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...
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...
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...
Our body is a magnificent engineered machine.We put our body through all kinds of tests, and it usually passes them all with flying colors. From eating processed foods loaded with chemicals, drinking sodas or alcohol, refined sugars, smoking cigarettes, legal/illegal drugs, etc…
When I was a kid, I wanted to do anything my dad did -- even if it was something crazy like soccer training with full grown men. My dad was always a hero in my eyes.
My dad passed away 10 years ago after a fierce fight against cancer… with today’s eyes I see him as a flawed hero, but still a hero. I will tell you one story today that shaped me from the beginning in my life.
How to overcome my fear was one of the greatest lessons my dad taught me as a child. I still use it to this day. Here’s how my Dad taught me to move past fear.
Have any of you ever been terrified of darkness? I was! I can’t remember for how long but at least for a couple years I had to sleep with the hallway lights on in case in the middle of the night. I was waking up. If that wasn’t enough, our home was far from the population in town, not in the boonies but separated from the main town by a piece of land which in my eyes it...
Don’t worry about the “how.” This is the hardest part of creating goals. When we are creating a goal we want to know everything and if we don’t we get stressed, anxious, fear kicks in and we are done! Fear stops us from taking any sort of action.
This is normal.
How many times have you created a goal and given up before taking any action, because you don’t know how it's going to play out?
Healthwise it happens the same way. When clients come to me, often they have a physical goal they want to achieve. The truth is that soon enough they realize the goal they set up is not really the goal they need to achieve in the first place but if they hadn't set up the first goal they wouldn’t know that.
When you want to transform your...
Jonathan: Where are you originally from, because I know it's not what people think?
Gemi: Well, I am from Barcelona originally. I'm from Catalonia and is northeast of Spain, and we like to be our own. I live in and enjoy California. I love being here, and I created my business and I feel like it's the best time of my life here in California, at least professionally.
Jonathan: So, you married an American, came here as a spouse, got your green card, learned to work in California, so...
First memories are rather interesting because you are never quite sure just how accurate they are. It’s either because you were very young or you have revisited the memory so many times over the years that it evolves with each revisit. I do have an early memory and when I talked to my mom about it awhile back, she said, “It is impossible that you remember that, you were only a year and a half old!”
My first memory is being strolled by my mom down the street on a nice spring morning. I saw a lady sitting in a green and white garden chair watching people walk below her balcony. She was in all black, from head to toe, including a scarf on her head which covered up her hair. This lady was old with very wrinkled skin and she didn’t have any teeth in her mouth. She smiled at us as we were approaching and my mom stopped below the balcony, they had a few words and then we kept walking. I don’t remember what they...
I've been asked what it means to meal prep and how does it look like? I have to prepare four or five meals, different meals and spend all these hours ... And it's not about that.
Meal prep, it means that you go to the store and you buy several things. One is a whole bunch of different vegetables, the other thing can be some whole grains, like brown rice or semi-grains like quinoa, and two or three different types of proteins that you would like to have. For example, you can have chicken or you can have any kind of fish, or you can have tofu. Then when you go home, you just cut the vegetables, you still fry them, you cook the rice or the quinoa, then you still fry or bake the fish and the chicken. Then put everything in boxes and during the week you just mix!
Good morning everybody. Happy Monday!
Do you have a specific habit for meal prep through the week?
I always recommend to my clients, and myself, to meal prep during the weekend. It's very simple, it makes life easier, and if you have food ready for the whole week, it will be less likely that you make a poor choice about eating something unhealthy, fast and quick.
What I recommend is going shopping Saturday or Sunday, or the day that you have off, and right after shopping drop your things in the kitchen and meal prep right then and there. Don't wait, don't put things in the refrigerator, because it's less likely that you will feel inspired to do it. So right after shopping is the best time to do it.
I hope this tip helps you, and I hope you create a new healthy habit!