Changing the Brain for Health
What do you tell yourself about the food that you eat or the food you like? How often do you say it out loud?
One thing that keeps coming up in the research is how the brain is responsible for your default responses to food, how you move, and many ways you function in life.
Research shows that whenever you say something out loud to another person you reinforce to your brain that behavior.
For example, if you continue to say to yourself how much of a sweet tooth you have, how you love bread, etc. you reinforce to your body that craving and desire.
It’s the same way with physical injuries. If you continue to talk about an injury you reinforce to the body that label.
I previously blogged about Feldenkrais, a type of PT that uses the brain, and body to help retrain the nervous system to find new pathways around area of injury in the body to restore balance.
I’m amazed at how I’ve learned to retrain my body and injuries from my biking accident 10 years ago through my Feldenkrais PT Stacy Barrows.
How often do you label yourself throughout the day? Pay attention to the words you use since they are very powerful and may be the most powerful to yourself.
If you truly want to change your tastes and habits talk about it – to your friends, your family and whoever will listen. It may sound crazy but talk about how much you love veggies, fruit, salads, healthy protein, etc.
Don’t try crazy things if you’ve had an injury but rather pay attention to your body and how it moves, and consider getting help to reprogram the way your body compensates from an old injury.
The wonderful thing about life is you have a choice about how you want to be in the world and how you want to define yourself. Let the second part of this year be the one you want – write it down, talk about it and see for yourself how powerful your words can be.And when you start changing write and tell me about it. I’ll do a blog later this year devoted to all those changes for whoever wants to share.