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Addiction is a ‘Disease of Isolation’: Healthy Ways to Get Through This Time

There’s no doubt that life has completely shifted and changed for all of us over these last several months due to the pandemic and social distancing. We’ve adjusted our routines and lifestyles, both inside and outside of the home, and have even reinvented the way we are celebrating the important milestones in our lives.

But what about those who were already struggling with addictions and mental health issues, as well as in recovery? How has the isolation, stay-at-home orders and social distancing effected their physical and mental well being, and even more importantly, what are some ways for those with addictions to get through this challenging time in a constructive and positive way?

I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Dy, founder of WD Recovery and Wellness Center, to chat more about this very important topic.

So grateful for Dr. Dy and his wonderful staff for all the great and purposeful work they do to help those struggling with addictions and mental disorders. Such a great reminder that pandemic or not, we are not alone, and there are wonderful organizations and people out there who truly want to see us operating at our best and most healthy selves.

And speaking of organizations that are serving as a beacon of hope for others, we had a chance to learn more about how Bravadas in Omaha is helping women gain a new sense of confidence. Whether it’s chemotherapy or an autoimmune disease, there are many reasons why women lose their hair.

Bravadas is reminding these women that they are indeed, beautiful!

Food is Medicine

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There continues to be a lot of talk about foods that can help boost your immunity. Another great way to look at it is food is medicine! What do I mean by that? Well, I personally try my best to eat foods that work for my body, and not against it. That means incorporating veggies where I can, and finding delicious alternatives to foods that aren’t so healthy.

Remember, healthy food by no means has to mean boring food! And it also means that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor, either.

I recently joined my friends over on Cox Yurview’s Main St. Living, to show how to give a healthy spin on a classic side item. From my kitchen, to yours…enjoy!

Carrot Fries

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Greek Yogurt Chive Dip

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

And in case you missed the mango turmeric smoothie recipe that I shared last month, don’t fret. Here it is again!  We actually feature this delicious, nutrient-packed smoothie – filled with mango, oats, ginger and anti-inflammatory turmeric – on this latest episode of “Your Health.”

As always friends, we invite you to tune in to “Your Health” on Cox Cable’s YurView channel on Sundays at 4:30 pm, Mondays at 10:30 pm, Wednesdays at 7 pm, and Saturdays at 10 pm. Don’t forget to check your local guide for the channel number in your city.

We’d also love to connect with you on Facebook. Tag us and share what you are doing to stay healthy and well. Got a healthy recipe idea? We’d love to hear and see that as well.

On behalf of the entire Your Health team, we appreciate your continued support.

Remember friends to be safe, stay well and be kind!

“Your Health” host,

Erica Cardenas (@ericacardenas1)