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Did you know that positive surprises are food for your brain?

While listening to an interview with Dr. Michael Merzenich, also known as the father of neuroplasticity, I was reminded that positive surprises are just as important to the brain, as exercise, quality sleep, and healthy eating.

Here are some ideas for how you can feed yourself some positive surprises:

  • Walk in a direction that you don’t usually walk.
  • Go to a different grocery store.
  • Pay attention to the details in your environment.
  • Discover new artists.
  • Ask the waiter to surprise you with the chef’s favourite dish.
  • Subscribe to a magazine or blog on a topic you have never explored before.
  • Start a conversation with a stranger. Be inspired by Talk2MorePeople.

Have a centered day, a centered week and a centered life,
Ginny Santos, your holistic coach.

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A love note from your future self:

I’ve got a surprise for you! Close your eyes and imagine you are about to insert the key into your front door. You are very familiar with the sound the key makes as it unlocks the door to your home.

The only difference is that it is 5 years into the future. You open the door and you discover your future self with a big bright smile. What do you think might be the cause of that smile? Linger in that vision for just a few seconds. I hope you enjoyed the pleasant surprise.

Love, from your future self

Disclaimer: The content contained in this blog is for educational and inspirational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice because of something you may have read on this blog.

Dr. Anke Verlinden is an award-winning clinical haematologist at the University Hospital of Antwerp in Belgium. As a senior staff member, she specializes in treating patients with acute leukemia, guiding them through the process of stem cell transplantation. She initiated a project on the effects of mindfulness meditation on the immune system function and quality of life of cancer patients in 2019 while also deepening her understanding of the role that food plays in our health and wellbeing.

Anke is the mother of three kids, one of whom was born with severe heart disease. This, combined with the increasing number of questions from patients on the possible effects of nutrition and lifestyle on their healing process, gave rise to several years of study and experimentation in areas that are not covered in medical school, plus a nutrition science degree from Stanford Medical School and a certification in Functional Medicine. She is now also a WILDFIT certified coach as part of her effort to help patients recover better and more quickly from cancer treatment.