Tana Amen

Author & Registered Nurse
Superpower: Brain Health

Also known as “The Brain Doctor’s Wife” is author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body Cookbook and Get Healthy With the Brain Doctor’s Wife Cookbook.

 

  • Neutrogenomics
    • Drugs you take, lifestyle, and food talks directly to your genes
    • Designers genes-what pattern do you choose for your genes?
  • Fitness and health are not synommous!
  • You affect your genetic function-you genes are not set at birth.
  • Food affect your brain/mood:
    • Neurotransmitters
      • Serotonin: mood stabilizing, sleep, social interactions, gives you balanced feeling, if off makes you feel anxious/depressed
        • Carb rich foods helps serotonin ->affect blood sugar. Low glycemic: veggies, sweet potato with the skin on, thin sliced apple with a tiny bit of almond butter
        • Stay away from pasta, etc.
        • 5htp
      • Dopamine: motivation, pain/pleasure, lets get it done transmitter
        • Protein rich foods
        • Great for people with ADD; good for focus
        • Good to balances hormones and metabolism
        • Supplements:
      • Acetocoline: facts & figures, learning
        • Protein: Lover, eggs, milk,
        • Supplements: Colene salts
      • Gaba: list people, calming
        • Bananas, broccoli, green tea, nuts
      • Glutamate and aspartmate: not great neurotransmitters
        • Neurotoxic-psytotoxins
        • In all SAD processed foods; do not have to be claimed on label. Soy veg isolate, etc. All soy contains MSG
        • MSG & Aspartame
        • Cumulative in your brain; associated with things like  MS, ALS, joint pain, etc.
  • As you become heavier, your brain starts losing function (shrink) and eating sugar also causes cognitive decline
  • Cases an imbalance of hormones (insulin) to eat processed foods, refined carbs, sugar-thrashes your metabolism
  • Your body doesn’t care about your food philosophy-your body needs what it needs
    • For vegas/vegetarians: Get tested and good by the numbers
    • AA/EPA ratio-ratio of fatty acids. Should be 1:1. Most vegans/vegetarians are 22:1.
    • You need right amount of protein: You can absorb between 20-30 grams of protein per meal. Key is getting it throughout the day (4x a day). Too much is harmful. Protein is like a medicine-take it in small doses through the day.
  • Coconut oil for brain health: highly recommended!
    • Medical company making product the same as coconut oil for Alz
    • Can’t use glucose for fuel: alz. Check out keytones, glucose, etc.
  • Get over it and get healthy! Usually quitting sugar takes 3 days, 7 max. At first, no fruit and juice.
    • When you eat an excessive amount of sugar, it tricks your body into thinking you have low blood sugar because your insulin is high, so you continue craving carbs and sugar.
    • If you’re low in seratonin, you may have negative thoughts. Seratonin mood support supplement, 5htp, chromiam and ALA (craving control) help with insulin sentativity.
  • When you eat poorly, it affects your decisions. The quality of your thoughts/decisions improve when you eat right, exercise. Lacking motivitation really is caused by lifestlye.
    • Figure out what your motivation is. No one knows what sugar is doing to your body. You have to have motivation (is it your health, you children?)
    • Get a accountability buddy. Motivates you and keeps you on track.Sucess is better when you have support, etc.
  • Sweeteners: the more you indulge, the more you simulate desire for sweet treats
    • Stevia is ok (if you’re taking anti-diabetic/heart medications, be careful because it causes low blood sugar and low blood pressure)
    • Honey & maple syrup: 1-2 t is ok
    • No agave! Full of fructose, which is toxic to your liver.
    • Erithtitol (sugar alcohol)
  • Sleep and stress management: Important for quality of decisions.
    • To help sleep, darken room, no computer before bed, warm milk/bath, magnesium  gylcinate is soothing
  • Important to address issues as they come up-people generally suffer in silence instead of getting help.
  • Spend time planning ahead: Pick places that have a gym, that has a comfy bed, take food with you, plan a workout you can do in your room, go get groceries, make sure you have a fridge, etc.
    • I’m too busy not to do these things! If I don’t do these things, I don’t function well. You whole day will do better if you plan and do things that will make you feel good, so you can’t afford not to do these things.
    • If you can spend time planning a vacation, you can spend time planning for the most important thing-you body.
  • Positive attitude and thinking are great, but positive doing will make you feel amazing!
  • Acid/alkaline balance
    • Meet is acidic
    • Need to keep our blood in stable place-body will do what it has to stay in range. You have alk buffers that help, but when those buffers are used, your body starts to draw on your bones (causing osteoporosis)
    • Lots of veggies, little nuts, some high quality meat; no soda, acidic foods
  • Get Healthy with the Brain Doc’s Wife (tips for implementation), Eat Healthy with the Brain Doc’s Wife ->start with
  • Top 3 suggestions:
    • Budget: you can’t afford not to do this. Get rid of all the bad things-less doc bills, etc. Get a membership to a ‘club’ or find a local farmer to buy in bulk. Find someone to do this with you. Buy online, on sale.(like pea protein)
    • Love your brain and body.  Make your health an adventure. Learn how to cook new things. Research new things. It’s a paradigm shift-you gain so much more that you’re ‘losing’. The things you used to have were depriving you (of living a long life, etc.). Really think about what you’re doing. Nothing tastes as good as a clear head or a good night’s sleep. People have no idea how they can really feel. It’s an amazing feeling of empowerment-you can change so much from just a few changes  in your eating.
      • Decide not to be a victim-be a warrior. Instead of just taking everything as it comes, learn how to kick its butt! You don’t have to accept your fate-you can change! Be a warrior, not a worrier.
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