Enjoy More and Stress Less Over the Holidays

The holiday season has officially begun and I am already hearing from clients, friends and family that they are feeling the busy-ness that can cause overwhelm and stress this month. Creating intentions and setting boundaries will be helpful in enjoying meaningful connections, moments of joy and possibly relaxing too.  Here are 5 foundational practices to […]

A Free Guide to a Replenishing Night’s Sleep

One of the ways we can support our body in re-energizing and feeling resilient is sleep. I am passionate about a good night’s sleep. We all know sleep is essential to our health but it can fall to the wayside especially when we are busy or feeling stressed.

Keep Your Brain Fit, Focused and Fabulous!

The “Brain Budget” is valuable tool that provides a strong foundation for keeping the brain sharp and healthy. This may be familiar to you but I want to introduce it for future reference.  The “Brain Budget” is a prioritization system used to maximize energy and create space in the day for healthy lifestyle activities, to […]

Are Your Routines Shrinking Your Brain?

Routines. They feel safe and comfortable like your favorite pair of cozy slippers or sweatpants. Basic morning and bedtime routines have a place in our lives and can support healthy habits, productivity and efficiency. . . BUT, you can get too comfortable with your routines and stop being fully present. Let’s be honest, your routines […]

Healthy Fats

Incorporate healthy fats into your diet and at every meal and snack. Getting the “right” kind of good fat may be a challenge and I recommend that you talk to your physician about your diet and an Omega 3 supplement containing EPA/DHA equaling 1000mg (or more if you are having any cognitive challenges). These fatty […]

When a “turn off” is a good thing…

Around Valentine’s Day, we express our love and caring for others in different ways. There is a type of expression that you may not think about or even know about:  gene expression. This exciting area of study is called epigenetics. Epigenetics looks at our DNA, the genetic blueprint that we have inherited from our family. Our genes […]

Eat More Greens

This month, eat more greens. Kale is one of my favorite brain super foods but mix it up – add variety. You can eat any greens – spinach, arugula, collard greens, chard, turnip greens, romaine, etc. A cup or two of greens every day provides powerful brain support and will decrease inflammation throughout your body. […]

How to Maximize MTBI Recovery and Brain Health

Originally published on Acupuncture Clinic of Boulder, January 10, 2017 by: Melissa Hundley Wolak, MS, CCC-SLP  As the brain and nervous system heal from a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), concussion or trauma, compensatory strategies and lifestyle modifications are indispensable in supporting the recovery process. An increased amount of physical, cognitive and emotional energy will […]