Believe it or not, positive thinking — and its rewards — can be learned. You can change from being a “glass is half empty” person to one who sees that glass as half full. In order to do this, one of your first tasks is to identify any ANTs (automatic negative thoughts) — the tendency to put the worst spin on what happens to you. Example: you automatically blame yourself when something goes wrong: A friend cancels a plan to meet for dinner because she doesn’t feel well, but you suspect the real reason is because of something you did or said.
Football season is upon us and you know what that means? Getting ready for your spouse to ignore you like him noticing those new earrings you bought. Besides that, this also signals the return of Monday Night Football (MNF). So you know while MNF is on, he will want some game-time munchies. But this doesn’t mean you have to feed him buttery popcorn, beer and salty pretzels. You might as well just sit back and watch his waistline expand with that meal plan. The Calorie Control Council estimates that the average football fan will put away 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat from snacks alone. To prevent your partner from eating non-nutritious foods, feed him like a wild gorilla.
Labor Day has come and gone and most kids are back in school. We’re already inundated with questions from parents asking what to do about homework battles. This used to be a major stressor for me until a mentor told me something profound… ”It’s not your homework. It’s your child’s homework! Let her worry about it, or let her pay the consequences if she chooses not to do it.” Of course there are a couple of caveats to this approach: 1. You must be sure to create a positive learning environment, and 2. This only works in the case of children with optimized brains. If your child needs psychiatric or psychological help, it’s necessary to get help before setting them up for failure.
Yes, there are foods that can change the brain in remarkable ways. Taking the dietary approach to dealing with ADD may mean making some major changes in your diet. You will have to replace some of those comfort foods you turn to when you’re stressed or rushed — you know the ones I mean: the sweets, the greasy chips and other grab-and-go food you know isn’t good for you. But that doesn’t mean your diet has to be bland and boring. Far from it! I’m going to introduce you to a brain-healthy diet that will taste every bit as good — make that much, much better! — as the foods that got you, or your kids, into trouble.