Day 46, Make Your Brain Smarter

“Know Brainers Brainpower of none: When you hit a mental wall, quiet your mind to regain brain energy, and find fresh solutions. Learn to use silence to solve perplexing problems and think deeply. Brainpower of one: Work on one thing at a time–sequential-task instead of multitasking. Secondly, strategically block a large percentage of incoming information and consciously know what to select. Brainpower of two: Every day, identify and dedicate the majority of time to your two most important ‘elephant’ tasks.”
 
 

Morning

 
My day did not start well.  I have eaten 700 calories, and it is only 8:55 AM.   The last time this happened, my evening ended in a binge.  How can I prevent that today?
 
I have some garcinia cambogia that I bought at the start of this journey.  I have not used it every day.  However, it may be wise to take some now to suppress my appetite for a few hours.  I can eat another 700 calories this afternoon and do fine.  However, I had better wait before consuming anything else.
 
The maid is in the kitchen right now.  When she is done, I will go in there.  
 
I could:
 
  • work on the laundry
  • do my gratitude practice
  • read my library books
  • refill the water filter
  • start posting this blog journey
  • read the Bible
  • create a MindMeister reminder list
  • write in my journal
  • sleep a while longer
  • meditate
  • pay insurance bills
  • water the plants
  • hot pack my eyes
  • handle the mail
  • program my Vibrancy app
  • check my blog stats
 
Let me get back to that list.
 

Reminders

 
 
This mindmap attempts to compensate for my overeating this morning.  I plan to skip lunch and have a green drink at snack time, then start a fast.  This is different than my usual pattern, so I do not know if it will work.  However, it might.
 

Diet Diary

 
 
You can see that I overdosed on calcium for the same reasons as yesterday.  Sodium may appear high, but it is just fine with my lithium intake.  You can set your own limits for any of these nutrients in Cronometer.
 

Evening

 
I did some reading this afternoon.  I did not follow my plan strictly, but it was good enough.  I took a shower a day earlier than my weekly mindmap specifies.
 
The condo is clean.  Seconds ago, I advanced the laundry.  I do not need supper, and I am not hungry!  My husband is watching television in the living room.  I am here in the office, putting together another day.  Tomorrow, I will start posting my journey.  I hope to post five entries a day and still write another one.  That is an ambitious undertaking.
 
From what I have been reading this afternoon, complex problem solving is the best way to keep your brain healthy.  I have always wondered if cross-word puzzles were the answer.  Maybe not.  Memorizing thousands of facts is an independent function and does not contribute to brain health.
 

What is the Answer for Me?

 
What is the answer for me?  Maybe some more app development is in my future.  It is hard work for the brain, but that is just what exercises it and increases its neuroplasticity.  I wonder if I can do that and keep up my writing as well.  I will have to do some complex problem solving to figure out how to do that.
 
Putting too heavy of a demand on the brain is not beneficial either, so I need to take breaks, get my sleep, and do my meditation.
 
The prefrontal cortex is not only in charge of executive functions like planning, but it also handles emotional balance by communicating with the amygdala.  The PFC is more connected than any other part of the brain.
 

Prayer

 
 
EVENING PRAYER
 
Lord,
 
Today was a good day.  My husband and I are at peace.  Today, I realized that he does not like to talk while eating, so trying to have a conversation with him is futile.  I will stop expecting it and find other ways to connect with him.  Tonight, I scratched his back, arms, sides, and belly.  He liked that a lot.
 
This evening, my fast has challenged me.  However, if I eat throughout the evening, my weight will go up again.  I think intermittent fasting must continue.  Tonight, I thought of having a little beet sauerkraut.  Then I thought twice.  A little bit of food will stimulate my appetite for more.  I could end up having an all-out binge.
 
It looks like maintaining my weight will always involve some hunger.  That is partly because of my medication.  I do not choose to stop my medicines as I have in the past.
 

Morning

 
Lord, I slept okay last night.  I stayed up and visited my husband for a while at bedtime upon his request.  It was not that late when I retired.
 
Today, I will start posting this journey.  It may take longer than planned.
 
If my readers have not experienced it from Day One, they are invited.
 
Amen.
 
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This article, with its diet diary, shows what worked for me.  I do not claim that it will work for you.  Consult a licensed medical provider to determine your diet and medical care.  These blog entries do not diagnose or treat any disease.  If I provide any clues for you or your provider, I will be happy.
 
 

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