3 Ways to Increase Your ‘Cuddle’ Hormone

3 Ways To Increase Your Cuddle Hormone by Tana Amen BSN RN

Let’s talk about bonding and oxytocin – the ‘cuddle’ hormone. It is what hospitals give women when they are having a baby. Pitocin is the synthetic, medicinal form of oxytocin, used to increase contractions and help women go into labor. It also helps us breastfeed and fall in love with a screaming, red, squishy looking newborn baby and believe it is the most beautiful creature we’ve ever laid eyes on. … Continue reading “3 Ways to Increase Your ‘Cuddle’ Hormone”


Healthy School Lunches Kids Love

Healthy School Lunches Kids Love by Tana Amen BSN RN

Every September, I’m bombarded with questions about healthy lunch ideas for kids. Let’s face it, the lunches provided by schools aren’t any better than most fast-food restaurants. Even calling them food is questionable. Then there are Lunchables – the Kraft created, pre-packed lunches that became all the rage in the 80’s and are still going strong. These were the perfect solution for busy working moms, and kids love them. There’s … Continue reading “Healthy School Lunches Kids Love”


My Relationship with Joy

Tana Amen Grew Up In A Chaotic Environment But Now Thrives With The Brain Warrior's Way Lifestyle

As a kid who grew up in a chaotic environment, joy wasn’t a word I was familiar with. In fact, things got worse as I got older, and in my early 20’s, when I encountered significant health issues, I could tell you A LOT about depression, but nothing about joy. I don’t know what’s happening in your life, so I would never presume to tell you what to do to … Continue reading “My Relationship with Joy”


Are You Getting What You DON’T Want?

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  How often have you said any of the statements below? “I CAN’T get sick before my trip!” “I CAN’T oversleep” “I’m NOT going to eat donuts tomorrow” “I’m NOT going to lose my temper with my kids” And how often have you done exactly what you said you weren’t going to do? You’re not alone! And fortunately, this is easier to fix than you may think. What you choose … Continue reading “Are You Getting What You DON’T Want?”


3 Tips to Skyrocket Your Energy

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  I was recently at a Tony Robbins event, and boy was I once again blown away. Tony provided so many good take-away reminders and lessons. I do a lot to protect my energy, but I forgot about some of the activities I can do to quickly boost my energy right now no matter how up or down it seems to be. At the event I was up dancing and screaming … Continue reading “3 Tips to Skyrocket Your Energy”


Just HOW Bad Is Football For Teens?

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Did you know a couple of years playing football can actually damage your brain? In fact, a new study now shows that a high percentage of those who have played football AT ANY LEVEL (even high school or younger) had cognitive symptoms. A new study from Boston University has revealed yet again the devastating effects of football. The study, published in  the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found CTE in … Continue reading “Just HOW Bad Is Football For Teens?”


Is It Possible to Recover From Brain Trauma?

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Big wave surfer Mercedes Maidana suffered a severe brain injury while surfing. Her recovery story is compelling and encouraging for anyone who has a concussion or has a loved one suffering. After undergoing her long and difficult journey back to health, Mercedes is now living in Hawaii and running a retreat for women who want to experience a new beginning in life. One day while out on the water in … Continue reading “Is It Possible to Recover From Brain Trauma?”


How Valuable is School?

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Have you ever wondered why you spent so much time in school studying things you will never use again? The song Kodachrome by Paul Simon comes to mind … “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all”. Most schools don’t actually teach some of the most basic skills and information that would really benefit people, things that … Continue reading “How Valuable is School?”