Thursday, August 23, 2018

Food for Creative Thought

According to Dr. Frank Lawlis, author of The Brain Power Cookbook, it is possible to eat our way to higher intelligence and greater creativity. He believes that a protein-rich diet is essential for improved mental focus and creative success.

In his book, he shares the following success story. One of his clients had dreams of becoming a published writer, but her manuscripts were rejected consistently. Overweight by nearly 100 pounds, she snacked on processed and sugar-based foods. With his help, she switched to a diet that included grilled chicken and fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables. She was able to lose 60 pounds and also published a series of children's books.

Here are some of his tips:
  • Prepare meals using natural foods, especially those free of preservatives and dyes.
  • Iron-rich foods will help you think more clearly and learn new tasks easily. Liver and lean beef are the best sources. 
  • Vegetarians can obtain iron through dark green leafy vegetables and dried fruits such as raisins, figs, and apricots. 
  • Foods rich in vitamin C (oranges, bell peppers, kiwi) will help the body absorb iron more quickly.
  • Coffee contains one of the most amazing creativity boosters--caffeine.  One to two cups daily will stimulate the imagination. More than that can cause the jitters and reduce focus.


While not usually a big deal, one overlooked email would haunt teacher Gilda Greco. Had she read it, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive.

Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first cooperative and willing, their camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.
Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?


“Gilda, could you drop by tomorrow?” Constable Mulligan said, his voice cracking. “I’d like to wrap up this investigation as soon as possible. Give her parents some closure.”

Did he think he could wrap it up in a day? And what on earth could I contribute to the investigation? It didn’t make any sense at all. “Uh…I’m sorry. I’m having trouble with all of this. I don’t know—”

He cleared his throat. “We could meet for lunch at Trapper’s Choice Restaurant. They have fresh pickerel on Fridays.”

“I have clients scheduled for appointments all afternoon.” Or most of the afternoon. I liked to close the ReCareering office early on Friday afternoons.

“You’re still working?” he asked, surprise overtaking his previous gruffness. “I didn’t think you’d need to…I mean, you should be okay…”

He knew about my lottery win. Not surprising, since the lottery people had plastered my name and face everywhere when I won nineteen million dollars in Lotto 649. A quick Google search would have revealed my four-year-old lottery win. Old news, but still there on the second and third pages.

Tempted to end the conversation, I realized I couldn’t turn my back on Sarah or any of the others who might still be in danger. I mentally scanned my calendar. I had a two o’clock appointment and would be free to leave around three. I calculated the distance and figured I could drive to Parry Sound in ninety minutes or so. I added an extra hour and shared my plans.

“Great! You’ll have a couple of hours before the séance.”

 “What séance?” Were Friday night séances a regular occurrence in Parry Sound? And why would someone like Constable Mulligan, who didn’t sound like a touchy-feely type of guy, attend one?


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A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne  Guidoccio writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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  1. Hey!
    I'm catching up on email and LOVE this blog post!
    YES! Natural (not processed) foods are so much better for the body and mind! I've cut way back on processed foods and bread/starches and it has helped a bunch in focus and losing a few extra pounds.
    Love it that caffeine remains a 'good thing'!
    Keep writing!

    1. Cutting back on processed foods is the key. Thanks for dropping by, Becky. :)


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