Tension Is the Enemy of a Singer, Part 1: Jaw Tension

Originally published on Backstage.com on By Arden Kaywin

Tension Is the Enemy of a Singer, Part 1 Jaw Tension

One very important concept for any singer to remember is that your body is your instrument, not your vocal cords. Anything that negatively impacts the open flow of energy and sound through your body will negatively effect the quality of your singing. Chief among these is physical tension. Tension is the enemy of the singer because it blocks the free flow of energy, breath, and sound throughout the body, necessary for communication.

When a new singer comes to work with me, one of the very first things I do is to help them become aware of any physical tensions they have that are getting in the way of their most efficient production of sound. Mother Nature gave humans an incredibly efficient mechanism for producing sound, but singers often do not trust it. Instead, they develop habits which they believe help control their

create all sorts of tensions that negatively impact the sound they are trying to improve.

The most common tensions I see singers dealing with are jaw tension, neck tension and tongue tension. In my next three articles, I will explore each of these tensions, how and why they creep in, and I’ll give you some simple tips and exercises you can do to release them. Let’s start with jaw tension.

If you have trouble with your higher register, one of the culprits might be that you are trying to grab and control the notes with your jaw. If the jaw is not free, then your ability to stretch your soft palate is compromised, as soft palate stretch is necessary to access your upper register successfully. The more locked and controlling your jaw is, the less you can expand into your soft palate for those higher notes. We need to have a free and fluid jaw while singing. Most singers do not even realize they have been locking or holding, because they have never felt it any other way. Here is an exercise to access more freedom in the jaw and let go of tension.

Find a soft, easy smile and let the jaw hang in that smile. Remember that when we talk about the jaw, we’re really just talking about the two hinges on either side of your head in front of your ears (don’t mistake the jaw for the chin). From this easy smile, allow the jaw hinges to soften and open. The feeling will be one of the jaw hanging down and back as you smile. Do not hold your jaw in this position; it should feel free and softly hanging. Keep the energy of the easy smile by feeling your ears widening away from each other. Then, alternate between chanting “ya-ya-ya” and “la-la-la” on a single pitch as you go down a five-note scale. You want the tongue to be doing the work of moving to change the vowels and consonants, not the jaw. We need the tongue and jaw to be able to move independently of one another. If you find your jaw locking, closing, or moving up and down in tandem with the tongue as you change consonants, then close your mouth, swallow, take a nose breath into a smile, feel your ears widening, then let the jaw drop again and resume. Doing this exercise in front of a mirror can be helpful as well.

Arden Kaywin

Arden Kaywin is voice teacher, vocal coach, and vocal producer in Los Angeles with over 10 years experience working with developing singers and nearly 20 years as a professional singer herself. She holds a master’s degree in music and vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, where she studied classical voice and opera.

Try Cilantro Pesto for Bliss

What is Cilantro Pesto?

Cilantro Pesto is Pesto made with Cilantro instead of the traditional basil. Here is a recipe if you want to try a great vegan pesto made with basil.

Save Money to using Cilantro instead of Basil

One day I wanted to make pesto but the basil was just so expensive and it was in plastic so I decided to try it with cilantro instead and boy am I glad I did. Cilantro has many health benefits. It detoxifies heavy metals and so I’m eating as much cilantro as I can.

Another thing I learned too is you can substitute other nuts in the pesto as well. Say you don’t have pine nuts, you can use cashews or hemp seeds. It’s quite forgiving. Recently I started not following a recipe and so far so good. Once you have the basic recipe down you can swap out different nuts and different trees to get a different taste. I made one with spinach and cilantro that turned out very good.

My friend Farrah who is an excellent chef and blogger gave me the idea about the spinach and cilantro and then we made a lasagna with vegan mozzarella that was so good. I made some for a friend after that and let’s just say I think I have a friend for life.

Recipe Cilantro Pesto

  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh cilantro ( I used a whole bunch with stems
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pine nuts ( I substituted cashews and hemp seeds)
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic (I use 4 but I love garlic. Pile it on it’s good for you)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper for taste and 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

The directions are so easy. Put all ingredients in a blender, slowly work it up to high and then it will puree. I have a vitamix which works really well

Wasn’t that easy?

The hardest part is going to the store and buying everything and then washing everything to make the pesto. But now you can put it on pasta or any grain is really delicious. Freshly made Quinoa, rice or you can make a lasagna out of it. You can also use it instead of mayo on a sandwich. The possibilities are endless.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. And it’s hella healthy for you!!

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach in Northern California. She encourages everyone to follow their passions and dreams. More than anything find the joy out of life. Half the battle is finding your joy. Once you find it, do it often and fight for your right to experience joy. Valerie’s hobbies include:singing and dancing, hiking with her dog and eating healthy food.
Rebounding is great exercise. Here Valerie is jumping to her favorite old school jams.

Vegan Chocolate Cake (Vegan Desserts)

Originally published on cookingjourneyblog.com on Last Updated on April 13, 2019 By Cooking Journeyer Alina and Dmitry

Vegan Chocolate Cake Vegan Desserts

Vegan chocolate cake is just perfect for Birthday, Easter or Christmas celebration. It is indulgent, moist and delicious. A beautiful treat for chocolate lover!

This is one of the best vegan chocolate cake recipe and it is so easy that you will absolutely love it! It has layers of moist chocolate sponge, chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries.

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Moreover, it is a healthier version of vegan chocolate cake, because I used less sugar and more spice and vanilla for flavor. One of the best vegan desserts to have!

Simple vegan cake. But so heavenly good that you need to pin this recipe!

Chocolate cake and strawberries in vegan desserts

I think it is an ideal flavor and color combination, isn’t it? Chocolate is so dominant in this cake, it needs something refreshing. So when you bite – you get chocolate, then strawberry, chocolate then strawberry…

This chocolate cake is to die for! It is like chocolate covered strawberries on the opposite..more like strawberry covered chocolate, haha.

You can use other seasonal berries for chocolate cake such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries etc. I don’t recommend using jams or preserves for layers, as they will not give needed freshness. If you can’t find fresh berries, you can use defrosted and well drained packed produce.

How to make vegan chocolate cake
Dry ingredients:

To make this chocolate cake you will need all-purpose flour, cacao powder, vegan chai powder, Muscovado sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Yes, I used cacao, not cocoa powder.

Vegan chai is optional, it is used to add more spicy flavor to the chocolate. And there are so many options of adding chai in vegan desserts!

It is usually a combination of ground spices cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, pepper, black tea and sugar (or substitutes). I used store bought vegan chai latte (refined sugar-free), but if you can’t find it, you can make your own. Combine 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp of icing sugar (or substitute), 1 tsp of each: ground tea, sugar and other spices that I mentioned. Add just a pinch of ground pepper, salt and cloves. Mix everything with cacao. Make sure the total weight of spice and cacao is 165 grams. If less than that, add more cacao. And yes, to be more precise, it is better to use scales!

Muscovado or khandsari sugar is a dark brown sugar with a strong molasses content and flavor. To my mind, it gives the depth and umami flavor during the baking process. It is partially refined cane sugar that is a little bit healthier than regular sugar, because of higher content of minerals. If you can’t find Muscovado, you can use good quality brown sugar.

It is very important to sieve all dry ingredients twice (except the sugar). It will help you to get rid of any lumps or big pieces of spice. The batter will be smoother, too.

Wet ingredients:

You will need 675 ml of vegan milk of your choice. I used low-calorie coconut-rice milk, because I love the combination of coconut, chocolate and strawberries. You can also use coconut or almond milk for this vegan chocolate cake recipe.

I used a combination of melted and cooled coconut oil and sunflower oil. For more flavor, I added vanilla extract and to make soda “work” – a little bit of grape vinegar.

Combine all the wet ingredients in big bowl, then sieve in dry ingredients, mixing in batches. Finally add sugar and mix just until combined.

You don’t need any electric mixer, just use a hand whisk.

Divide the batter in 3 pans or use 3 parts to bake vegan sponges in batches.

By the way, this batter has no eggs, so you can safely taste it before baking! Delicious? Let’s bake it!

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How to bake vegan chocolate cake

To bake chocolate sponges, layer the baking paper in a pan (I used 8 inch 20 cm spring form pan). Pour 1/3 of batter and bake this cake for 20-25 minutes in oven, preheated to 325 F / 160 C. It should be ready, when inserted wooden skewer comes out with few crumbs on it. Let the chocolate cake cool a little, then run the knife around the edges. And let it cool completely at room temperature on a wire rack.

It is ok if the sponges are slightly cracked in the center. Chocolate sponges will be a little bit oily if you touch them, but it means they are super moist and tasty. I think this could be a great base for other vegan desserts, such as trifle.

You can also make this easy vegan chocolate cake a bit smaller -with two sponges and one layer of strawberries and ganache. Just calculate 2/3 of the recipe for sponges and ganache.

When all the chocolate sponges are baked and cooled, you can start assembling the cake.

How to make vegan chocolate ganache

Melt vegan dark chocolate with coconut-rice milk on a Bain-Marie or water bath. Just roughly chop 270 g of chocolate (or use vegan chocolate chips) and place it in a heat-proof bowl. Add 150 ml of vegan milk (0,6 cup). Place a small pot with a little bit of water on a small heat. Put a bowl with chocolate and milk on top, make sure the bottom doesn’t touch the water. Melt the chocolate, mixing with a spatula.

You can microwave milk with chocolate for 20 seconds 3 times, mixing with a spatula just until melted.

Set aside chocolate ganache to cool for 30-40 minutes, but don’t refrigerate. It will thicken, and it will be easier to spread on the vegan cake.

Save this easy vegan chocolate frosting recipe for your favorite vegan desserts.

Assembling

This is always a fun part! Carefully remove the baking paper from the chocolate sponge and place it on the cake stand or serving plate. Spread 1/3 of chocolate ganache on top. Cut strawberries and place them around the cake in one layer.

Repeat with another sponge and layer of ganache and strawberries. Put the 3rd chocolate sponge on top. Spread the ganache and let some of it drop around the edges. Make sure your cake is even from different corners. If not, you can insert more pieces of strawberries between the layers.

How to decorate chocolate cake

I’ve made simple raw decoration, using fresh strawberries. Moreover, I’ve added baby arugula leaves. They have savory peppery taste that I love in combination with sweet strawberries and chocolate. But green leaves are more for decoration than taste, so if you can definitely use some fresh mint or lemon balm leaves!

I also sprinkled some dried strawberries on top (and in between the layers, too). It is optional, but it gives more concentrated strawberry flavor and lovely color.

By the way, if you decide to make this cake for Easter, you can top it with colorful chocolate eggs!

How long does vegan chocolate cake last

Consume this chocolate cake for 5 days. You can eat every morning a piece of vegan cake. Just kidding. But it is really filling and energizing. Who doesn’t want to start the day with a healthier chocolate cake?

I’m sure you can also keep it in freezer for a month. However, I’m not sure about the texture of the cake after defrosting. Let me know, if you decide to freeze it!

Hope you will enjoy this easy vegan chocolate cake recipe! This is definitely one of the best chocolate cakes (and vegan desserts) to try. Moist, delicious and indulgent dessert.

Please share this chocolate cake with your vegan friends!

Vegan chocolate cake is just perfect for any Birthday, Easter or Christmas celebration. It is indulgent, moist and delicious. A beautiful treat for chocolate lover!

Author: Cooking Journey
Ingredients
For 3 vegan chocolate sponges:

415 g flour all-purpose
110 g cacao powder
50 g chai latte vegan
2, 5 tsp baking soda
1, 5 tsp baking powder
150 g Muscovado sugar
675 ml coconut-rice milk
240 g coconut oil melted
170 g sunflower oil
3 tsp vanilla extract
2,5 tsp grape vinegar

Vegan chocolate ganache:

270 g vegan dark chocolate
150 ml coconut milk
1 tsp coconut oil

For decoration:

500 g fresh strawberries
1 tbsp dried strawberry pieced optional
1 tbsp leaves mint, arugula or lemon balm

Instructions
Chocolate sponges:

Preheat oven to 325 F / 160 C. Layer 3 cake pans with parchment paper*
Sift flour, cacao, baking powder, soda and chai in a small bowl. Mix together.
In a big bowl add milk, oils, vanilla and vinegar. Whisk until combined. Sift in mixed dried ingredients in 2-3 batches. Combine well.
Add sugar and mix until combined.
Divide batter in three. Distribute batter to the prepared baking pans.
Bake each sponge for 20-25 minutes until inserted wooden skewer comes out with few crumbs on it.
Let the chocolate cake cool a little, then run the knife around the edges. And let it cool completely at room temperature on a wire rack.

Chocolate ganache:

Prepare Bain- Marie or water bath. Place a small pot with a little bit of water on a small heat.
Roughly chop dark chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl. Add vegan milk. Put a bowl with chocolate and milk on top of small pot with simmering water. Make sure the bottom doesn’t touch the water. Melt the chocolate, mixing with a spatula.
You can microwave milk with chocolate for 20 seconds 3 times, mixing with a spatula just until melted.
Let the chocolate ganache cool for 30-40 minutes, but don’t refrigerate.

Assembling

Carefully remove the baking paper from the chocolate sponge and place it on the cake stand or serving plate. Spread 1/3 of chocolate ganache on top. Cut strawberries and place them around the cake in one layer.
Repeat with another sponge and layer of ganache and strawberries. Put the 3rd chocolate sponge on top.
Spread the ganache and let some of it drop around the edges. Make sure your cake is even from different corners. If not, you can insert more pieces of strawberries between the layers.
Decorate with fresh strawberries, micro leaves and sprinkle dried strawberries.

I Love You When

I just want you to know how awesome you are!!

I love you when you first wake up in the morning and you are so happy to see me. With your beautiful shiny eyes.

I Love you when you stretch your body in the most imaginative ways. Your body is a magnificent creation and I’m glad you take care of it so well.

I love you even when you haven’t brushed your teeth.

I love you when you are relaxing and you just look so cozy and comfy that I just want to come over there and snuggle with you.

I love you when you eat and you get a little bit sad after your last bite.

I love you when you read a book even though you’re struggling to finish 1 page. You just keep going over it again and again until it finally sinks in.

I love you when you are really sleepy but you just don’t want to shut it off because you are having a nice time.

I love you when you’re having fun.

I love you when you are sad.

I love you when you had surgery and I took care of you afterwards.

I love you when I make sure you have water and the things you need to be comfortable.

I love you do a hard job even though you really don’t feel like it.

I love you when you get rid of the junk that’s just a real drag.

I love you when you transmute the anger energy into divine love.

I love you because you have asked the hard questions and gotten the answers you deserve.

I love you most of all when you are having fun and not getting caught up in other people’s nonsense. Just really feeling good because that’s the only thing that really matters anymore.


Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach in Northern California. She encourages people to live a healthy lifestyle and pursue their dreams. She’s sharing her passion with the world and hopes that everyone can find their passion.

Grandma B’s Cucumber Salad

Originally Published on Sweetlittlebluebird.com By Mary Neumann
Grandma B’s Cucumber Salad

Today I am sharing another childhood favorite, a summer tradition at my grandparents’ for each and every barbecue – Cucumber Salad! Crisp summer cucumbers and onions thinly sliced, marinated in a simple yummy vinegar, sugar and water dressing. A summertime favorite side dish.

Cucumber Salad – A traditional, old-school classic recipe. Refreshing, cool and crisp, perfect on hot summer days. This is the perfect side dish for any family gathering, picnic, BBQ or potluck – even better, it’s budget friendly! 

Every time my grandpa grilled steaks, burgers or hot dogs in the summer, this was always one of the side dishes. My great-grandma, (Grandma B), loved this salad, hence the name.

Over the years I have changed the recipe a smidgen, adding tomatoes and dill for another layer of flavor. I also like mixing in a little red onion along with a white or Vidalia onion.

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Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best ones. This salad allows the garden fresh cucumbers and onions (and tomatoes) to shine.
I love lots and lots of dill in the salad (optional). Fresh dill weed is best, but dry dill weed works well too.

 

Ingredients
  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin (use your favorite onion – Vidalia is great, sweet onion or white). I like to mix in a little red onion for color, I also love the taste.
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar (use less or more to your liking)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional

  • toss in fresh tomatoes (use your favorite – cherry, plum, fresh from the garden)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried dill or 3 teaspoons fresh dill weed
  • English cucumbers are great for this salad
Directions
Place sliced cucumbers and onions (tomatoes if you are using them) in a medium size bowl.
In a separate medium size bowl (or large 4 cup measuring cup), mix vinegar, water and sugar until sugar is dissolved.  Pour over veggies. If adding dill, toss in dill and mix well. Cover and place in fridge for two to three hours before serving.  Serve chilled. Salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

 

 

meet-maryAbout Me

 

Hi, I’m Mary, the face behind the food blog Sweet Little Bluebird. I am married to a great guy from Northern California and we have two sweet girls. On my blog you will find my favorite recipes along with tried and trues from cherished cookbooks and admired sites and magazines. Each Friday, stop by for the Weekend Potluck party, a place where top food bloggers come to link up their best recipes.

 

The Answer For Plastic

This is the solution for all the trash that is filling up our oceans, landfills and the fact that nobody wants to take it anymore. This Company out of Oregon is really tackling this problem head on. They can break down the plastic to a molecular level. So it doesn’t matter if it’s oily, greasy, has veggies on it, it will break it down.

Ajilax is the Corporation doing this

Agilyx is really tackling the huge plastic problem. I think we need these in every city in the USA. So just wanted to let you know there is a solution but people have to try to see about collaboration and see if you can get one of these in your hood.

Is this a good idea?

Homemade Sleep Lotion To Induce A Restful Slumber

Originally published on Naturallivingideas.com on March 21, 2019 By Jamie Larrison

Homemade Sleep Lotion To Induce A Restful Slumber

Sleep can be hard to come by for some of us. With about 9 million Americans popping pills for better sleep at night, insomnia has become a major issue. And that’s not including the millions of Americans who have difficulty sleeping and aren’t taking sleeping pills. This sleepy time lotion though uses a relaxing blend of essential oils and magnesium to calm the mind and promote restful sleep.

Magnesium for Better Sleep

Magnesium is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including nerve transmission and function. Without adequate levels of this mineral, insomnia or general restlessness can often result. Magnesium is naturally occurring in certain foods, however due to soil depletion, sugar consumption and poor diet, the majority of us don’t have enough.

Applying magnesium topically on the skin is a good way to supplement, as only 30-40% of consumed magnesium is actually absorbed by the body. Homemade magnesium oil is known to sting the skin a little, especially on the first few applications. By combining this with coconut oil though, it further moisturizes the skin and helps prevent the characteristic stinging.

You can make your own magnesium oil using our simple recipe here and we also have a great recipe for making your own magnesium rich sleep spray here.

Mandarin Essential Oil

Citrus essential oils are known to be uplifting and invigorating, so you may be surprised to see one used in a sleepy time lotion. Mandarin essential oil however has been shown to promote restful sleep. It’s commonly used with children, making this lotion a good option for all ages.

Lavender Essential Oil

One of the most popular and most studied essential oils, lavender is well regarded for its ability to relax and calm. It’s also one of the most gentle oils and frequently used for young children. A review of essential oils for sleep was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The researchers found that lavender was the most studied essential oils for sleep issues, and no adverse events were reported.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary sage is similar to lavender in its effects, though the smell is often described as more pungent. This essential oils is calming and sedating to the nervous system, and helps to relieve stress and anxiety. Anxiety and nervousness can impede a healthy night’s sleep, making clary sage the perfect antidote.

Homemade Sleepy Time Lotion

Ingredients

Equipment

  • Small bowl
  • Blender
  • Rubber spatula
  • Sauce pan or small pot

Directions

  1. Place the magnesium flakes into a small bowl. Heat the water or hydrosol until it’s simmering, then pour this over the magnesium. Stir the mixture for several minutes, or until thoroughly dissolved.
  2. Place the coconut oil and beeswax into a saucepan, then melt over very low heat just until completely melted and combine.
  3. Pour the oil mixture into the blender, and put it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. You want the oil to be opaque, firmer, and about the consistency of mayo. Don’t let it get hard!
  4. Turn the blender onto medium speed, and very slowly drizzle in the magnesium water while the blender or mixer is running. Continue mixing the ingredients for about 30 seconds after all of the magnesium water has been added.
  5. Use the spatula to scrape the lotion into the glass jar. Store away from direct light and heat.

How To Use The Sleepy Time Lotion

  • Apply this lotion liberally before bedtime.
  • It works even better if applied to the torso or feet.
  • The coconut oil may take a while to sink into the skin, so apply at least 10 minutes before hopping under the covers to avoid greasy sheets.

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Lazy Way Intelligence

Last week it was lazy way to fitness, this week it’s lazy way to intelligence. Are you noticing a trend? I wouldn’t say I am lazy but I just look at it as conserving energy. First off I’d just like to say that I don’t consider myself to be the most intelligent person on the planet. There is so much I don’t know. The more I learn, the more I realize that I don’t know. But I think I am smart enough and who can ask for more?

Being a health coach requires that you read and try to figure out what the heck is going on with one’s body and figure out an action plan to get where you want to go. I did graduate from college and was able to navigate my way through a difficult career in law enforcement without injuring myself or others and I’m just sharing with you things I’ve learned. This can make you smarter but the EASY WAY. Because who wants to do things the hard way.

Listen to Music

This has got to be the easiest and the most enjoyable way to get smart. My father was a music teacher so we always had music playing and it was all kinds. Jazz, classical, latin, funk, disco, pop, Rock N Roll etc. So I naturally listened to music and I’m not going to say I enjoyed all of this music. Sometimes I wanted to run away because I was tired of hearing the same song over and over. I got tired of hearing drums, guitars,horns and violins at all hours of the day and night. But lucky you don’t have to experience that.

First off, what kind of music do you like? Start with that music and then you can branch out from there. Let’s just say you are a Beatles fan. I love the Beatles too. Go to Pandora or Spotify and put it on the Beatles Channel. Then listen to it. As you listen to the music maybe pick out one instrument to focus on. It can be drums, guitar or bass, whatever you like. And start to see when it starts, when it pauses, just get lost in the music. If you are listening to Pandora, it will start to play other similar artists, start listening to them too. When you listen to different music, your brain has to expand and create new neural pathways. Classical music is also highly recommended because it’s so intricate. I hope you can find some awesome music to listen to. (Isn’t that easy?)

Read, Read, Read

The more you read the smarter you get. You don’t have to write a book. You can just find something you enjoy and get lost in the story. Reading is fascinating. Have you ever read a book and you didn’t want it to end? I used to read Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume when I was a kid. I felt like I really knew Ramona. She was my friend. When you can find something that really interests you…now you are onto something great.

I get it you might not like to read… OK audio books are your friend. Or maybe you might need to brush up on your reading skills. No problem… Go to the library and tell them you need help. It’s no big deal if you need help. That’s what they are there for is to help. They love helping people with reading. I promise you.

Watch Foreign Language Movies

I love me some foreign language movies. Spanish, French, German, Russian, I don’t care what language it’s in but it’s cool to hear the different languages. But also you have to read the words in order to understand what’s happening. (A great way to sneak in reading) Also foreign langugge films are usually about another culture other than your own so you learn stuff by watching the movies. And then sometimes you learn about a fascinating era or setting. Maybe you decide you can write a better story than that person who wrote the screenplay. I love to watch historical era movies because I learn a lot. And sometimes you discover new and beautiful actors. Hey so far you’re listening to music and watching movies and getting smarter. Isn’t this great?? PS if you want to watch movies in your own language that’s fine too but maybe watch something a little different than you usually watch. Remember your brain LOVES DIFFERENT THINGS. YOUR BRAIN GETS BORED WITH THE SAME THING!! BE NICE TO YOUR BRAIN.

Eat Blueberries

I can see you now watching a foreign flick as you slowly nibble on blueberries. Blueberries are just really great for your brain. I got this book Making a Good Brain Great by Daniel G. Amen, MD and he says blueberries are great as well as. This is a great book and I highly recommend it. He also recommends :

  • Acetyl-L-carnitine-500 mg once a day
  • Alpha-Lipoid acid-100 mg once a day
  • Fish oil-1,000 mg twice a day
  • Phosphatidylserine-100 mg twice a day
  • Super multiple vitamin with high-dose B vitamins
  • Vitamin E (mixed tocerpherol)-100 mg twice a day
  • Vitamin C-250 mg twice a day

I know this isn’t the easiest part but at least you don’t have to make them from scratch. Just get them from a reputable company. And be careful with the fish oil because the oceans are really polluted (sorry I didn’t pollute it.)

PS The book also recommends exercise and meditation but that might require that you not be lazy so if you feel extra motivated or you’re already doing that, then you get EXTRA CREDIT for being AWESOME!!

PPS: He doesn’t like sugar and neither do I but no sugar sounds kind of “NAGGY” so I’ll just plant a seed. Sugar contributes to inflammation and who wants an inflamed brain? NOBODY!!!!

OK now go watch some movies and listen to music. And have fun sweetie pie!!

Valerie is a Health Coach and Yoga Instructor. She’s encouraging everyone to live their best life. It doesn’t have to be this big hard ordeal to get healthy. Just do small little changes and then it will just come as a second nature. She lives in Nor Cal with her daughter and Black Lab, Amber.

Dancing Makes You Smarter

This might require a little work so that’s why I’m adding it at the end. But dancing is truly awesome for your brain. This is just a bonus but don’t feel pressured to do it. Just a little FYI. You can watch me dance and listen to a killer song too. Thanks for caring and I hope you enjoy it.