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How festive food can affect your mood.

How festive food can affect your mood.

End of year festivities are now in full swing with our focus on friends, family and food. In this blog, I look at how diet can affect your mental health, and share some healthy eating tips to get you through the silly season without the mood swings and guilt. Does diet affect mental health? If you’re… Continue Reading

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

We humans tend to forget we’re wildlife, which is possibly why our planet is heading for climate change catastrophe. We’ve lost connection with Planet Earth and she’s fighting back. I have come to believe one symptom of our loss of connection the is loss of mental health and wellbeing. Lifestyle change isn’t simply about preventing or… Continue Reading

7 principles of neuroscience every coach and therapist should know

7 principles of neuroscience every coach and therapist should know

What does neuroscience have to do with coaching and therapy? Short answer: EVERYTHING! If you’re a coach or therapist, your job is to facilitate change in your client’s thinking (beliefs and attitudes) emotions (more mindfulness and resilience) behaviour (new healthy habits). Coaching builds the mental skills needed to support lasting change. Skills such as: mindfulness… Continue Reading

Seven common-sense building blocks for your child’s brain.

Seven common-sense building blocks for your child’s brain.

All children differ in their biological susceptibility to life experiences in a ‘for better and for worse’ manner. Some kids are particularly sensitive to both highly stressful and highly nurturing environments. Like orchids, such children bloom if lovingly cultivated, but wilt and wither if neglected. In contrast, adaptable resilient children who don’t get easily stressed… Continue Reading

How does the microbiome influence our health? (Part 2)

How does the microbiome influence our health? (Part 2)

  This is the second post in a series exploring the neurobiology of the gut-brain connection published in partnership with neuroscientist Dr Amy Reichelt. Our intestines are home to an ecosystem of trillions of microbes including bacteria, viruses, phages, fungi, protists, and nematodes. Dominant are bacteria from the families Firmicutes and Bacteriodetes. As I talked about in… Continue Reading

The Women’s Brain Book / Demystifying the Female Brain

The Women’s Brain Book / Demystifying the Female Brain

  I’ve written a book! Just one book. It may appear that I’ve written two, but, we’re publishing the same book under two different titles in Australia and the UK. In Australia and New Zealand, the book will be published by Hachette Australia under the title The Women’s Brain Book. The neuroscience of health, hormones… Continue Reading

Is brain fog during menopause real?

Is brain fog during menopause real?

  Women going through menopause often report memory problems or ‘brain fog’, alongside other symptoms. In this blog I take a look at the role of fluctuating hormones and their impact on the brain, and the cognitive changes that occur during this phase of life. Menopause, symptoms and causes Menopause marks the end of a woman’s… Continue Reading

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