How the right food can make you smart and happy

When we think about mental health, too often we don’t take our diet into consideration. Yet the food we eat can have a great impact on the way we think and feel. Almost everyone by now knows that too much E numbers can affect children’s behavior, but there is more to our food than that.
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HOW THE RIGHT FOOD CAN MAKE YOU SMART AND HAPPY

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When we think about mental health, too often we don’t take our diet into consideration. Yet the food we eat can have a great impact on the way we think and feel. Almost everyone by now knows that too much E numbers can affect children’s behavior, but there is more to our food than that.
If you would like to learn more about how our diet affects our mental and physical performance, I can really recommend www.bulletproofexec.com

Weight Management Counselling

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Food in Your Family of Origin

Another important topic to clarify before you start dieting is the attitude to food in your family of origin.
Here are some questions to consider:
What was the attitude to food in your family? Was it a pleasure? Or was it an enemy? Was food used as a reward?
Were any members of your immediate family overweight? If so, what was the general attitude towards them? Was somebody in your family underweight? Was anyone on a diet?
The relationship with food in your family of origin played an important part in establishing your feelings around food in general. By understanding the roots of your troubles you will find better ways to work through these issues.

Weight Management Counseling

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A Lesson in History

If you were to look back at the history of your weight problems – when did it start? At school, earlier than that, or was it quite recent?
It is very important to remember exactly when you realized you are overweight and decided, that it is a problem. Were there any significant events in your life that precipitated it?
Very often an unresolved trauma from the past can trigger a weight gain. When you process the traumatic event in therapy and “let it go”, extra weight often goes with it.

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Question no 2:
In what ways will your life change when you will achieve your target weight?

After establishing your goals and writing them down, it would be useful now to do the following exercise:
Imagine yourself being the weight and size you want to be. How do you look? What are you wearing? How do you relate to people and how do people relate to you? As you are imagining that, what feelings do you experience?
I found, to my great surprise, that very often my clients experienced fear. If you have been overweight for a while, your extra weight could have become your “protective shell”. Loosing it might bring a sense of being exposed.
You might be worried that your friends will treat you differently or that you will attract more attention of the opposite sex. Really let these fears come up and explore them. Unless you know what you are scared off, you are bound to “fail” in any dieting attempts. On the other hand, when you can comfortably imagine yourself being thin and living your life as a thin person, actually loosing these extra kilos will be easy.

Following on from that topic, next time we will discuss what your extra weight might mean for you on an emotional level