Brain-food

How To Turn Your Genius Idea Into A Reality

If you’ve ever wondered how to bring your genius idea to life, emerging Brisbane author Jen Fraser has the book for you. The debut author’s new non-fiction work: Everyone’s A Genius: Simple Tips to Boost Your Brilliance Now aims to offer innovative and exciting new ways to solve problems, helping readers to realise their full potential.

Jen, 39, is former corporate graphic designer who believes we are all born geniuses. “The real challenge is to rediscover our inherent gifts,” she says.

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“My book is easy to understand, yet filled to bursting with inspirational stories, effective techniques, tips and tricks to expand your imagination and bring better quality ideas to life.”

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Everyone’s A Genius (pictured), which contains a foreword written by New York Times best- selling author Piers Anthony, is a self-published work which has a Kindle version on Amazon.com.
So, how does the author advise we turn our genius ideas into fame and riches? Jen first advises would-be geniuses to take notes, on the go.

“The problem most of us experience is that we limit ourselves to a small dream, because we believe a big dream is beyond our reach. We just don’t know how or where to get started,” Jen says. “I find it deeply satisfying to know my book has already sparked off several wonderful new ideas – ideas which may well change the world.

“There is no currency in circulation today that wasn’t first birthed by an idea. That’s why it’s so important to capture them when they pop into the front of your mind, unannounced. I keep a notepad and pen by the bed and have taught myself to write in the dark well enough to decipher it the next morning.

“I also keep paper and pens in my bag, in the living room and around my office. Sir Richard Branson often sings the praises of this one simple tip. Another idea is to keep a voice recording device handy everywhere you go.”

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The author will donate $1 for every copy of her book sold to DotComMob.org – a charity devoted to providing all remote Australian indigenous communities with free public access to the internet by 2020.

Hardcover and paperback editions, plus an audiobook, will be released prior to Christmas.

Jen is also the founder and lead trainer of Ideation Training Pty Ltd, aimed at educating, entertaining and inspiring tomorrow’s visionaries. She’s aiming to be kinda like a personal trainer for your brain, if you will.

“We do this through a variety of training techniques, games, videos, discussion groups, case studies and exercises,” Jen says.
For more information, visit www.ideationtraining.com or www.jen-fraser.com.

November 17, 2014

Foods To Feed The Brain

They often say that you’re only as young as you feel, but what if your brain feels sluggish and your memory seems to be getting worse, making you feel a lot older than you actually are? The good news is that there are certain foods you can eat which should help to slow these signs down and perhaps even improve brain function.

Here are some of the best brain foods around:

Blueberries

They may be small but these tiny fruits pack a lot of punch when it comes to nutritional value and some might say that they are the best brain food that money can buy. Blueberry compounds are easily absorbed into the blood and their huge number of powerful nutrients can improve brain function and protect the brain from oxidative damage. They can also protect the brain from free radicals, inflammation, aging and radiation, so eat up!

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and in many studies has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain, cognitive function and verbal fluency. If you’re looking for something to awaken your brain in the short term then consider reaching for some dark chocolate which has more caffeine than milk or white chocolate.

Brown rice and whole grains    

Whole grains including oats, millet, some breads and cereals and quinoa contain essential vitamins and folic acid that help improve memory and circulation. They can also prevent the amino acid homocysteine from building up in the body which can decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Also, the carbohydrates found in whole grains release energy slowly, meaning you’ll be mentally alert throughout the day.

Nuts and seeds

Vitamin E has been shown to stave off cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly, so consider eating a handful of nuts each day to keep your mind sharp. Cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seed and flax seeds are all great sources of vitamin E. This vitamin can also help prevent the blocking of blood vessels and reduce the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s.

Oily fish

Consuming polyunsaturated fatty acids found in some types of fish could prevent damage to brain cells so tuck into salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines to reap the benefits. The omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish have also been linked Alzheimer’s and memory loss so by eating more of them you could reduce the risk of developing these diseases.

Image via appforhealth.com

August 26, 2014