The Brain Warrior's Way Podcast

New York Times bestselling authors, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen are your personal Brain Warrior Guides to help you win the war for your health and defeat anxiety, depression, memory loss, ADHD, addictions, disease, and obesity. Learn how you can take control of your brain and body for the rest of your life.
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Mar 2, 2017

NOTE: If you have not yet listened to the first three episodes of this five part series, we highly recommend that you get back to The Toxin Solution Parts 1,2,&3.

Now that you know how horrifying these toxins, today we're going to learn some tips on how you detoxify your body effectively.

Mar 1, 2017

NOTE: If you have not yet listened to the first two episodes of this five part series, we highly recommend that you get back to The Toxin Solution, Parts 1&2.

There are various ways toxins are introduced into our system and one inevitable factor is the environment that we live in. Listen to this episode as we discuss the toxic role of molds. 

Feb 28, 2017

NOTE: If you have not yet listened to the first episode of this five part series, we highly recommend that you get back to The Toxin Solution Part 1.

In this episode, we'll be talking about the importance of being aware of the things/products that we are using or consuming and ensure that we don't expose ourselves to unnecessary toxics. 

Feb 27, 2017

Today's episode is first in five parts of our interview with Dr. Joseph Pizzorno. Dr Pizzorno is the founder of Bastyr University and best selling author. He wrote the book , The Toxin Solution, which will be the center of this five part series. 

Feb 24, 2017
Whether it's in business or personal communication, your voice matters. But there's really something more you can do to get the best voice you can possibly have and it all starts with being mindful of simple things such as your breathing.
In today's podcast, you'll learn some of the techniques to get that voice you probably never thought you could have.  
Feb 23, 2017

Can your brain be affected by your voice? Listen to this episode and learn what Roger Love thinks about your voice in relation to your brain.  

Feb 22, 2017

Did you ever think about your voice as an asset? Well, you might not be a singing sensation or a diva, but today we'll talk about why your voice matters. In this episode, we'll be joined by renowned voice coach who've handled celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, and many other Grammy winning artist, Roger Love. Roger Love is also the author of the book Set Your Voice Free. 

Feb 18, 2017

Wondering what the new trends are in dealing with ADHD? Listen to this episode and get to know what Neurofeedback is and why it's gaining popularity.  

Feb 17, 2017

Do you ever find yourself asking if you should take medication for an ailment or just leave it because of your perceived side effects? That's what we're going to discuss today. In particular, ADD and ADHD and we'll weigh the pros and cons of taking Ritalin.

Feb 16, 2017

There are many things that can dilute the intimacy between couples. In this episode we'll talk about how sleep apnea and snoring can be detrimental to your intimate relationships and your brain's role in it.

Feb 15, 2017

Today's episode we're going to talk about love and sex and how the brain is affected by these two charged emotional events in our lives. We've talked a lot about sex in this podcast and if you haven't heard our previous episodes, check out episodes 16 and 61.

Feb 14, 2017

Losing someone is hard, emotionally, but does it have any impact on your brain? That's what we're going to find out in today's episode. 

Feb 13, 2017

Since we are on the love month and only a day away from Valentines, we're starting a series called The Brain in Love. So today, we're going to talk about, what if you can choose the one you love?

Feb 10, 2017

Today's episode is the episode for every female who just wants to make something different in her life and in her health. We'll be discussing about some interesting topics on genes, diets, and how you can turn things around with your old school health plan to something that's workable, possible, and believable health and wellness strategy. 

Feb 9, 2017

There are people who suffer from chronic illnesses who take a handful of medicine every day. It's like a common scenario that we've learned to accept as the norm. However, as people become more aware of using food as a medicine and not just as a way to nourish their body, diet as treatment has gained popularity.

The question now is, can diet help treat chronic illnesses? Listen to this episode and know the answer. 

Feb 8, 2017

Hormones are what makes our body's processes work like a well oiled machine. When one of the many hormones suddenly gets disrupted whether it shoots up or goes down, we'll see and feel the effects of it. 

Similarly, the lifestyle that we have can either make things better or it can also make things worst. 

In today's episode, we'll talk exactly about how these two factors play an important role in our brain health.


Feb 7, 2017

There are a number of ailments and injuries that can greatly affect our brain functions, and probably the two most common which we're going to talk about today is head trauma and cardiac arrest. 

If you want to know how these two can affect your brain functions, be sure to listen to this short podcast. 


Feb 6, 2017

Today's episode, we're going to answer another set of questions that I think is essential for our understanding of our brain health. Please be sure that you subscribe so you don't miss out any of the new episodes we release everyday, except Sunday.


Feb 4, 2017

We are on our third episode for this series of questions and answers and in each episode, we hope that you're learning new things to help you be more aware and conscious about your brain health. 

In today's discussion, we're going to answer a couple of questions on who and when should you get yourself a brain scan and why you need it specially during the advance years starting at 40. 



Feb 3, 2017

In this second part of our Q&A, you'll learn why contact sports should be shunned by your kids and what alternative sports you should choose. We've also answered the question on what is the role of inflammation in Alzheimers


Feb 1, 2017

Dr. Daniel Emina is a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who earned his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, and completed his general residency in psychiatry and child/adolescent fellowship at the University of Hawaii Department of Psychiatry. His training was modeled on a bio/psych/social/spiritual/cultural understanding of an individual and featured a diverse patient population.

In this brief interview, we'll get to know Dr. Emina's three most important lessons he has learned while working at the Amen Clinic. 


Dr. Amen: Hey everybody. Dr. Daniel Amen. I'm here with Dr. Daniel Emina.

Dr. Emina: Two Daniels.

Dr. Amen: We are here in our Northern California Clinic in Walnut Creek. We are going to talk about the three biggest lessons that Daniel who has worked with us for the last two and a half years has learned working at Amen Clinics. Daniel is double board certified psychiatrist. He trained at UCLA and at the University of Hawaii. You know I did my child psychiatry training at Tripler along with University of Hawaii. In both of our psychiatric training they never taught us to look at the brain. Isn't that nuts? When you think about it, it's nuts. When you think after being here two and half years, what are some of the big lessons you've learned? What comes to mind?

Dr. Emina: First thing is, I think I'm extremely spoiled being here. It's drastically changed the way I understand mental health. I don't even think of it as mental health anymore, I think of it as brain health. I think that almost everyone should come in and start to think of how can I make my brain better? No matter what diagnosis you may have had before, I usually start to think well, don't think of it like that, just think of it as how can I optimize my brain? You could come in and be a CEO of a company doing extremely well technically in life but there's things you can always do to optimize your brain. Lesson one for me is it's not really mental health anymore. I'm not necessarily a mental health doctor now, I'm a brain health doctor now.

Dr. Amen: So whether it's ADD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and addictions, schizophrenia, or you're fighting with your wife or you're irritable with your kids-

Dr. Emina: Or don't sleep as well or you just want to be even better at the tasks you do everyday, whatever that may be at home, at work, whatever it may be because ultimately it's your brain that controls everything you do.

Dr. Amen: Okay so you see mental health as brain health. I think that's like a huge 'aha' for me. I've learned nobody really wants to see a psychiatrist. Nobody wants to be labeled as defective or abnormal but everybody wants a better brain. Nobody would argue with you, "No I don't want a better brain." They do. It decreases the stigma which is one of the things that hooked me early on with scans is patient stops thinking of it as a moral problem, as a problem of not trying hard enough, but as a medical problem.

Dr. Emina: Yes. I should add that as being my second biggest thing in some ways. I've been so spoiled to have this tool. I'm trying to imagine not having this tool, practicing without this tool. It completely changes the way I see clients as they come in with whatever concern they may have. Even concerns related to people who have been labeled as personality disorders and things like that. Now you get to see what they were trying to deal with all this time. A lot of our coping mechanisms whether good or maladaptive, a bad coping strategy, are based on how we try to manage that brain we have. Lesson number two for me, the biggest was, you have to look at the organ you're treating. I'm trying to imagine if, you definitely talked about this, if I'm a cardiologist I have to kind of imagine, well based on what you're telling me potentially this is what's going on with your heart. This has completely changed the way I understand clients.

Dr. Amen: Not acceptable. It's just not acceptable. I remember working on a new book and writing about chronic fatigue syndrome and back in the early '90s when I started doing scans the idea of chronic fatigue, oh you're a psychiatric patient, you're histrionic or there's secondary gain. There's a gain from being sick and then when you saw their scans, they were just devastated like the infectious scans you see. And all of the sudden it just completely changes everything on how you deal with this person. Of course they're hysterical. Their brain is not working right and they can't think. That'll make you terrible, act that way.

Dr. Emina: In some ways that actually connects into my last big lesson is that because now that I can look at scans you tend to see that the other things that contribute to whatever someone is coming in complaining about. All of the sudden if you see a brain that looks extremely unhealthy, you probably have to think that this person isn't just depressed. Maybe there's something else that's happening in their life and whatever situation, something they've been exposed to that's now leading them to present with whatever illness. Things that I wouldn't have even fathomed or thought contributed to mental illness or whatever before now I have to start thinking about. It's actually even expanded my thinking even greater than that because now I'm doing pharmacogenomics which is looking at how your body reacts to supplements, medicines and such based on your genetics. It's completely changed the way I think of brain health just because I get to see ...

Dr. Amen: So what are some of those things you've seen that have surprised you that can cause anxiety, depression, ADD?

Dr. Emina: One really important one is head trauma. Take a hit to the head, the one that you forgot about. There's no family history of any brain disorders or mental illness or whatever. All the sudden you're the one that has severe anxiety and anger outbursts. We take a look and everyone thinks it's something wrong with you. Also we take a look at your scan and you see significant damage to the temporal lobe. Now everybody in the family can say this is what's going on, this is the medical condition. If you had a broken leg, people wouldn't get angry at you for having a broken leg and not being able to walk as quickly as them. It now gives you an opportunity [inaudible 00:06:33] this is why you actually abuse substances because you were just trying to cope and this became a maladaptive or bad coping strategy. Now let's work on creating better coping strategies.

Dr. Amen: And often in the history they say they didn't have a head injury. You see it in the scan and then we have to ask over and over again and then we find they were in a bad car accident. They were thrown from a car ... whenever.

Dr. Emina: And one of the other biggest errors I'm actually learning about and this is actually in this last year I've been picking up more knowledge related to this are infectious type processes that can lead to presentations again whether it's you were exposed to mold or exposed to lime or even just kind of chronic based infectious or inflammatory responses that lead to the presentation and just continue to have these symptoms. I'm depressed, I'm anxious, I'm tired all the time and it's related to this potential infectious process or the thing that was going on for a long time. I've even started to see a connection with that and how to treat headaches too. You see certain things on the scan and there's a tendency that the genes or the genetics will match up a certain way. And that changes the way you go about treating that client too. It's amazing stuff.

Dr. Amen: Here at Amen Clinics we actually do a formal outcomes study on everybody we see. We have, 'cause people go what's your success rate using this scan? It's really high. If we treat you it's 84% of complicated people. On average, our patients and you know this, at 4.2 diagnoses, nobody's simple. They have failed 3.3 providers and 5 medications. That's our average. Daniel actually has one of the best success rates in the whole company so thank you. I'm very proud of you for that. But if you don't look, you don't know. Learn more about Amen Clinics and about our Northern California Clinic at Have a great day.


Jan 31, 2017


If you love the first part of this FB Live on Daniel's Plan Q&A session, you'll sure love this part two where we answered some great questions on motication, emotional eating and more. 


Daniel Amen: This next question is really good. What do you recommend to help me maintain my motivation? I'm good for a week, and then motivation goes out the window. What do you think?

Tana Amen: I would say that this is where knowing your why and having it firmly planted in your head, and not making it about something temporary ...

Daniel Amen: Put it up where you can see it every day.

Tana Amen: Absolutely.

Daniel Amen: The Daniel Plan book actually have an exercise we call the one page miracle. On one piece of paper, write down what you want, and then ask yourself every day, "Does my behavior get me what I want?"

Tana Amen: That's what I was going to say, and it's really what you need to do. When I was training for my black belt test ...

Daniel Amen: Did you say that I was brilliant?

Tana Amen: Brilliant. You're brilliant. I love you.

Daniel Amen: Could we say it one more time?

Tana Amen: You are brilliant, my love.

Daniel Amen: Thank you.

Tana Amen: When I was training for my black belt test, you know that was six years of hard work, and there were times where I'm like, "Okay. I'm just done. I'm tired. It's hard. This is hard. I'm tired of getting bruises and whatever," but what I did was keep ... Stop looking at me like that. He thinks I'm crazy. I kept these signs, and motivational quotes, and things like that around the room where I trained, and that really helped me. I kept pictures of amazing people that inspire me, and the end result, and I kept what my goal was at the end firmly planted, so that I didn't lose sight of it just because I was tired.

Daniel Amen: Motivation and why go hand in hand. You have to know your why, and it has to be so important you just stick with it. I wanted to go to medical school. It was a big endeavor, but I wanted to do that, so everything else became around that goal. You just want to know why you want to be healthy.

I find I'm my own worst enemy. How can I change this about myself? It's true for everybody who is not healthy that you're your own worst enemy, because you're not focused on being well. That's why Tana and I wrote a book called The Brain Warriors Way, because it's a war. If you're not armed, prepared and aware, then our society is not set up for your health. Our society is set up for your illness.

Tana Amen: One thing I would probably say about that, because I think we all have, at some time in our lives, done this sabotage thing. Most of us have done a self-sabotage thing at some point in our lives, and if you look at why you do that and you really figure it out ... What I like to do is have people think about the times, because probably most likely, at some point in your lives, you've, also, really succeeded. You've done something really well. Even if it was when you were in seventh grade and you made the cheerleading team, or the basketball team, or whatever it was, think about that time, what you did, what went into that, and really break it down step by step. Did you go to sleep earlier? Did you practice? Were you just really focused on it and really serious about it?

Break it down step by step. Chances are, there's a formula there, and if you apply that same formula and you look at what you're doing now that is sabotaging you, I bet you you can see that there's a big gap in what you're doing now and what you did then to be very successful.

Daniel Amen: I'm going to bunch these two questions. How do I overcome emotional eating? I find that food is the first place to go when I'm sad, stressed, or bored. I'm going to combine that with what do you recommend to help with cravings and sugar? I want sugar all day long.

Ultimately, sugar and foods that quickly turn to sugar, bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, sugar, cause an insulin response in your body. What that means, your body sees sugar. Your pancreas produces a lot of insulin in that way to drive the sugar into your cells. One of the other things it, also, does is it works on an amino acid called tryptophan and drives tryptophan into your brain.

Why do you care about that? Tryptophan is the amino acid building block for serotonin. It makes you happy, so, yes, brownies, cupcakes, rocky road ice cream, they all make you happy short term. They give you inflammation, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression and Alzheimer's Disease long term. You want to go short term benefit, long term problem. There are other ways to increase serotonin. Exercise is one. I think you actually use exercise as an anti-depressant.

Tana Amen: Yes.

Daniel Amen: When you're having a craving, go for a walk, and then there's supplements like 5HTP and saffron that can help naturally boost serotonin in the brain.

Tana Amen: I want to touch on something, too. That's absolutely true, and here's the really, really simple thing you can do, stop eating sugar. When you eat sugar and simple carbs, you crave sugar and simple carbs. When you stop, it's hard for a couple days, and then if you eat some fat and healthy protein, like we talked about in the beginning, those cravings will start to go away within a few days. They'll start to subside.

I'm getting dozens of messages now that the holidays are over about people who were warriors, and then got off track because of the holidays, and now they're really struggling to get back on. That's exactly what happens, because as soon as you start eating those foods, they're addictive, and the more you eat sugar and simple carbs, the more you crave them. The only way to get off of them is to get off of them, so use the same solution ...

Daniel Amen: And to see them as a weapon of mass destruction.

Tana Amen: Go back to step one, the thing you did in the beginning and start over.

Daniel Amen: Eating well and buying all these organic foods you recommend is expensive. I go to grocery stores and compare the price of organic fruit and vegetables to the regular ones, and I just can't do it. Is there a way to make eating well more affordable?

Again,, it will tell you which foods ...

Tana Amen: Dot org.

Daniel Amen: ... that are okay not organic, and which foods you should buy them organic or you just shouldn't eat them. For example, blueberries. I've been talking about blueberries forever. We call them brain berries around here, but they hold more pesticides than almost any other fruit, and you just want to ask yourself when it comes to expense, "Do I want to pay now or do I want to pay later," because all the pesticides in your body promote illness, and, yes, some things are more expensive, but not nearly as expensive as you could attest to as getting cancer.

Tana Amen: I want to, also, add to that when the studies were done at the Harvard Public School of Health, they actually found that eating healthy turned out to be $1.50 per day per person. Now, if you have six kids, yes, you have to learn how to budget that and be a little more thoughtful, but one of the things people weren't taking into account is that when you truly are doing it, if you're actually being honest and doing this in a really healthy way, you're cutting out things like expensive coffee drinks, and treats and snacks at the movies, which are just treating you to illness, by the way. You're cutting out a lot of the things that you were doing, so people weren't taking into account the fact that they're saving money on fast food and things like that, because they are now doing things in a more wholesome way. It's about $1.50 per day per person.

Daniel Amen: We eat out a lot and go to many social functions. What are some of the things I can do to stay on my healthy eating plan?

In your purse, put a little bottle of Sweetly.

Tana Amen: I've got Stevia and a bar always with me.

Daniel Amen: We carry food with us that's healthy, but, anyway, Sweetly makes ten different flavors. I like chocolate, and you'll always have it in your purse, because you love me. I'll get sparkling water and a lime. Nobody will harass me about that. I'll put a little bit in, because I like something a little bit sweet, and I'm perfectly happy. If it's an event where I will eat ahead of time.

Tana Amen: That's what I was going to say.

Daniel Amen: That way, I will not be tempted to make a mistake.

Tana Amen: What we will often do is eat ahead of time, and then pick at the salad and just eat a little bit of this or that. If they have chicken, order it without the sauce. They're usually willing to accommodate you a little bit.

Daniel Amen: I like this one. Which brand of permanent hair color do you recommend? Is the media right to say we should stay away from parabens and PPDs? I'm not ready to go gray yet.

Tana Amen: Me either. This is a hard one.

Daniel Amen: There is a couple of apps. My favorite one is called Think Dirty. Download it. It's free, or the Environmental Working Group as an app called Healthy Living, another one called Skin Deep, and they actually let you scan the products. When I first did this in my bathroom, I literally threw out 70% of the products in my bathroom. Parabens, phthalates and PEGs are endocrine disrupters. I'm putting all this stuff on my body to be sexy for my beautiful wife, and they're completely dropping my testosterone, so I'm not going to feel like being sexy. You don't want to do that. You don't want to put anything in your body that has pesticides in it, and you don't want to put anything on your body with poison, unless, of course, you don't like yourself. If you don't like yourself, that's a psychiatric issue we should talk about.

Tana Amen: As far as the hair color goes, that's a hard one. What I have done ... Yes, I'm not going gray yet. Not going to do it.

Daniel Amen: I would love you.

Tana Amen: I know. He keeps telling me, "Go gray." It's not going to happen.

Daniel Amen: I would love you.

Tana Amen: I know you would, and I love you for that, but it's not going to happen. You won't have to worry about it. That is the one thing I'm not ready to do, and I'm hoping that someone comes up with a really healthy hair color. They do make hair color, and I can't remember. I want to say it's Schwarzkopf. I'm not 100% sure. There is a brand that makes it without ammonia and lead, but I do know it just has other chemicals in it. Probably a little better than most, but to make up for that, what I do now is I try to be more careful with all the stuff I use on a day to day basis. Does that make sense? I just try to not daily assault my body with all of the chemicals around the house.

Daniel Amen: I think we only have time for one more question. I like this last question. How would you recommend some of the Brain MD health products with the Daniel Plan to help maximize potential?

I create supplements and have for a long time. They're under our Brand MD health line, and I think everybody should be taking a great multiple vitamin. We make one called Neurovite Plus, an awesome Omega 3 fatty acid supplement. We make Omega 3 Power, and these are different than what you can buy in the store, because they're concentrated, highly purified. Each batch is filtered for 256 toxins, and then I think you should check your vitamin D level and optimize it. We have products, if you tend to be a worrier and over focused, if your mood is not good, if you feel too anxious, you can't focus, or you have memory issues.

I think supplements help you mind the gap between that perfect diet and what most people do.

Tana Amen: I would add to that one last thing, and that is that we make an awesome protein powder, because a lot of the recipes you will see, are things like smoothies and stuff like that, so we make a plant based protein powder that includes all the amino acids, branch chain amino acids, if you're a vegan. It's got fiber in it. It's got no sugar, so it's really clean. Tastes really good, chocolate and vanilla. I think that that's another product that goes really nicely with The Daniel Plan. I'm biased, because I helped create it.

Daniel Amen: Yes, you did.

Tana Amen: I really like it, and because we use it in so many recipes. That's one thing.

I just want to touch really quickly before we end on that question, because it's just been stuck in my head, about the person who does the self-sabotage. Chances are you have learned to ... You've learned a series of habits that are sabotaging you, and you can learn tiny habits that will help you get back on track. It's about those daily habits. That's why we call it training, the daily training of a warrior. You just have to start that training and start with small habits, and build on them, but it's about daily training. You can't show up for the fight, you can't show up on fight day and expect to win if you're not training every day, so just every day, start those small things that are going to help build you up and get back on track.

Daniel Amen: One habit that I just really love, actually it's on the top of my to do list, it's every morning, I start with today is going to be a great day, because then my brain will find why today is going to be a great day. I, also, start with what I'm going to do today. Is it good for my brain or bad for my brain?

In the Daniel Plan, there are literally hundreds of daily habits that you can begin to put in your life. Just do one thing at a time.

Tana Amen: One thing at a time.

Daniel Amen: When you make a mistake, learn from it.

Tana Amen: Just get back. Up fell down. Get back up. You only fail if you stay down.

Daniel Amen: We are praying for your success. We are thrilled to be on this journey with you. You can tune in. The Daniel Plan has so many different resources. Tana and I have two new books called The Brain Warrior's Way, The Brain Warrior's Way Cookbook. It's all Daniel Plan friendly. We're just grateful you're part of our communities.

Tana Amen: Thank you so much.


Jan 30, 2017

The Daniel Plan is a groundbreaking program that will equip you with practical tools and resources to help you get into the best shape of your health. 

In this episode, we've answered some questions from our audience which we hope can also help you understand better what is in store for you if you get yourself into this program. 

If you haven't seen this, check out the Daniel Plan website.


Tana: Hi everyone. We are so excited to be here today answering questions about the detox, the talk we did last weekend, right?

Dr. Amen: For the Daniel Plan.

Tana: Right.

Dr. Amen: Which is a book, program that Mark Hyman, Rick Warren, and I wrote. Tanner was one of the coaches on that. It goes perfectly with the philosophy of what we have been teaching for a long time.

Tana: We're not schitzophrenic, we're looking at three different cameras. Just so you know, okay? We are trying to include.

Dr. Amen: Is that definition of not being schitzophrenic?

Tana: Right. We are trying include all of you. We're being inclusive.

Dr. Amen: So, we're gonna answer questions. We got a lot of 'em and actually one of my favorite ones is "I hate cooking, any tips for the non-cooker?"

Tana: You're gonna give me away aren't you? He's gonna throw me under bus right now.

Dr. Amen: When I met her, she couldn't cook if fact I prayed.

Tana: Yes.

Dr. Amen: Fervently, that she wouldn't cook.

Tana: It's true.

Dr. Amen: Because it was like a bomb would go off in the kitchen.

Tana: I did not learn how to cook until actually, probably when we got together, and Daniel says I went from disaster to master. There's a reason for that. It was because I actually, here's the secret even though I've written eight cook books, I don't love to cook, okay? I love to serve my family so I think part of the secret is that you focus on what's important to you. If it's, cooking, you know some people love to cook but if you don't love cooking, focus on the reason you're doing it. I did it because I wanted to be healthy and I couldn't go out at the time, to just all these great, healthy restaurants. There are still not that many of them but also because I wanted to serve my family. I didn't want my daughter growing up in the same sort of food chaos that I grew up in and so I learned how to do it. One of my biggest tips, the thing I would give to you is find ten things that you love that are super easy. Like the chicken wings that I make for my family, super easy recipe, I know I can do it in fifteen minutes and the preparation's just incredibly simple. I have 10 or 15 recipes that my family loves that I know are easy and from there, you'll start to branch out.

Dr. Amen: "I am new to the Daniel Plan. I read the book and watched the videos. Where is the best place to start?" What would you say?

Tana: I think that this might be different for everybody because I think that, like you talk about a lot, is tiny habits. I think that probably the thing that's easiest for you to master might be the thing to do. If drinking water sounds easy to you, start with drinking water. If cleaning out your pantry, we'd probably recommend that for all of you but master one thing. Clean out your pantry. Fill your pantry with good things. Drink water. Take small habits though and start to them expand them and whatever one feels the easiest to master, that's where I would start. What would you say?

Dr. Amen: The Daniel Plan is based on five pillars, faith, why do you care? Ask yourself and answer that question. Now, I never want to be a burden to my family. I want to live with great energy. I'm completely vain and I want to be in the same size pants I was in when I was 18. What's your motivation? Why do you care? Food, is this good for me or bad for me? It's really about a relationship with food but just start asking yourself this question. Will this serve my health or with this hurt my health? Fitness, brand new study I told you about this, if you're 80 years old and you walk at a three mile an hour pace, you have a 90% chance to live until you're ninety. If you can only walk at a one mile an hour pace, you have a 90% chance you will not live until you're 90 so start walking faster. I always tell everybody walk like you're late. Faith, food, fitness, focus, stop believing every stupid thought you have. Whenever you're sad, mad, nervous or out of control. Start journaling just start writing down what you're thinking and friends. People get better together or they get sick together. The thing I say over and over again that I just believe, the fastest way to get healthy is to find the healthiest people you can stand and then spend as much time around him or her as possible. Get the Daniel Plan. Do it with a friend.

Tana: Couldn't agree more.

Dr. Amen: If you could buy a copy for yourself and buy one for someone else and you do it as a group, you just get better faster. Just pick something really simple from each of those five pillars and go I'm doing that today.

Tana: Yeah, so I like the idea of picking something really simple you know you can do, master it and then move on. I like that. Let's see "I see the Daniel Plan talks a lot about detox. Can you please share some tips? Refer to watching" ... Okay, let's see, the first thing I want to do with the detox is explain what detox means cause a lot of people think we're going to drink some solution. Detox means this magical thing that happens and we're going to eliminate all of the bad things out of your body and by some you know, some magical thing we do. Really, what detox means at least for us, is you're going to get rid of the things that have been hurting you and start adding the things that have been helping you. We do not want you on a starvation program. We don't want you doing an all juice fast. We don't want you feeling miserable or deprived so you can all breathe a sigh of relief now. Really, what it means is that we just want you eating super clean and getting rid of the things that have been hurting you. That's really what we want you to focus on. An example would be sugar. We want you start with getting and we want you to start with two weeks of, because anyone can do that, or ten days. Ten days, anyone can do ten days, get rid of sugar, caffeine, anything that contains gluten, so especially wheat, dairy and what am I missing? Processed foods.

Dr. Amen: Corn. Soy.

Tana: And processed foods.

Dr. Amen: People are going but there's nothing left to eat.

Tana: Oh, there's so much.

Dr. Amen: We promise you, thousands of things and you want to think about food, you know what's your relationship? Are you going to eat something that serves you or something that hurts you?

Tana: Be thinking about adding lots of fat and healthy protein so not trans-fats or processed fats but nuts, avocado, seeds. A little healthy protein throughout the day will keep you very satisfied. Go to the Daniel Plan's website, the Daniel Plan cookbook, it's loaded with recipes. Their chefs are amazing. They're really going to help you get this down and not feel deprived. It's about abundance. It's not about deprivation.

Dr. Amen: The next question is "Life is so busy with my family, I really struggle prepping meals for the week and because of this, we typically go to fast food restaurants or I whip up something quick that probably isn't the healthiest. What do you suggest?" I suggest making this a priority and if you're gonna go pick up stuff, cause we pick up stuff.

Tana: Yeah.

Dr. Amen: It's find the restaurants that you like that like you back. Focus on organic vegetables and fruit, meats and you go oh, but that's expensive. No being sick is expensive. You really want to get your mindset right. A great website to go to is the environmental working group because they'll tell you which are the vegetables you really need organic and which are the ones that are okay to do non-organic.

Tana: I really like that and one thing I tell myself in order to reframe this cause it really is all about mindset. If you really want to do something, you will find a way and if you don't, you will find an excuse. That's just been our experience. What I really want you to focus on here is when I, cause we are really busy and I know how hard it can be when you're that busy. We traveled all the month of December, part of January and it was exhausting. When I am that tired, that's especially when I tell myself I am too busy not to make good decisions about my heath. I am too busy not to eat healthy, not to exercise, not to get my sleep. I have to be especially protective of myself and my family. I'm even more vigilant during those times and so come up with some simple solutions. I pay my daughter. Yes, bribery is a good thing, at times, so it becomes part of her chores to help chop up veggies or have an assistant, my assistant who normally helps at work, guess what, I have to have a cross over and she'll help me with things around the house and chopping up veggies and going to the grocery store and making sure I have healthy snacks. If you want to find a way.

Dr. Amen: Now people are saying I don't have an assistant.

Tana: Right.

Dr. Amen: I'm not like Tana Amen. I can't do that so before you were Tana Amen, what would you do?

Tana: That's a great question because now, my life is different now so that's my challenge is time now. There's been a time, believe me, lot's of times when it was financial and so one thing you can do that I have actually know of people doing very successfully, share the chores with another mom or another wife or someone, another person in your neighborhood. One person goes to the grocery store. One person is prepping. It is not harder to make a double batch of say, turkey chili or soup or something like that as it is to make one and it's not.

Dr. Amen: So and even before you had help, if you really wanted to do something.

Tana: Yeah.

Dr. Amen: You found the time.

Tana: I find a way. Yes, it's just, you just have to make it priority.

Dr. Amen: So what we're just asking you to do is make your health a priority because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit that was given to you by God, that was bought for you at a price. If you're not taking care of this, it means you're being disrespectful to the most important gift God gave you or one of the most important gifts God gave you.

Tana: One last little tip, here's an example of what that looks like. We do a lot of meetings, a lot of interviews. I do my interviews walking around, okay? I am moving. I don't like sitting all day and for me when I'm really busy, that's one of the things that really gets to us and gets me down. I move while I am interviewing while I am on meetings.

Jan 28, 2017

Join us in another lively discussion as Dr Daniel Amen and Tana Amen, answer some of the most interesting questions surrounding ADD, ADHD, brain health, nutrition, sex, and more. 

Jan 16, 2017

Whether it's in the family, in governments, or businesses, all these instutitions are in dire need of great leaders. 

In this episode of Brain Warrior's Podcast, we'll talk to Dr. John Townsend about the secret sauce of raising great leaders. 

Dr. Townsend works with leaders and organizations by providing team and executive coaching, corporate consulting, and by giving conference presentations.  He coaches families and family businesses.  John conducts the Townsend Leadership Program, developing leaders at sites nationwide.   He also formed the Townsend Leadership Coach Group, which trains leaders to run their own training teams.

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