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Health experts warn that a lingering effect of the coronavirus pandemic could be a mental health crisis. While therapy and medications for stress and anxiety are often necessary, the foods you eat can also play a role in your well-being.

An American Psychiatric Association poll released in March found that 36% of Americans felt the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic was having a serious impact on their mental health. People were most worried about their finances, the risk of themselves or a family member contracting the virus, and the possibility of becoming seriously ill or dying.

The gut-brain connection

The gut has been called the “second brain.” And we recognize the link between the two even if we don’t realize it: You may feel “butterflies in your stomach” when you’re nervous or “go with your gut” when you make an important decision.

Naidoo said the two are connected physically and biochemically via the gut-brain axis, the complex communications network that links the emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with intestinal functions.

Foods that can hurt mental health

Fried foods, processed foods, trans fats, nitrates and foods high in salt, saturated fat and refined sugars can worsen depression, anxiety and stress.

“If you’re eating processed foods and fast foods every day, that’s basically making the bad gut bacteria thrive, and that’s when you start to run into problems with inflammation,” Naidoo explained.

Too much caffeine and alcohol may also make you feel worse mentally but are usually OK in moderation. Drinking 400 mg per day or less of coffee shouldn’t have an impact on anxiety, Naidoo said.

People respond to alcohol intake differently, but generally, four drinks a day for men and three for women is considered heavy drinking.

How to start eating for your mental health

To shift your diet with mental health in mind, Naidoo suggests starting small. Trying to change too much too fast can be overwhelming and diminish results. “Slow and steady change over time will start to build that healthy gut and basically start to build on the healthy nutrients that are good for your brain,” she said.

Begin with a diet self-check. Write down what you ate over the past 24 to 48 hours, circle the foods that are unhealthy, and then decide on one simple change you can make. You don’t necessarily have to give up some of your favorite less-than-healthy foods, though.

Taking steps to improve your diet for your mental health is especially important today, she said, as the effects of the pandemic will persist. Concerns over jobs, finances, food insecurity, gaps in children’s education and more will take a toll.

A healthy diet can help mitigate or buffer one from these types of effects as it sets the stage for a beneficial gut microbiome and less inflammation, both of which are tied to mood, anxiety, depression and even sleep.

Begin with a diet self-check. Write down what you ate over the past 24 to 48 hours, circle the foods that are unhealthy, and then decide on one simple change you can make. You don’t necessarily have to give up some of your favorite less-than-healthy foods, though.

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Youth Movement //

It's great to see younger people take an interest in traditional martial arts.
As we guide in teach them, they in turn have much to teach us.
How to engage and be engaging, listening to their needs and gudinging them to be their best as a a person and practitioner, and seeing through the eyes of unbiased perspective to remind us that there is always room to learn and improve.

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REAL TO REEL // TAAN DA PT.2

Once some sufficient, and of course consistent, drilling and practice pf Taan Da has been put to work evolve it with more energy, intention, aggression, variety, and other real variables.
Introducing a variety of unfamiliar, non drill-compliant, and unorthodox attacking lines to make your understanding and application more dynamic and powerful.

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REAL TO REEL // TAAN DA PT.1

This class' focuses on a fundamental Lin Siu Dai Da action: Taan Da.
Connecting concept, to construct, to coordination to control the action, space, and the most important threat being the opponent.

A well employed controlling action should create an unobstructed line of attack for the Da (punching or striking action) to hit the target.

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REAL TO REEL // CHANGING

This class' subject worked changing from an Outside/Fook Sau position to inside employing Huen Sau in coordination with Juen Ma, and from Inside/Taan Sau position to outside employing Bong Sau using Daan Chi/Single Hand Chi Sau as the drilling exercise.

Change occurs out of necessity when one finds themselves structurally or positionally compromised by either the training partner's, and eventually would be opponent's, control of space and position, compromise of control and structure, sideways pushing energy, and/or excessive force and strength employed by the other in response to your structural and positional maintenance. 

Eyes Up, Elbows Down.

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REAL TO REEL // CHANGING

This class' subject worked changing from an Outside/Fook Sau position to inside employing Huen Sau in coordination with Juen Ma, and from Inside/Taan Sau position to outside employing Bong Sau using Daan Chi/Single Hand Chi Sau as the drilling exercise.

Change occurs out of necessity when one finds themselves structurally or positionally compromised by either the training partner's, and eventually would be opponent's, control of space and position, compromise of control and structure, sideways pushing energy, and/or excessive force and strength employed by the other in response to your structural and positional maintenance. 

Eyes Up, Elbows Down.

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Coming from another VT/WC environment into another can be a challenging adjustment at times.
Schools and lineages have their own training methods and ideologies impressed within an individual.

But once one changes their perspective to understanding, recognizing, and applying themselves to their training one's learning curve and improvements pursue what works when provided with the tools to grow.

Garfield has only just begun to learn the Mook Yan Jong in our last 3 private sessions and has evolved from playing techniques to employing actions with purpose and understanding.

It's incredible to participate in and witness light bulb moments of realization growth in a student.

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Excited to see all the family and friends coming in to Toronto from across North America for a weekend of fistivities and festivities. 

See you all soon.

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Looking forward to be hosting a training weekend for friends and students from across North America once again
It's been a while since we've been able to come together for such a gathering.

It'll be 3 days of building skills, knowledge, and community. 
Working Forms, Footwork, Drills, Chi Sau, and Practical Fighting Applications.

Friday, April 21st will be training in the private studio by invite only.
Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd will be at Armour Heights Community Center in North York from 10am to 4pm both days.
With a big food feast on Saturday night. 

For more details and to participate email at: makecontact@s3vt.com 

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A simple concept.
A challenging mental, physical, and neurological quality to develop.

📷 Alan Lau - TEAM S3VT

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Starting the week with gratitude, appreciation, and celebration of the gifts shared.
Thank you, Sifu.

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Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous Year Of The Rabbit!!

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