My friend eats garbage (junk food) How can I talk to them?

I don’t like telling people how to live, just because I have a different set of guidelines for my own nutrition. What happens? The person only is able to filter the message that they are doing something WRONG!  They shut off from new information and that is that. Here are some ideas for opening up conversations about healthy food choices.

 

Start with a question, invite them to reflect: 

It seems like you really like that _____, what about it do you like so much?  Wait for them to answer...

 

A)  If they reveal that they have guilt, and you should follow up with asking why they eat it if they know it is not healthy.  

B)  If they show that they haven’t thought about it, showing a lack of awareness, your next move is to ask if they have ever wondered what that food contains, or why it is your ‘go to’ choice?

 

Would you like to eat differently? 

Would you like to do better?  

 

Awareness is...

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Meatballs with Calamari and Peas

Hello Friends,

 

Here is a recipe that you will enjoy making for your family and friends.  Enjoy the holiday, or any time you can put the spirit of cooking into your daily meal.

 

1/2 pound ground pork

1/2 pound ground beef

1 pound calamari

1/3 pound peas (in a can)

2 red onions

1 can crushed tomatoes

1 egg yolk

3 garlic cloves

1 bunch of parsley

rice flour 

1 slice (gluten free) bread

olive oil

salt

water

almonds (roasted)

a pinch of saffron

 

Chop: almonds, parsley, mix in saffron

Preparation: 

Prepare the meatballs with pork, beef, 2 garlic cloves (crushed), egg yolk, a couple of branches of parsley chopped finely, bread chopped into small pieces.  Mix all together with a food processor or manually.  Create the meatballs.  I like them small, half of a golf-ball-size, but they can be as big as a golf ball if you like!

 

When round, roll them in the rice flour that you have set previously on a plate. Then you can fry them lightly...

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Hypothalamus Bitch

What the f*&.# is going on whit my Hypothalamus? As strange as it may seem to you this was the first question that popped in my mind the day I start sweating in bursts. “Provably a lot” that was my quick answer.

If I a go back in time to 2006 when I had my brain broken due to stress, one of the side effects from the break down was my breasts started lactating, no like I had a baby but still lactating in a weird way…like lactating per se wasn’t weird enough, my “baby” was 11 years old at that time I was supposed to be as dry as it gets.

One of the hormones that the hypothalamus manages is prolactin. This is the hormone women need to make milk to breastfeed their babies. When you are not at that point and you start lactating the red flags are straight up but guess what? I did go to the doctor which told me “it’s probably nothing, maybe stress”. Well… Sir, yes I did have stress but I had not time to go further in the...

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Develop a curiosity for the future, not an attachment to the past

There is a saying at Nourish the Brain, that reminds us to focus on the power of imagination and the Law of Attraction.

 

“Start Where You Want To Be”

If you aren’t really familiar with this manner of thinking, check out Video Link: The Law of Attraction 

 

Can you experience positive emotions for something that has not happened yet? The answer to this question is an overwhelming YES.  Visualize, and be clear about what you want, down to the most minute detail you are capable of realizing. Do this every day and make time to see how your future will look.  

Humans have survival as a default strategy that is deeply imprinted in our thinking patterns. It is the reason why we survived sabertooth tiger attacks thousands of years ago.  Since there is no longer a tiger chasing you, it is okay to slow down that racing mindset and to get into a profoundly different place.  

Survival mode is triggering the release of your stress...

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3 Habits That Are Holding You Back

  1. Multitasking - This actually isn’t really a thing.  People use this term all the time, but in reality, none of us can ever do two or more things at a time.  Physically and mentally, put together, we must be present in order to get it right.  When we are doing too much, accidents occur.
  2. Not knowing what you really want - We focus consciously on the things we don’t want; failure, loss, extra weight, the list goes on.  When we visualize our ideal self living in the present moment, the subconscious mind will make it happen.
  3. Comparing yourself to others - There are two ways people do this, and the first is visual. When we see people, we automatically make an idea about them in our head.  The other way is catching yourself when you are comparing yourself to others with things that you cannot see.  Examples of this are “She has everything so put together, why can’t I do that? Why does my life feel so chaotic?”  

A...

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Sugar is Everywhere

 

There is a reason for that, your brain runs out of connections that allow you to take action after the first thought, “I shouldn’t be eating this.” Sugar disables the neurotransmitters in your brain, making it nearly impossible to quit sugar developing addictive behaviors towards this food with no nutritional value or goodness of any sort.

Know where corporations put their sugar to hook you into buying their specific brand. Savor the knowledge that you can read labels, and recognize how the sugar has been hidden, calling it different names with the only intention of tricking you. Why do you think you buy a specific thing and not another one which apparently is the same? The reason is the sugars and monosodium glutamates (MSG) used into this specific brand are designed to confuse your brain into an addiction to their specific brand. They should be prosecuted for this reason, right!?

 

Want to know more about navigating the grocery store, filling your pantry...

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Sleep better tonight, 3 Must Do things that will knock you out, in a good way

Hello friends,

I work with many clients whose first issue they seek help with is sleeping better.  We have conditioned ourselves with habits that are actually getting in the way of our brain's natural needs, to steadily prepare for a good night's rest.

 Nights are designed to sleep. With all the technology interaction at night, our brain gets confused. While we are in front of a tv or laptop or phone our brain understands in daylight because the brain doesn’t know any better and stays wired keeping us awake until we turn screens off. Then the brain needs some time to realize that means sleep time by releasing melatonin to put our brain to sleep. Then the brain starts the cell restoration process and resting time. When we spend time in front of a tv, it is time we are shaving from restoring and resting causing all kinds of health issues or sleep deprivation. Under these circumstances our brain can function 100% the next day. Use these easy peasy technics to train...

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4 Powerful Points of Transcendental Meditation, by Emily King

 

Hello Nourish the Brain Community,

It's an honor to be writing my first blog piece for Nourish the Brain Institute.  For those of you who may know, I have been working with Gemi in several capacities, all behind the scenes, for this outstanding institute.  

In this interview, I was privileged to meet for the first time with John Freeman, Transcendental Meditation (TM) Director and Certified Teacher in San Luis Obispo, CA.  

Gemi and I walked into his breathtaking garden oasis and set up filming right away.  I could tell he was not only a profoundly eloquent person but also a fully energized advocate of the TM Community.  As this was my first experience with the concept of this practice, I was all ears about its mechanics.  So, watch the interview and find out what Transcendental Meditation involves, and how it is uniquely set apart from other guided meditations you may have tried.

What makes Transcendental Meditation a unique and...

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Cuesta College Nourishes Brains, too!

Hello Everyone~

 

One of the things that kept coming back to my mind when I had my brain health breakdown in 2006 was a question, of course, “Why doesn’t everyone know that you can put your brain back together with food, superfoods, and simple routines and structure?” When we as a society rely on food and natural remedies for a quick fix only, no wonder we fail.

With all my education and degrees, I never thought I would be teaching, and for the last 4 years, it has basically been what I do with my clients,  on different levels. From the Group Series to 1:1 and lately creating the new certification program Dynamic Nutrition Specialist, my mission in life is guiding my clients and students to discover this other world of health without depending on quick fixes. Our body is not Amazon Prime, results are not instant. It takes time to heal when you allow.

Teaching community college at Cuesta College made so much sense to me, the more people who hear the...

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Forward Motion

Greetings my friends!

 

There are many new things that have been developing at Nourish the Brain over the past month.  I’d like to talk to you about new workshops, group sessions, and of course, our new office location.

I challenge you to choose a new way to get healthy, with Nourish the Brain Institute.  There is always something great, no matter how small it may seem, for us to improve our daily actions in a positive way. 

Check out our upcoming Workshop and Online Mini-Course

Sign up for a Webinar  to freshen up your awareness of nutritional basics

Workshops are happening monthly, here at our beautiful new office space.  Come and spend an hour with us to discuss the best ways to increase your health in body, mind and of course, your brain.  We went ahead and added a twist, this season we have created an online mini-course for you to learn at home, at your own pace.  There are 4 simple and easy lessons to complete when you join Gemi...

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