Whether you want to change lose weight and change the way you eat, or be less grumpy and change your way of being, you need to master your prefrontal cortex. Otherwise you'll just find yourself slipping back into your old ways.
95% of what our brain does is subconscious. It's on autopilot.
For example, you have decided to give up flour. The prefrontal cortex, the thinking part of your brain makes that decision.
Then you find yourself eating a cake.
And then you think "Hang on a minute? What happened there?"
The answer is habits.
The more primitive part of your brain, the bit that all the animals have, went "We want what's familiar!"
When you are in that situation, your neurones are reverting back to what you were used to, which is to eat cake.
This leads to a struggle within ourselves and that is difficult to overcome.
But there are ways of overcoming it.
Here are some of the ways you can use your brain to change habits:
2. Understand your food cravings
When you crave for food, you can:
1. Willpower it out
2. Give in
3. Observe yourself
Dr Orlena is a health coach. She helps busy mums go from "I can't lose weight" to feeling fit and fabulous. Find out more about her here.