What Are You Feeding Your Brain?

by Jordan Reasoner

Back in high school I knew a guy that put fuel in his truck from an old gas can in his parent’s garage.

What he didn’t realize is, his Mom was using it to water her flowers, and he fueled up with 5 gallons of fertilized water!

His truck stalled out a mile down the road…

Your body is the same way. It can run on different fuel sources for short periods, like anything from processed crap to natural foods, and even no food at all.

But we know it runs better on high quality sources of food like Paleo or SCD. And as it turns out, your mind is no different. We feed our brain a steady diet of thoughts every day.

And the quality of those thoughts matter.

Ever have one of those days when everything seems to go wrong?

I used to feel that way all the time, until I learned a little secret: Bad thoughts don’t have to snowball out of control. Bad thoughts and bad things happen, but learning to approach each day with an attitude that allows me to be OK with them is the best food I can give my brain.

If you want to take control of your health and live a symptom-free life, start by taking control of the thoughts you feed your brain…

And it starts by asking one simple question…

What’s My Definition of Healthy?

I started this diet because a doctor “prescribed” it to me. I don’t know where you’re coming from, but I had an end goal in mind, and you need one too. Healthy is a vague term. Your new definition of healthy is probably different from mine, and different from the clinical version (your doctor’s).

In order to begin your healing process, you need to define what being healthy means to you.

For example, does it mean having endless energy and one perfect poop every day? Or would you be happy if your stomach pain vanished?

I’d be willing to guess you’ve been feeling less than 100% for a long time. Maybe you’re not even sure what 100% healthy feels like.

Before I started this journey, my health involved waking up two hours early so I had enough time for diarrhea before class. When I started SCD, I decided my new definition of health included:

  • Being able to go anywhere without worrying about where the bathroom was
  • Pooping when I was ready
  • Minimal gas and bloating
  • Never having stomach problems cross my conscious mind
  • Gaining weight back
  • And feeling full of energy

Today, I want you to define a new healthy life that allows you to eat without belly pain. It’s important that you remove the chains you’ve attached to your gut and figure out what your definition of healthy is.

Take a moment and imagine what your healthy body would feel like.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • How do you want to feel after you eat your favorite meal?
  • What would your life be like if you bounced out of bed with tons of energy and focus?
  • What would it do for your life if you never worried about your tummy again?

This is a personal journey that you’re going on. I’m here along with you, but I want you to embrace the emotion of feeling free, both physically and mentally, from your stomach problems.

Want to Know My Secret for Not “Falling Off the Wagon”?

Read your definition of health every day. Not only that, but revise it along the way as you keep getting better.

Imagine enjoying your healthy life like you’re already living it. These little victories build day-by-day until you have so much momentum that nothing can stop you from making it to the top!

TO DO TODAY:

Make your ideal future real. Leave a comment with 3 ways you will define your health going forward.

For example, here’s my definition from 2009:

  1. Have 2 perfect poops a day, no straining or urgency
  2. Never worry about my stomach once during the day
  3. Have never-ending energy throughout the day

Be specific and imagine going through the day without thinking about your health. What would that would be like? Define a new, healthy you and share it below.

I can’t wait to hear from you,

– Jordan

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About the author

Jordan Reasoner Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

eva beagan May 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

3 ways my health will go forward:
1. A complete clearout (and feeling it has all gone) after breakfast
2. no more bloating and feeling like someone has poured concrete in me
3. being able to sleep through the night and wake up refreshed and not depressed about the day that lies ahead

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Kristin May 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I want to be able to wake up and feel good. Not spending my day in the house due to bathroom trips, I want to be able to enjoy my meals with out pain and be stress free

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Rose O'Hara May 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

1. I want to be able to eat more than chicken, salmon, chicken bone broth, ghee, celery, green beans, carrots, banana, prunes and papaya. I want to be able to eat SCD yoghurt for the probiotic benefits.
2. I want to be able to travel with foods I can carry easily like baked nut products.
3. I want to be able eat out by ordering a simple meat dish and steamed vegetables.
4. I want one easy Bristol 3 bm a day.
5. I want enough energy to take me through the whole day without having to lie down and rest.
6. I want to feel ‘normal’ – not always thinking about ‘getting better’.
7. I want enough energy to add a new social activity to my life – like dancing.

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Maribel Rodriguez April 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

1. I want to eat a regular, healthy meal and stop carrying my own meals whenever I go out.

2. I want to be able to travel to places like Europe without worrying what would I eat there. My job will require that I travel to France, for 2 weeks, and I panic just to think about it.

3. I want to stop feeling weird when I go out to do something fun with friends; lunch time comes and go to a restaurant and everybody order their food, and I have to eat what I have in my thermo (usually meat and veggies soup).

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