Monday, October 18, 2010

Free range chicken eggs - Whatever!

I’m a volunteer with the VCU-Medical College Speakers Bureau and next week I am looking forward to speaking to a group of people who are gathering together for a family reunion. About 100 members of the clan from all over the country will catch up, hang out, check each other out to see who’s looking good and who’s getting fat or bald. The cool thing is that the person designated to coordinate the reunion has decided to carve out time for a workshop on healthy life style and nutrition. She says her family really needs it.

The gist of my talk will be to distinguish between Primary and Secondary Foods. Secondary foods are what we put into our mouths. Primary foods are everything else: our physical activity, our relationships, our finances, our spiritual life, our creativity, home environment etc….In essence, if a person is bored to tears with his day job, is in a less than healthy relationship, living beyond his financial means, or using addictive substances to relieve stress…it doesn’t really matter if he’s eating the highest quality organic free-range-forage-fed chicken eggs.

The work we do at The Coleman Institute, helping people stop using opiates, benzos and alcohol is a great example of people addressing some Primary Food issues. Our Aftercare Coordinator/Coach, Chris Newcomb helps to steer our clients into treatment programs that allow them to start taking baby steps toward a life of fulfillment, i.e. dealing with Primary Food issues.

Call if you have any questions about our Accelerated Opiate Detox and naltrexone treatment; we love what we do and we’re good at it.

Joan R. Shepherd, NP

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