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Chapter 1: Snapshot of Anxiety Assessment (SAA)
The Snapshot of Anxiety Assessment helps distinguish anxiety from functional hypoglycemia by providing a clear picture of both the physical symptoms of anxiety and the other associated problems that travel with anxiety. The video is 22:30 minutes. Updated version of worksheet (5 September 2017).
Chapter 2: What Impacts Anxiety (WIA)
What Impacts Anxiety helps capture information about anxiety in a format that helps us see the daily pattern of how the symptoms of anxiety show up in our lives. The focus is on learning how food, sleep, exercise, and nutrition improve fatigue and anxiety. The video is 34:17 minutes.
Chapter 3: How does what and when you eat affect anxiety?
This chapter addresses the physical causes of anxiety, fatigue, agitation, insomnia and sugar cravings. It explains the way your body reacts to the different fuels, or foods, you consume throughout the day. Instead of addressing food in terms of calories or fat content, we are going to examine dietary choices from the perspective of brain optimization. The goal is to give you an understanding of how your food-based fuel choices can help your body and brain remain energetic and clear. The video is 17:24 minutes.
Chapter 4: The 3-Day Protein Experiment
In the fast pace of today's world, we all want to have more energy and mental clarity. Many of us get paid for our ability to think and make effective decisions within a tight timeline or schedule. Studies show that our ability to concentrate, have self control, assess a situation, and creatively problem solve for good decision making is determined in large part by the physical resources our brain. Small frequent meals that contain protein help the brain synthesize dopamine and serotonin, and stabilize blood glucose to help you feel better. It is also important to eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. The video is 9:06 minutes. The Handout was updated on 10 August 2017.
Chapter 5: How to read food labels
Do you know what you're eating? Do you believe that the food industry knows about your personal health? This chapter teaches you how to evaluate nutritional labels on the foods you consume, and which components are the most important for supporting increased energy and mental clarity. The video is 50 minutes, with three minutes of bonus material at the end. This content was updated on 9 March 2018.
Chapter 6: Resources for Vegetarians and Vegans
This handout includes suggestions for meals and snacks that emphasize plant- (and dairy-) based protein, vegetables and healthy fats, and notes about recommended supplements and tips for maintaining healthy vegetarian and/or vegan diets.
Chapter 7: Eating Well for Your Brain in Today's World
This chapter includes handouts and worksheets for eating well at work and on the go, how to take the overwhelm out of figuring out what to eat, ideas for healthy treats and when (and when not) to indulge, how to create a go-to meal list, and ideas for adding interest to meals with make-your-own salad dressing. The video is 30:49 minutes
Chapter 8: When to Refer and To Whom
One of the hardest moments as a Connector is when you are sitting with your client or friend and think, “You need help, and I don’t have the skills/time/desire to help you.” This booklet provides guidance on how to make referrals.
Chapter 9: Reducing Nightmares and Night Terrors
We know that sleep is essential for clear thinking and vibrant energy to engage in the challenges and passions of life. There are many things that can disturb sleep, from early morning waking to night mares to night terrors. Medications that over ride these challenges often just leave people drowsy in the morning without providing restful sleep. This chapter discusses some possible experiments for people who need to get some sleep.
Chapter 10: Is this the Diet for Me? Is it for You?
There is a lot of information on the internet and from our friends and family about new diets to try. There are systems such as weight watchers, Nutrisystem, and 30/10. There are diets based on values: vegetarian, vegan, paleo… There are also styles of diet, like the Mediterranean Diet and DASH; and there are diets based on convenience. Then we also factor in things like culture, economics, family traditions, personal preferences, personal health history, time in life, gender, exercise pattern and age. How do we know what is “right” for us? In this chapter, we explore how to know if a diet will work for you, how to notice changes in body and mind with changes in diet, and how to know when to stop a diet experiment.