Food Addiction is the number 1 health care crisis in America today.  Food Addiction Treatment is the answer.  The Meehl House currently offers the only transitional residential home specializing in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy that is an “Amen Brain Healthy Treatment Program” for clients with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, depression and substance abuse. Living in a supportive environment with Mark and Debra, residents learn new skills for achieving and maintaining emotional regulation with access to the Meehl Foundation Intensively Trained DBT Team. Clients develop distress tolerance skills and learn how to take control of their thoughts and their actions.

The Omni Diet – 70% whole, plant foods and 30% high-quality, lean protein – comprises all the foods that have the power to boost health and weight loss, so you aren’t forced to choose starvation. People are motivated by pain or pleasure, if you are starving yourself and are constantly in pain and hunger you will be behaviorally shaped to quite any diet because it is just too painful.

Most people do not have the constant discipline to count calories.  The Paleolithic hunter-gatherers certainly didn’t, goes the reasoning. While calories do count — if you eat a huge number of them, you will gain weight — they are not a barometer of healthfulness. Nutritionists agree that calories are merely a jumping off point toward looking at the health value of food. Nutrient density (high in vitamins, fiber), is a far better measure for health.

Eliminate processed food since it makes you sick, fat and inflamed.  Follow your grandmothers’ good common sense.  Eat your vegetables and enough protein every day to make your body and brain stronger. Read and educate yourself on food, nutrition and how your own body works. Eat whole, fresh food.

There is no nutritional value in sugar: don’t eat it.  Consider your body a gift to be treasured. You only get one.  Honor it.  Do not eat anything that is toxic to it, or any ingredient on a box or can that you cannot pronounce, remember plutonium is natural but that does not mean you should eat it. A deficiency of 5-HTP can cause serotonin imbalances which are associated with high glycemic food cravings.

Limit Carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates turn into sugar.  Corn, carrots, white potatoes, white rice, and white flour all increase your blood sugar.  Irritability and brain fog is the result of insulin and dopamine spiking, followed by a sharp decline. People with mood disorders are vulnerable to these sharp declines, called emotional vulnerability.

Over the last 40 years, people have become more accustomed to eating foods that contain gluten. Gluten in combination with carbohydrates (sugar) is linked with dementia and many other common neurological problems. It is a known fact that inflammation is the basis for Alzheimer disease and multiple sclerosis. In fact all of the neurodegenerative disease is in one or the other ways linked to inflammation. Dr. Perlmutter, certified neurologist and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, wrote in his book that diet is fundamentally important in reducing the degeneration of the body, especially the brain. He goes on to label gluten as a “modern poison”.

Gluten sensitivity is involved in most chronic disease which even involves affecting brain. That’s because gluten affects your immune system. According to Dr. Alessio Fasano at Massachusetts General Hospital, full blown celiac disease (gluten sensitivity) affects around 1.8percent people in Western culture. Zonulin is produced in our intestine in response to gliadin which is a protein found in wheat, rey, barley and makes our gut more permeable making it easy for the protein to get into our bloodstream which would otherwise have been excluded. This sensitizes our immune system and promotes inflammation and autoimmunity. Even antibiotic and chlorinated water causes this kind of gut permeability.

Several brain disorders are directly associated with gluten and sugar. Patients have seen dramatic improvements on a gluten free diet. Though gluten primarily impacts gut performance, it has severe effects on the brain. Many cases of neurological illness are linked to gluten consumption, known as gluten sensitive idiopathic neuropathy. Rather than starting the day with a gluten-containing bagel and a glass of orange juice, it makes much sense to start the day with healthy breakfast that includes eggs, nuts, seeds, avocados and the foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids that protect the brain.

Debra speaks around the U.S. on the topic “Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder with Substance Abuse.” She teaches works and lives the Dialectical Behavioral principles, while operating The Meehl Foundation and The Meehl House. Clients benefit from an individual plan for a holistic balanced approach to mental wellness with psychological testing and assessment, medication management, hypnosis, acupuncture, hair follicle testing for vitamins and mineral, hormone balancing, and nutritional counseling.  Most importantly, clients learn how to take back, and create lives that are fulfilling and rewarding.

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Debra Meehl, DD Pastoral Counselor, DBT Trained Skills Trainer, Board Certified Hypnotist & President, Meehl Foundation Intenselevly Tained DBT Team

Speaking Engagements
Texas TAAP Convention-San Antonio, TX
August 15, 2014 (11:00am-12:30am)
West Coast Symposium- Cape Cod
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
Sept, 13, 2014 (10:45am-12:15am)
NAADAC- Seattle, WA
Radical Acceptance-Getting to the root of the problem
September 28,2014 (1:30pm-3:00pm)
NASW-Texas State Conference
Bipolar Borderline & Substance Abuse
San Marcos, TX October 18, 2014 (2:30pm-4:00pm)
NASW-Atlanta, GA State Conference
Using DBT Therapy for Mood Disorders and SA October 23, 2014 (9:00am-12:15)
Radical Acceptance-getting to the root of the problem
October 24th, 2014 (1:30pm -3pm)
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