Published Articles by Victoria Abel, MA, MNT

Addiction Nutrition: The Healing Power of Food

by Victoria Abel, MA, MNT

As soon as I graduated from Prescott College in 1993, I went right into the counseling field, becoming a therapist at a world renowned treatment center at the age of 23. I got my training on my feet and wouldn’t have had it any other way. From there, I specialized in working in eating disorders and dual diagnosis (clients with both a chemical addiction and another diagnosis such as an anxiety disorder or PTSD).

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Juicing vs. Blending

Juicing has long been touted as a healthy way to detoxify and to quickly absorb nutrients. This is very true and I have been juicing my way through literally thousands of pounds of carrots and hundreds of leaves of kale. Juicing has one major downfall however. All the fiber from the veggies and fruits you are juicing get left behind. While my garden appreciates the compost, I have always thought that it was a waste of fiber and nutrients.  Not having the fiber in the juice can also cause a spike in blood sugar which is challenging for mood as well cravings.

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Super Greens

Super Greens- How do we get our kids to eat Kale?

Super Greens

Greens such as kale, chard and collard are known as “super foods”, richer than any other food in vitamins and minerals. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. They help your body fight diseases, from the common cold to cancer.  Collard greens are especially effective at lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease.

So why do we eat so few of them? Mainly it is because of a bad experience in childhood from poorly cooked greens. We often got a pile of slimy overcooked greens on our plate, if we got them at all. So we have not developed a palate for them nor have we been taught how to cook them well.

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Addiction Professional Magazine Dec. 2011

by Victoria Abel MA. MNT.

The problem of chemical addiction has become an epidemic in the United States. In 2007-2008, approximately 9% of all people over the age of 12 are abusing alcohol and/or illicit drugs (SAMHSA, retrieved July 28, 2010). Though there are decreases in some areas, with the increased stress of economic failure as well as a decrease in the overall health of the American public, it is predicted that these numbers with increase (http://www.nicd.us/statistics.html). Methods of treatment such as 12-Step and psychotherapy have extremely positive impacts, however these methods alone can have a relapse rate of over 85% (Matthews-Larson, 1992).

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