The Question We Ask But Aren’t Ready to Field: How are you?

The bedroom door creaks open, reminding Ava her mom is listening.

“Sweetheart,” mom says, “what’s wrong?”

“Nothing,” her ten-year-old, Ava, says through a forced smile as she walks across her room to hug her mom. “Everything is great. Can we go make pancakes?”

Ava loves her mom. For as long as Ava can remember, her mom has bent over backward to provide everything she needs. From staying up late sewing patches on her jeans to making sure every peanut butter sandwich in her lunch box is crustless and heart-shaped, Ava’s mom spends every hour of her exhausting day seeking ways to make Ava’s world brighter. Even though Ava doesn’t understand the depths of her mother’s responsibilities, she knows her mom’s ability to smile through exhaustion and mounting stress isn’t easy. Her mom deals with the loss of Ava’s dad, ever-present bills, and a day job that requires her to work until midnight.

There’s no way Ava is going to tell her mom about the bullies at school. She loves her mom too much to say something that will make her cry. Besides, her mom can’t magically change the bullies to empathetic people filled with kindness and goodwill.

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The Difference Between Mood & Food is One Letter

One year ago, September 2018, a mother said, “I know it’s hard, Maddie”, slid a Hershey’s chocolate under her daughter’s bedroom door, and finished with “… but I promise it’s going to get better.” Cue Maddie gently opening her door, holding her mother’s gaze, smiling, and joining her mother for presumably more chocolate.

The Hershey Company is clever. They recognize the intensity of the mood-food connection. Romantic comedies recognize it, too. The leading lady reaches for a spoon and tub of ice cream when her heart aches greatest,

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July 25 is Self Care Day

What is self care?

You might have heard the term “self-care” thrown around a lot lately. For some of you it’s a normal and everyday part of your vocabulary and daily routine. For others it might sound wishy washy, selfish, and a waste of time. 

At Truehope we believe self care is an essential part of a holistic approach to maintaining our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Self care is choosing to do the hard thing that’s good for you, rather than taking the easy option that isn’t.

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This diet may reduce depression and distress

In May 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Journal of Affective Disorders published a study in which researchers from Canada and Iran reported a link between diet and mental health.

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This diet may improve cognition

In December 2013, researchers in Spain published a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, showing a connection between diet and cognition.

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Eating this food may increase your Alzheimers risk

In March 2019, researchers in China published a study in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, showing a connection between diet and cognitive function.

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Mediterranean diet connected to lower depression risk

In March 2019, researchers in Canada and Iran published a study in the Qom University of Medical Sciences Journal, showing a connection between what we eat and our mental health.

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This vitamin may improve cognition

In September 2017, researchers in Australia published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients, showing a connection between diet and cognition.

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6 foods connected to poor mental health

in February 2019, researchers in the United States published a study in International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, showing a connection between diet and mental health.

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7 studies connecting the Mediterranean diet with better mental health

If you follow health news, you’ve probably noticed that for some time, the Mediterranean diet has been touted for its many health benefits. It’s been connected with lower risk of cardiovascular disease, lower risk of diabetes, and even longer lifespan.

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