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Money Monday – “How to feed your family from a food bank”

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This November 13, 2013 CNN – Eatocracy article talks about ways that people relying on food banks or other Nutrition supplement

Nutrition • Vegetables • Peas

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programs can try to improve the nutritional value of the food they acquire by doing things like purchasing items that have been marked down and other practical tips.

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March is National Nutrition Month

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“Proposed food labels stress calories, sugar, portions”

One of Joes food and sometimes even beverage

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This February 27, 2014 Detroit Free Press article talks about proposed changes to food and beverage labels that are hoped to make is simpler for consumers to know what the nutritional value of the food they are buying is.




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“Food Deserts Aren’t the Problem”

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This February 10, 2014 Slate.com article talks about studies that have shown that having fresh produce sold in a store near to your home isn’t the only thing that effects whether low-income people will benefit from the healthier foods.

“What it’s like to have your food stamps cut?”


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This November 15, 2013 article on the Tribune-Democrat website offers an interview with one person where she talks about the effect of the November 1, 2013 cut to food stamps, that every recipient in the country experienced, has had on her and her daughter.




“Lifestyle changes that can treat mild depression”

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This July 22, 2013 article found on the Phillyburbs website talks about small changes that can make a big difference in one’s mental health

Vitamin D and Mental Illness

I just read a paper written about the possible connection between mental illness and vitamin D deficiency.   I was diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency, and noticed some positive changes in my mood and also in my pain level after starting treatment for it.  I deal with depression, anxiety, and arthritis in my lower spine, so there are a lot of times my mood isn’t exactly the best in the world.  With my pain level from my arthritis having decreased, I find that depression isn’t running my life as much as it had been.  I still take psych meds, but I also take vitamin D3 supliments in addition to them.

The test to see what your Vitamin D level is like, is a simple blood test ordered by your doctor.  From what I’ve been told by my own doctor, Vitamin D deficiency is pretty common in this part of the country so it might be something worth having checked.

If you want to read the paper I mentioned at the beginning of the post, it can be found at … http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/mentalIllness.shtml

Of course the best way to get Vitamin D is from natural sunlight, but sometimes a suppliment is needed if you live in an area where there is a lack of sunshine.

Always check with your doctor before taking anything like medications or supplements since even vitamins can have side effects and can interact with other things you may be on … some vitamins can even become toxic if taken in too high of a dose or in cases where you don’t need to take it because you don’t have a deficiency.  So, I am not telling my readers to run out and buy vitamin D, I am suggesting that they consider talking to their doctor about the possibility of a deficiency.

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