Willpower and choice…we can do simple things to strengthen our capacities to make healthy choices

There are some very good insights into how we can do what we want in our lives and become healthier in the video I share below.

No surprise and most simply how much sleep someone gets is VERY important. Sleep, meditation, exercise and what we eat will all train our physiology to be the most fit so that we can more effectively make choices that serve us.

Also BIG thing…the harder you are on yourself when you have a failure of willpower, you’re more likely to fail again. We need to be gentle on ourselves! Change takes time.

Neuroscientists talk about how we have one brain but two minds. We have a mind that acts on impulse and seeks immediate gratification, and we have another mind that controls our impulses and delays gratification to fulfill our long-term goals. We face willpower challenges when the two minds have competing goals. Learn what influences us to procrastinate or why we fail to resist temptation, and learn about small interventions that can have large, positive outcomes.

Author and Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD, talks about strategies from her new book “The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It” as part of the Authors@Google series. Topics include dieting/weight loss, health, addiction, quitting smoking, temptation, procrastination, mindfulness, stress, sleep, cravings, exercise, self-control, self-compassion, guilt, and shame.

h/t Integral Options Cafe

This woman supports a vegan diet. Vegan diets are definitely not the healthiest for everyone and there is lots of research supporting the opposite of what she says. The fact is when it comes to what sort of WHOLE FOOD diet people choose there are copious amounts of data and research that will pretty much support anything you want to believe, which leads me to think that what sort of diet is optimal, like with many things, varies from individual to individual. What is clear is that natural whole foods are better than processed foods across the board.

After much research and then careful experimentation with my own diet, I found I needed to eat much like this woman for my own optimal care: Minding Your Mitochondria: heal chronic illness with diet

It’s been a difficult and emotional journey being that I share the spiritual sensibilities and the environmental concerns, both, for veganism.

In any case, the video says much more about all sorts of things not mentioned here, but I had to comment on the dietary issue as I firmly believe that different people need different things.

Another post featuring Kelly McGonigal’s work here: Neuroscience of change, another take on neuroplasticity: self-compassion and awareness to start

By Kelly McGonigal: 

●  The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It

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