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In this episode, Joel & Antonia invite their friend Chelsea to join the podcast to talk about the mind-body connection.
In this podcast you’ll find:
- Guest Chelsea O’Brien uses the mind/body connection to understand eating disorders.
- We have a tendency to see the body and mind as totally separate, i.e. the body is a vehicle for the mind or that they have totally different desires and needs.
- When you see them in a relationship, the question becomes – what thoughts are driving the body’s behaviors.
- Is the brain always in control?
- The mind and body come together when the body experiences feelings.
- There are neurons in the stomach, meaning the body and mind have a much closer connection than we previously thought.
- We can make connections between emotions and behaviors that program our brain to react to triggers in predictable ways.
- “Neurons that fire together, wire together.”
- Social expectations and pressure can cause us to feel shame around these issues that keep our minds more detached from our bodies and exacerbate the issue.
- We can go on autopilot in our behaviors, so programming our mind (“GPS unit”) is important when dealing with addictions and disorders.
- An understanding of the ‘Triune Brain Theory’ is helpful. The lizard brain, the mammalian brain and the neo-cortex.
- We’re dealing with ‘ancient programming’.
- Our lizard brain has a want. If we ignore it, it will only get more insistent.
- The mammalian brain alternates between positive feelings of getting the need met, but shame when registering overconsumption.
- Our neo-cortex thinks it’s in control, but it isn’t when the lizard brain has a need.
- Being in touch with the body and fully experiencing sensations and feelings helps slow down reaction time and making more thoughtful decisions.
Exercises we recommend in this podcast:
- Notice/be aware when you have an urge to overindulge.
- Allow the urge to be there without reacting.
- Feel the urge completely until it plays out.
- Choose how to respond thoughtfully.
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