Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Hello everyone

Have you ever thought of how much power your Brain/mind has?

Do you know how it works?

This past week I have been reading the book "Change Your Brain Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen, MD. Check out this video).

While only reading the first few chapters I have learned the power of your brain and how food/drink effect your brain.

I think we have all heard the saying Drugs with Kill brain cells. Well in this book is shows and talks about how Alcohol,Coffee,tea, and pops all do the same thing. It actually eats away at the brain. I was shocked to read that. Then it made a lot of sense. Since drinking coffee every morning I have noticed my mental focus slide and my attention to details not working well, Could the Coffee, Tea and the Alchohol be effecting my brain in that way.

While reading on to fat in the body I learned about how to much fat in our body also eats away at the brain as well. It talked in great detail about Leptin and how when you eat to much over time the leptin in your brain which tells your stumic that you are full stops working, which makes sense to why I will over eat sometimes. Google the word Leptin and also www.max.com and look up WLX which is something I have been using the help reprogram the leptin in your body as well as the Hormones.

He also talked in great detail about how most people today especially overweight people do not get enough Vitamin D. My Natural Path was telling me that just recently as well, so we started taking D drops on days where I am not in the sun so much. She told me that the best time to be in the sun is Midday when your shadow is smaller than you is when you body will produce Vitamin D with the help of the sun. When you think about that, that time of day is when most of us are in an office or our kids are in school.

Another very interesting study they found is in how the brain works with Technology and being over simulated with it. He talked about how Men in Particular are having so much personal issues is that they are to busy with all the Technology, the games, email, social media, videos. Cell phone and Ipad. He talked about how they get a lot of personal excitement and attention to that, that they forget about the simpler things, especially if you are married or in a relationship. They are starting to see some of the same in women as well.

Some recommendations he suggested were:

1. Protect your brain: Feed it good info and food.
2. Eat a good Diet
3. Take daily Vitamins, Minerals, and fish oil. (Good quality) (we know some great ones)
4. Exercise: Great for Blood flow to the brain, Improves Oxygen to the brain.
5.Get enough sleep: at least 7 hours
6. Meditate.
7. Relax
8. Practice Gratitude.
9. Have more sex.
10. Balance your hormones.

I will continue to blog on what I learn from this great book. It is differently worth picking up and reading.

Have a great week

Love always
Julie Elliott


  1. Hey Julie. I like your new blog design. Cool stuff. Thanks for being so opened and honest about your journey. I like what he says about the technology being a stimulant, it goes way deeper than that and is actually very addictive to some people and especially autistic children.

    If you are interested I can send you an audio from Sherill Sellman where she talks about EMF poisoning and hormones in women. It is very interesting stuff.

    Best of luck to you. I know you can change those nasty little pathways you have created in your brain. Your actions everyday create new neuropathways and new habits, you just can't give up.

  2. Thank you Nicole. I would love to the link from Sherill Sellman.

    I love learning about all this stuff. I agree it can be very addictive, I find myself doing it sometimes as well. I can be on facebook and a few hours will go by. I am more disciplined with it know.

  3. Hi Julie,

    Thanks for sharing this info & concur with most of the items you mentioned, about making sure you eat good, healthy foods & get the right amounts of vitamins each day. Exercise is not an easy thing for me to want to do, yet I know I feel better, and think better when I am working out just about every day. I look forward to reading future posts from you as you journey through your book :-)


  4. Hi Julie,
    I love the new look of your blog! I think it's attractive! This book sounds interesting. I really enjoy how you are exploring and discovering new tidbits of information to apply to your life. The journey is always amazing.. thank you for sharing it.. I may have to get this book!

  5. This is a rocking site Julie. Love the graphics! I am not familiar with this book, but you have definitely piqued my interest. It sounds like a lot of great information. I was just over on Ed's blog and I loved something you said on the video - "On the other side of your fears lies freedom." Great stuff! Thanks for sharing. BTW, you are doing great!

    Debbie Stevens

  6. Hi Julie, Great site and post. I agree with everything here and also am reading a book called "Spark" by John Ratey which connects the brain to exercise. Thanks

  7. Thank you Christine. I understand about the exercise thing. Sometimes I get so busy I forget to get it in. I am finding if I get it done first thing in the morning there is not excuse. Have a great weekend.

  8. Hello Lesly, Thank you for the great feedback on my page. Blogger is getting new stuff to play around with. I love learning new things especially when they help me move past my challenges and my fears. Have a great weekend.

  9. Hello Debbie, great to hear from you. Thank you... The book is really worth the read. I have stopped drinking coffee or even taking any Alcohol since I started reading this book. There is so much great information and great ideas on how to improve your brain health. Really makes you think. Have a great weekend.

  10. Hello Bill, I will have to look in the book Spark, sounds interesting. I love anything to do with exercise. Have a great weekend.

  11. Hey Sweetie,

    Thanks for sharing some of the things you are learning from the book. I find it very fascinating how the human body and brain work. The power of our thoughts are very important in determining our future and a healthy brain will improve them for sure.

    Love you.

  12. Hi Julie

    I love The Brain My self is reading a book 'before the Secret and Wow i think i am going to start blogging on that also.

    If people just know what we sit with and never use it.

    Great Blog


  13. Loving this blog Julie!

    Keep the great content coming!

    Aidan :)

  14. Hi Julie, I was happy to read this and get confirmation for things I had already decided to implement. I have been taking vit D3 drops all winter..was a dark winter. And I stopped sodas, coffee, alcohol and other stimulants. There was an adjustment period, but without all that artificial tweaking, now I know when I am tired and need to rest, and I can monitor my energy levels accurately. Good post!

  15. Hi Julie,
    We have to educate ourselves on how to protect our health from SAD...Standard America Diet. I am from Duluth, living in Romania now for a year, and most of my health issues just vanished, and I dropped my extra weight with no thought. It's a dilemma we Americans are trapped in...a toxic and harmful way of eating. Keep up the good work!
    Carolyn from TSA