All health practitioners have experienced the painful distress of making one diet recommendation after another to clients who do not change. Clients want to change. They agree that they have to change the way they eat or dire consequences will result. They promise earnestly to change. But, week after week they come back without improvement. Or, they improve for a short period and then fall back into old diet habits with the return of serious diet-related diseases. Or, they never come back at all.
Are you tired of watching this scenario unfold with client after client?
Brain imaging technology and laboratory studies have revealed in stunning detail the reasons that clients cannot adhere to vital diet recommendations. The answer is that the vast quantities of processed foods consumed in most westernized cultures can extensively alter brain function and prevent good diet decisions. Cognitive impairment, stress, anxiety, depression, brain fog, aggressive behavior, and intense cravings are all associated with the chronic consumption of processed foods.
Tragically, these brain alterations can prevent clients from making the very diet changes needed to restore the consistent mental capabilities needed to arrest the progression of other diet-related diseases.
Most people do not know they have brain fog because it sets in gradually over years. Even if a client recognizes that they feel hazy, they are likely to attribute it to old age and believe that there is nothing they can do about it. The tragedy is that brain fog can make it almost impossible for a client to think through the sometime complicated steps required to buy and prepare non-addictive food. The good news is that brain fog has been shown to be linked to processed foods. Release from brain fog is an early benefit of non-addictive eating.
Learn the next 6 specific actions you can take to uncover the mental blocks that keep your clients from healing their diet-related diseases.
I. Processed Foods and Mental Illness: The evidence for causality.
II. Specific Mental Challenges and how they interfere with the ability to make diet improvements.
III. Learn about the many different ways to restore brain health. Match difficulty of method with mental capabilities.
IV. What to do? Recognize cognitive impairment and give very short, very simple instructions.
V. Use positive reinforcement and re-framing to counteract discouragement at lapsing.
VI. Recruiting friends and family to help.
CALL TO ACTION
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