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Is your brain going to waist? Obesity shrinks your brain! - Issue #62
May 06, 2014
Most of us are aware of the negative health consequences of being overweight. From heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, and cancer - these health problems can clearly affect the quality of our life. But many of us don’t realize how greatly our diet, obesity, and food addiction can affect our brain function. Studies show that obesity affects executive function and the ability to regulate attention. Executive function is a set of mental processes that people use to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.
Losing weight involves all of these processes. People with deficits in attention and executive function have a terrible time with the planning of meals, creating structure, and staying focused long enough to be successful. They tend to be impatient and have a hard time with transitions, usually wanting to go from A to Z without the steps in between.
The brain and body are intimately connected. What we do to one, greatly affects the other. Research shows that obesity in midlife is a risk factor for developing dementia later in life. If we continue to let our bodies go, our brains may go right along with them. Studies show as the size of our waist increases, our brains are actually shrinking in the other direction. Brain shrinkage is linked to dementia. Health researchers predict that because of the obesity epidemic, there will be a huge surge in dementia cases.
Too much sugar and fat also affect brain health. A diet high in sugar and fat makes it hard for us to regulate our attention and can increase memory problems. Most of us have experienced brain fog or being in sugar coma from eating too many carbohydrates. Eating this way also fuels addiction, depression, and anxiety.
The good news is that all of these problems can be reversed by changing our habits. The brain is highly plastic and has the ability to change itself.
The key components for optimal mind/body health are:
Have my brain and body become stuck in cruise control?
Obesity and the Brain | Psychology Today http://bit.ly/1s6cFyy
Feast for the Eyes - Pink Dahlia - Photography by Catherine L. Taylor
I welcome change.
I sprinkle the spice of novelty throughout my life.
New experiences expand my brain.
To perform at my best, I eat a diet that supports my brain and body.
Learning new things about health is fun. Applying them to my life is even better.
I am more than my mind. I expand my awareness to inhabit my body.
When my brain and body are connected, I feel a sense of peace.
Is emotional eating keeping you from losing weight and living the life you want? Are you ready to get off the diet rollercoaster and master your weight and your life?
If so, you may be a candidate for coaching. Coaching can make the difference between success and failure.
I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing, developing a spiritual or meditation practice, and learning to set appropriate limits and goals.
This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.
The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!®
I coach and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating recovery, creative self expression, spiritual direction, mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self esteem and body image issues.
Note: My work is spiritually focused, not religious, and fits with any belief system you may have, even agnostic. My work assumes that you have all the wisdom and answers you need inside of you.
What you call this place -- God, intuition, Higher Power, inner wisdom, or true self -- is up to you. I am simply a guide bringing you back to the truths that are already inside of you.
I hope you have enjoyed my newsletter. Drop me a line and let me know how you are doing. I love to hear what's working for you and read about your success stories.
Catherine L. Taylor
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