Enjoy More and Stress Less Over the Holidays

Here we are getting ready for the holidays and wondering what this will look in 2020 and how to make it special. Mindset and setting intentions will be helpful in making this a season where you can create meaningful connections, enjoyment, and replenishment despite the changes and challenges. I was recently invited to speak about […]

Keep Your Brain Fit, Focused and Fabulous!

The “Brain Budget” is valuable tool that provides a strong foundation for keeping the brain sharp and healthy. This may be familiar to you but I want to introduce it for future reference.  The “Brain Budget” is a prioritization system used to maximize energy and create space in the day for healthy lifestyle activities, to […]

Are Your Routines Shrinking Your Brain?

Routines. They feel safe and comfortable like your favorite pair of cozy slippers or sweatpants. Basic morning and bedtime routines have a place in our lives and can support healthy habits, productivity and efficiency. . . BUT, you can get too comfortable with your routines and stop being fully present. Let’s be honest, your routines […]

Healthy Fats

Incorporate healthy fats into your diet and at every meal and snack. Getting the “right” kind of good fat may be a challenge and I recommend that you talk to your physician about your diet and an Omega 3 supplement containing EPA/DHA equaling 1000mg (or more if you are having any cognitive challenges). These fatty […]

When a “turn off” is a good thing…

Around Valentine’s Day, we express our love and caring for others in different ways. There is a type of expression that you may not think about or even know about:  gene expression. This exciting area of study is called epigenetics. Epigenetics looks at our DNA, the genetic blueprint that we have inherited from our family. Our genes […]

Eat More Greens

This month, eat more greens. Kale is one of my favorite brain super foods but mix it up – add variety. You can eat any greens – spinach, arugula, collard greens, chard, turnip greens, romaine, etc. A cup or two of greens every day provides powerful brain support and will decrease inflammation throughout your body. […]

How to Maximize MTBI Recovery and Brain Health

Originally published on Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder, January 10, 2017 by: Melissa Hundley Wolak, MS, CCC-SLP  As the brain and nervous system heal from a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), concussion or trauma, compensatory strategies and lifestyle modifications are indispensable in supporting the recovery process. An increased amount of physical, cognitive and emotional energy will […]