Notes from a Former Vegetarian

Brainpower Summit – Rod Roddenbury

Rod Roddenberry

Producer, Son of Star Trek Creator
Superpower: Star Trek/Imagination

Star Trek changed the world’s cultural landscape, from healthcare and transportation to innovation and technology. Join philanthropist/producer Rod Roddenberry as he shares insights into his father’s process for turning ideas and imagination into reality. Become a superhero catalyst in the creation of a world where humanity works together for the greater good.


Superpower of Imagination-Taking your thoughts and turning them into reality

  • Research all points and be able to see every situation from every point of view
    • Come at things with an open mind, be comfortable with your fear and be able to discuss things that make you afraid
    • Genius comes from perspective-if you know everything, you can’t learn anything. You don’t have to agree with it, but be open to it.
    • Acceptance-tolerance is the wrong way to look at differences. If you can accept them and that they have a legitimate point of view, that’s much better than tolerating them. Respect others!
  • Ask others what their point of view is on a topic you’re not comfortable with and listen to them.Be able to incorporate their POV into your thinking and decision making.
  • You grow when you don’t try to squash something from fear, but try to understand it.
  • A lot of people have the fear of making mistakes, so they don’t do anything and they don’t learn and grow. You have to be able to forgive yourself and move on, keep doing.
  • Travel is the best way to broaden horizons and understand others.
  • Risk-do something that scares you everyday
  • Try to look at things objectively and not get emotional when discussing uncomfortable-everyone has the right to emotions, and most people react to them. The key is not to react, but to take action. Be calm and open when discussing things.

Brainpower Summit – Jim Kwik

Jim Kwik

CEO Kwik Learning, Founder SuperheroYou
Superpower: Accelerated Learning

Learning/Memory Expert Jim Kwik is co-founder & executive trainer of Kwik Learning, specializing in teaching top professionals & organizations to achieve greater success through rapid learning.


  • No such thing as a good/bad memory, but a trained/untrained memory
  • How to remember names
    • Remember MOM:
      • M: Motivation. How greatly go you want to remember that person’s name, where you put the keys, or what you’re studying? Why do you want to remember someone’s name? Reasons precede results. Things go from your head, to your heart, to your hands. What do I need to think or do to make it important?
      • O: Observation. There’s a difference between looking/hearing something and seeing/hearing it. Your self talk is getting in your way (what am I going to say, who is this person, etc)
        • LISTEN: also spells silence, best thing you can do to observe
      • M: Mechanic.
    • Be Suave. Believe (check your negative self thoughts-if you tell yourself you’re not good with names, you won’t because you will have programmed that in your brain). Exercise (practice makes permanent). Say it (say their name, ‘hi sue, nice to meet you’.). Use it (in conversation, 3-4x). Ask (ask about their name , how do you spell, are you related to…, where’s it from?, what does it mean?, who are you named after?). Visualize (what I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand-if someone’s name is mike, think of someone singing with a microphone, etc-> What can you picture that relates to them?). End (say goodbye with their name).
  • What you can measure, you can manage.
  • Qualities of memory:
    • Recentcy and primacy. You remember what’s recent, what’s first, and what’s last. If you take more breaks,  there’s more beginning and more end to remember.
    • Familiarity
    • Make a picture in your head-visual
    • Repetition
    • Things that are organized, depending on organizational structure
    • Association

Brainpower Summit – Ned Hallowell

Ned Hallowell

Leading ADD/ADHD Expert
Superpower: Focus

Child and adult psychiatrist, a NY Times bestselling author, and leading authority in the field of ADHD. Harvard Medical School faculty member.

  • How do you identify people with ADD?
    • Entrepreneurial, thinking outside the box, hyper focus, when the subject is boring they drift, hungry for focus, curious, creative, independent minded, find their own way of doing things, find a better way of doing things, generous, giving, big hearted, sensitive, tenacious, never give up
    • Inconsistent focus: trouble following through on things, trouble focusing on details, trouble filling in forms
    • Tremendous potential but often underachieve. Often blame themselves, think they need more discipline or try harder. Begin to feel bad about themselves.
    • 85% of adults who have ADD don’t know it
    • Calls ADD a ‘race car brain’ by bicycle breaks
  • What can you do:
    • Prep:
      • Get enough sleep
      • Exercise
      • Eat well (healthy whole foods, 3 meals a day)
      • Meditation & yoga
      • Regular doses of positive human contact
      • Pace yourself

Brainpower Summit – Tana Amen

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.

Brainpower Summit – Dr. Rudi Tanzi

Dr. Rudi Tanzi

Leading Alzheimer’s Researcher/Expert
Superpower: Super Brain

Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.


  • Senior moments mean that you’re stuck in one brain section ->  You don’t forget, it’s that you didn’t learn it. When a thought comes into your brain and you don’t learn it, you can’t remember it because it was never there.
  • Memory is connected to emotion
  • Try to remember to be passionate about what’s around you-be more mindful, listen to your thoughts, pay attention to your feelings, pay attention to sensations…be in the moment!
  • To get brain to age in the best way: Care about what’s going on in your brain, pay attention
    • Intellectual simulation: Making new synapses. Everything new that you’ve learned reinforces what you’ve already learned.
    • Emotional brain (tied to short term memory): Social interaction. Alz is associated with loneliness. It’s happiest when you feel needed, loved, and appreciated.
  • We have the ability to create our own reality. W have the choice of how we want to respond to the world. Remember: I’m ok right now. There is only now, and if you’re ok now, then you can create how you’ll react to things you’re stressed about, etc.
  • Lifestyle is key in your disposition to disease.
  • Mind over brain -> the more you tell your brain what your intentions are, the more your brain will rewire to get what you want. You have to tell your brain what you want, and your brain will physically change.
  • Wake up everyday feeling mindful-what am I thinking and feeling?
  • The more you do these things, the more you’re not a passive observer. You’re not controlling it, but being open and mindful of what you’re brain is trying to tell you. You have free will- you’re not just an observer of those thoughts. Use the information you receive to rewire your brain to create your own reality. You are responsible for your thoughts. When you take responsibility, you have great power.
  • David Snowden study on nuns and longevity
  • Longevity: Diet and exercise are key
  • Super brain: You look forward because you evolve as you get older
    • To evolve, you have to keep things fresh. Be adaptable. Be malleable. Break out of habits. Habits make the brain decay-habits come out of fear and laziness. You need challenges and thrive on new activities.
    • You have to be mindful and actively choose this lifestyle every day. You have to use the emotional brain as well as your intellectual brain.
    • When you’re more adaptable, you are more confident and happy. You look for compromise and learn that by reacting with others, you can be more synergistic with others.
    • You don’t get just stuck on one thing when you’re loose-you can physically change your neruo network.
  • Your brain is not hardwired. It takes choice of what you want your reality. The brain is a victim of persistence. You can wire your brain with what you want to be and what you want to achieve.
  • How do you rewire your brain?
    •  Keep present. Keep track of feelings and thoughts that come through your head. Ask yourself, how do you feel? Constantly. Keep flexible. You have to know what’s happening in order to change your reality.
  • Mantra: I will be alert. I will be awake. I will be present. I’m ok right now and there’s only right now.
  • Be aware of what your brain is telling you-your emotional brain might overpower your intellectual brain (saying what you’re eating isn’t good for you. Etc.)
  • Eat slowly-junk food manufacturers are aware of a munch rhythm. Your emotional brain gives you pleasure when you keep eating before you’re done  chewing. When you eat slowly, you give your brain time to catch up and ghrelin can tell you when you’re satiated.

Brainpower Summit – Michael Gelb

The Brainpower Summit was an amazing event. I really enjoyed each presenter and learned a lot. I’m posting my notes from each event. Hopefully they’re coherent enough so you can take away the message, but I’d be happy to talk more if they don’t make sense!

I’ll start with Michael Gelb’s presentation. His superpower: Thinking like Di Vinci. Best Selling Author of famed “How to Think Like Leonard Da Vinci” shares the secrets behind one of history’s greatest geniuses and the exact steps to apply genius in your work, home and everywhere else.

  • When you’re feeling stuck…
    • Change your physical location-get up, move, move locations, breathe, talk a walk, dance->get out of physical modality
    • Find a way to help someone else ->frees you from getting caught in your negative thoughts
    • Then, come back to you challenge and start anywhere
  • Quit while you’re ahead-stop when you’re at a good point to create a positive association-give s you a good thought pattern about learning and makes you want to do it more
  • What do you do when someone thinks they know everything, are worried what people think…What if they don’t want to learn something new?
    • 15 min a day of learning something challenging can strengthen brain
      • The worse you are at it and the more embarrassing and awkward you are at it, the better it is for your brain and is the most valuable thing you can do to recruit new parts of your brain
  • 7 principles
    • Curiosity
      • Keep a notebook or journal-record your own ideas, creative doodles, non-linear format ->record your best thinking and pay attention to it
      • Listen to your gut ->do what feels right, take alone time and pay attention to your intuition
    • Demonstration
      • Think for yourself, be an original thinker, develop things based on yourself and your experience, learn to discipline yourself and think critically by considering several perspectives, looks for info and opinions that are different than your own, challenge your own ideas and listen with an open mind, consider the opposite of what you believe
      • Collaborative learning-listen and integrate all points of view when making decisions
      • Consider different perspectives as a discipline
    • Sharpen your senses
      • Be aware of beauty and make it part of your day
      • Surround yourself with whatever you consider to be the highest form of beauty
      • Helps deepen your sense of soul , creativity, sensitivity, and appreciation
      • Tip: Do comparative appreciation exercises. Get 3 bars of chocolate take time to appreciate aroma of each one, describe it and listen to others describe, take a bite, describe…sinks into your soul more when you compare it
        • Ask: What are your impressions? What do you notice?
    • Embrace the unknown
      • If you’re coming up with something new, you’re not going to be in the familiar
      • Confusion endurance-be ok with confusion
      • Helps sensitivity to know what its like not to know something-helps teach
      • Distinguish those that have definite answers, and those that don’t
    • Balance art, science, logic, and imagination
      • Use both sides of cerebral cortex
      • Learn mind mapping
        • Generate more ideas in less time
        • Access other connections you might’ve not been able to make
        • Trains you to think in a big picture way, in systems
    • Balance the body and the mind
      • Balance your life choices to optimize wellness
      • Eat well, exercise
    • Everything connects to everything else
      • Become a systems thinker
      • Sleeping on a problem is important- spend time making decisions, then step away (the incubation phase)
        • Ah-ha moments are often realized when you’re relaxed
  • Greatest superpower: Unconditional love for all creation, including oneself
    • Surrounds us, is it us, remember true nature of ourselves and other human beings

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