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Mindset

When Dreams Become More

The word “dream” implies positivity, good feelings, forward-thinking, and wanting more out of life. The question is, why are we taught not to “dream”?  Are we made to believe that dreams don’t come true?

The dream is a state of mind, whether we are awake or asleep. We call it a dream when it is involuntary or a visualization when it is voluntary. Our conscience gives us the powers of thought and choice, neither of which can happen all the time. We are always thinking, and choosing, constantly. Even when we don’t make a choice, not choosing is itself, a choice.

Dreaming big matters. When we dream big, it forces us to step out of our comfort zone, it makes us uncomfortable because we are daring to go to a place we have never been to before. The unknown causes fear for most of us. Some people, however, the brave ones, dream big and when things get tough they get tougher.

What about change, though?  It voluntarily comes out of your consciousness, it comes from choice. If we apply this principle to changing old habits, we definitely put ourselves into a very uncomfortable situation. Isn’t that thrilling?

When I first dreamed of fulfilling my purpose by creating my own business and becoming an expert in brain and behavior through nutrition and the science of the mind, I never thought I would be so lucky to really do it one day!  

I dreamed of working with wonderful clients, which I do

I dreamed of leading groups, which I do. 

I dreamed of teaching one of my programs in community college, which I do. 

I dreamed of networking with the smartest women in this country, which I do. 

I dreamed of having the best team ever, which I do. 

I dreamed of training professionals in becoming brain and behavior coaches, which I love doing more every day. 

I dreamed of being a member of the council on suicide prevention on the county, which I am

I dreamed of working with veterans to give back to them, which I do with the Veterans Outreach Program.

I dreamed of working doing what I love everyday, which I do, I do, I do!

Dreams do come true if you never give up on them and for this reason I will keep dreaming big. 

Dare to dream big, ignore what you were taught about dreaming, the power is yours.

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Education

2020 Symptoms

The backlash of symptoms from last year doubled diagnosis on mental illness, exponential increase on type 2 diabetes diagnosis and treatment. Obesity is through the roof, we are seeing an increase in addiction, the suicide rates in teenagers is ramping up, PTSD due to deaths in family, business closures or job loss. All of these are due to COVID-19….Well, and elections didn’t make things easier.

I am not trying to be negative here, this is the reality if you are only open to see the bad in the world. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s called…

Self-care.

This is my year’s word. We need to start looking forward to the good, the bright, the healthy. Within all of this, the most important of all is prevention. If we learned anything this year, it is the fact that having an existing condition is not good and can have fatal consequences, as we are seeing.

Being healthy gives you a much greater chance to overcome anything in life from physical to mental illness. Nourishment is a huge part of prevention. Eating the right foods, drinking the right drinks, breathing the right air, and staying away from medication has proven to be the most effective health insurance during COVID-19.

Education is prevention that’s the reason at Nourish the Brain Institute we have created an amazing membership program to keep you educated in your own health preservation.

I am talking about mental health education and understanding the science of the mind. Join us for discussions on Mondays at 5pm, hosted by Gemi Bertran.

Also, you’ll get access to our Nourish the Brain to Think Better Group Series. These sessions show you what to eat to boost brain health. We meet every Tuesday at 5pm, and this series is hosted by nutrition and fitness expert, Elaine Hill.

That’s not all. Continue your growth of knowledge with Understanding How the Body Works For You. Gut Health. Wednesdays at 5pm with Ashley Enriquez.

Once a month we will also host a lecture series with Gemi Bertran about Brain and behavioral health. 

With the membership, you will have full access to all these groups/classes for only $49.97/month. Sign Up Here

You will build deep comprehension on how your behaviors affect your brain, body and overall health.   Right now, you can even try the first week for free to see for yourself the wealth of information that awaits you.

I can’t wait to see you there.

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Behavior

Health is the Vehicle, not the Destination

Doctors and people in general assume that when someone is in their 70’s it is normal to have poor health or at least something that is not working. Not my mom, who is in her 70’s. They have plans, they have a future, they are already healthy and they want to live longer to enjoy their time and have fun with their loved ones. Wouldn’t you want the same things? At this point of their life they already got what they wanted, They are where they wanted to be or they made peace with what they got.

Surprisingly these women and men are not taking any medication, most of them have amazing relationships with friends and family because they already purged the ones who weren’t good for them.  They eat pretty healthy, they exercise, but the common denominator in their cases is that all of them hang out most of the time with younger people. They have no interest in talking about illnesses and medications or how bad the world is. 

I was having this conversation with my mom a while back. One of her friends was always talking about doctors appointments, medication and illnesses and she told her, “I love you and I deeply care about you, but I am not going to spend my time talking with you only about things that are not working. I want to talk about fun things and good things, good food or funny jokes, I can’t do this anymore and because I love you too much I don’t want to let you do this to yourself, at least while you are spending the time with me.” 

Years ago my mom was very different. She was a people pleaser, she would take on everything and complain about nothing and after my dad passed away she flipped like a coin tossed in the air. She learned to let go of people that weren’t good for her, started saying what she was thinking and chose to spend time with people that she loved and were enriching her life.

To all of that I have to say “Bravo, Mama!” She is an inspiration and a gift for the entire family. She prioritizes herself and helps everyone she loves. She has awesome friends and everyone I know loves her. I am so proud of being her daughter.

Keep shining the light to what’s important for yourself and forget about what others think or do, you are not them!

Happy New Beginning 2021!

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The Brain

Your Mind is the Biggest Part of Yourself

There is no way we can make good decisions if our mind is cluttered. Nor can we stay healthy and strong amongst feelings of self-doubt and anxiety. Even if we eat all the kale in the world, the deeper source of true health and happiness is within.  Our mind is the biggest part of ourselves, yet we can not see it.   Still, everyone knows it is there, right?

Our mind is divided in two parts and both parts are equally important. We have a Conscience mind which is the mind that thinks thoughts.

The mind that can lie or cheat, the mind that believes things or chooses not believe them. The mind that likes things or doesn’t like things. It is also the mind that strategically manipulates. It’s the mind that reacts when it gets triggered.

Our sub-conscience mind is our spiritual mind. This is the mind that has no filter; it takes everything in as it is right now as you see it.

Every thought the conscience mind has, good or bad, about ourselves or others, every judgement, every criticism, every doubt about our capacities, when we play the victim or when we feel sad and depressed. The sub-conscience mind perceives it as your truth.

Our sub-conscience mind translates emotions. If we have negative thinking and we get really involved and invested in sticking with that kind of thinking, your sub-conscience mind will create more of it. And the other way around, if you find the positives in negative situations your sub-conscience mind will understand everything is good and will create more of the same.

It’s that simple….I know it is not easy but it is simple. Your thoughts create your life either way. Your choice is in what you want to make it be.

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Education Health

Our Body is a Perfect Machine

 If you remember the images that we all have seen from the holocaust, people were starving, their bodies were skin and bones, they had to fight hunger and illness at the same time that they to survive each day in unbearable circumstances.

Unfortunately, too many people died, but many survived and their bodies returned to normal after some time. For the mind it is a little more complicated. There is an amazing book written by a surviver from the holocaust. He was a jewish psychiatrist named Viktor Frankl. In his book he talks about the power of the mind and how nazis were causing unspeakable horrors. The one place nazis never reached was his mind. He could think as he pleased and he chose to have a positive attitude in his mind. Staying focused on being sane and strong-willed, he knew he was going to be okay when he would be freed.

Our thoughts and attitude are the only two things we have control over, the rest are circumstances and we can’t control them. 

When we worry, stress or fear we allow the outside to control the inside, our mind. Taking control of your thinking is vital not only to develop a healthier life, it is the only thing that you can choose, to be happy every second of your life and only you can do it. You can’t make others happy and no one can make you happy, it is everyone’s job to do it for ourselves.

Here are a few things you can do to make yourself happier:

Practice gratitude every day

Exercise every day

Go to bed before 10pm every day

Eat healthy food every day

Drink water every day

Say “yes” to challenges every day

Say “I love you”  to someone you love every day

Take responsibility for your own happiness every day

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All Categories Health

What is Optimum Health?

There are five habits that depend totally upon our choices.  They are at the root of our health problems from day one, and by changing these habits, our overall health will totally flip, transforming our body into a completely healthy body. 

-Eating habits

-Medication

-Drinking habits

-Emotional habits

-Self-doubt

Let’s break them down.

-Eating habits. Our eating habits are very important. As you know, every choice we make every time we put something in our mouth determines how we are going to feel right after.  What we don’t always consider is our overall health in the long run. The solution is eating clean. Food without labels is real food, the rest is processed.

-Medication. Medication changes the chemistry in our body because it is composed of chemicals and those chemicals affect every organ. The most affected is the brain. It doesn’t matter if the medication is for the heart or the kidney, the brain will be affected and the reason is because the brain is 90% fat. 

All the chemicals and toxins our body receives from ingested products that are not food, such as preservatives, colorants, medication or any man made product, are stored in your fatty tissues. Since the brain is 90% fat it is considered by the body to be a fatty tissue storing area with the particularity that the brain runs all the body functions and chemical interactions for this to happen. It is fair to believe the brain chemicals, hormones, are affected and confused when there are outside chemicals stored in the same place. That causes confusion in the natural functions, creating all kinds of interferences in brain and body performance.  

Chemicals at their core are identified as toxins for our liver. The liver responds by storing them in the fatty tissue. 90% of prescriptions can be avoided if you improve nutrition and habits. You can change your health if you want. I help people to do it every day!

-Drinking habits. If we choose to drink water we will be healthy and hydrated. Hydration improves brain health, skin youth, and internal organ functionality. Alcohol and soft drinks are totally unnecessary. It should be a treat not a routine.

-Emotional habits. Emotional habits can be as damaging to a body as the other habits I just mentioned. You can eat all the kale in the world, but if you have poor personal relationships or unhealthy work environments, you won’t be healthy because you can’t be healthy if these two areas are not positive in your life. Be authentic with your relationships to stay healthy. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

-Self-doubt. In my opinion, this is the most important concept to be aware of. If we have self-doubt, then nothing works. If we are self-confident, everything works. Self-doubt is tied up to fears. Self-doubt or self-confidence implies believing in something you can’t see. Belief in yourself makes all the difference!

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Behavior Mindset

Fear Not, Doubt Not

Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose our battle against fear.

Stress is nothing more than fear for the result we expect from a situation we are in or will be. Fear of being late, fear of not being worth it, fear of failing, fear of not being good enough, fear of not being lovable, fear of not being deserving. Why do most people get stressed from simple daily tasks related to relationships, careers, health, or money? The answer is very simple: we take everything personally when nothing actually is. We get attached to the payoff whether it is good or bad.

We tend to want to control everything around us. The reality is that most of the time circumstances and surroundings control us, otherwise we would never be stressed. This lack of control is the reason we get stressed in the first place.  Let me also introduce the idea to you of payoff.  

Payoff is when we always get a little something out of negative or stressful situations. For example, we play the victim role, we get people to acknowledge us more, we draw attention to us in a positive or negative manner. 

Now you can see the patterns that are created by repeating this cycle of stress. The payoff is the reason we get attached to the same stress repeatedly. 

This situation is the reality of the majority of people in the world. They don’t own their life, they allow other people or surroundings to tell them how to live their life. The only thing that matters is YOU and what’s important to you, these should always go first. Take power in your life!

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Health The Brain

Stress Hormones Run This Show

When we feel any kind of stress, for instance from being late to an event or from  being in a plane crash, the body releases cortisol. Cortisol is released by our adrenal system, which manages several hormones. It also manages epinephrine, which is the other major stress hormone. Every time the body releases cortisol in a minor stress situation, it is completely useless, yet it gives us a rush, a feeling of risk, fear, urge and later a crash. The more cortisol released, the less resilience our body has, and the more tired we are. As you can see, no good comes from that, but you already knew this.

What maybe you didn’t know is that all these daily small cortisol releases get trapped in our fatty and muscle tissues. They keep reminding our brain that there is cortisol in our body, creating something called “cortisol resistance”. Cortisol resistance is when our body can no longer distinguish if it is stressed or not because for our body “you are stressed since there is cortisol in your tissues.” The body simply feels the effects of stress all the time. Cortisol goes to work by weakening every organ and tissue in our body, it doesn’t leave anything out. The problem with stress or cortisol resistance is that often it appears as something else like anxiety, depression, or phobias. If you think you might be experiencing any of these symptoms, ask for help. We can’t do everything on our own.

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Behavior Routine

Turn Off Survival Skills: On-Demand

Stress is part of our daily vocabulary, yet we don’t really know what the word implies nor the power we give up every time we mention it.

Our body is designed to evaluate the level of stress we have in order to calculate the effort our body needs to make to get through the stressful situation. 

Our ancestors were hunters, and always had to be alert to the possibility of being hunted by bigger predators.Therefore, their bodies developed two hormones that would help them to stay alert, to stay sharp, to be faster if there was a threat or be more creative with survival methods if the situation became life threatening in a split second.

Today it is very different. We are not hunters, at least our life doesn’t depend on it, but often we go into survival mode when we feel we are threatened in some way. 

Our mind can modify our health by changing the chemistry in our body.  Did you read that right? That’s amazing. Our brain chooses to release stress hormones or not. 

There are two parts to the human mind, conscious and subconscious.  We have control over our conscious mind, which is the one that manages thinking. When we have negative thoughts, however, our immune system responds more slowly.   When we have positive thinking, our immune system responds more quickly. These are actions completed through our subconscious mind.  

Let me tell you that the line of your thoughts is 100% your choice.  What takes time to change is the awareness and everyday practice of focusing on those positive thoughts.  Remember: you can change anytime you want. Make the right choice for yourself, everyone will benefit from it.  We can start working together on your personal goals and habits in one of our programs.  Make an appointment with me, and let’s get started.

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Education Nutrition The Brain

Craving Sugar!

 At an early age, we learn to cope by turning to food. We learn that when we are sad or stressed or fearful or anxious we can eat the food we desire and it calms us down. Everybody has different coping mechanisms, but coping with food is the most popular way of soothing ourselves emotionally. 

This is how it works: We wait for the right time, the right food, the right environment, and the right people. We eat what makes us feel comfortable and safe. Often something sweet at night in front of the TV is a common way to cope. 

Cravings are a response to the act of restricting something. Food often reflects our feelings about things such as an unsatisfactory career or love that is missing in our life. Why do we need to cope? Because we need to fill the emptiness inside ourselves. This is how the cravings work in your brain.

 There is a small particle of the substance we use to cope attached to the tissues of your body, like the tongue, fatty tissue (including the brain) or muscle tissue.  This creates a memory in our brain. This memory reminds our brain that we want that specific food until we have it.  It is so persistent that you can’t resist until you have it! 

How can we get rid of cravings? The most effective way to do it is by giving your brain everything it needs, especially fats. Watch this video to know what is that your brain really craves.

Remember that not all fats are equal.  Animal fats are very different from plant-based fats. If you need a review of the differences, read our blog here.