PLAY YOUR WAY TO BETTER THINKING

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We have known for a long time that the best way to stay mentally sharp is to keep thinking. The “use it or lose it” principle is pretty sound – firing the electrical and chemical connections in your brain helps keep: brains healthy and functioning…

BRAIN HEALTH, DIVIDED ATTENTION & THE ONGOING DEBATE OVER MULTI-TASKING

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At the end of 2011, the media was buzzing about the harmful effects of multitasking and the evils of divided attention. True, according to a study done at Stanford, when we do multiple things at once, we don’t filter and sort information as…

Executive Functioning: The Command Center Part 1: Planning

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Thinking and functioning well involves a set of pretty complicated processes that are usually lumped together under one big, overlapping, confusing, and somewhat wishy-washy label: Executive Functioning. Simplifying and separating tasks might…

FIVE STEPS TO BETTER PROBLEM SOLVING

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Every day we face situations and challenges that make us use multiple brain processes, all at once, to find answers. Those tasks often involve a set of Executive Functions collectively known as Problem Solving. When you problem solve you must: Pay…

BUILDING COGNITIVE RESERVE: LETTING GO

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Cognitive reserve is that little bit of extra brain power, saved for when the brain is under attack. It is the well of support that kicks in when anything, traumatic or routine, drains all your mental energy or closes a neural pathway and leaves…

Shiitake Mushroom Seaweed Soup

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Try this delicious combination of seaweed and shiitake mushrooms to add an extra boost of minerals to your Healthiest Way of Eating. Enjoy! Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes  6 whole dried medium shiitake mushrooms 6 cups warm water 4 medium-sized…

We are All “Fat Heads”

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The brain is made up of 60% fat…. Add to that, the coating that protects our nerve fibers (axons) that are a crucial part of the brain’s communication system called myelin, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myelin) is 70% fat! Adequate intake…

Things to Think About

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Sit down and compile a list of mentors in your life. For the purpose of this exercise, exclude familymembers. • Once you have compiled this list, take a moment to thankeach of these people for the gifts that they have givenyou. • Now the…

The Mick

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I chose this chapter from my book to illustrate the power of combining stories with exercises to facilitate change. The story highlights the challange and the excercises offer a way to change the outcome. It was 1956. My father and I were going…

THE STORM OF THE CENTURY

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It is amazing to realize the incredible force of Mother Nature. As the storm was raging, I took a look outside to see three 50 ft. high Leyland Cypress trees being forced to the ground. The incredible amount of strength that that requires is…