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Sugar is more than calories.

It has hidden and toxic effects on the brain and body.

One day, I was sitting eating a somewhat “large” chicken and cheese panini sandwich, and an Italian neuroscientist colleague at UCSF, looked at me, and quite horrified, and said: “Wow, you can eat a lot”. Although, this was quite shocking, the truth is, I really could eat a lot back then. My lab recently has shown that sugar changes the brain in the same way that alcohol and nicotine do, that it is as addictive. What I didn’t know was that sugar overconsumption over a long period of time, activates the brain (hypothalamus) to make you never feel full after eating food. That is right. It does not release the hormones, ghrelin and leptin, to tell you that you are full. That is why I ate a lot. Further, the body is not able to store energy from sugar, it ends up in fat cells that line the stomach and the thighs. Why I could not get rid of my muffin top, after training for a marathon.

Although sugar relieves stress in the short term, think of the chocolate bar after a bad meeting, in the long run it makes us more stressed and anxious. Sugar activates the amygdala, the fear center of the brain.
 
So, when I started to reduce sugar intake, I started to feel full again and I regained my waistline-totally unexpected bonus. For example, low fat strawberry yoghurt, is one of the worst offenders, it is right up there with soda. Sugar replaced fat in foods to make them look like they have less calories. Sugar is embedded in 70% of all processed foods. This is why sugar is so toxic to our brain and body and is often hidden. Pay attention to the amount of sugar in foods and drinks consumed daily. Consuming too much added sugar increases heart disease risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and inflammation.
Train the brain, reduce sugar intake, reshape the waistline.
My full research articles can be found here.
https://www.qut.edu.au/news?news-id=103307
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0150270

FOODS HIGH IN SUGAR EXPAND THE WAISTLINE

Sugar is addictive as alcohol and nicotine. Changes the brain and the body.

SHINE PODCAST Episode #1:How I rebuilt brain resilience to get healthy and fit again.

Learn how everyday stresses wire the brain for high fat/sugary foods

Retrain the brain to beat stress and find your waistline

 

As an addiction neuroscientist I should have known better. Like all of us, everyday stresses were eating me up. Slowly, my dress size crept up-until-boom- I was fat, unhealthy and unhappy. The good news, phew, the brain is plastic and can be rewired. I reset my mindset and trained my way back into skinny jeans. Listen to the Shining Mind podcast to learn more.

Get on top of stress. Count them first. Do something next.

Did you stress about any of the following 10 things today.  Answer yes or no. Get a stress count. 

SMASH YOUR MINDSET. GET FAB. FIT.FOREVER

 

With Selena’s help I retrained my brain to over-ride my amygdala which occasionally threatened to ignite my fight and flight response bringing panic before a presentation. I regularly thank and acknowledge Selena in my coaching programs, sharing stories about the brain’s plasticity, power poses and positive affirmations and how understanding these concepts can make you be a better presenter and communicator. Selena explained why and how my home-spun tips and techniques worked by sharing her knowledge of the brain and how it functions.

– Helen Besly, Managing Director, Rowland, Brisbane, Australia.

Smashing Mindset

We all want a smashing mindset and healthy body. But stress locks down our mindset and makes us fat, unhealthy and unhappy. Learn how to reboot your brain to kick old habits to recharge your body and reinvent your life. This book was written for the average person, in order to understand more about the brain, by a neuroscientist that spent 25 years studying the brain. There are six easy to follow principles with exercises and tips to help you train the brain to reduce stress, have a healthy body and happy life. It all starts with learning how to train the brain to get a smashing mindset.

 

 

 

Smashing Mindset

$10.00 AUD$30.00 AUD

“Yes, it’s not a cliche: you can change your thinking and it will help you to change your life. Thank you, Dr. Selena Bartlett, for explaining to us these invaluable concepts of brain fitness and the neuroplasticity revolution. Truly inspiring. Loved this book- easy read with fun but educational activities!!”

 

– By ADon

“With Selena’s help I retrained my brain to over-ride my amygdala which occasionally threatened to ignite my fight and flight response bringing panic before a presentation. I regularly thank and acknowledge Selena in my coaching programs, sharing stories about the brain’s plasticity, power poses and positive affirmations and how understanding these concepts can make you be a better presenter and communicator. Selena explained why and how my home-spun tips and techniques worked by sharing her knowledge of the brain and how it functions.”

 

– Helen Besly, Managing Director, Rowland, Brisbane, Australia.

“Dr. Bartlett gave me the confidence I needed to make significant changes in my life. Her dedicated efforts as a neuroscientist and firm understanding of how the brain works provided me the link that I had always been searching for – explaining the Whys of so many common diet tips. Armed with a new clear grasp of what I needed to do and how, and with her positive, helpful scientific approach I have been able to move forward with confidence and success. I recommend to anyone wanting change in their life to allow them selves to be guided by the research, teachings and science-based approach Dr. Bartlett provides.”

 

– Ira Kargel, CEO and President, Gears Bike Shop, Toronto, Canada.

We all want a smashing mindset and healthy body. But stress locks down our mindset and makes us fat, unhealthy and unhappy. Learn how to reboot your brain to kick old habits to recharge your body and reinvent your life. This book was written for the average person, in order to understand more about the brain, by a neuroscientist that spent 25 years studying the brain. There are six easy to follow principles with exercises and tips to help you train the brain to reduce stress, have a healthy body and happy life. It all starts with learning how to train the brain to get a smashing mindset.

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“Yes, it’s not a cliche: you can change your thinking and it will help you to change your life. Thank you, Dr. Selena Bartlett, for explaining to us these invaluable concepts of brain fitness and the neuroplasticity revolution. Truly inspiring. Loved this book- easy read with fun but educational activities!!”

 

– By ADon

“With Selena’s help I retrained my brain to over-ride my amygdala which occasionally threatened to ignite my fight and flight response bringing panic before a presentation. I regularly thank and acknowledge Selena in my coaching programs, sharing stories about the brain’s plasticity, power poses and positive affirmations and how understanding these concepts can make you be a better presenter and communicator. Selena explained why and how my home-spun tips and techniques worked by sharing her knowledge of the brain and how it functions.”

 

– Helen Besly, Managing Director, Rowland, Brisbane, Australia.

“Dr. Bartlett gave me the confidence I needed to make significant changes in my life. Her dedicated efforts as a neuroscientist and firm understanding of how the brain works provided me the link that I had always been searching for – explaining the Whys of so many common diet tips. Armed with a new clear grasp of what I needed to do and how, and with her positive, helpful scientific approach I have been able to move forward with confidence and success. I recommend to anyone wanting change in their life to allow them selves to be guided by the research, teachings and science-based approach Dr. Bartlett provides.”

 

– Ira Kargel, CEO and President, Gears Bike Shop, Toronto, Canada.

Trace It To Erase It

Dr. Selena E. Bartlett, Neuroscientist has created an easy to follow guidebook that uses tracing and other fun techniques to help you learn how to tap into BRAINPOWER.

The simple act of tracing helps to train the brain to manage stress, break free of old habits to be healthier and happier.

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"Miggi Matters” by Dr. Selena Bartlett

MiGGi Matters

$19.95 AUD$22.83 AUD

“This book is an amazing read, particularly the chapter about will power. In five well written chapters Dr Selena Bartlett suggests ways how to shed unhealthy habits and how to train our consciousness for lasting improvement of our physical and mental state. It is key to live truly happier, better lives.”

 

– Iris Assing, Kenilworth, U.K.

“I am a cancer survivor and take tamoxifen as post treatment to secure the odds that the cancer won’t come back. I was surprised to discover that the exercises in MiGGi Matters helped me coach my brain to manage stress which helped me sleep better. Who would have ever thought that you could train the MiGGi monster to help with insomnia! I truly feel that brain training could help anyone. I highly recommend reading MiGGi Matters and doing the easy exercises.”

 

– Robin, mother, professional dancer, entrepreneur, Berkeley, California.

How to train your brain to manage stress and trim your body.

She wrote MiGGi Matters as an interactive guide to engage and educate you about the brain, tools to show you how to become aware of MiGGi moments and how to train the brain to respond instead of react to them.

She tells you about the five simple principles she developed to manage stress, reduce sugar and alcohol intake, improve cardiovascular fitness, and trim the body—the why as well as the what to do instead.

Written for the average person, specifically around issues concerning addiction, diet, and exercise.

The book reflects what she learned in her own quest for a healthier life, and from interviewing real people.

This book is not about dieting. As we all know, diets can make us fatter and more stressed.

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“This book is an amazing read, particularly the chapter about will power. In five well written chapters Dr Selena Bartlett suggests ways how to shed unhealthy habits and how to train our consciousness for lasting improvement of our physical and mental state. It is key to live truly happier, better lives.”

 

– Iris Assing, Kenilworth, U.K.

“I am a cancer survivor and take tamoxifen as post treatment to secure the odds that the cancer won’t come back. I was surprised to discover that the exercises in MiGGi Matters helped me coach my brain to manage stress which helped me sleep better. Who would have ever thought that you could train the MiGGi monster to help with insomnia! I truly feel that brain training could help anyone. I highly recommend reading MiGGi Matters and doing the easy exercises.”

 

– Robin, mother, professional dancer, entrepreneur, Berkeley, California.

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MiGGi Matters

She wrote MiGGi Matters as an interactive guide to engage and educate you about the brain, tools to show you how to become aware of MiGGi moments and how to train the brain to respond instead of react to them.

She tells you about the five simple principles she developed to manage stress, reduce sugar and alcohol intake, improve cardiovascular fitness, and trim the body—the why as well as the what to do instead.

Written for the average person, specifically around issues concerning addiction, diet, and exercise.

The book reflects what she learned in her own quest for a healthier life, and from interviewing real people.

This book is not about dieting. As we all know, diets can make us fatter and more stressed.

“This book is an amazing read, particularly the chapter about will power. In five well written chapters Dr Selena Bartlett suggests ways how to shed unhealthy habits and how to train our consciousness for lasting improvement of our physical and mental state. It is key to live truly happier, better lives.”       

– Iris Assing, Kenilworth, U.K.

Feeling stressed out?

I call this Having a MiGGi Moment

MiGGi moments can be intense or mild, but they all affect your brain.

When neuroscientist Dr. Selena Bartlett had this light-bulb moment, she realized MiGGi moments happen because the more primitive parts of the brain (MiGGi) – overwhelm the rational part (Thinker). MiGGi moments lead to reactions rather than rational responses to stress.

“Like most people, I was not dealing well with the low levels of continual stress in my life. Stress had me turning to comfort foods, which tend to be high in fat and sugar, and sometimes to alcohol. It was stress-induced overeating and underexercising that was wreaking havoc on my body. And my brain was driving it all.”

Because it is not about WILLPOWER. 

It is about BRAINPOWER.

Get to know your brain to manage stress and trim the body

 

She realized that if your brain can be changed by unhealthy habits, so to can you change your brain to get healthy habits.

About Author:

Selena Bartlett, Ph.D., is a Professor of Neuroscience at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Bartlett has delivered a TEDx Talk on brain fitness and the neuroplasticity revolution and many lectures on stress and its effects on the brain.

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