Improving Food and Mood: Counselor Adds Healthy Eating
to Her Toolbox
For the last eight years, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Angela Capretti has been improving peoples’ outlooks on their lives through her practice in Carmel. Yet, this is far from her only contribution to the community as she is also in the forefront of spreading awareness of the dangers of chemicals in America’s food production and in the joy of eating healthy—following the principle that positive, uplifting ideas, concepts and views in thinking are augmented and grounded in healthy and proper nourishment.
She sees the syllogism in emerging from personal counseling to being in the public eye at cause-related rallies and food group discussions this way: “Self-care and self-love are major facets of my counseling. What you put into your body is a huge piece of it and is also an expression of this feeling.”
“About three years ago, I began eating more organic and whole foods,” says the native of Cleveland, Ohio. “I quickly found I could better process my emotions and passions and added it to my practice.”
Angela Capretti, LMHC
Her counseling and specialized services, usually in one-hour sessions, are designed for adults, children, individuals and couples alike, to enhance their insights to be free of depression and anxiety, process emotions effectively and transform relationships for a happier, healthier life. She recently launched a website that includes her frequent helpful and inspirational blogs.
“I am a paradigm shifter,” she says. “I use specialized techniques to help clients gain insight and self-awareness quickly and begin to see themselves, their relationships, and the world around them differently. I help people get unstuck. I often help clients shift feeling victimized and codependent, to focusing on themselves in a healthy way. I love working with couples as much as individuals. I also really enjoy premarital work.
One of my specialties is working with clients who have experienced sexual abuse and/or have sexual issues. I believe one of my strongest gifts is conveying acceptance and nonjudgmental energies that help others find the comfort necessary to truly open up and share their deepest self including those that might be struggling with sexual identity in a way that facilitates healing.”
She accentuates the importance of living in the moment and advises that the family dynamics of the holidays, including thinking about and discussing the past and future, can be stressful. “This can get amped up,” she says, adding,“ Making sure to be grateful for the moment can decrease some of that mind chatter during these times which can be helpful.”
Capretti was the main organizer of the March Against Monsanto that gathered approximately 200 people at the City Market Plaza and the statehouse on October 12. The event, which was also conducted last May, advocated further scientific research on the health effects of genetically modified foods (GMO) and included keynote speakers, live music and information about local resources. It was held under the auspices of Indianapolis Action Group (IndyActionGroup.org), an organization that Capretti founded that’s committed to serving the community and caring for the environment. Another March event is planned for May of next year.
Then there’s Capretti’s initiative in savoring both what and how we eat. She’ll team up with Carla Hall, a certified holistic nutrition coach and owner of Grounded in Nourishment, based in Noblesville, to begin conducting Mindful Eating workshops in our area either by the end of this or early next year. Along with discussions, the events will include sampling of healthy snacks and green tea plus providing informative materials to take home.
“It’ll be about realizing and appreciating the nature, texture, taste, smell and origins of food,” says Capretti, helping us savor the food and mood connection.