How many diets have you been on?
Albert Einstein said that “the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting different results”
If you’ve been on many diets in an attempt to lose weight, and so far can’t seem to get it “right” then it’s time to do something different.
Let’s get radical hear. Let’s change your results.....starting with your brain.
In order to understand why we overeat and have such a hard time adhering to diets, we need to:
understand how our brain responds to food.
know how to "un-train" your brain of it's currents habits, so that you can learn new and healthy habits.
ARE YOU READY?
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON FOOD
Mark Golstein, in his book Just Listen gives us a fantastic overview of the “three-part-brain.”
Your brain has three layers that interconnect, but these three layers can also act like three different brains.
1. The Lower Brain is the region of your brain that is wired to act and react; the "Fight or Flight" region of the brain. When confronted with discomfort, the lower region of the brain kicks in. There is little time to think, so your neural system response it to either freeze, or run.
Research on child development shows that toddlers operate primarily in this lower region of the brain. When they are denied the candy, their brain registers it as discomfort, and they respond with a tantrum (the fight) or panicked withdraw (the flight).
2. The Middle Brain, is the seat of all your emotions. This is where strong feelings arise. Think of it like your inner drama queen.
3. the Upper Brain, is like Star Trek’s Mr. Spock. This is the part of your brain that weights a situation logically and rationally and generates a conscious plan of action. It collects data from the other two parts of the brain and makes decisions.
Much of the research on addiction and food focus on the lower and upper brain.
For ease of reference, let's refer to your lower brain as your "toddler brain" and your upper brain as the "adult brain."
Neuroscience demonstrates that we have to LEARN how to regulate our lower brains by accessing the upper brain. This is a skill that requires maturity, experimentation, and most importantly, MINDFULNESS.
Sugar cravings and feeling out of control around food is a learned response that operates in our toddler brain. When we indulge these urges, we are indulging our inner toddler. Literally!
Think about it: How often do you turn your adult brain on when you eat?
Probably not. Maybe you’ve never even thought about it.
Here are some common ways we allow our toddler brain to control our food cravings and food choices:
Do you ignore the feeling of being full, especially when in the presence of sugar or carbs? Your toddler brain is highly sensitive to foods (and other stimulation) that gives us a dopamine rush (the neurotransmitter responsible for giving us that reward feeling). And SUGAR gives us the biggest dopamine rush of all!
Do you get "hangry" (that feeling of anger or panic when hungry)? When we are hungry, our toddler brain will naturally thinks it’s in a panic, flight or fight mode (this is an evolutionary response). Without turning our adult brain on, we mindlessly eat everything in sight the moment we feel the slightest hunger pang.
Do you eat when stressed, or reward yourself with food? Our toddler brain is wired to seek reward, and it learns very quickly that when we experience a trigger (any form of stress or an uncomfortable feeling) we can minimize that feeling with a reward.
Do you eat to to forget or distract yourself from something? I call this "fog eating", when we use food to check out. It provides a temporary escape from uncomfortable feelings (again, that fight or flight response).
THE SOLUTION: END THE CRAVING FOR SUGAR BY USING YOUR BRAIN!
We need to turn the adult brain on, and monitor our toddler brain when we eat.
Sounds simple right? But if you don’t make a CONSCIOUS effort to do it, you WILL NOT DO IT.
It's time to TURN YOUR ADULT BRAIN ON!
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It's time to start losing weight by using your God-given brain.