Procrastination; the expanded version

If you haven’t had a chance to read the first article, you can click here to read it now. I had asked the question, is this article too short? I had a response that some people would like to learn more. So, this is the ‘more.’

Procrastination happens to all of us at some point in our lives. But if you notice it starting to become a habit you may want to take care! Habitually putting things off can lead to depression, job loss, frustration, low self-esteem, and even dementia.

If you think you have a problem with procrastination, here is a free test you can take. It’ll ask for $6.95 for the full report but you can still get a general score for free. (I have no affiliation with psychology today or the test)

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/tests/career/time-management-skills-test

Why do we procrastinate? 

There are quite a few reasons we do it.

  1. The project is something you don’t like
  2. You have a fear of failure
  3. You can only work if you feel inspired
  4. You’re depressed
  5. You have OCD or ADHD
  6. You’re not sure what needs to be done
  7. You don’t know how to do what needs to be done
  8. You forgot about it
  9. You’d rather play or the job is boring
  10. You don’t care about the project/it’s not important to you

Do any of those hit home for you?

One problem is, while some countries think in the longterm, Americans tend to think in the short-term. We tend to put off unpleasant chores because we want instant gratification. We care more about our current ‘self’ as opposed to our ‘future’ self.  

Putting things off can affect your relationships and even your job. 

What are the solutions to your time-management issues?

Try rethinking the situation. What do you want for your ‘future’ self? And how do you make that happen? Think about your goals and your dreams, and how to make those come true.  

Have you ever set the GPS for a road trip and the ETA reads 2:04? You think 2:03 would be better and try to make that happen. Even better yet if you can get it to 2:00! It’s a little game a lot of us play with ourselves as a way to entertain us during a long drive.  

Find a game you can play with your project. If it’s a writing project, set a timer and give yourself so many minutes to write the next paragraph. Maybe it’s physical training. Set a timer for how many reps you do and then try to beat your time, or hold the bar up longer.

Breakdown the project into bite-size pieces and check them off in bright green as you complete them one by one.

Make happiness your number one priority. How will you feel once the job is done? Happy? Relieved? 

Think about what you want from life and write down how to achieve it.  

Sit down and work for only 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, see if you still need a break or if you can go for another 15.

When you make a list of what you need to do, write each step down that needs to be taken. Then take the baby-steps toward success… and don’t forget to check each one off 🙂

Promise yourself a healthy reward when you finish the job.

Recognize the warning signs of being distracted. Catch your thoughts when they start to stray and refocus your mind.  

If you put things off because it’s hard then ask for help.

Say no to distractions. That includes friends calling or checking your email.

Get clear on your priorities! 

Now take a deep breath, think about how you’ll feel when the job is finished, and go work at it for just 15 minutes. 

YOU GOT THIS!

(and don’t forget to read the first article)

Procrastination is a thief in disguise

Have you ever made a list of all the things you needed to get done, only to be overwhelmed by the size of it all? I know I have.

The real question is, does it happen frequently?

I end up putting things off because there is just so much to do!

The feeling of overwhelm can completely stop my progress.

Maybe you have also felt this way at times?

I have found that if I break things done a bit. Instead of listing every single item, I group them. I may have fifteen things to do on the internet, five things to do in the kitchen, and three different errands to run. That’s twenty-three separate items to write down.

But, if I group the internet items into categories it helps. Like, marketing, article writing, picture posting. Now I only have three items under internet chores.

So, now, I only have eleven items that I want to accomplish today. Easy! Lol, like that easy button commercial from years ago.

Instead of procrastinating, I end up accomplishing what I set out to complete for the day.

Procrastination can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, and even depression.

Why is all of this important?

Low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression affect the brain. These can lead to improper diet, lack of sleep, lack of self-care, and a lack of social interaction.

All of these things can trigger brain issues that can lead to dementia.

If you suffer from frequent procrastination and believe you may have some of the side-effects, such as anxiety or a lack of self-caring, reach out to someone that can help.

Why is procrastination a thief? Because it can rob you of your energy, self-worth, productivity, and self-respect. It’s up to you to make sure this thief doesn’t steal your life. There is help.

If it’s a simple case of occasional procrastination, re-examine why you’re putting things off and deal with it. Occasional holding off on getting things done is something we all experience in life.

If you believe you may have a problem with it, you can contact me for further information.

Life is a balancing act.

We balance our finances, our work schedule, and our playtime. We juggle our chores along with spending quality time with the kids. It’s a constant balancing of our lives.

A large part of that is because we tend to overbook our lives. To many of us don’t know how to say, no.

You know how it is. All through life we at, every moment, every day, at each step, have to make choices. Wanting, or needing, some fun time may overrule smart decisions regarding our time. Having a slew of bills may cause us to work too much overtime which interferes with seeing the kids to their baseball practice.

We teeter on that fine line.

And the questions we have to answer! Holy cow, sometimes it can be too much.

Do I take the new job offer or stay with the current job?
Do I break my promise and eat that ice cream or stay firm?
Should I walk the dog even though it’s raining, or make him hold it?
I want that new outfit, do I spend the money?
Should I buy a new car?

And, sadly, in today’s world, there is even the question of, should I risk getting my haircut, or eating out in a public restaurant and being around so many people?

It’s a tightrope. Always one foot hesitantly in front of the other.

You know how it is, sometimes we dart a few quick steps forward, full of confidence, and then life happens. We hesitate, wobble, and take one slow step backward before moving forward again.

We do this with all aspects of life.

And that includes our health.

Some of us eat the way we think is the best for us, but then learn years later that it wasn’t the best choice for us at all. Ha! That’s me.

I worked in a health food co-op back before it was cool. I measured and bagged whole wheat, I scooped freshly made peanut butter into sterile jars and stocked shelves. I did whatever I was asked to do. And in return, I believed I was learning how to be healthy. I was a young adult and followed what these intelligent store leaders taught me.

I gave up white flour and embraced whole wheat. I made my homemade bread. I became a vegetarian. I made spaghetti sauce from scratch and cooked it for hours. I took bee pollen and royal jelly. I did it all.

I followed the recommendations of the health food world. And for all my hard work, I ended up with thyroid issues. I learned that they didn’t know as much as they thought they did about health.

Then, of course, there are those of us that eat whatever we want and don’t believe diet has anything to do with health. Sometimes that works out, but all too often it backfires on us down the road.

No matter what our belief or the actions we take, each one is a choice… a decision on our part.

And every decision or choice we make affects our lives in multiple ways.

Sometimes there are bizarre events in life. Like deciding to walk to the next lamppost only to watch a car crash into the one you were just standing at! That decision saved your life.

But then, there are little choices in our daily lives that aren’t so dramatic.

You know the ones, the “I’ll just have a little cake,” or “I’ll only have one cigarette”, or one shot of whiskey, or one slice of gluten bread, you get the idea.

Maybe you experience choices like, “Maybe I’ll just have a salad today,” or “Maybe I’ll bring water to drink instead of having that chocolate shake.” (Boy, that doesn’t sound nearly as fun; does it? Ha!)

All these less dramatic choices add up and become a dramatic choice after years of piling them on top of each other.

The outcome can be incredible.

Every thought we make, every bite of food we take, every action we create, determines our energy level. These actions are how we communicate with our cells. Our cells are always listening to us so they can make the best possible decisions for us.

In today’s world, it’s hard to know what the right choices are. Misinformation is paramount. It’s like not knowing the right words to say so a child understands what we mean.

The outcome can determine the state of our health as we age.

Do you want to grow old gracefully? Do you want to be able to walk and talk and carry on a coherent conversation? Do you want to live as pain-free as possible?

Each of these steps we take adds up to determine if we make it across that tightrope. Each step determines if we fall before reaching the end we were meant to reach.

And it’s not easy! We all know that science moves in weird jumps. One day eggs are healthy, the next day they aren’t, and then a week later they’re healthy again. How do we keep up with real science and make the right decisions?

What is the next step to take?
How do we not fall off that tightrope?

There are a lot of questions out there, and now, fortunately, there are a lot of answers.

Functional medicine health coaches learn the deep down science of what chemicals and nutrients do to the cells. We learn how the cells react to thought, particles of food, and lifestyle decisions we make. And we learn what those reactions can cause in the body. We learn how to help others turn on, or off, the switches that create health problems. And we learn how to help others turn on those switches that bring on health.

It’s a choice to take each step. Sometimes we step forward… backward… or teeter in place. It is always a choice.

Making the right choice can be confusing and frustrating. And getting it wrong can be devastating.

I’m a functional medicine health coach and I specialize in Alzheimer’s disease.

If you’d like help with making choices around your health, contact me.
I can assist you in creating a plan that will help you make it across that rope. You deserve to reach the end that you were meant to reach instead of falling off before your time.

If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, is it always a duck?

Well, when it comes to dementia, it’s not always a duck… or rather, it’s not always dementia.

You or a loved one are showing signs of memory issues and you’re freaking out about it, that’s to be expected. You may be contemplating the future and what changes you’re going to need to make. You’re thinking about those horrible changes that may come into reality for you and your family.  

But, not only is there help for those who suffer from dementia, you, (or your loved one) may not have dementia at all.

How do you know? You need to talk to your doctor or a certified health coach that specializes in memory issues. They will help you get the correct test so you can find out what is going on.

One of the biggest culprits is a lack of B12. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can cause fatigue, rapid heartbeat, brain fogmood changes, anemia, muscle weakness, intestinal problems, and nerve damage. This can give the appearance of dementia. 

Low B1 can cause loss of appetiteexhaustionirritability, loss of reflexes, muscle weakness, blurry vision, nausea, vomiting, low heart rate, shortness of breath, and delirium.

B6 is another important vitamin. Low B6 symptoms include rashes, dry or cracked lips, sore tongue, changes in your mood, a weak immune system, low energy, tingling in feet and/or hands, seizures, high homocysteine, and foggy brain function.

Depression is another concern that mimics dementia. It can cause forgetfulness, a lack of focusslow thinkingbeing disorientated. 

Thyroid issues also are known to cause dementia-like symptoms. There are a lot of possible symptoms of thyroid issues, here are some of them; fatiguesleeping issuesdepressionanxiety, digestive issues, eye problems, brain fog, muscle aches and pains, and high cholesterol. 

Some medications can cause confusion and dementia-like symptoms. The drugs can build up inside the body leading to toxic overload. This can cause mental decline.

Lifestyle can also cause memory concerns. The way we eat can cause a lack of nutrients that lead to vitamin deficiencies.  Alcohol and/or drug abuse can cause signs of dementia.  A lack of sleep; or burning the candles at both ends causes problems.  The brain goes through a type of ‘washing’ during deep sleep and when we don’t sleep through the night it can leave unwanted toxins behind.  A big disrupter of the brain is stress that is not resolved or is longterm and also a lack of social interaction.

Dementia has many faces or causes. And a lot of these problems aren’t true dementia; what they are doing is mimicking the disease. These problems can also be a part of actual dementia: you need to find out what’s going on in your body.  

It’s important to speak to your physician or certified health coach to learn more about your health concerns. Most issues can be reversed or corrected with diet and lifestyle changes.  

Just because it looks like a duck, doesn’t mean it is one.

Contact me for more information. 

Build Your Immune System

With all the fear and crazy toilet paper buying that’s happening right now… I thought I should give you some helpful suggestions on how to build your immune system and stay healthy is flu season.

One of the most important things you can do is, “Don’t Panic“. I’m not saying you shouldn’t prepare. You may want to buy some extra veggies and stock your freezer… that’s totally up to you.

But I am saying… there are some commonsense things you can do.

#1Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Try singing happy birthday TWICE. That’ll give you 20 seconds.

#2Don’t touch your face! Your mouth, nose, and eyes, are open gateways into your body.  

#3Eat whole foods!

#4.  Meditate.  Stress weakens the immune system.

Okay, so about #3… What should you eat?  

Here’s a list of foods that are important to include in your diet anytime you want to build your immune system. That means it’s a good list for right now, but also it’s a good list to follow every flu season.  Copy and print it off.  Put it someplace safe that you’ll remember turning cold seasons. 

Build Your Immune System With Foods 

Garlic – you can add it to almost everything, (I even had garlic ice cream once.) It’s antimicrobial, antiviral, and immune-boosting.

Ginger – Makes a great tea. And it can be added to many recipes. It’s antimicrobial, antiviral, and immune-boosting.

Citrus fruits – Great source of vitamin C.

Red and yellow peppers, Thyme, Parsley, Kale, Kiwis, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Lychees, Papayas, Strawberries, are all foods high in vitamin C.

Fermented foods – Most of our immune system lives in our guts. And by adding fermented foods, you add probiotics and balance the gut bacteria. Foods like; sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, kefir, tempeh, pickles, miso, kimchi, and sourdough are all in the fermented category.   

Turmeric – Antiviral and anti-inflammatory. 

Vitamin A – especially if you are feeling like you’re coming down with something. It improves your immune system.

Vitamin D – It fights disease and works with vitamin A.

Liver – eat it twice a week OR eat Cod Liver Oil.

Zinc – for building the immune system. 

Propolis – A great natural throat spray. Antimicrobial and Antiviral 

Honey – Antimicrobial and Antiviral 

Okay, print that out and save it. But more importantly, follow it. Add everything in the list that you can. It may be the difference between getting sick and staying well this season and every future flu season to come. 

I hope that helps! 

10 Ways to Use Essential Oils

I’ve been asked to do a bit of research into essential oils. I don’t have a lot of personal experience using them. Which may surprise a lot of you.  

But I do have some experience.  

Like when I first started public speaking I would add a couple of drops of organic peppermint essential oil to the bottom of my feet, on my neck, and directly under my nose. I had read it would help keep me calm when doing something that made me nervous. It helped me to feel alert and able to face the crowd. Did it help? Seems like it did. Was it a placebo effect? Maybe. But even if it was, it worked, so I’m good with that. 

Now, I no longer use that trick because I enjoy public speaking.  

I have used organic orange essential oils in making raw food cookies. They were delicious.  

And back in the days of being a massage therapist, I used to use essential oils on some of my clients to reduce stress. They swore by it.  

My favorite is using organic eucalyptus essential oil on a cloth or pillowcase when I have a cold. It does open up the sinuses!  

That’s the extent of my personal experience. So, to address the request for information I had to search the internet.  

Here’s what I found:

Essential oils are the oils extracted from flowers, herb roots, and fruits.

10 ways to use essential oils

1. Energy.  As mentioned above, peppermint oil can increase alertness and also a person’s mental and physical energy. 

2. Sleep.  Lavender has SO many uses. One of those uses is adding a couple of drops to your pillow to relieve tension, stress, and help a person fall asleep. 

3. Muscle pain.  Using one, or a mixture of, Lavender, Black pepper, Arnica, Helichrysum, and Peppermint helps reduce inflammation and muscle soreness.  

4. Skin Care.  Adding Grapefruit essential oil is said to help reduce cellulite. Carrot seed essential oil to reduce wrinkles. And Frankincense essential oil is said to be antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which is great to help fight acne.

5. Relaxation.  Lavender, Rose, and Chamomile are all lovely for using during a massage, yoga, or simply when you’re trying to relax and chill out from the day’s stress.

6. Cleaning. Lemon essential oil is antiseptic, antimicrobial, and also antibacterial. It’s good for cutting through grease and grime. You can use it in your kitchen and your bathroom. Lavender can be used to fight viruses, bacteria, and fungus on your home’s surfaces. And Orange essential oil is great for cleaning. You’ve likely noticed it advertised on some cleaning products in your local grocery store. It has antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. 

7. Illness.  Thieves is a pre-blend that is used in a lot of massage therapy locations to help fight off germs between clients. It’s great to fight against the flu. I had forgotten I used to use it to stay healthy in the cold and flu season. (I’ll be picking some up now 🙂 ) Peppermint can help reduce a cough and cold. 

8. Bug repellant.  You may have purchased Citronella candles before? They’re known to help keep the mosquitoes away. Also, Lemongrass, Rosemary Geranium, and Spearmint are good for fighting off pesky bugs.

9. Hair growth/health.  Clary sage essential oil and also Tea tree essential oil are both said to help improve hair health and growth. Ylang-ylang is good if you have dry scalp, but it’s best not to try it if you have oily hair.

10. Mood-boosting and health. Bergamot reduces blood pressure. Peppermint aids in relieving indigestion, nausea, and headaches. Lavender gets rid of lice and fleas on dogs… plus it smells great. And it also helps reduce blood pressure. Clary sage, Caraway and Lavender are among the many essential oils that improve mood.

Overall, essential oils seem to be a great source of clean remedies. But they do have a downside. I didn’t find scientific evidence of these claims, although I have experienced and used some of these and find them to work.

BEWARE:

Some essential oils are dangerous for pregnant woman and children!

Some essential oils are toxic to dogs and cats! 

If you decide to delve into the world of essential oils, find organic. Purchase from a reputable company; so you know what you’re getting is real. And follow the instructions they give you. Essential oils are potent and too much can cause the person harm.  

Some essential oils can be used internally, some ONLY externally. Ask before you use! 

Mountain Rose Herbs is a great company. (I have no affiliation with them. I simply trust the company). They have reasonable prices, use top-grade products and are organic. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com

I hope this help! 

Cathy Ostema 

Namaste 

5 easy steps to quieting the Acid Reflux Volcano

 

The number one complaint I hear from new clients is heartburn, GERD, acid reflux, gas, and/or burping. They come in frustration and pain and they’re desperate to find a solution.

Here are 5 easy steps to help eliminate your pain.

  1. Chew your food. That may sound simple but the average American chews their food about six times before swallowing. Our stomachs are not designed to digest large chunks of food. Chew your food until its a slurry.
  2. If you’re stressed or feeling rushed, wait to eat. Skip that meal. Save it until you can sit down and calmly enjoy your food. When we’re in flight or fight mode, our bodies are not able to digest our food. Eating while stressed/rushed is a great way to create indigestion.
  3. If you feel the need to drink with your meal, only sip at your drink, don’t gulp it down. We need stomach acid to digest our food. It’s a misconception that we have too much acid. Drinking water with your meal dilutes your stomach acid and can cause indigestion.
  4. Try sipping raw apple cider vinegar (ACV), (1 or 2 tablespoons) in about a half-cup of water with your meal. This will increase your stomach acid and help prevent any discomfort. If the ACV causes discomfort, you may have an ulcer or H. Pylori. In that case, discontinue the ACV. You’ll need a different approach. Contact me for help.
  5. Eat smaller meals. Try eating five times a day rather than the standard three. Eat the same amount of total daily food, only spread it out throughout the five meals. And don’t graze throughout the day. Your body needs time in-between meals to digest.

There are certainly more ways to lower acid reflux. And the explanations for each of these suggestions is more involved than what fits in a small text. Feel free to ask me for explanations on any of these suggestions.

Read my previous blog post on Acid Reflux for more information. https://mountainsunhealing.com/how-to-reduce-or-eliminate-acid-reflux/

May your volcano be silent.

Do you know where you parked the car?

Do you or someone you care about live with cognitive decline, dementia, or Alzheimer’s? Would you like to reclaim your lost memories, or remember where you parked the car? What would you give to have your mom remember your name? 

Hi, I’m Cathy Ostema and I’ve created a program to give you back what you’ve lost. Join me as we work together finding the cause of your memory concerns.

Did you know there are three main causes of memory loss? 

  1. Heavy metal toxicity
  2. Vitamin and/or mineral deficiency
  3. Inflammation/oxidation

Did you know there are test you can take to find out which one, or combination, of these causes are hurting those you love? 

Would you like help working your way through the jungle of confusion to find you are able to work again? 

Would you like to be able to think clearly and make your own decision without the fear of losing another part of yourself?

I know, I lost more than one loved one to this horrible issue. It led me to years of research and study until I found I was able to actually help others regain what they had lost.

What would it feel like to hear the doctor say, “You no longer have cognitive decline”?

Let me help you too. 

I’m getting ready to open the doors to a passion of mine. And I need your help.

I’m in a serious fight against mild cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

I lost my grandmother, my mother, and my mother-in-law to this mind stealer and I’m mad! 

I cannot explain how devastated and angry I am inside about this. It tears me up every single day.

To combat this disease I began studying everything I could get my hands on. I am determined to stop this mind theif. 

It’s reversible!

I know we can stop this disease from stealing our loved ones, of this I have no doubt! I am confident I can help those who are already diagnosed with any one of the three; mild cognitive decline, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. 

Here is how you can help. 

I need three people who are experiencing symptoms, preferably already diagnosed. These people will be individual clients and not work in a group. All information will be private unless they agree to share that information. Each individual will work with me to help reduce/reverse all symptoms. I am going to offer this at an incredibly low price. Because of the hours I will need to devote to each client in one-on-one and in research, I am forced to charge a small amount to cover my expenses. The client will also have to pay for testing. I will instruct the client on which test I need, and there will be several test needed. It’s up to the client to find a local lab or order online to get the test completed but I can help them find a lab or online link if needed. They must be willing to follow my recommendations which will be on an individual basis according to their test results. This may take anywhere from three months to a year to work through depending on the client’s health status.

The recommedations may include, but not limited to: dietary changes, emotional work, meditation, exercise, and/or taking supplements. 

If you, or someone you love, would like to take part in this, please send me a private message, so we can discuss your health status and requirements. 

Thank you for your help. Together we can heal! 

C​athy Ostema 

M​ountainSunHealing.com

Your brain is made of fat, do you deprive it of its main structural component?

And how’s that working for you?

Do you, or any of your loved ones have foggy thinking, memory loss, or cognitive decline? Do you want to help them, or yourself, restore that loss?

Did you know that the brain is made up of 60% fat? Let me restate that. Your brain is made up of 60% fat!

Think about that for a minute. Let it sink in.

And how do you get that fat into the brain?

There is a difference between healthy fat and unhealthy fat. Do you know which you are consuming?

I’ll answer that in a minute.

Your brain weighs in at around 3 pounds. Not much, right? And it has a tremendous responsibility. It’s our thinking center. It’s our cherished memory center. And it tells our body to function while we go out living life and not thinking about all the nitty-gritty details involved; like breathing. 🙂

Things you can do to maintain healthy cognitive function.

1. Your brain is also about 75% water. Do you stay hydrated? You can’t think clearly when you don’t feed your brain. You have 100,000 miles of blood vessels in your brain. Maybe an extra glass of water will help all that blood flow better?

2. Your brain also uses 20% of your total oxygen to run efficiently. It needs oxygen to work. Slow down and take a deep breath. Have you ever noticed that when you’re relaxed and your breathing is calm you feel like you can make better decision? You’re more creative? You can think more clearly? Because when you’re stressed out and flustered you take shallow breaths and deprive your brain of oxygen.

3. And a big question, have you ever thought about the fact that what you eat is feeding your brain? What are you feeding your brain today? There was a study done with 1 million students in New York. The study looked at those who ate clean, meaning no artificial flavors, preservatives, or dyes and those who did not eat clean, and ate foods with artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes. Those who ate clean did 14% better on IQ test. Something to think on while you’re enjoying your lunch today.

4. Sleep is also important. Your brain works 24/7. Even while you are snoozing away in deep blissful sleep; your brain is working for you. In fact, that’s its favorite time to package up and store all your memories you created today. When you get a lack of sleep you make it hard for your brain to keep those memories. So, my question for you is; which part of your day did you want to lose forever? Hopefully that was the part that was lost, instead of that really cool thing that happened. Or you could schedule yourself more sleep. Lack of sleep affects memory.

Okay, now we can talk about healthy fat vs unhealthy fat.

We need healthy fats. To explain, let me start with cholesterol. Cholesterol is produced in the liver. Only animal (including humans) livers can produce cholesterol. That means you can only get cholesterol from animal products not plants or minerals. You cannot survive without cholesterol. It’s the bases for every sex hormone you have. It makes bile so you can digest foods that have fat in them. Cholesterol is a part of the makeup of every single cell in your body. There is a long, long list of what it does for you, but my favorite one is: it’s so important for the function of the brain that the brain gets to have 25% of your cholesterol so it can function optimally.

Did you know that in the elderly, those with the best working memory functions are those with the highest cholesterol?

Now, I’m not saying to let your cholesterol go ramping up a ladder and who cares about your numbers! But I am saying that cholesterol is vitally important for your body and your lifespan.

Most of your cholesterol is produced in the liver. The body is so smart that it sees how much you are getting in your food and it makes up the difference for you by using the fat you ingest.

Eating healthy fats helps the body function better on all levels.

Consuming non-organic meats filled with hormones and antibiotics, trans-fatty oils such as canola oil or soy, corn, or sunflower oils, or peanut oils are not healthy. These oils may be healthy when they are delivered to the oil factory, but they don’t stay that way. Take canola oil, they heat it so high and actually bleach it, and then steam it so the color is appealing, and the odor is removed, that what you end up with is a trans-fat oil. I recommend you don’t go there! These do more harm than good for your body.

Eating olives, olive oil, avocados, avocado oil, coconut oil, nuts, and seeds are all healthy oils. And so is eating small fatty fish. Write this down. SMASH sardines, mackerel, anchovies, salmon (wild caught), herring. That’s your list of healthy fish. This list of healthy fats are all good for the brain and can enhance your memory function and help you think clearly.

So, the answer to the question, “How do you get that fat into the brain?” is by eating healthy fats. Your body will transport the healthy fat molecules across what’s called the brain barrier for you so you can go enjoy life and not worry about it. And the next day you can recall that funny thing that happened at the office.

Feed your brain what it needs to function. It’s the only one you have. And brain replacement parts are hard to come by on this planet

There are many causes of cognitive decline. There are also solutions for the different causes. If you or someone you love or care about is experiencing memory concerns let me know, so I can help you.