All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
One of the vital lessons taught in HopeWay's Learning Kitchen is the often-overlooked connection between nutrition and the brain. Ellen Jones, the Health & Wellness Specialist at HopeWay, structures each week around specific themes related to healthy eating, including "Digestion and the Mind", "Intuitive Eating", "Specific Vitamins, Minerals & Nutrients for Brain Health", etc. Clients walk away knowing more than the importance of ingredients like leafy greens; they are able to fully understand how each nutrition element contributes to the health of the brain.
Instead of setting up rigid meal plans, which can lead to feelings of failure if not fully completed, Ellen encourages clients to compile a list of good breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas. This approach makes it easier to incorporate healthy food choices into everyday life, which, combined with other behaviors like consistent exercise and maintaining a good sleep schedule, can greatly improve one's mental health. Many of HopeWay's clients talk about how proud they are to become more involved in meal preparation at home, confidently applying the tools they've learned at HopeWay to their personal kitchens.
Feeling inspired to feed the brain through the belly? Enjoy this fun recipe for Carrot Cake Energy Bites from Ellen:
1/4 cup almond butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons ground flax
2 tablespoons shredded, dried coconut
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup shredded, fresh carrot
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients in large bowl
- Roll into 8 balls
- Allow to sit so that oats absorb flavors
HopeWay is an accredited, non-profit residential mental health facility for adults, 18 years and older. Located in Charlotte, NC, HopeWay is a physician-led treatment center with The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation and certification as a Behavioral Health Home. The center offers a continuum of care that includes residential and day treatment programs within a holistic model of medical, psychological and emotional wellness and education. Each client receives an individualized treatment plan with a clinically structured schedule based on specific therapeutic goals.