How to Rewire the Brain and Lose Weight

How to Rewire the Brain and Lose Weight

Never underestimate the power your brain has over your body. It can trick your body into believing that it is already “full,” and it can also make it “hungry” even if it is not.  

The thing is, how to use this potential of your brain to lose weight? Rewiring the brain is a matter of practising good habits until it becomes a lifestyle. 

It can be likened to the marketing strategy that believes that watching a T.V. commercial for several times will teach your brain to want the product advertised.

 So, where do you start?

Below are some healthy practices to start with to rewire your brain and make weight-loss less stressful:

 

  • Make water your best friend.  Always have a bottle with you. It hydrates, makes your skin glow, cleanses your system and keeps your cravings at bay.
  • Have a work-out plan that you can follow. Be realistic when choosing an exercise routine. Take into consideration time- a number of hours you can spare, space- if you plan to do it at home, finances- especially when buying equipment, gym memberships- scout for those that are affordable and where you can maximize your value money.
  • Remember that there can be no healthy way to lose weight without exercising. Diets that claim can do weight-loss without exercise s a sign of a fad.
  • Learn how to healthy binge – If you cannot immediately remove snacking from your system, then at least do it with healthy food. Carrot or celery sticks, boiled eggs, dry crackers, kale, raw nuts, etc.
  • Always read the ingredients list of the snack you buy. The fewer ingredients, the better. Avoid snacks with sugar, fat and artificial additives
  • Get lots of sleep – Sleep tends to be the most overlooked habit when it comes to overall health. Keep in mind that if you are serious about your health and your weight, sleep is your best friend. Lack of sleep is one of the reasons for obesity. So always make time for a 7-8h sleep per day. Also, it is a good idea to have a rest during the day. So take a nap if possible, or just relax for a bit with green tea.
  • Change your everyday routine. Things we do every day regularly matters the most. Are you a coffee addict? Switch you caramel macchiato to black americano without a sugar. Add a bit of honey if you are not able to drink it without any sweetener. Are you always craving for a dessert after lunch or dinner? Treat yourself with fruit instead of a cake or a cookie. Do you like to eat out? Start cooking at home. Eating fast-foods is the worst enemy when it goes to weight loss. Also, cooking by yourself makes you eat actually much less. Are you eating fast? Slow down! You will notice you are getting full and you will eat less!

 

Best of luck on your weight-loss journey.

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Emotional Health and Weight-Loss

Emotional Health and Weight-Loss

Food has evolved throughout the years and has become a part of many cultures around the world. Today, it is seen not only as a means to nourish the physical body but the mind and other foundations that make a person, as well.  The connection between food and emotion is undeniable, so your weight and weight-loss issues could have its roots traced to your emotional health.

Have you ever experienced craving and eating junk food when you’re feeling angry, stressed or happy? How about that traumatic experience of yours that made you lose your appetite and that even the best strawberry shortcake in town could not tempt you to bite?  Why does some turn to beer when their heart breaks? Tears and chicken soup, anyone? You see, food is no longer simply to fill empty stomachs. This is tricky when it comes to weight-loss. Emotional eating could be the answer to why your weight won’t budge a bit.

 

Photo for blog post about emotional health and weight- loss. Girl screaming.

 

Signs you’re emotionally eating:
  • You grab a bag of chips and eat it in one sitting while thinking of a stressful situation
  • You tend to eat or when you are feeling anxious or stressed
  • You eat until you feel stuffed, and regret it afterwards but the cycle goes on
  • You tend to reward yourself with food
  • You eat whether you’re hungry or not
  • You celebrate with cook-outs, food trip and buffet meals
  • You have a secret stash of nibbles and junk food under your bed
  • You feel safe when you have food and unsafe when there’s none
  • You eat to make yourself feel better

When you relate to more than one of the signs mentioned above, then maybe it’s high time you rethink your relationship with food. Then there is a great possibility that you may understand the root cause of your weight issues.  Healing your gut starts with healing emotional health.

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Finding Hope In Uncertain Times

Finding Hope In Uncertain Times

There is a lot of uncertainty in life, whether in our personal affairs or in our changing and unsteady political climate. The strategies that most of us rely on to contend with such uncertainty tend to be self-defeating. When we face an uncertain future we often resort to feeling anxious, worrying, complaining, or being negative about events that may never occur.




But some people rise to meet uncertain times by finding hope and resilience. We need to develop such attitudes if we want to be successful in the face of life’s ups and downs.
What does having hope mean? Think of how you handle difficult situations. Do you offer platitudes like, “I hope everything will work out”? Unfortunately, this is just a way of disengaging or checking out of a difficult situation. True hope comes from a source much deeper, your core. At your core, there are vital qualities that help to determine how much hope you yourself feel, as well as what you can offer to others. Optimism is an essential component in facing any type of uncertainty, from layoffs, to promotions, to moving, and to the current state of the world.

Finding Hope

Hope’s Primary Qualities
• Strength – You draw from inner strength to tap into your personal powers.
• Resilience – You bounce back when faced with setbacks and obstacles.
• Optimism – You stay positive despite the challenges ahead of you.
The above qualities are the antithesis of pessimism, complaining, and worry. Rather than be self-defeatist, you can be strong, resilient, and optimistic, and in this way improve your self-esteem.
Optimism is essential for handling a crisis but it can also serve as your core value on a daily basis. Uncertainty can arrive at any time, whether it appears in a personal issue, a business issue, a national event, or a global event. The situation doesn’t even necessarily need to be negative. It could be the uncertainty and excitement of starting your own business.



Now, let’s take a closer look at the qualities that were mentioned above.
Strength
Most of us are all too willing to give away our power. Yet, what could be a more hopeless situation than being without power? This can happen in both business and personal relationships. You can find yourself going along with something you disagree with simply because you don’t have the strength or power to speak up.
Retaining power means that you can stand up for yourself, that you can overcome resistance, that you can turn a catastrophe into an opportunity. True strength is in the core of your being. It’s a quiet calm that isn’t disturbed by events or the turmoil of emotions.
Inner strength established self-power that will anchor, uplift, and encourage you.
Resilience
We often see the elderly celebrated in the media for reaching 100. They are always happy to share the secret to their long life. They all have different secrets, from a cigarette and a glass of whiskey every day to 3 glasses of red wine a week.
The truth is that they didn’t win the gene pool lottery, nor were they immune to the woes of life. They were resilient. They faced hard times and bounced back, shook defeat off at every turn. Being resilient is the true secret to avoiding victimhood.
It isn’t about positive thinking. When we’re faced with sadness, it’s healthy to deal with sadness; when we lose a loved one, grief is natural.
Resilience and overcoming adversity comes from a strong sense of self.
Optimism
Society has taught us that life is difficult, that struggling is the norm. Society wants us to believe that the safest place for us is behind a wall. In this environment, optimism seems foolish and unrealistic. Yet, when we meet people who are truly optimistic, we are jealous of their cheerfulness. Attitudes of pessimism, skepticism, and cynicism come from fear and distrust. Life can take care of itself, that’s the attitude of optimism.

Finding hope in uncertain times is easier than you think, it’s within you.







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