Description: Elle Russ chats with Loretta Breuning, PhD, founder of the Inner Mammal Institute, which helps people manage the brain chemicals we’ve inherited from our earliest ancestors. She’s author of Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain Your Brain to Boost Your Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin and Endorphin Levels, and The Science of Positivity: Stop Negative Thought Patterns By Changing Your Brain Chemistry. She’s Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, East Bay – and the mother of tax-paying adults.
Inner Mammal Institute
Habits of a Happy Brain
The Science of Positivity
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For chronic anxiety, I think a useful approach is to ignore the supposed reasons for the anxiety and instead treat the anxiety as a simple message that one’s metabolism is screwed up and the brain is really saying “I don’t have a good power source to be able to meet these challenges.” This is why, when you solve one anxious problem, another one seems to pop up almost immediately.
Maybe you are eating more carbohydrate than you can tolerate; maybe you are preventing the carbs you are eating from being effective because you are eating too much fat with it; maybe you are eating too much or too little protein or calories. Whatever the reason, visualize your liver not being able to pump out enough juice to run the brain and explore how much anxiety you have under different nutritional strategies. Your brain is pretty smart about how to handle whatever comes up so long as it has a good power source, and it probably doesn’t need any additional “training.”