The Mind Myth

Fill in the blanks from the list below:

“Because I was born like this, I’m _______________.”

“I’m ______________ because I’m having an off day.”

  • Unfocused
  • Foggy-headed
  • Always tired
  • Burnt-out
  • Unmotivated
  • Bored and Indifferent
  • Frustrated
  • Temperamental
  • Easily overwhelmed
  • Obsessive-compulsive
  • Unintelligent
  • Absentminded
  • Bad at math
  • Slow-functioning
  • Anxious and Fearful
  • Unhappy and Cynical
  • Unconfident
  • Other
These two statements are the very backbone of The Mind Myth and how the popular understanding of nutrition and the mind are likely getting in your way. The Myth follows that:

  1. You can do little to control the architecture and capacity of your mind. You simply were born to be a certain way or you are a victim of past trauma. Alternatively, you feel you are experiencing a random state of mind that is unconnected to anything you have done in the previous 24 hours.
  2. Food has little impact on how you feel and doesn’t significantly alter your mental state.

We’ve been conditioned to believe that the central factors influencing our frame of mind and intelligence are genetics, experiences and oddities, and that food has little or nothing to do with it. This is not to say that said factors do not have an impact, they certainly do! But, it’s probably not as much as we think. In reality, the modern myth that food is scarcely connected to mental acuity has led us to believe that we are powerless and stuck to deal with our hardships. We feel we cannot become smarter, more confident and more successful than we are today.

To overcome this myth and its depressing implications, we must fully acknowledge the truth that lifestyle factors, especially what and how we eat, precisely and profoundly mold the quality of our mind and what we can or cannot accomplish with it. If you want to learn how to use food in your mind’s favor, you must release your attachment to The Mind Myth and begin to factor your daily conduct and nutrition. Additionally, you must learn the whole story behind mental function and the extent to which it is influenced by food choice…

Modern conceptions of food imprison your potential.

In order for your mind to function optimally and support your capabilities as a powerful, energetic and productive individual, it requires premium fuel in the form of optimum nutrition. Modern foods — such as sugar, trans fats and chemical additives — provide the poorest quality of fuel that trash your brain, leaving you far more stupid, useless, frustrated and afraid than you need to be. They will disable your ability to cope with stress and disappointment. They will induce fear, insecurity and self-doubt. They will undermine your efforts to get things done. Seem familiar?

Nutritious food, on the other hand, liberates your mind power.

Your brain is a finicky eater. It only wants the best and will not work for you unless you give it what it demands. Nutritious food — food that is nontoxic, unprocessed, fit for your individual composition and consumed in a state of calm — can give rise to boundless mental performance and vibrancy. With such grand implications, nutritionists really must be considered for more than just losing weight!

When mind-building foods, such as fatty fish and dark green vegetables, are consumed in balance with other health-supportive foods, your brain cells become more efficient, vibrant and resilient to the negative impacts of stress. You strengthen your body’s detoxification systems to remove toxins that make you tired, irritable and unfocused. You build digestive strength so you are better able to extract and assimilate mind-friendly nutrients. With strong digestion your body also allocates less energy to breaking down food and more energy to your mind so you may better accomplish goals, solve problems and think clearly. And much, much more.

However, our enchantment with The Mind Myth has made us addicts unknowing.

Perpetuating The Mind Myth is the highly addictive quality of sugar, trans fats and synthetic foods on which we have become dependent. We crave these harmful substances so we rationalize their use. In today’s world, our dietary preferences often reflect our addictions, rather than our true requirements. For instance, a sweet tooth may indicate lowered serotonin, a brain chemical that signals happiness and calm. A more appropriate solution to increase serotonin may be to consume more whole grains (well chewed!) and Omega 3’s for a similar, but less hazardous effect than goodies at the pastry shop.

To undo our addictions and overcome our nutrition crisis, we must build awareness with the right information. Why haven’t we been broadly educated about the dangers of many modern foods versus the foods that enable our mental success? Contributing to our ignorance are companies that spend billions to dupe us into believing that their products will give you energy, happiness and health when in truth such products can trap you into a downward spiral of sluggishness and malcontent.

It is also crucial to appreciate that nutrition is a very individual experience based on your personal genetics, lifestyle, environment and goals. Even seemingly “nutritious” foods (e.g., a salad with light dressing), can compromise your mental power if they do not complement your unique makeup, circumstances and other food choices. Many healthcare providers practice a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, such as recommending a fixed amount of calories, carbohydrates, fat, protein and fiber that they assume will lead to the same measure of health for everyone. But, you have unique needs and must be treated accordingly.

Given the right information and guidance, you can undo the damage created by The Mind Myth as an order to accept control and exceed your perceived mental limitations. And with a trusted professional at your side, this process of change need not be confusing or overly difficult to bear. We invite you to review this website for more articles and resources, or make an inquiry with a specific question. Also consider attending one of our seminars to help secure your understanding of the link between your food choices and the your strength of mind.

Copyright 2011 Andréa Hammond

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