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Webinar #14 - Aug 26 (2020)

Positive lifestyle change isn’t just about eating better and moving more. True change needs to come from positive thinking. In this session Dr. Sal talks about the science behind behavior change and the strong impact our beliefs can have on our behaviors — in both a positive and negative sense.
Today’s show is about intentionality, purpose, behaviors, beliefs, myths and truths. You will hear about what motivates people, how we respond to stress, image, personal experience and values. In his video, Dr. Darren Morton discusses what motivates people – pleasure and pain, the carrot or the stick. I want you to think about CHIP as the carrot and the SAD as the stick.
  As we know, we all make hundreds if not more choices per day. Many of those choices directly impact our health in the present and will in the future. How intentional we are about these choices makes all the difference. Many of the decisions that we make on a daily basis are made without much thought process. 
  As we set our minds to being intentional about our health we make better choices in what we eat, how were you physically active, when we go to sleep and when we get up, how we respond to stress and what drives us out of bed in the morning. 
  So from this all, it's obvious that how we think makes a big difference in how we behave , how we live and how healthy we are or not. If you're not enjoying your food and you're not enjoying your activity and your life in general you're not going to sustain the current behaviors. When it comes to health life is a journey. It's not a destination. It's something that you have to continue to focus on every day. And therefore, you have to enjoy what you are doing. 
  When you truly believe drives your behavior whether it comes to health, religion, politics etc. But oftentimes beliefs are not founded in truth and this is where the science of health is extremely helpful. 
The message here is to educate yourself about healthy living, healthy eating, the benefits of physical activity etc.  But when you are reading scientific literature one of the first things to do is identify who sponsored the study. Often times so called scientific studies are biased by those who sponsor the study. 
  Health is not just about losing weight or having a certain body type. How we see ourselves is important but we need to be sure that we see and understand what's skin deep. There is a term that some people use called skinny fat which basically means that the individual might be thin but unhealthy on the inside.  Even when an individual does not have a diagnosis of a specific disease he or she might have significant risk factors which are creating health problems on the inside. 
This question can be followed up by another question which is “How’s that working for you?” Think about this critically. Are your beliefs serving you well? Are these beliefs that you have about food creating health and vitality or sickness and disease?  To me this statement again brings up the video called “Make Health Last” - in this video we see that when the individual is suffering the effects of the standard American lifestyle versus how we would prefer to spend the last years of life.

1. “CHIP Session 13 Trailer — “Become What You Believe” (Morton @ 0:00 min)
2. “Make Healthy Behaviors Pleasurable” (Morton @ 5:57 min)
3. “Beliefs Drive Behavior (Morton @ 9:54 min)
4. “Weight Loss, a New Image (Morton @ 14:15 min)
5. “How do Your Beliefs Serve You? (Morton @ 17:14 min)

1. “Starting with guidelines is hard. I wish there was an exact food plan for a month!” (21:22)
2. “What can I do to get motivated for exercise?” (22:35)
3. “In this world of instant gratification we often set ourselves up for failure.” (24:09)
4. What do you tell young patients who say that a healthy lifestyle affects their social life?” (24:51)
5. “If you like music and dancing, try exercising in the morning to good music.” (25:55)
6. “When I’m alone and unaccountable for my food choices is when I struggle.” (26.39)
7. “How do I get in touch with ‘Club CHIP’”? (28.33)
8. “Healthy food is mostly tasteless. Is it all right to ‘spice it up’?” (28.50)

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