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Eating Habits Are Created In Our Brain

Eating Habits Are Created In Our Brain

September 28, 2020

Habits and cravings are very powerful, which is why creating healthy eating habits from the start is crucial. Eating habits are merely a result of repetition. By doing something over and over again, it becomes ingrained into our brain and therefore becomes a norm.

Put in other words, a habit is a creation of various strong connections. We need several connections to create a habit.

It works like a puzzle. Often when we talk about eating habits we associate them as being unhealthy habits, which is not always correct. Habits, whether they are good or bad, are formed in the same way—through repetition. 

From a very early age, our brain is able to make easier and faster connections when there is an emotion involved. These experiences, whether positive or a negative, lead us to create goals. If we have an experience with a positive connection we want to feel that repeatedly. 

Saturdays were my favorite days because they were the only day of the week when my dad stayed home. We played in the small pool he built us, we talked about everything, we watched tv, and at the end of the day, after our weekly shower, my brother and I raced the big couch cushions up and down the hallway and my dad was the referee. Happy memory + Healthy habit.

Creating a healthy habit works in the same way. If we see the new habit, embody the new habit, and create the emotional connection with the new habit.

Practice exercise.

  • Think about one habit you want to change.
  • Write the new habit down in a post-it note and hang it on your fridge.
  • While practicing the habit for the first time, think the whole time of a happy memory.
  • Your mind needs to feel that you are enjoying the new habit. Make sure it happens during a relaxing time for you.
  • Repeat for one week.

Even the most challenging habit will turn into fun if you tricked your brain into having joy during practice.

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Gemi Bertran

CEO & Founder

Nourish the Brain

Clients who get the most from Gemi’s Health Coaching Programs are looking to create balance in their lives with a much needed reset.  They are tired of diets that fall short,  and are motivated to make real changes that will produce visible results. On a deeper level, they are equally motivated to find the hidden paths to clearer thinking.

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When We Think About Nourishing the Brain, We Can’t Do It Without Thinking in the Central Nervous System (CNS).

When We Think About Nourishing the Brain, We Can’t Do It Without Thinking in the Central Nervous System (CNS).

September 21, 2020

The CNS is what keeps everything moving, it’s what connects the brain to the rest of the body. Thanks to the CNS we can go from shaking to staying steady to even having goose bumps.

The CNS is divided in 2 systems: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.  

The sympathetic nervous system is the fight or fly system we experience every time we go into survival mode. 

The parasympathetic nervous system is the one that kicks in when we are happy. What makes the CNS so intelligent is the fact that only one of these two systems can be active at any given time. Let’s break it down, shall we?

The Sympathetic nervous system is always alert, which it should be. 

It is the primal nervous system. It is the one that helps us to survive when we are in extreme or life threatening situations. 

It is the nervous system that kicks in when we are in danger even if we don’t realize it. 

Today, this system gets activated  when our brain recognizes stress as survival. In this moment our brain sends the message to the CNS and the sympathetic nervous system gets into action, often for no major reason. 

The parasympathetic nervous system is the one that gets activated when we do things that makes us happy, when we enjoy something. 

This system kicks in when we feel loved or give love, when we hug our children, when we play and have fun, when we enjoy ourselves doing whatever brings peace and joy to our mind. 

In today’s world we have to force ourselves to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Back in the day, the parasympathetic was the system that was always active unless men were hunting or were in danger.

There are things that we can do to bring up our parasympathetic nervous system throughout the day that will train our brain to not stay vigilant at all times.

  • Take 5 minutes break every hour.
  • Mindful breathing in your desk.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Practice gratitude, written or thought.
  • Take a 15 minutes walk during your lunch time.
  • Call your best friend to have an easy conversation.
  • Journal.
  • Meditate.
  • Hug your loved ones. Or the ones you don’t love so much.
  • Pet your pets.
  • Enjoy preparing a healthy meal.

Practice whatever brings joy, peace and happiness into your life as often as you can and enjoy!

Book a Call with Gemi Today!

You’re feeling ready to find out how your life could be improved with health insights that are specialized for your own brain, body, and lifestyle. Gemi will push the envelope, and ask the questions to get you out of your comfort zone, in a good way.  What are you waiting for?

Gemi Bertran

CEO & Founder

Nourish the Brain

Clients who get the most from Gemi’s Health Coaching Programs are looking to create balance in their lives with a much needed reset.  They are tired of diets that fall short,  and are motivated to make real changes that will produce visible results. On a deeper level, they are equally motivated to find the hidden paths to clearer thinking.

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How Much Oxygen Does My Brain Need?

How Much Oxygen Does My Brain Need?

September 14, 2020

When we arrive in this world, the first thing that we do is gasp for air.

As we grow into adults and life gets busier and more stressful, pollution and artificially created O2 make the air we breathe not optimal for our bodies. 

Thanks to plant-based sources, we can add oxygen to our body through our diet to increase the quality of oxygen in our blood and strengthen our immune system. What does this mean?

The oxygen on an airplane is artificially made, therefore during a flight we are prone to jet-lag, dehydration and headaches. 

One of the best places to get quality air is from the outdoors. In nature we can breath better, we are more awake and alert, and therefore, we are happier. All of that happens because the quality of oxygen is much better when we are not confined to small spaces. 

To increase and improve the quality and the quantity of oxygen in our blood we need good amounts of chlorophyll. Leafy greens carry lots of oxygen in them, the darker the better. Kale is the best of all.

Some superfoods bring your oxygen levels up. Microalgaes such as Chlorella adds oxygen to our bloodstream, which spreads through our body and  brain, keeping us safe from all those bad side effects mentioned earlier.

Not only is adding oxygen to your daily life important, consider adding structure, or things to do during the day.  Humans are prone to develop mental issues such as negative thinking, depression and compulsive behaviors or anxiety without routines.

Three things need to happen to create a new healthy routine.

  • Make a committed decision about what you want to change.  
  • Plan what it is, in writing, this makes it more real, and helps you stay accountable.
  • Take consistent action towards it. Your actions can be small, but they need to be intentional.

When we create a new healthy habit it takes time to get used to it. Don’t be discouraged if you miss one or two, three or more days, it will catch on. Catch yourself and go back to the new routine as soon as you stray from it.  Our brain only learns by repetition. Remember when you were a baby and learned how to walk, you fell so many times but you didn’t get discouraged. You got up and tried again. This is how your brain works. You might fall off but you go back on track as soon as you catch yourself, repeat daily until it sticks.

Book a Call with Gemi Today!

You’re feeling ready to find out how your life could be improved with health insights that are specialized for your own brain, body, and lifestyle. Gemi will push the envelope, and ask the questions to get you out of your comfort zone, in a good way.  What are you waiting for?

Gemi Bertran

CEO & Founder

Nourish the Brain

Clients who get the most from Gemi’s Health Coaching Programs are looking to create balance in their lives with a much needed reset.  They are tired of diets that fall short,  and are motivated to make real changes that will produce visible results. On a deeper level, they are equally motivated to find the hidden paths to clearer thinking.

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Medication Changes The Chemistry In Our Body And Brain​

Medication Changes The Chemistry In Our Body And Brain​

Sep 08, 2020

Every hormone in your brain has a specific mission.

The mixture of hormones creates different effects on our brain and body. For example, oxytocin is a hormone that plays a role in social bonding, sexual reproduction, and during and after childbirth. Dopamine is a hormone that keeps you focused on a task. Serotonin is the hormone that makes you feel happy. When we put them together…voila!

 

We climax during sex.

 

Hormones are chemicals that once they are in balance make our body function like a Swiss watch—perfectly in rhythm with our emotions, our mind, and our physical condition.

When the balance is broken, it usually occurs in the form of a mental, emotional, or physical breakdown. For example, anxiety can come from a release of unbalanced hormones. 

Depression comes from an umbrella of unbalanced hormones. If outside chemicals are added to the mix, it completely alters the chemistry of our body and brain, causing unnatural functioning. 

When the brain receives chemicals from medication, it forgets how to function naturally and starts releasing unbalanced amounts of hormones, which causes problems in other areas that are not even being treated. This is what is famously called ‘side effects’ of medication.

To keep our hormone levels balanced, we need to have a balanced life. When the balance is broken, we break. That gives us the opportunity to reset and start again and better allow our body to heal itself. 

While the medication often heals the thing we are taking it for, it does a bad job of giving off side effects that affect our bodies. 

Our body is a whole, not bits and pieces.   When we take medication for depression, it messes with the entire system: our kidneys, liver, pancreas, heart, and brain. 

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Gemi Bertran

CEO & Founder

Nourish the Brain

Clients who get the most from Gemi’s Health Coaching Programs are looking to create balance in their lives with a much needed reset.  They are tired of diets that fall short,  and are motivated to make real changes that will produce visible results. On a deeper level, they are equally motivated to find the hidden paths to clearer thinking.

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Feeding Your Brain The Best

Feeding Your Brain the Best

Sep 01, 2020

How can we best feed our brain to get the most out of it? The answer is by eating sufficient fats, protein, antioxidants, carbs, minerals, and vitamins. But how much of each? Our brain is 90% fat. Therefore, our consumption of fat is crucial to a healthy brain and is what allows our brain to stay fresh, soft, and happy. 

When you think of fat, what food did you picture in your mind? 

 

I want to encourage you to think about good plant-based fats such as:

* Coconut oil 

* Olive oil.

* Avocado.

* Flaxseed oil.

These are the fats your brain thrives off of. 

There is only one animal fat that does make the list of good fats, can you guess what it is?

The animal fat we’re looking for is cold-pressed cod liver oil. 

 

Protein.

 To our brain and body, protein is protein. What matters really is the amount we have in every meal. A good amount of protein would be the size of the palm of your hand, a larger hand, a larger amount of protein. 

 

Minerals.

Look for magnesium!  We can find magnesium in cacao. Raw cacao powder is an amazing source of magnesium.

Cacao …

  • is healthy and tasty
  • strengthens our central nervous system
  • calms down our brain because it has tryptophan
  • increases the number of neurotransmitters in our brain, helping us to stay on task and focused

 

Vitamins.

D

  • cod liver oil and krill oil

C

  • prevents our cells from oxidation, helping our cells stay younger longer

B

  • straight brain food: buckwheat, quinoa, avocado, broccoli

E

  • fats prevent inflammation and heart disease. 
  • Essential oils have lots of this



Water.

Water keeps the brain soft and flexible, which is vital for the neuroplasticity of our brain. Neuroplasticity is the capacity of the brain to recover from almost any damage.

 

Movement.

Exercise mindfully helps to keep a positive mindset and healthy routine.

 

Zzzzz.

The last but not the less is a good night of sleep. Our brain and body need good rest, 8 hours is ideal. Go to bed before 10pm to ensure cell renewal and restoring time.

 

Book a Call with Gemi Today!

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Gemi Bertran

CEO & Founder

Nourish the Brain

Clients who get the most from Gemi’s Health Coaching Programs are looking to create balance in their lives with a much needed reset.  They are tired of diets that fall short,  and are motivated to make real changes that will produce visible results. On a deeper level, they are equally motivated to find the hidden paths to clearer thinking.

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