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It’s no secret that I love food. I love cooking it and I especially love eating it. Lately I’ve also tried being more health conscious (you know, New Years resolutions…). So it got me thinking – are there foods you can eat to help with creativity? According to this article by 1st Web Designer, there are! The key is to eat foods that are good for your brain.

  1. 1. Berries: Rich in antioxidants, berries help to improve mental function and reverse signs of aging. Plus, they’re yummy!
  2. 2. Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants (twice as many as in strawberries!). Since it’s made from a plant, it contains many of the same health benefits as you’d get from vegetables. It’s better for you than milk chocolate because it’s more natural and has less additives. Dark chocolate covered berries, anyone?
  3. 3. Nuts: There are many great nutrients in nuts that help with insomnia, mental clarity, memory and brain function.
  4. 4. Salmon: Wild salmon contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of Omega-3 fatty acid that makes up the majority of polyunsaturated fats in the brain and retina. Our bodies can’t produce DHA, so eating salmon is a fantastic source!
  5. 5. Eggs: You should never skip breakfast, so why not make a couple eggs in the morning? The nutrients in eggs help with memory and cognitive function.
  6. 6. Coffee: Usually you don’t hear great things about drinking coffee but in addition to giving you a little mental boost, coffee may even help prevent high cholesterol.
  7. 7. Avocado: I have been obsessed with avocados this year. They are widely regarded as a superfood because of how high in nutrients they are. Folate in avocados helps with your brain function and memory. Here’s a great brain-healthy recipe: Baked eggs in avocados.
  8. 8. Broccoli: It’s just good for you.
  9. 9. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene which is great for keeping your brain sharp. Lycopene has been shown to help dementia and possibly even prevent cancer.
  10. 10. Spinach: Another superfood, spinach also contains great nutrients for brain health and cancer prevention.

Being healthy doesn’t have to be dreadful – all of these foods are awesome for your brain AND delicious! The last diet suggestion for mental health: cheat days! I’m a strong believer in once-a-week cheat days. Allowing yourself bad foods occasionally can keep you sane. My favorite cheat food is pizza. What’s yours?

-Lenore 🙂

…”on such a winter’s day.” The song always reminds me of car rides with my friends as a teenager, belting it out at the top of our lungs (Side note: we actually were much more “safe and warm” in our little town in South Florida, it’s much colder in California). But more importantly was the fact that at 13 I was already dreaming of California.

Thirteen was the age where my dreams of being an artist blossomed into the desire to become a graphic designer, and of moving to California where Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and all the major animation companies were located. Over time these dreams grew into a love of one place in particular – San Francisco.

There’s just something about San Francisco that feels like it’s calling me there. I just love the city, the people, the attitude. Or maybe it’s the location on the complete opposite side of the country from where I grew up. Since I was younger I’ve felt the need to fly away; even going to college I went as far away from home as I could go without having to pay out-of-state tuition. The idea of moving to San Francisco after graduation has almost become an obsession, already looking at apartments and driving routes from here to there. If I make it to San Francisco (and I will), I will know that I have succeeded.

Next month, I’ll be taking a trip to California and will be visiting San Francisco again. I’m so excited for the trip that I decided to write a blog post about it! The featured image for this post is a travel poster created by my dear friend, Erin Hollen. I have a framed copy and it will be the first thing on my wall when I make it to the City by the Bay.

* Make sure to check out Erin’s other works at erinhollen.com!

This past summer I spent a month in Israel, mostly staying with family in Tel Aviv. During my stay, there was a social protest happening in opposition of the growing costs of living (Note: It’s a little known “fact,” according to my uncle and no credible source, that the Occupy protests started in Israel).

Beit Ha’am, a local public center that has served as a hub for peace and social justice activities, held an event in which Tel Aviv street artists were welcomed to “tag” all throughout the inside and outside of the building pieces in protest. The little building had art adorning every wall. Bands performed on the roof, a DJ was spinning in the backyard, drinks were served throughout, crazy performance artists got in your face, and tons of people came to admire the art and enjoy the house.

I love street art and always take pictures of graffiti during my travels, so I was very excited to attend the event. I found it very inspiring. It was hard to choose my favorite pieces, but here are some photos I took at the event.

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