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. This is an excerpt from a longer seminar in which Dr. Allott explains how 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.
This is an excerpt from a longer seminar in which Dr. Allott explains 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.
In this excerpt from August's Connectors Group, Dr. Allott answers a question about the difference between hypoglycemia and excess adrenaline, how these conditions are related, and how to differentiate them.
In July's Connectors Group we reviewed the Snapshot of Anxiety Assessment and then discussed the handout What Impacts Anxiety (WIA), a worksheet that captures 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 meeting the needs of your body, which is the power supply for your brain, impacts energy, anxiety and mental clarity. Since food, sleep, exercise, and our environment impact your body’s ability to create a stable platform for your brain and mind to work, they can be significant drivers to improve fatigue and anxiety.
Further, WIA can be used with other interventions to track improvement of the symptoms of anxiety, such as the introduction of medications, mindfulness, exposure therapy, and observing anxiety levels in different environments or around different people.
The WIA Handout can help you with the people you connect with understand their anxiety better, may they be clients, family members, teenagers and most importantly out selves.
Introduction: 0-0:21 minutes
Review of the Snapshot of Anxiety Assessment and Q&A: 0:21-20:28 minutes
Introduction of the new tool, What Impacts Anxietyand Q&A: 20:28-34:17 minutes
In June, the Connectors Group discussed one of the assessments I developed for the book I am writing on Addressing the Physical Causes of Anxiety. The Snapshot of Anxiety Assessment handout reviews how to distinguish anxiety from functional hypoglycemia.
Introduction: 0-1.11 minutes
Part 1: GAD-7: 1.11-3.19 minutes
Part 2: Mind – Brain – Body Symptoms: 3.19-6.30 minutes
Part 3: Global Symptoms: 6.30-13.00 minutes
Part 4: Functional Hypoglycemia Score or the “It’s not in your head – it’s in your body” Score: 13.00-17.37 minutes
Identify what’s most important to you about reducing anxiety: 17.37-22.28 minutes
In the April Connectors Group we discussed how to deal with some of the challenges that come up when connecting with friends, family and colleagues. In this excerpt from that discussion, Dr. Allott talks about the importance of eating breakfast and how to use motivational interviewing as a tool to help people establish new habits around eating.