from our garden. Finally when all was ready and set in the muffin ready tray these were stuck in the warmth of the oven to bake. 

I could not resist thinking about how we have so much of similar happening in our brain, we have little bit of this and bit of that - chatter life events - some bitter some sweet, so is our emotional landscape, some sweet berries some burning desires mixed with anger and anguish. We could certainly learn the art of making emotional muffins, by adding life forces, using the beating of our lives like beating the eggs, and placing these in the oven of anger and letting the sweetness of muffins emerge in the pot of this life.

Psychiatry is all about making emotional muffins form life forces and enjoying it in the gathering of human vulnerabilities.  Come join us to learn how to make emotional muffins. 

Nutritional Nugget: Oat Groat

by Melissa Vertosick

Oat groat is the whole form of this cereal grain. It is minimally processed with only the outermost, inedible hull removed. From this, the steel cut, rolled oats, oat bran, and other forms are processed and created. It is gluten-free but to be sure that there is no contamination, purchase brands that state they are certified gluten-free if you are sensitive or allergic.

What benefits do you get by adding Oat Groat to your diet?

  • Contains a type of fiber called beta-glucan which studies have shown has a beneficial effect on your cholesterol levels, your immune system, and blood sugar
  • Antioxidants that help protect LDL cholesterol from free radical damage, reducing cardiovascular disease risk
  • Good source of magnesium, a mineral that is needed for over 300 enzymes in your body

How to add it into your diet?

  • Switch to oat groats rather than other forms of oats
  • Mix it into pancake or waffle batter for an added boost
  • Add it into bread dough
  • Blend oat groats into your morning smoothie
  • Combine with buckwheat, brown rice, or quinoa for a hearty morning dish
  • Sprout and mix with fresh fruit for a raw breakfast dish

Cooking tips:

  • Oat groats take about 45-60 minutes to cook
  • Water ratio is about 3 cups water to 1 cup oat groat
  • To lessen cooking time and to make the grain softer, soak for 1 hour or overnight before cooking

Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP

Appointments now open on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Please make appointment at front desk by calling 724.468.3999. Visit the S’eclairer website at www.seclairer.com

 For more diet and lifestyle information, visit thewholelifeapproach.com