I’m sure you’re pretty clear that what you feed your body matters, but have you ever thought about what you are feeding your brain?
We think thousands of thoughts each day. Some thoughts have become automatic (getting dressed for work), and some thoughts we think on purpose (remembering to unplug the coffee pot before leaving the house).
Your thoughts lead to your actions, and the actions you take create your end result. Your brain likes to be efficient and it strives to make your thoughts a reality.
If you are constantly feeding your brain a thought like “I’m so fat” over and over, your brain will go to work to create that result for you.
This is how it works:
Thought: I’m so fat.
Action: Give up on healthy habits.
Result: Remain overweight.
You end up with the very thing you’re complaining about!
Now, just as your body responds to healthier food, what would happen if you started feeding your brain “healthier” thoughts?
Thought: I take action to improve my health each day.
Action: Stay consistent with healthy habits.
Result: A healthier body
I invite you to be really choosy about the thoughts you are consuming—whether the source is the media, the people in your life, or your own collection of painful stories.
When a food is poisonous, it usually tastes bad, right? Well, thoughts that are poisonous feel bad–that’s how you know to “spit it out” and reject it.
You have the right to reject your own thoughts. You don’t have to believe every thought you think, and just because you think a mean thought about yourself doesn’t make it true.
You get to decide what you want to believe, and you can get good at making your preferred thoughts more automatic by practicing them over and over again (you’re practicing your thoughts over and over anyway, so you might as well pick some good ones).
Just as you pick out food in a market to feed your body, what are the kinds of thoughts you want to feed your brain?
Here are some ideas to put in your “brain basket”:
It’s okay to meet my own needs.
Taking care of myself feels good.
I’m worth the time and effort it takes to be healthy.
I choose to see the best in myself.
I am more capable than I know.
Ahhh… Don’t you feel better already?