“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”—Pema Chodron
There’s a significant neurological force than can make change challenging. It’s called The Habit Loop. But the good news is that we can flip The Habit Loop on its head and get it to work in our favor.
For years, when I made my New Year’s resolutions, I just stated the goals and that was that. I believed that if I had enough willpower, I’d accomplish the goal and when I didn’t, I felt as if I’d failed. I guess I did fail, but I wasn’t a failure. I needed a better understanding of the process of change.
As you establish goals, keep in mind that as your health improves, your brain and mood will most certainly improve, meaning that discipline, consistency, and motivation will become so much easier. That positive, feed-forward cycle!
“Faux science?” How about “thinking and linking” instead of “naming and blaming?”
Research has shown a 25 percent risk reduction in cognitive decline in persons with higher levels of Vitamin D. Here’s how to know if you’re getting enough, including the best sources.
While many factors play a role in cognitive decline, hormones affect everything, especially our brains. This post highlights just how important our hormones are to our emotional and cognitive health.
Elevated homocysteine is an important contributor to Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, it’s a factor in cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even some cancers. It sounds like having an optimal homocysteine level is a good idea.
“Isn’t forgetfulness just my brain being full? Isn’t my brain just tired? Memory loss is normal right? Isn’t it a part of aging?” Functional medicine experts would answer loudly and clearly, “NO!”
It started early. The harm wasn’t intentional. We just didn’t know any better. Here’s my story of reversing my cognitive decline.