Healthy Relationships: Get Your Mind Right
Our relationship with food and fitness goes beyond calories, nutrients, meal preparation techniques and time and types of exercises. Our mindset influences our process and progress.
Your mindset has a huge impact on healthy digestion, program adherence and inflammatory alarm system or inflammatory responses. Research in psychoneuroimmunology is identifying the link between the mind body connection. Every thought causes the brain to release neuropeptides in the body so you can feel what you are thinking. Your daily thoughts typically remain the same day in and day out, creating your state of being or mindset.
Think about it. Your thought patterns affect your physical and mental health. All of your emotions play a part in your body’s response to food, exercise and inflammation. If you have “good vibes” and pleasant thought processes, then your body responds well to food, exercise and has limited inflammation response. When you are under stress, grief, shame, frustration, anger or fear (including sarcasm) the body releases chemicals called cytokines which is a pro-inflammatory response to the body. This response hinders progress. The thoughts generated from the brain create inflammation even without other causes. Stress activates inflammatory pathways and slows down healthy progress.
How do we manage inflammation? Establish a positive and healthy relationship with yourself. Get your mind right. Practice mindfulness meditation techniques. Research clearly shows the power of mindfulness with mindful eating and exercise adherence. The more mindful, the better the results.
Cohen, S., Janicki-Deverts, D., Doyle, W. J., Miller, G. E., Frank, E., Rabin, B. S., & Turner, R. B. (2012). Chronic stress, glucocorticoid receptor resistance, inflammation, and disease risk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(16), 5995–5999. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1118355109
Dinan, T. G., & Cryan, J. F. (2017). Gut instincts: microbiota as a key regulator of brain development, ageing and neurodegeneration. The Journal of physiology, 595(2), 489–503. https://doi.org/10.1113/JP27310