6 Amazing Brain-Healthy Spices to use this Holiday
The holidays provide great opportunities - to connect with loved ones, to create lasting traditions, to welcome friends, and to spend some extra time in the kitchen.
But just because we may be cooking or baking (and eating) a little more than usual, we shouldn’t forget about the health of our brain. In fact, there are several seasonings often used this time of year that actually support proper brain health.
Nutrients contained within certain herbs and spices can help sharpen memory, improve sleep, balance blood sugar levels, and reduce stress.
Read on to discover which amazing spices you can use this holiday season and all year long, that both you and your brain will love!
Healthier Holiday Recipes
Would you like to indulge a little this holiday season without completely derailing your healthy eating plan?
Want to treat your family to some delicious goodies without refined sugar or white flour?
Well I’ve got you covered!
Keep reading to discover three quick and easy recipes that you can make this holiday season - and feel good about indulging in at the same time!
Get Happy: How To Increase Serotonin Levels Naturally
Are you one of the 21 million Americans who struggle with a mood disorder?
Some mood issues can be attributed to low levels of serotonin in the body. Luckily, there are a number of natural ways to increase your serotonin levels.
Read on to discover some things you should consider when trying to increase your serotonin levels naturally.Read More
Sugar’s Role in Brain Health and Neurodegenerative Disease
We all know that sugar is unhealthy. But did you know that sugar can negatively impact our mental health?
Ever wonder why when we are feeling down, we reach for a sugary snack to help pick us back up?
Did you know that consuming high amounts of refined sugar can lead to Alzheimer’s disease?
Keep reading to discover how sugar damages our brain and what we can do about it.Read More
Gratitude: How Gratitude Improves Brain Health
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family!
With Thanksgiving comes the official start of the holiday season!
Most of us look forward to time spent with family and friends. Time to enjoy this festive time of year and share our good fortune with others. In fact, many of us have already started celebrating or anticipating the holidays at the very least.
Yet for others, the holidays can be a challenge, often fraught with anxiety, financial worries, depression, and sadness. If you feel overwhelmed or down when this time of year rolls around, keep reading - I’m about to give you reason to be thankful.
Practicing gratitude goes a lot further than saying “thanks” - it can actually improve your brain health!Read More
Diabetes: A Growing Epidemic and What You can do to Prevent Becoming a Statistic
Are you one of the growing number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes?
Maybe you’re not quite there, but your doctor has mentioned you are pre-diabetic or on the verge of becoming diabetic.
Or maybe you have excess fat centred around your mid-section and experience low energy after a meal. Perhaps you get hungry a short time after eating or experience a mid-afternoon energy slump.
If this sounds like you, I urge you to read this week’s post.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. So let’s take a few minutes to consider this disease, how it develops, and what you can do to better manage it. And if you are not one of the millions of Americans dealing with the disease, it’s still important to become educated about it and do what you can to minimize your risk or prevent diabetes from occurring in the first place.Read More
Peter Pumpkin-Head Stew
Nothing screams fall like trees beautifully painted in red, orange, and yellow leaves crunching underfoot, and that distinct crisp clean air. As the days get shorter and the weather continues to cool off, nothing warms the bones like a good hearty stew.
And what’s more fun for fall than cooking in a pumpkin?
Keep reading to check out my unique recipe for a hearty fall stew cooked inside a pumpkin - Happy cooking and stay warm out there!Read More
Coffee’s Role in Neurological Health: The Benefits of Coffee for your Brain: Part 2
Last month I dove into the world of coffee. Media attention over the last few years has left everyone’s head spinning. Is it helpful or harmful to health? Is it friend or foe?
This week, we’ll take a closer look at the role coffee may play in the health of your brain. More specifically, can it prevent or delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases?
The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain
The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain
If you've got kids in sports, you should educate yourself on the dangers of football. Here's a look at how football concussions affect your brain.
Ever had "your bell rung" or "dinged your head"?
Sounds trivial, right?
Wrong! A concussion is never trivial. Researchers now consider a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to be cumulative. This means that the effects of injuries may not be seen for many years and that the total of all injuries can be devastating.
Pediatric neurologists have long advocated protection of children's heads with proper helmets for bicycle riding, skateboarding, skiing and other sports. But what about football? Is there any danger with the advanced helmet technology today?
If you have children in sports, educate yourself about the dangers of football and traumatic brain injury.
Neuronutrition for Positive Mental Health
As a continuation to last week’s blog post about mental health and in an effort to continue education and awareness, this week’s post will focus on foods for optimal mental health and natural ways to deal with a mental health issue or prevent one from occurring.
We are all affected by mental health problems at one time or another. We can all feel depressed, stressed, frightened, or unsafe at various times. More likely than not, these feelings pass. For some people, however, they can develop into a more serious long-term problem.
Should this happen to you, what can you do about it?
Read on to find out what foods you should be eating and what else you can do.Read More
World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2018
The thought of “mental health” often makes us uncomfortable. It has traditionally been seen as a taboo subject that people don’t often talk freely about.
Why is this? Why is mental health often swept under the rug and only spoken about behind closed doors?
The outdated and unfounded stigmas surrounding mental health are the driving forces behind World Mental Health Day.
On October 10, 2018, the World Federation of Mental Health presented “World Mental Health Day” with the intention of raising awareness about mental health. To do my part, I’ll be discussing various issues surrounding mental health in a two-part blog series that starts today.
So if you’re struggling with your own mental health, keep reading this week’s post to discover more about mental health along with treatment options and next week’s post to learn about neuronutrition for mental health, so that you can bounce back and regain a healthy mental state.
Let’s open our minds and our hearts to those living with mental illness and their families. Let’s take this opportunity to break down stigmas and learn more about mental health.Read More
Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals
We all do it. Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavour gets the best of us. Especially if we're a bit on the hungry (or hangry) side.
I'm talking about overeating at meals.
Of course our body does need food to fuel itself. And even if we usually eat amazingly healthy foods, we may still overeat. This can have a big impact on our weight, energy levels, and overall health and well-being.
In this post I'm going to give you three solid tips for preventing that from happening. Seriously! If you can make these three things a regular habit and part of your daily routine, you've got one up on the overeating cravings.Read More
Neuronutrition for Optimal School Performance
Is your child falling behind in school?
Is your teen unable to concentrate in class?
Are you concerned that your child may have a learning disability?
Are you a college or university student constantly stressed, fatigued, and feeling out of control?
Now that the school year is well underway, you may have noticed that your child is suffering in the classroom or lagging behind his peers. Perhaps he’s hyperactive and cannot sit still long enough to allow new material to sink in. Maybe your teen’s teacher(s) have contacted you about concerns with behaviour issues or inattention. Or maybe your worried about your college student’s poor eating habits while constantly burning the midnight oil.
If so, read on because the right nutrition can make all the difference!Read More
Assess Your Risk for Alzheimer’s by Taking my Quiz
Are you constantly misplacing important items like your keys or wallet?
Do you go to the grocery store to realize that you have no idea what you went there for?
Do you find yourself rereading the same page of a book several times before you’re able to process the words?
Every 66 seconds one American over the age of 65 is newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. This is a frightening statistic. And with rates of dementia continually rising, Americans are currently in a brain health crisis.
Maybe you are at risk and worried about the state of your brain or the brain of someone you love.
Well, the good news is that Alzheimer’s is not an inevitable part of aging, and what you do today, can actually help you protect, restore, and regain the health of your brain!
Almost all the risk factors for dementia are preventable or reversible. In honour of World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21, there’s no better time to act than right now!
Read on to educate yourself about the risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s. And be sure to grab a pencil so you can take my quiz to test your personal risk factors for the disease. Then learn what you can start doing today to regain the health of your brain. You are never too old or too young to start improving your brain!