TC331: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of “Codependent No More”

TC331: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of “Codependent No More”

This week host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost discuss Melody Beattie’s ground-breaking book Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself and the companion Codependent No More Workbook. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the book, and to date more than 8 million copies have been sold, 6 million in the US. This will be the next book in our Cafe Book Club series. According to Melody, codependency is the concept of losing oneself in the name of helping another, often while struggling with a loved one’s self-destructive behavior. “Codependents need boundaries. We need to set limits on what we shall do to and for people”. The key principles of the book continue to resonate: Knowing when to say no and...

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TC330: Building a Community of Fitness

TC330: Building a Community of Fitness

In this week’s podcast we welcome Debbie Carreon to discuss how some fitness clubs are changing from some place just to exercise, to a place where you can develop friendships and build a sense of community. Strengthening Community Ties Beyond just the desire to look good and be fit, the issue that’s becoming increasingly important, especially as our population ages, is community. Social isolation is a serious issue, and can lead to many health-related problems that have a wide-reaching effect. One reason people join a fitness facility is to feel they are part of a social network. In addition to having a fun place to meet people, members are engaging in healthy activities. The relationship between personal trainers and clients becomes even more important as...

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TC329: Grief Recovery with guest Mikki Wade

TC329: Grief Recovery with guest Mikki Wade

On this week’s show we welcome back Mikki Wade, a pastor and certified grief recovery practitioner. Mikki describes what grief is, describes the signs to look for in yourself and others, and discusses some of the common myths associated with grief.   What is grief? According to John W. James and Russell Friedman, “Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change of a familiar pattern of behavior.” Grief can be the result of any change, positive or negative. It can be triggered by death of a loved one, divorce, loss of health, loss of a job, financial issues, abuse, and many other events. It can also be triggered by positive changes like getting a new job and moving to a new city. Recommended Resources Updated to commemorate...

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TC328: What Now? Accepting “What Is” and Turning Anger into Compassionate, Meaningful Action

TC328: What Now? Accepting “What Is” and Turning Anger into Compassionate, Meaningful Action

In this timely episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost welcome Mikki Wade, a grief recovery specialist and life coach. This show was recorded on November 8 – Election Night in the U.S. Amy observes that whatever happens with the U.S. election, nearly 50% of the population is going to be unhappy. The night of the election as people began to realize the outcome, some people were happy and excited, and others were shocked and depressed. The only thing that is certain is that the future is uncertain. Change is hard, and even positive change can cause uneasiness and anxiety. Since the election there has been protests in major U.S. cities: Los Angeles; New Haven, Connecticut; Orlando; Chicago; Boston; Asheville,...

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TC327: Making Food Your Friend for the Holidays

TC327: Making Food Your Friend for the Holidays

This week host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost welcome Catie Fitzgerald to discuss eating guilt-free for the holidays, how foods can help you feel calmer, have more energy, and even boost your immune system. Catie will share ways to modify recipes so they are not only have fewer calories, and are better for you, but are also more flavorful. Catie is a former professional figure skater and ballet dancer, and has had a passion for personal health and fitness from an early age. At age 16 Catie’s mother lost a battle with cancer, which made her want to learn more about what we can do to help our bodies to be healthy and prevent disease. Catie will be completing a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition in the next few months. What is an optimal diet?...

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TC326: Staying Stress-Free for the Holidays

TC326: Staying Stress-Free for the Holidays

In this episode of the Transformation Cafe podcast, host Robin Masiewicz and co-host Amy Frost talk about making the most out of the holiday season, and offer some ideas on how you can make them more meaningful. Here are just a few of the great tips from the article 25 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress from Health.com. Hike your mood with sunlight It stimulates the production of feel-good serotonin and also helps relieve seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which impacts millions of Americans every year, says Judith Orloff, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. To ease SAD symptoms, spend time outdoors or near a window on sunny days, or ask your doc about phototherapy (a treatment using a box that emits full-spectrum...

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TC324: Holistic Psychotherapy with Dr. Rachael Sand

TC324: Holistic Psychotherapy with Dr. Rachael Sand

In this episode host Robin Masiewicz  welcomes Rachael Sand, Psy. D., to discuss the fascinating field of Holistic Psychotherapy. What is Holistic Psychotherapy? Holistic psychotherapy, an integrative approach grounded in psychosynthesis, focuses on the relationship between mind, body, and spirit, attempting to understand and address the ways issues in one aspect of a person can lead to concerns in other areas. Those pursuing holistic therapy may, with the support of a qualified mental health professional, become better attuned to their entire awareness, which can often promote greater acceptance of the self. As Dr. Sand explains, traditional psychology focuses on the mind and the psyche.  Holistic psychotherapy is more than talk therapy; it recognizes that we...

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