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March 2009

Hi everyone... 

Well here we are more than 2 months since I last wrote the last eZine. I had planned to take a month off but it morphed into two plus!
During that time we sold our house here in the Bay Area, dramatically pared back, and organization followed. We moved all our essentials (surprisingly little) for the next few months into a small 2 bedroom apartment here in the Bay Area, and set up my business office. Then we packed and shipped the things we needed to Montana, raced up there to meet the truck and unload it, and did a whirlwind re-arrangement and inventory up there of our house - noting I now have more sets of sheets than a small Target store. Took a few days for some R & R then returned to the Bay Area to wait and see what the property market does over the next 6 to 12 months.
I'm still toying with the idea of getting a centrally located condo that has a business center and conference room facilities so I can run some ADD groups and seminars 'in person'; eventually I plan to hold ADD retreats in Montana - perhaps in New Zealand too.
But I digress. Right now I'm enjoying the smaller space we have here in the apartment. It's easier and far cheaper to maintain and feels more functional in many ways as long as I keep it pared back. I love living within walking distance of shops, good restaurants, our bank, famers markets and Starbucks!! And I love not having to use the car for days at a time - much less stressful and economic too!

Wanted to give you a heads up that Dr Phil is airing a show tomorrow that discusses ADD and marriage issues...
see the article to the right for details!

garageGain Weight, Lose Grey Matter

Interesting article and suggestions from Daniel G. Amen, MD. As if we needed more proof that gaining weight is bad for our health. Now there's evidence showing that an increase in weight can decrease the size of your brain.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, used brain imaging to examine the effects of increases in body mass index (BMI) on 48 otherwise healthy post-menopausal women. They found that women whose BMI went up following menopause were more likely to have a reduction in gray matter volume.

When it comes to the brain, size matters. A smaller brain means reduced brain function, which can affect every aspect of your life - your relationships, your career, and your mood.

For women going through menopause, it's especially important to eat a brain-healthy diet to prevent those extra pounds...

Here are five tips to help you avoid weight gain and protect your brain.

  1. Increase your water intake. Drink at least 84 ounces of water a day. Avoid caffeinated or sugar-laden beverages.
  2. Restrict your calories. Eating slightly fewer calories than you need is helpful for your brain.
  3. Eat more wild salmon. It's full of omega-3 fatty acids that make up a large portion of the gray matter of the brain. Be aware that farm-raised salmon doesn't have the same amount of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.
  4. Eat lots of antioxidant fruits and vegetables. Try blueberries, strawberries, spinach, and broccoli. I like to say eat from the rainbow (many colors) of fruits and vegetables to ensure you are getting a wide variety of antioxidants.
  5. Eat a balance of lean protein, good fats, and carbohydrates.

FeatureDr. Phil & ADHD Thursday July 9

Is it Over?  A Divorce Solution 
Do you and your spouse fight about the same things over and over? Dr. Phil's guests have threatened divorce and want to know if there's a solution for their constant battles.
Deanna and her husband, Jason, argue often and engage in big blowouts that they say are destroying their marriage. They have a 7-year-old son who was recently diagnosed with ADHD, and Deanna wonders if her husband may also suffer from this disorder. Is this couple caught in a never-ending downward spiral, and is ADHD contributing to the problem?
Dr. Ned Hallowell, psychiatrist, best-selling author and expert in the field of ADD and ADHD, weighs in. After watching a video of Jason participating in a specific task, what are the therapist's thoughts about Jason's behavior?
Then, meet Kevin who has been diagnosed with ADD. His wife says their marriage is like a roller-coaster ride, and he's impossible to deal with. Can this couple save their union, or is the damage already done?
If you wonder whether your spouse may suffer from ADD or ADHD, tune in to find out the signs to watch out for and what you can do to bring peace to your home.

Quote Quote:

Appreciate your abilities...
Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists of all time, was about to perform before a sold-out house.  He walked out on stage to a huge ovation and felt that something was terribly wrong. 
Suddenly, he realized that he had someone else's violin in his hands.  Horrified, but knowing that he had no other choice he began.
That day, he gave the performance of his life.  After the concert Paganini reflected to a fellow musician, "Today, I learned the most important lesson of my career."
"Before Today" he said "I thought the music was in the violin; today I learned that the music is in me."
Your Successes are within you.  Obtain knowledge from the outside; however realize that the music is in you.  Go Forth and Play!

changeWant to Join Group Coaching?

 The Monday coaching group
"Share the Strengths"
is still going strong. If you would like to be part of a lively interactive discussion around ADD issues, solutions and strategies
come join us.
We meet virtually by phone every second and fourth Monday of the month at 12.00 midday PST.
If you would like to discuss the group, give me a ring, 510.669.1152 or go to the website for more information and some comments from group members. 
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