Entries by Beverly Engel

The Brain: Our Food-Traffic Controller

There’s no denying it, we are all victims of junk food’s tantalizing temptation. While we try and stay strong, sometimes we just fall weak to that mouth-watering pizza, that seductive chocolate cake, or that scrumptious burger inviting you for a bite. However, it might not just be our will power that’s falling short. The New York Times article, “The Brain: Our Food-Traffic Controller,” explains how our brains trigger our appetites, and how eating certain foods can affect parts of our brains that deal with emotion, reward, pleasure, and memories. Check it out, it’s very interesting and might make you feel a little bit better about that brownie you ate last night!

Wind-Down at Lunch and Mentally Recharge

Does your lunch time usually consist of a quick bite at your desk or a grab-n-go meal while driving? If so, it’s time to slow down your busy schedule and take back your lunch break. The noon meal is your opportunity to relax and mentally recharge for the remainder of the day. Whether you enjoy […]

Don’t Just Absorb. Engage!

The next time you watch a movie or read a book, don’t let the experience end after the credits roll or the last page is turned. Take some time to write down your own impressions of the material. Think of three alternate endings. Introduce the work to a friend and encourage them to discuss their […]

Mix Up Your Routine

When you do the same thing day in and day out, it’s very easy for activities to become mindless. Breaking the pattern forces your brain to activate your attention skills. So whether it’s taking a new route to work, trying a new machine at the gym, or cooking a dish you’ve never cooked before, try […]