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If It Tastes Sweet…

It means it’s sugar.

Sugar means something different for every one of our organs. They are each affected differently, depending on the job of the organ. The pancreas, for one, will be affected directly, every time you consume sugar or sweeteners.

Let’s talk about the pancreas since it is the organ in charge of monitoring your sugar levels. Every time we consume anything that is sweet, (containing natural sugar or sweeteners), such as honey, maple syrup, brown rice, syrup, agave and even fruit or

artificial sweeteners as well such as aspartame, xylitol, mannitol, 

our pancreas goes to work to screen for sugar in our blood. Every time we eat something that tastes sweet, our pancreas does two things, it will release insulin and fat.

It will react based on the amount of sugar it finds. If we have more sugar in our blood, the pancreas will release increased insulin and fat.  We are talking about the insulin and fat that makes healthy people become pre-diabetic and diabetic. 

Processed food is what has turned diabetes and obesity into a pandemic in our society. Artificial sweeteners are in every processed food, junk food and soft drink.   These high concentrations exist even in every zero calorie drinks and low calorie foods. The most popular is aspartame. Aspartame, which is forbidden in Europe for causing cancer and Alzheimer’s, is still openly used by fast food chains, soft drinks companies, and processed food factories in the United States. What the big corporations that manufacture zero calorie drinks don’t tell you is that your pancreas will still release fat and insulin and that will become body fat which will turn you into an ill person. Obesity, pre-diabetes, and type 2 diabetes are strictly related to your intake of sweets, changing your life forever.

Please think about this before you eat a second piece of candy.

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Nutrition

Nothing Good Comes From Eating Sugar!

There are no benefits of eating sugar in any form – white, brown or powdered. There is only the possibility of addiction and health problems. 

Sugar affects everything in our bodies. Not only does it affect our liver, pancreas, and gut, it also affects the functionality of our brain and the reasoning of our mind in a major way.

Our health and behavior change noticeably when we eat sugar in smaller or larger amounts than usual. This is very clear in children’s behavior when they are in a sugar high.

70% of the population in the United States suffers or will suffer from diabetes due to sugar consumption at some point in their life.

The distinction is that most of these people will suffer diabetes not only for sugar consumption from sweets, but also from the chemical sweeteners that are added to soft drinks and fast food.

There is a widespread belief  that fast food is cheaper than other foods and in some ways it is,  but if people bought produce and beans instead of junk food and ate them over time, this would be a less expensive and healthier option that makes a difference in their health over the long run, wouldn’t it? 

Big chains and big pharmaceutical companies,  and big corporations are interested in keeping the population ignorant with numb brains that keep the wheels of their money making machines running at full speed. If you haven’t seen it, Jamie Oliver has done a lot of work to increase awareness in his work to Teach Every Child About Food.

It is every individual’s responsibility to do our best for our own health, educating ourselves and our community of the problems that sugar consumption can cause in our overall health. This is the Dynamic Nutrition Specialist mission in life, it’s to educate people on how to address their unhealthy behaviors one at the time.

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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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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!

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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.

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Medications

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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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.

 

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Nourish the Brain

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Behavior

Spending The time among great ones

Spending Time Among Great Ones

Aug 25, 2020

While you are not careful in choosing the people you mingle with, they are busy keeping you where they feel comfortable, which might not be what you desire.  

 

I see my friend, ask how it’s going. What is the tone of their response?

“I’m so tired..”  “My life is so ____________.” (Insert negative comment here.)Hard, stressful, boring, busy, f***ed up.

 

Let’s face it, we all talk like this at times in our life, maybe now more frequently.

 

So, what makes up what we are and what we say? 

 

The answer is Spirit.

 

Spirit is all we are, not just your physical self. Spirit is your thoughts.  What happens when we think repeatedly negative things? We attract problems or bad attitudes. If we can attract problems by thinking negatively, why don’t we reverse it?  Why don’t we spend more time thinking of what we want and attract those things?  

 

This law applies to people as well. 

 

We attract the people that are aligned with our vibration. 

 

People notice if they are surrounded by toxic or negative people. Do you ever practice awareness of this?  



When we talk about abundance, we think about what we want more of, what is better than where we currently are, in our thoughts, our homes, in our lives.



I am not saying that we can define people by their vibration, that would be unfair.  Simply stated, they are sending out a specifically negative vibration.   

 

Choose the people you are around carefully.  

 

Repeated experiences create new neural pathways.  Question your social climate, and be actively working to create positive, stimulating conversations and relationships. 

 

Time is running out and we can’t control that. We need to spend more and more of our time focusing on the positive and being present. 

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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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Falling In Love With The Ideal

Falling in Love with the Ideal

Aug 18, 2020

How many times have you used the words ‘exactly’ or ‘perfect’ in a conversation?  

 

What about the word ‘ideal’? 

 

Usually, the ideal is used to describe the best result.

The use in this case is incorrect. The real meaning of “ideal” is the moment we really fall in love with an idea. For instance, it might have been the first time an idea enters your mind. 

 

You created the idea out of nothing, it happened spontaneously and brought joy to you just by being in your thoughts. 


This is the correct definition of the ideal, and here’s why it’s so important.  Why would I tell you this? Because I want you to know that everything is created twice.

 

At first, it exists as a thought and stays in this state until you manifest it as a physical thing. 

 

First is created in your mind and when you take action is created physically. I created my ideal the day I adopted my daughter. Read her story here.

 

It is important to be aware. Remember that awareness is the opposite of ignorance and your mission is to awaken thousands of people, the more information you have the better you will fully help them as the Universe backs you up. 

 

When the ideal happens in our mind for the first time, it is like a spark to start a fire, you have nothing and then all of a sudden a tiny spark starts a massive fire.

 

Metaphorically, the spark is the ideal, the fire is the burning desire, and if you don’t do something about it, it will keep burning until it consumes everything. It is impossible to ignore it.

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Nourish the Brain

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The Amazing Secret Of Intuition

The Amazing Secret of Intuition

Aug 11, 2020

Your intuition is your guidance.

 

 You are much more than what you can see. The more aware you are of your inner strengths, the more you use them correctly.   Nothing can go wrong. 

 

In the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates), went about her daily life, taking care of everyone else she could on a daily basis.  She was living her life through other people.    Evelyn knew what she wanted to have in her life, but she kept it in the background of her mind, not the foreground.  Feelings kept creeping up, yet she pushed them back down because society told her how to live her life.  

This led to a feeling of dissatisfaction.  Why did this happen?  Because Evelyn didn’t know how to do it any differently.  She never asked for help, but she knew deep down that she deserved better.  



What are your inner strengths?   

 

  • Intuition
  • Will
  • Perception
  • Imagination
  • Reason
  • Memory

 

 

Listen to your intuition when it says, “You can do better” or “have more”. 

Discover your full potential by learning how your brain works with the choices you make. Use your brain in your favor by becoming an expert on it. Gemi’s Dynamic Nutrition Specialist Course shows how to use these strengths.  

 

Always rely on the idea that comes to you first. Then, take action!  Create what you want to create. Let your intuition guide you toward your goal and you will succeed 100% of the time, no question about it.

 

You are not an expert in everything, yet you are an expert in one thing.  So, when you need help, (because you will need it), hire someone to help you.  Gemi’s life reference also.

 

No one can do everything on their own, even though we often think we can.

 Listen to your intuition when it says, “You can do better” or “have more”. 

Discover your full potential by learning how your brain works with the choices you make. Use your brain in your favor by becoming an expert on it. Gemi’s Dynamic Nutrition Specialist Course shows how to use these strengths.  

Book a Call with Gemi Today!

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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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