Habits

1. Focus on what you DO want to experience

Our thoughts create one on level
Our words create on a greater level
Our actions create on a great level still

The things that we think about most frequently become manifest in our environment. When we spend our time thinking about the things we don’t want in our environment- body fat, poor health, foods we don’t want our brain sets about finding ways to experience them in your environment.

By changing our thoughts, words and actions towards what we do want to experience our brain will set about finding ways to experience them.

2. 5 star your experience

…Let your hunger arise
…Enjoy your hunger
…Savour your hunger
…Use your hunger to create a picture in your mind
…Create a picture of the amazing meal that you are about to create
…Imagine each flavour
…Use herbs and spice to pull out the flavours and enhance them
…Make yourself salivate, it is your body preparing to digest
…Create more and more inventive ways to enhance the experience
…Present your food as if you were serving the most important person in your life (because it is)
…Make each mouthful a search for flavour
…Now savour each flavour
…Love the whole experience
…Eat like you don’t want the experience to end
…Share the experience with loved ones if you can
…Now relax in the bliss of your fullness

If you the food you are eating doesn’t provide this opportunity then it might be the wrong food for you

Digestion requires presences of mind
Enjoyment requires presents of mind
A great relationship with your body and your food requires a positive and amazing experience every time you eat

That’s the secret to weight management, not eat less move more…
The latter is just a result of the former, nothing more…

These words may sound like a Marks and Spencers advert but they are pure truth. There is nothing that happens in the body that isn’t created by the brain. Our brain is a pattern recognition software. What this advanced piece of software does is seek use our senses and emotions to wire together positive experiences with positive emotions and negative experiences with negative emotions.

It is then always on the look out for anything that my lead have been in the environment during these experiences. If it spots an ingredient from one of these experiences it will then deliver the appropriate emotion to motivate us towards or away from the experience.

The emotion will then inform the central nervous system as to whether flight or fight is required or rest and digest is required. The flight or fight system (sympathetic nervous system) does not digest food, it diverts blood towards the muscles in order to facilitate flight or fight.

What does this mean?

If you are dreading your food; If you are racing to finish your food your brain will not inform your body to digest, the food will putrefy in you stomach and all manor issues will follow.

But if you show your brain how important good food is to you, if you savour every mouthful, If you make your meals a taste sensation, if you make your meals the most pleasurable part of your day your brain will create an attachment to the food that best serves you. The food that you deserve.

3. Eat the rainbow

We all know that vitamins and minerals are good for us, we all know we should eat them, but we rarely take the thought much further than that.

For many years we have thought of health as something that happens to us rather than something that we have created.

We tend go ignore health markers that we consider manageable either with drugs or just coping such as skin complains, breathing conditions, digestive problem, anxiety, lethargy, and headaches to name few.

Today we have enough information to know that food and more specifically the variety of nutrients in those foods make up the components that our bodies require for good health.

Many of our health complaints can be explained by either something we are not consuming enough of or something that we are consuming to much of.

We can easily locate what we are consuming to much of through our elimination experiment.

In order to make sure we are not creating deficiencies through missing specific nutrients making an effort to ‘eat the rainbow’ is a simple insurance policy.

Amazingly it is the colour of vegetables and fruits that hold the variety of vitamins and minerals that we require.

Try and think in terms of the following:

– dark green
– white green
– red
– purple
– yellow
– Orange

4. “How do I want to feel?”
people who eat for comfort regularly ask themselves how they feel now and focus on how to stop that negative experience. In fact the brain has created a short cut so the mind need not be involved at all. As soon as it experiences a negative emotion the brain goes into autopilot and directs it towards the food that will allow it to move away from this emotion. Once this process has begun it can be difficult to stop and is beyond the scope of this text to help you break it. But asking yourself this question when you shop and when you plan your meals ahead will make you far more likely to succeed long term.

5. “I don’t eat when I’m in the Zone”
” Don’t eat when I’m stressed”

Do not eat when stressed- this could mean intensely focused, this could mean overwhelmed and anxious. Either way your body is operating from your sympathetic nervous system. This branch of your nervous system shuts off the digestive system to divert blood to the brain and flight or fight muscles. If you eat when stress digestion does not occur and food will putrefy in your stomach. This can be a large part of the weight gain and stomach fat equation. Don’t just think this, plan for it, tell other people this fact, tell other people it is how you operate and it will become your new habit. Practising intermittent fasting can help make this easier.

6. Eat when you are hungry
Most hunger isn’t real. Very few people have ever experienced real hunger. Our brain has a very sensitive alarm system that lets us know when the stomach is empty and we associate that emptiness with hunger. Many people train that hunger to appear even before digestion has even been completed. Our brain can even manufacture light headedness as it grows accustomed to regular sugar doses.

This is an important function to take control of, eating mindfully and intermittent fasting can help improve this. I can also help to know that digestion of an average sized meal takes 4-6 hours. Any food eaten during this time is just placing food on top of food. Digestion is a very energy intensive function, allowing the body time to relax is important for health. It is worth noting that the body has enough stored fat to run 20 marathon on the fuel.