The Brain Warrior's Way Podcast

With Dr. Daniel & Tana Amen

Podcast hosts Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen are changing the way we look at the brain and its direct connection to all things wellness. From weight loss to love and happiness to overcoming mental conditions like anxiety, depression and ADD. They deliver practical, everyday tips for building the best brain and best life possible. Click on one of the episodes below to listen today! You can also find The Brain Warrior’s Way on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or Google Play.

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Emotional Eating Triggers, Motivational Tricks & Tips, and more Live Questions with Dr. Amen and The Daniel Plan FB Live Part 2

January 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.  FULL TRANSCRIPT 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.
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The Daniel Plan: The 5 Pillars of Weight Loss Success

January 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. FULL TRANSCRIPT 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.

Q & A Session: Can ADD Be Cured? Is It True?

January 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. 

What Makes a Great Leader?

January 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.

Dr Amen Q&A Session 3 Part 1

January 14, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of our Q&A session. Today's episode we're going to talk about a couple of issues, but one thing that stood in this episode is a question about sugar and sweeteners. I know it's a hot topic and it's something you probably are asking yourself as well. So be sure to listen to the whole episode and learn some useful insights in today's questions, answered. 

The Teenage Brain – How to Train Teens in Building the Right Boundaries

January 13, 2017

This is our first milestone for this podcast, and believe it or not, we've just reached our 50th episode. 

So from all of us here at the Amen Clinic, thank you for your continued support and the wonderful feedback and reviews that you've left on iTunes. 

Now to celebrate this milestone, we're joined by Dr. John Townsend, a prolific, New York Times bestselling author of almost 30 books. 

Today's topic is all about the teenage brain. It's a topic that's near and dear to us because we too have a teenager who is so special in our life. 

The problem is, in many families, these teens don't get the attention they need to prepare themselves for the future, to be the next leaders. They are left vulnerable to negative influences. 

If you're in that same boat, be sure to listen, as Dr John Townsend shares with us his expertise in helping parents raise up teens with the right boundaries. 

How to Create Boundaries That Build Relationship with Dr John Townsend

January 12, 2017

Successful relationships are built on mutual respect of another person's boundaries and limitations. When someone encroaches another person's boundaries, it means no less than trouble.  One of the most simple way of creating boundaries for yourself is by practicing a graceful way of saying no when you feel that it's against your principle, your health, or your well being. Unfortunately, many fall into becoming men pleasers which simply means giving up on someone's boundaries.  Today's episode, we'll dig deeper into this topic and we'll have Dr. John Townsend, New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach, psychologist, and author of Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No-To Take Control of Your Life.

Entitlement Cure – How to Break the Grip of Entitlement by Instilling Accountability and Responsibility with Dr. John Townsend

January 11, 2017

If there's one thing that keeps people from succeeding, it's their sense of entitlement. And that's what we're going to discuss today. Why is this entitlement so detrimental to developing responsible and accountable children or employees and how are we going to tackle this societal disease. Today's guest is an expert on this topic and he's written the book, The Entitlement Cure along with many other books.  Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written or co-written 27 books, selling 8 million copies, including the Boundaries series; Leadership Beyond Reason; and Handling Difficult People. I'm sure you'll enjoy the insights in this episode so be sure to stick around. And if you haven't subscribe, be sure to subscribe to this podcast so you won't miss out on three other interviews we have with Dr. Townsend.  

Empowering Women By Building Positive Body Image

January 10, 2017

What would you do when someone tells you that you're fat? There's practically only two things you can do about this type of comment, you can either take it and respond gracefully or it can tear your confidence down and you go into a defensive mode, depression, and stress. 

According to studies, 93% of women doesn't like their body. Well, that's a sad number and I think it's really worth talking about this issue and we can build a positive body image for everyone, no matter what their age is.

Join us in this episode as we listen more from Kathy Smith and how she helps empower women and build a positive body image. 


How to Do What You Ought to Do and Deal with Your Excuses with Kathy Smith

January 9, 2017

Alibis, excuses, whatever you call it, at some point in our lives, we all had our own reasons for not doing the healthy things or the good things eventhough we already knew its consequences. Why we do what we shouldn't do and not do those that we ought to do, that's the million dollar question.  In today's episode, we'll discuss about this with Kathy Smith and she'll share with us her insights and personal experience and hopefully we'll all learn something to takeaway to help us stick to what we should do for our health. 
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