Happy Brain Counseling was created with the foundational belief that holistic approaches can and do work to address the fundamental needs of our brains, bodies, environments and relationships to improve well-being, stress management, happiness and manage our emotional health. We aim to educate all of our clients on how to improve your care for yourself through proper nutrition-including managing caffeine, sugar, protein intake and supplementing as needed to address the impact of chronic stress on the body. And in case you are thinking- I’m not so stressed- we all live in the same chronically stressful environment with the typical pace of work, home demands and expectations in our culture. Our emotional and thinking systems are interwoven with our physical bodies and how we treat our bodies greatly impacts our experience and understanding of ourselves.

What we offer:

HBC therapists educate and guide clients in making changes to get enough sleep for you as an individual, develop a healthy activity level and build a self-care routine that works for you and your goals. Happy Brain offers supplements at cost to our clients as well as alternatives to pharmaceuticals to treat mood disorders like depression, fatigue, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and the underlying deficiencies that can contribute to symptoms in these categories. We also educate on and encourage the use of essential oils as an alternative approach in your self-care choices. We are excited to offer this new referral service for nutritional practitioners and their areas of expertise!

How you Benefit:

Direct relationship between nutritionist and HB therapist (with permission), local professionals, flexible locations, practice and approaches align with ours, a menu of services: packages, educational programs, phone consult to find the right fit, reduced costs for clients and referrals from Happy Brain Counseling.

NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ADULTS

Nutritional Requirements for Adults*

Your physical health has significant impact on your mental wellbeing. In order to have a happy brain, it is important that you take care of your physical body by giving it the nourishment it requires. We need to eat “[m]ostly plants” (Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food) and protein. As busy Americans, most of our diets are deficient of what our bodies require without supplements. This document is designed to help and draws research from various nutritional doctors and experts. These supplements are available at local health food stores and at Happy Brain Counseling, L.L.C., for a reduced cost.

Breakfast should include protein and supplements with minimal processed sugar.

Good sources of protein are eggs or Greek yogurt. Protein helps with impulse control and promotes a balanced production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. A lack of protein (tyrosine and/or tryptophan) can cause symptoms of anxiety, depression and ADHD. Protein supplements may be taken (1000mg tyrosine BID/TID and/or 200mg 5-HTP) at bedtime or in the morning. Milk and eggs should be organic to reduce hormone and chemical consumption. Fruit, such as bananas or blueberries, should also be included in a healthy breakfast.

Morning supplements:

  • B-50 Complex, 1 tablet
  • 1000 mg of Omega 3
  • 5000 IUs D3 (with K2 and magnesium)

These supplements should be taken with breakfast. They give the body and brain the energy to optimally perform without feeling sluggish. Fish oil (Omega 3) is the most important nutrient and is the first line treatment for ADD or ADHD and other disorders. The quality of Omega 3 is important for it to be effective and not harmful. Omega 3 should have 1000 mg of EPA and DHA and go through molecular distillation to be free of mercury and pesticide. Once open, it should be refrigerated. Liquid Omega 3 can be added to drinks for those of us who don’t like pills.

Exercise every day.

Some form of exercise every day is necessary and helps with mood balance, mental focus, overall health and promotes good social skills. It should be something we enjoy and is better if we have a buddy to keep us active. Daily sunlight is very important for healthy bones and mood.

Lunch and dinner should consist of plants and protein.

What we eat, our daily diet, is very important. We need nutrient rich foods, such as green vegetables (e.g. broccoli, fresh spinach), beans, fish, legumes, nuts (such as almonds), whole grains (barley, oats) and fruit (e.g. bananas or berries). A lack of these foods in the day-to-day diet will cause deficiencies. For instance, a lack of green vegetables, beans and nuts can cause magnesium deficiencies which can cause high blood pressure, constipation, muscle tension (e.g. headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia). Magnesium supplements can, and likely should, be taken (400 mg daily and 200 mg if magnesium citrate is used). If organic milk is not a regular part of your diet, then we need to take 5000 IUs of Vitamin D (D3 with K2 and magnesium) each morning to supplement. Low levels of vitamin D is associated with depression, bone/joint weakness, poor immune system, and poor cardiovascular health. Calcium is acquired through dairy, tofu, leafy greens, broccoli and supplements (including Tums). It is important to note that no more than 1,200 mg per day of calcium should be consumed so supplements of calcium are not recommended. Excess calcium can cause imbalance of other nutrients like reduced magnesium and zinc and can lead to hardening of the arteries and an overall reduced life expectancy.

Consistent bedtime routine.

We need 8 hours of sleep each night and should have a consistent bedtime routine. Happy Brain recommends creating regular weekday and weekend routines to promote a natural circadian rhythm. This rhythm allows us to feel sleepy at night (because of a gradual increase in melatonin and decrease in cortisol) and awake each morning feeling rested (due to a decrease in melatonin and an increase in cortisol). Bed time needs to be peaceful and relaxing. Light candles, put the cell phone and computer away, take a bath, drink distilled water, naturally decaffeinated tea, and/or a glass of red wine (if you are able to control your alcohol consumption). White noise (running water, a fan, iPhone app) can be used to encourage restfulness and relaxation as you sleep. If you have a difficult time falling to sleep, 1 to 3 mg of melatonin may be taken to encourage this natural restful state (you can increase it to 5 to 10 mg if necessary). Also, NO CAFFEINE is important after lunch. If you have anxiety it is best to eliminate caffeine from your diet all together. 

*This document is the property of Happy Brain Counseling, L.L.C.. Reproduction or retransmission of the materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, without the prior written consent is a violation of copyright law. A single copy of the materials available through this course may be made, solely for personal, noncommercial use. Individuals must preserve any copyright or other notices contained in or associated with them and must preserve the document as a whole. Users may not distribute such copies to others, whether or not in electronic form, whether or not for a charge or other consideration, without prior written consent of the copyright holder of the materials. Please contact Camille Reinhold for distribution permission at reinhold@happy-brain.com.

NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN

Nutritional Requirements for Children* 

As parents, it is very important to us that our children are healthy and happy. It is difficult, however, to find the time to acquire the knowledge about what our children should be eating, particularly with conflicting commercial information, and to find the time to apply what we know into nutritional meals for the family. According to Michael Pollan and other experts, we and our children need to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (In Defense of Food). This means that we EAT healthy, raw food, not that we buy processed food because it says it has a nutrient (like B-6) in it. Examples of healthy foods would be green, leafy vegetables (preferably organic), broccoli, wild fish (not farm raised, like wild salmon) beans and fruit. In reality, as Americans, even if we do KNOW what to feed our children, buy those groceries, and cook healthy meals, it is still likely that our children require supplements to develop healthy AND happy (yes; what we eat affects our mood). This document is designed to help and draws research from various nutritional doctors and experts. These supplements are available at local health food stores and at Happy Brain Counseling, L.L.C., for a reduced cost.

Create a consistent wake time.

Children should awaken each weekday at a consistent time with enough time to get ready for school and eat breakfast without feeling rushed or harried. A negative environment in the morning can set a bad mood for the entire day and inhibit learning.

Breakfast should include protein and supplements with minimal processed sugar.

Good sources of protein are eggs or Greek yogurt. Protein helps with impulse control and promotes a balanced production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. A lack of protein (tyrosine and/or tryptophan) can cause symptoms of anxiety, depression and ADHD. Protein supplements may be taken (500mg tyrosine or 50mg 5-HTP for children) at bedtime. Milk and eggs should be organic to reduce hormone and chemical consumption. Fruit, such as bananas or blueberries, should also be included in a healthy breakfast.

Morning supplements:

  • B-50 Complex, 1 tablet
  • 500 mg of Omega 3

These two supplements should be taken with breakfast. These supplements give the body and the brain energy to develop and learn. Fish oil (Omega 3) is the most important nutrient and is the first line treatment for ADD or ADHD and other disorders. The quality of Omega 3 is important for it to be effective and not harmful. Omega 3 should have 500 mg of EPA and DHA and go through molecular distillation to be free of mercury and pesticide. Once open it should be refrigerated. Liquid Omega 3 can be added to juice or milk for those children who do not like to take pills.

Exercise every day.

Children should exercise daily, preferably outside, weather permitting. Exercise helps with mood balance, mental focus, overall health and promotes social skills. Daily sunlight is very important for healthy bones and mood.

Lunch and dinner should consist of plants and protein.

What we eat, our daily diet, is very important as we grow and to develop a healthy mind and body. Habits of healthy eating begin the last two months of pregnancy and during childhood. Children need nutrient rich foods, such as green vegetables (e.g. broccoli, fresh spinach), beans, fish, legumes, nuts (such as almonds), whole grains (barley, oats) and fruit (e.g. bananas or berries). A lack of these foods in the day-to-day diet will cause deficiencies. For instance, a lack of green vegetables, beans and nuts can cause magnesium deficiencies which can cause high blood pressure, constipation, muscle tension (e.g. headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia). Magnesium supplements can be taken (300 mg daily for children and 150 mg if magnesium citrate is used). Milk should be a regular part of a children’s diet (preferably organic) for adequate vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D is often deficient and 5000 IUs (of D3 with K2) should be taken to supplement. Low levels of vitamin D is associated with depression, bone/joint weakness, poor immune system, and poor cardiovascular health. Calcium is acquired through dairy, tofu, leafy greens, broccoli and supplements (including Tums). It is important to note that no more than 1,200 mg per day of calcium should be consumed so supplements are not recommended. Excess calcium can cause imbalance of other nutrients like reduced magnesium and zinc and can lead to hardening of the arteries.

Consistent bedtime routine.

Children need 10 hours of sleep each night and should have a consistent bedtime routine. Happy Brain recommends the following:

7:30 pm – Bath time. Read a book (or have a parent read to you) in the bath or once in bed. No electronics after bath time. Expected hygiene requirements: brush teeth and hair. Get organized for the next morning (school bag, clothes for the next day, attend to documents that need to be signed by a parent, etc.).

8:30 pm – Bed time. During childhood a natural circadian rhythm should be established from a consistent bedtime and waking time. Bed time needs to be peaceful, relaxing. Candles and/or white noise (running water, a fan, iPhone app) can be used to encourage restfulness and relaxation. If children or teenagers have a difficult time falling to sleep, 1 mg of melatonin may be taken to encourage this natural restful state.

*This document is the property of Happy Brain Counseling, L.L.C.. Reproduction or retransmission of the materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, without the prior written consent is a violation of copyright law. A single copy of the materials available through this course may be made, solely for personal, noncommercial use. Individuals must preserve any copyright or other notices contained in or associated with them and must preserve the document as a whole. Users may not distribute such copies to others, whether or not in electronic form, whether or not for a charge or other consideration, without prior written consent of the copyright holder of the materials. Please contact Camille Reinhold for distribution permission at reinhold@happy-brain.com.

 

OMEGA AND MOOD BALANCE

Nutritionists

Sharon Jones: Nationally Certified Nutrition Coach

Sharon Jones is a NCNC through the International Board of Nutrition and Fitness Coaching. She is a Certified Behavioral Analytical Trainer and a graduate of the Core Essentials Program from Coach U. Experiences in teaching, coaching, team leading in the medical industry and a personal athletic and nutritional path led her to nutritional coaching.

Approach Sharon provides a simple step-by-step plan to stabilize blood sugar and improve your health. Stabilizing blood sugar on a consistent basis releases stored fat, reduces cravings and creates more energy. Blood sugar is one of the most important elements when taking care of our hormones. Certain foods can throw hormones off balance, making us tired and moody, including a decrease in mental focus and difficulty losing weight.

Clientele Sharon works with busy moms, business professionals, teachers, kids, anyone wanting to achieve better health and athletes who want to enhance performance. Client goals range from weight loss improved energy, better focus, address cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose numbers, reduce blood pressure or use of prescription medicine.
Focus on small, realistic changes, balanced eating, step by step towards goals and permanent lifestyle change
Meeting locations at home, community or HBC office

Sharonjoneswellness.com
618.580.4621 skjones333@aol.com

Eva Stottler: Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner

I am a BCHHP and natural solutions educator. I had studied health and nutrition for many years, but as a busy mom, I never made the time to take care of myself. I suffered with constant fatigue, bloating, digestive and skin issues. When my youngest son faced a life threatening illness, I dove in head-first, researching everything I could find to restore his health.

Approach Our food became our medicine. In my desperate efforts to help my son, I ended up saving myself too. Not only did I resolve my health issues, I gained a whole new outlook on life. I am passionate about helping others feel their very best, using good nutrition and healthy habits on their wellness journey. I love teaching and leading others into a vibrant, healthy life.

Clientele: I work with my clients to improve their digestion, increase energy, uncover food sensitivities, lose weight, restore health and bring balance to their diet and lifestyle.

  • Focus on gut and underlying issues
  • Herbal approaches, food and supplements as medicine, detoxification, essential oils
  • Office located in W. St Louis County or meet at HBC office as arranged

evastottler.com 314-478-5808
evastottler@outlook.com