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Brain Matters: Easy Steps for Improving and Retaining Memory

July 16, 2014

We love science! Mimi recently edited an article for Marin Magazine (her day job) on the Science of Aging featuring the ground breaking research being done at the Buck Institute in Novato, California. In this two part series, writer Ann Wycoff breaks down some of the huge concepts into bite-sized pieces. As part of the research, Dr. Dale Bredesen, professor at the Buck has created these simple steps to take to prevent cognitive disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. Bring this to your next doctor’s appointment.

Some things to check for in routine blood tests:

1. Homocysteine. It is now recommended that we keep our homocysteine (one of the 20 amino acids related with eating meat) levels at 6 or below. Higher homocysteine is associated with more rapid loss of brain tissue with aging.

2. Inflammation. Your hs-CRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein) should be less than 1.0. Your A/G (albumin to globulin) ratio should be 1.8 or higher, ideally.  Here are some “I know already” steps to take to reduce inflammation.

3. Vitamin D. Check your optimal levels are now believed to be in the 50-80ng/ml range.

4. Hemoglobin A1c, which gives you an indication of your average glucose over the past 1-2 months and is better than a spot check of your glucose. It is helpful to know the hemoglobin A1c, the fasting insulin, and the fasting glucose, since these offer complementary information. Hemoglobin A1c should be less than 5.6%, fasting blood glucose should be less than 90 mg/dl, and fasting insulin should be less than 5 uIU/ml. These are critical for optimal cognitive function.

You could also try: Computational training for 45 minutes to one hour per day, 5 days per week, has been shown to improve mild cognitive impairment.

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New Moon – Time to Manifest!

September 14, 2012
Photo by Tim Porter

Been thinking it’s time to ___ or ____ .  Perhaps you want a little more ____ in your life.  Well many people believe that the New Moon is a magical time of beginnings. Hence, the ideal time to set new goals as well as refocus on existing ones. Hence if you’re feeling like you need a little magic in your life, fill in the above blanks and read on.

Bonnie Bruederer, photographed here holding one of her vision boards, has made a business out of helping people visualize their future.

Bruderer earned her ‘life coaching’ stripes working for the king of motivational speaking, Tony Robbins for over a decade and was so inspired by the changes she saw in her clients, she decided to branch out and create her own vision board company.

Making a vision board is SIMPLE – Bruderer suggests creating a soul sentence and then dividing your board into four quadrants; health, relationships, finance/career and time management.

We have borrowed, this easy to follow list from Stanford graduate, and popular energy worker, Susan Bird,  who teaches her clients the power of thought, as in “Thought Creates”

Here’s a short cut to what she has her client’s fill out during new moon rituals.

List three goals you have already realized..and take some time to meditate on this.




Prioritize your life (as in health, family, money, relationships) and create a list of your top three priorities in these areas. Write it out as a goal. (example: “I want to run 15 miles”)




Come up with five affirmations to support these priorities.. (Examples: “I love running in the morning before work”






This is a very short version of what her workshops offer, but just writing these goals (intentions) down and concentrating on them throughout the next few days will make a difference in your life. If you are interested in learning more about this topic email us at and we can pass along Susan’s contact information as well as the long version of this manifestation intention.

Happy New Moon!

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How to Get Your Meditate On!

July 16, 2012

Don’t we all want an excuse to ‘meditate’ on our hammocks? In the July 2012 issue of the journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, has given us the thumbs up! Taking a deeper look at the study, what we loved was beyond discussing the benefits of meditation (increased oxygen to the blood, reduced stress, anxiety, depression etc.) these researchers looked into how people liked to meditate. And, let’s face it – we do what we like doing – and we don’t do what we don’t like.

The researchers spoke with about 250 college students who all practiced one of four methods for about a week and at the end of six weeks ranked their personal preferences regarding meditation methods.

Researchers looked into these four methods:

Vipassana – Translated as “seeing deeply” this meditation dates back to the times of Gautama Buddha. You can start out by breath awareness and then advance to stages of being mindful of your perceptions and thoughts at any time, regardless of what you are doing.

Mantra - Think “Om” or choose a word or phrase of your own to repeat.

Zen - This practice typically asks you to silently focus on breathing and posture with eyes open in a quiet place and to dismiss any thoughts that pop into your head, essentially “thinking nothing.”  Good luck with this!

Qigong visualization – We love this one – because one aspect of this practice includes the Inner Smile, visualizing “smile-energy” penetrating your internal organs; or Moon on Lake, visualizing the moon’s reflection on a lake; and Holding Heaven in the Palm of Your Hand, imagining the energy of the galaxy in the palm of your hand. Another popular technique is imagining a beam of light running along the spine.

And the winner is … a significant number of participants chose Vipassana or Mantra meditation as their preferred techniques. Of course this doesn’t mean these are right for you -but they would be a good place to start. Looking for a way to get started, check out our post called Mediation Made EZ, which describes a 100 breath technique …  as in take 100 breaths and you’re done. E-Z!

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EZ solutions for a toxic friendship

September 2, 2011
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We’ve all got those friends who you love being with … most of the time. However, every once in awhile their narcissistic, flakey, or critical behavior starts to affect how you feel about yourself.  Not good!

The Friendship Doctor, aka Irene Levine, psychiatrist and author of “Best Friends Forever: Surviving A Break-Up With Your Best Friend” and creator of The Friendship Blog. wrote a recent post on the very topic of toxic friendships – and provides some simple solutions.

And don’t worry – you’re not alone. In a survey conducted by The Today Show and Self Magazine, 84 percent of women and 75 percent of men admitted to having a toxic friendship.


Need help dealing with a toxic pal? Try these tips from Irene Levine:

  • Self-absorbed sidekicks: Change the conversation from him/her to you (which won’t be easy). Change the subject and/or explicitly tell your narcissistic friend that you need and deserve their attention.
  • Chronic downers:  Set firm boundaries and tell him/her your limits (and enforce them!). Also encourage them to befriend other people — as in, spread the misery over more friends.
  • Overly critical chums: Have confidence in your own values and opinions. Also realize you may need to agree to disagree or else your relationship will be filled with contention.
  • Underminers: Recognize that this person is probably a “frenemy” and exercise caution, i.e., watch your back. Also, if the undermining is excessive and leaves you feeling badly about yourself, you may need to back away from the friendship.
  • Unreliable flakes: You may need to remind them of their commitments. Also remember, if someone is consistently unreliable, why would you ever rely on them?

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Have a great labor day weekend ladies!