foods that improve mental clarity

foods that improve mental clarity

You know the feeling all too well. You wake up in the morning, eat a bowl of cereal, have a cup of coffee with sugar and cream and out the door you go. Mid-morning, you're starving and distracted, trying to get things done, but there's an underlying hum in your mind that keeps saying: "feed me, feed me"

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9 ways to naturally boost serotonin

9 ways to naturally boost serotonin

If there is one neurotransmitter that continues to fascinate scientists and lay people alike, it's serotonin. While most people are familiar with serotonin in relation to mental health, not many understand the role serotonin plays in the gut as it relates to the brain as it relates to the gut...you get the idea. It's a symbiotic relationship and both the brain and gut rely on each other  in order to work optimally. 

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9 ways to manage anxiety and depression

9 ways to manage anxiety and depression

Unless you've been living under a rock (in which case, I envy you), you're probably aware of the recent prominent suicides that have taken place. One in particular affected me deeply. Anthony Bourdain was someone I looked up to and admired since his mid 2000's show No Reservations. His eloquence and approach to culture and food was unmatched. His authenticity and earnest way of speaking, gave me hope that there is a way to unite people and break down the man made borders we've created. How could someone who seemingly had everything take his own life? 

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how to reduce daily stress

how to reduce daily stress

We all have crappy days. One of the fascinating things about us humans is the inconsistency in our moods and feelings. As hard as we may try, it's nearly impossible to have a consistent mood throughout the day. Our obsessive thoughts can take a perfectly fine day and wreck it. Unless you've cultivated the ability to stay in the moment and be mindful throughout the day, you probably struggle too. 

I've given up on trying to control my thoughts. It doesn't work. Embracing the fact that thoughts will come and thoughts will go, will likely give you a sense of relief. It's not your fault. We're all wired this way, some more so than others. 

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postpartum depression - a personal story

postpartum depression - a personal story

I thought about writing a post about this subject for some time. While I share a lot about myself through stories, thoughts and musings, I try to keep the intimate stuff to myself. But I kept thinking about this topic and wanted to put it out there as I hope others are inspired to say something and not suffer in silence. 

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