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You'll need optimism, firmness, time-management, patience, love, and thoughtfulness. The goal is to raise happy, healthy, respectful and responsible adults. Make time to be present in your parenting. Your child will make mistakes (and so will you). Look at these as an opportunity to hold your child accountable for the natural consequences of life while offering the support they need.

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Help People Change! Connect Emotionally & Lower Resistance – with my Addiction & Change Specialist Pt.3

  Do you ever feel burned out while helping someone change a difficult behavior or habit? It’s a hard road to tread but if you know the phases of motivation, and learn how to help identify obstacles, change is possible. Want to speak to someone about this? Please call one of my caring team members…

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Proven Strategies To Change Any Behavior – with my Addiction & Change Specialist Pt.2

  Ever feel like you’re walking the tightrope in an effort to change a problem behavior? Experienced addiction and change specialist, Dr Robert Johnson reduces the confusion stemming from behaviors that seem like self sabotage. Learn his secrets so you can facilitate change in someone you love. Want to speak to someone about this? Please…

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When Arguing Hurts More Than Your Feelings

  Nobody likes to argue with their spouse. It can hurt your feelings and put you in a bad mood. Butdid you know that those verbal spats can also cause physical pain? And I’m not talking about violent confrontations here, just regular day-to-day bickering.   Researchers at Penn State have found that people with chronic…

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Is Someone You Love Struggling With Addiction? – with my Addiction & Change Specialist Pt.1

  If you have a friend or family member struggling with a problem behavior, how do you balance between tough love and helping them build healthy and internal motivation to change? Walking that tight rope is a challenge. Today, my highly qualified medical director with many years of experience helping addicts, guides us through this…

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Show Me Your School Lunches

  It’s that time of year again. Every year, when the kids go back to school, I get a flood of requests for ideas for healthy school lunches and snacks. It’s no wonder. Good nutrition is critical for the development of your child’s brain and their ability to focus, learn, and perform in the classroom.…

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Is Your Child Losing Developmental Processes? – with my Child Psychiatrist

Society is not fully aware and prepared to deal with the war zone effect our children are exposed to every day. Award winning child psychiatrist Dr. Arsalan Darmal unravels his plan to activate stronger brain circuits in children so they can thrive, even in today’s society. If you have questions or are interested in booking…

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Kids & Supplements: Scientist Answers Your Questions Pt.3

  Dr. Parris Kidd PhD and child psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen answer your questions on supplements for children. What supplements should I give my child? What if my child is too young to swallow pills or refuses to take supplements? To learn more about BrainMD Health supplements visit my store page here.

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Can Supplements Improve Your Mental Health? Pt.2

  Is it safe to take supplements with anti-depressants, SSRI’s or anti-psychotic medicine? Learn what supplements can help your mood, memory, mental sharpness, sexual function, anxiety and stress. Would taking 5-HTP or GABA or saffron help? BrainMD Scientist, Dr Parris Kidd, and child psychiatrist Dr Daniel Amen, together with Tana, answer your questions regarding nutritional…

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Teen Issues: What’s Trending? – with my Psychiatrist, Dr Karimpour

  Dr Mona Karimpour provides young adults, teens, and children, with the tools they need when faced with a crisis or a brain disorder like depression, anxiety, ADD etc. She notices the changing trends in issues our young people are despairing over each year, and offers anxious parents solutions that work. If you need to…

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Could You Have Lyme Disease? – with my Functional Medicine Doctor

  A high school girl began hallucinating after a family trip to the mountains. After months of extreme heartache while being institutionalized and treated with antipsychotic drugs, she THEN visited the Amen Clinics where she tested positive for Lyme disease. She was treated with antibiotics and is now living a normal life and has graduated…

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Teen Drivers With ADD/ADHD? Crashes More Likely

  If you think your teenager’s ADD/ADHD is just an annoyance, think again. A recent study of newly licensed drivers between the ages of 16-17 showed that teens with attention problems are at higher risk of a crash. And those with hyperactivity-impulsivity or oppositional defiant disorder are more likely to engage in risky driving behavior,…

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Brain Healthy Easter Brunch Made Easy

Easter is right around the corner. As with most holidays, the advertisers have won the battle in shifting the focus away from what’s important. For many of us Easter is a religious and spiritual holiday of new life, a time of renewal. Even it if’s not a religious holiday for you, Easter likely holds some…

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Teen Bullying – Tips To Stay Strong; with Chloe Amen

Teens in this crazy world have a difficult road to navigate. Bullying is everywhere and our teens need to be savvy in order to survive. Learn what your teen can do to stay focused and grounded. Try my free One Page Miracle to help with direction and focus. Train your brain with a personalized plan…

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Can Halloween Be Healthy?

Whether you’re into dressing up like witches and goblins and going door-to-door asking for a treat, October 31st is around the corner. Halloween is widely celebrated in the U.S. In fact, Americans purchase over 600 million pounds of candy in anticipation of trick or treaters. This is a total of nearly $2billion! This is truly…

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3 Ways to Increase Your ‘Cuddle’ Hormone

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…

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Healthy School Lunches Kids Love

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…

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How Valuable is School?

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…

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Top 3 Foods That Steal Brain Reserve

Looking at tens of thousands of brains over the years, we have noticed an interesting trend: as we age, our brains seem to be getting less and less active. Like many other aspects of the human body, our brain’s natural sharpness begins to deteriorate later in life. This degenerative trend can be the culprit behind…

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Sleep. Every kid needs it. How do you ensure that your kids are getting the benefits of a good night’s rest?

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is important , but poor sleep does more than just make kids tired the next day – it can affect their developing brains, trigger depression, attentional and learning problems, poor judgment and impulse control issues.  Sleep is also primetime for growth hormones to be most effective…

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Seven Steps to End the Food Fight with Your Kids

One of the struggles of being a mom is making sure your kids eat right. We are what we eat, and food—especially brain food—is an important factor on what kind of a late-teen and adult they will be. I spend a lot of time every week answering questions from incredible women, and often they don’t…

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Our Summer Warriors: USA Olympians

Where did summer go? I feel like it was only a few weeks ago that Chloe was dealing with all the stresses of final exams and the pre-summer frenzy. Now we’re into August, and summer is nearly over. However, this summer the fiercest warriors from all across the world get together to compete in the…

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Top 3 Foods That Steal Brain Reserve

  Looking at tens of thousands of brains over the years, we have noticed an interesting trend: as we age, our brains seem to be getting less and less active. Like many other aspects of the human body, our brain’s natural sharpness begins to deteriorate later in life. This degenerative trend can be the culprit…

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Stop Comparing Your Life and Start Living It

One never knows how the act of sharing a story or experience affects the trajectory of another person’s life. For me, the storyteller was my grandma, Irene Singleton, affectionately nicknamed Grandma Sugar. It was my deep connection to her story of adversity; the loss and hardship she experienced that helped shape my feelings about education.…

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Halloween Doesn't Have to be Scary for Your Health

It’s October. I’m already seeing signs of little witches, spiders, ghosts and zombies roaming around, and it’s no wonder. Half of the kids are already well on their way to candy coma, while the other half are climbing the walls with sugar highs. Unfortunately, Halloween is an exciting month of parties and costumes is a…

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Why Don’t Kids Like Green Food?

There is a biological reason that you may end up locked in a battle of the wills when you ask your child to eat green food! Have you noticed that your kids don’t hate all vegetables and general nutrition? Usually it’s the really green, bitter ones like spinach, kale, and sometimes broccoli (unless we camouflage…

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Summertime Snacks: Fun, Healthy and Great For Kids

  A lot of parents ask me for help on how to get their kids to eat healthy. My answer? Get your kids involved in the meal preparation process. Have them help you create their healthy snacks and before you know it, they’ll be doing it on their own. The easiest place to start is…

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The Real Deal On Supplements for Kids

Why? How much? Which ones?… are some of the frequently asked questions I get when it comes to kids and supplements. Summer can be a great opportunity to make healthy changes or refocus your families’ health routines. Or, better yet, if you don’t have a health routine, now is the time to start one. Typically,…

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The Toxic Truth

"That white powder. It just makes me feel good. I can’t get it off my mind until I have my next fix—and then I keep coming back for more. The more I have it, the more I want it…" That statement could be coming from a cocaine addict or a sugar addict. Isn’t it strange…

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The Food-Mood Connection

"I feel gray, even on a sunny day." ’I feel like I am moving and thinking in slow motion." "I don’t feel hopeful or happy. “I can’t focus … I feel stupid." A show of hands—do any of those sound familiar? Or, I should say, feel familiar? It really is true: you are what you…

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Your Fork: Friend or Enemy?

Mark Twain has been quoted as saying, "The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not." Does that sound about right to you? Throw in bouts of hangry (hungry + angry), and that’s "dieting." Put your fork down, and…

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JOIN THE MOVEMENT FOR SMALLER SIZED PLATES!

This is the time of year that gets many people in big trouble because of excessive fat and high blood sugar leading to elevated triglycerides; health destroyers. As we gather together to spend time with friends and family, we often socialize around plates of illness-promoting food. These foods are often high in calories, putting us…

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What Do Kids, Karate and Cancer Have in Common? CNN Hero of the Year!

Kids, karate and kicking cancer… All of my favorite subjects are represented in an amazing organization designed to empower children in pain, "Kids Kicking Cancer"…. And now KKC has been named as a "CNN Hero" top ten finalist. All KKC needs now is your vote!Support them Here! You know I love Warriors! I also believe…

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6 Ways to Empower Your Parenting

Life as a modern mom is a non-stop balancing act. To persevere, it takes optimism, firmness, time-management, patience, love, thoughtfulness, and a shot of wine every once in a while. (Just kidding about the wine. Remember that The Omni Diet eliminates alcohol!) If you are a parent, then you feel my sentiment. Regardless, it is…

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What Are You Modeling For Your Kids?

You know that old saying "the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?" I hope that’s right as far as child rearing is concerned, although these days the current catch word is "modeling" – as in role model. What kind of role model are you for your kids? Unfortunately, children don’t come with instruction manuals,…

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Homework Hassles

Labor Day has come and gone and most kids are back in school. We’re already inundated with questions from parents asking what to do about homework battles. This used to be a major stressor for me until a mentor told me something profound… ”It’s not your homework. It’s your child’s homework! Let her worry about…

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Brain Health Building Blocks

Yes, there are foods that can change the brain in remarkable ways. Taking the dietary approach to dealing with ADD may mean making some major changes in your diet. You will have to replace some of those comfort foods you turn to when you’re stressed or rushed — you know the ones I mean: the…

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School Starts in 3, 2, 1… What to Pack for School Lunch?

Have you been struggling with the issue of school lunches? There are options beyond peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! School lunch offerings have improved somewhat in recent years (more vegetables and fruits), but they still have a long way to go to meet the Brain Warrior’s Way standards. I make sure to always pack Chloe’s…

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How Safe Is Your Kitchen?

Possibly not as safe as you think, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis who took a look at videos showing how lax many home cooks are about food safety basics. The worst offense? Not washing hands after handling raw chicken. People, that is not a healthy practice! The next big mistakes: washing…

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Eat Together at the Dinner Table? What a Concept!

Ever since more and more American homes began boasting television sets in their living rooms, an interesting correlation can be noted: television screens have become progressively thinner, while the average American waistline has grown significantly thicker! It can also be noted, that more Americans than ever mindlessly munch while watching the boob tube, forsaking sacred…

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Holiday Challenge: Can You Have an Omni Holiday?

With Thanksgiving next week, we’re heading fast into the holiday season with all its temptations – cookies, cakes, sweets of every description, office holiday parties and big family meals that may not be “Omni Diet” friendly. I call it the season of the food pushers, those well intentioned friends and family members who urge us…

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How to Have a Healthy Halloween

In our house, we start on Halloween early. It’s my pro-active strategy to emphasize the fun and still keep all those sugary treats at bay. We make pumpkins out of tangerines and decorate bananas to look like witches. We make healthy desserts – pumpkin bread and pumpkin pancakes. My daughter is now 10, old enough…

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Study: Poor Eating Habits–Not Just Diet–Jeopardize Kids’ Health

Certain eating habits, including meals served in front of the TV, can lead to higher cholesterol levels in preschoolers, potentially putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease as adults, according to a new study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. The researchers analyzed the eating behaviors and lipid levels of 1,076 kids, ages 3 to…

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Study: Dads Are Prone to Food Policing

Up to 66 percent of parents demand that their teenagers clean their plate–even if their kids are overweight or obese, according to a new study published in Pediatrics. The researchers also found that it’s extremely common for parents to try to control how much their kids eat, with some parents pressuring adolescents to eat more…

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Deliciously Healthy Summer Drinks for Kids

Remember how great it felt to gulp down a cold, flavorful drink after playing outdoors or riding your bike on a hot, summer day when you were a kid? Now you can create equally delectable memories for your children with tasty thirst-quenchers that offer a healthy alternative to sugar-and chemical-laden soda and drink mixes. These…

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Study: Overeating Is Learned During Infancy

It’s never too soon to start teaching kids healthy eating habits. In fact, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics Obesity reports that the way parents feed their baby can strongly influence risk for early childhood obesity. Researchers from Brigham Young University analyzed health data from 8,030 kids and found that formula-fed babies were…

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Four Ways Family Dinners Make Kids Healthier

Here’s food for thought: The more often you dine together as a family, the healthier and happier your children will be. The latest evidence of how powerful the simple act of sitting down to a family dinner can be comes from a Canadian study of more than 26,000 adolescents, ages 11 to 15, published in…

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Help People Change! Connect Emotionally & Lower Resistance – with my Addiction & Change Specialist Pt.3

  Do you ever feel burned out while helping someone change a difficult behavior or habit? It’s a hard road to tread but if you know the phases of motivation, and learn how to help identify obstacles, change is possible. Want to speak to someone about this? Please call one of my caring team members…

Read More

Proven Strategies To Change Any Behavior – with my Addiction & Change Specialist Pt.2

  Ever feel like you’re walking the tightrope in an effort to change a problem behavior? Experienced addiction and change specialist, Dr Robert Johnson reduces the confusion stemming from behaviors that seem like self sabotage. Learn his secrets so you can facilitate change in someone you love. Want to speak to someone about this? Please…

Read More

When Arguing Hurts More Than Your Feelings

  Nobody likes to argue with their spouse. It can hurt your feelings and put you in a bad mood. Butdid you know that those verbal spats can also cause physical pain? And I’m not talking about violent confrontations here, just regular day-to-day bickering.   Researchers at Penn State have found that people with chronic…

Read More

Is Someone You Love Struggling With Addiction? – with my Addiction & Change Specialist Pt.1

  If you have a friend or family member struggling with a problem behavior, how do you balance between tough love and helping them build healthy and internal motivation to change? Walking that tight rope is a challenge. Today, my highly qualified medical director with many years of experience helping addicts, guides us through this…

Read More

Show Me Your School Lunches

  It’s that time of year again. Every year, when the kids go back to school, I get a flood of requests for ideas for healthy school lunches and snacks. It’s no wonder. Good nutrition is critical for the development of your child’s brain and their ability to focus, learn, and perform in the classroom.…

Read More