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.

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