I’m Just Not Happy With My Progress [Podcast Episode #080]
Try this quick exercise: In the next 30 seconds, list as many successes you've achieved, or qualities you really love about yourself. Done? Okay, now take 30 seconds to list out all the times you've failed or your attributes that you wish you could change.
Which list was easier to come up with?
If you're like many people, it's easier to be your own worst critic than it is to be your #1 cheerleader. This is why it can be easy to overlook the progress you've made towards building a healthier life. Even when you've made huge strides, it can be tempting to nitpick the areas you're still working on. Here's how to turn that dissatisfaction into epic celebration...
Make Your Body Work Podcast: Episode #080
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I'm Just Not Happy With My Progress [Full Text]
Dave: Hey, thanks so much for joining me on this episode of the Make Your Body Work Podcast. As you know, this show is all about helping you live a healthier and happier life. Today, we're going to be talking about a pretty serious topic, and it all stems from a question that I got from Selma.
Selma wrote in and said, "In March of 2015, I had a mild heart attack. It was a huge wakeup call for me, and it prompted me to change a lot of things I was doing. Since then, I've eaten much healthier and have stayed relatively active.
I know that I'm in a better place now because I've lost almost 25 pounds and I just feel so much healthier. My doctor tells me that I've added 10 years to my life, but despite all these changes, I'm still not happy. I don’t want to nitpick because I know I've done well, but it's hard being so critical of myself and feeling down as a result. Why are we always our own worst critics?"
Selma, I want to start off by just saying congratulations, because you have made some significant changes, losing that weight, feeling healthier, and especially where your doctor says you’ve added 10 years to your life. That’s awesome. Congratulations. At the same time, I know it doesn’t feel good when we don’t recognize our progress or we don’t feel as happy as we think we should.
Today, we're going to start with this question, but we're going to talk a lot about many different things. We're going to talk about mental health. We're going to talk about depression, anxiety. We're going to talk about the evolution of our brains. We're going to talk about many different things that contribute to this feeling of satisfaction or this happiness feeling that we all, I think at a core level, we all really want to achieve.
I'm introducing to you a really great guest, and she has years and years of experience in this field, specifically working with people to take control of their brains and develop their brains and their thinking so that they can experience true happiness. I'm excited to introduce to you Leah Lund.
Meet Leah Lund
Dave: Hey, Leah, thanks so much for being on the show today.
Leah: My pleasure, Dave. Thanks for having me.
Dave: Yeah. I'm excited to chat about all kinds of things health-related, but I was wondering if we could start off, if you could tell the audience a little bit about yourself and what it is that you do in the health and wellness industry.
That might sound a little strange, like, "Of course I'm using my brain. Why wouldn’t I be using my brain?" but, actually, I find we fall into mindset a lot more, and I really appreciate that your podcast here is Make Your Body Work, because I think it's really make your body and your brain work. They're really connected.
The bottom line of it is that sometimes there's physical things we can do where our intellect doesn’t even need to be involved and the whole mechanics that we sit in and drive around, so to speak, have incredible, unlimited potential and mechanism if we let them.
That might have gone deeper than you want for an introduction. In a nutshell, I help you maximize your brain, optimize your brain so that you can feel happy, feel good, accomplish what you want to, and have the life you want.
Dave: That sounds like something that I think we would all like to experience.
Leah: Right. Yeah.
Dave: When you were talking, you just mentioned about ... You said, "Well, don’t we always use our brain?" This is a little bit of a side note, but just yesterday ... Right now, I'm in the process of training for my first marathon, and I was out doing my long run yesterday and I was kind of just in my own thought space and wasn't really paying attention to my surroundings.
All of a sudden, I realized I was running on a road that was under construction; I probably shouldn’t have been there. One of the construction workers actually kind of angrily yelled at me. He said, "Don’t you have a brain?" I immediately ran out of there, but it was exactly like you just talked about.
Dave: Of course we have a brain, but how much are we actually using our brain?
Your Brain Is Like a Muscle
Leah: That’s so funny that happened just the other day, but it's so true. I think of it that, actually, our brain, if we lead it, has our back, but it's easy to go about our business without even knowing that and feel like we have to think our way out of every situation.
Dave: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Leah: But our brain really does have our back, and it's like a muscle in that if you train a muscle, it will do things you didn’t even realize it could do. I don’t know if you or anybody listening has ever had that experience, but if you actually just do enough pull-ups, do enough sit-ups, whatever it is, your body will kind of take over and sometimes it surprises us. The same is true for the brain.
Your brain is like a muscle. If you train it, it can do things you wouldn't have thought possible!
Dave: I completely agree.
Dave: ... totally. Now, Leah, how did you get into this? How did you end up that this is your specialty of using your brain to achieve happiness in life and be able to take us to our sort of maximum capacity, like you said? Why is that so important to you?
Why Leah is Passionate About Brain Health
Leah: Thank you for asking that, because it's so important to me because I didn’t know that. I was born into not knowing that, and I was born depleted in some very essential brain chemicals that I'm sure we'll get into talking about, but I didn’t know that.
All I knew was I felt like I didn’t work like my friends worked. Everybody around me seemed to have a ability or a kind of groove they got into that I just never felt in sync with. I spent decades thinking it was just me and there's no hope and I'm just weird.
There was even kind of jokes in my family because, of course, a lot of this is inherited and runs throughout our families. There were kind of jokes in our family, "Oh, we're loony," which is the expression. "We're like crazy. We're a little different. We're whatever." I grew up with those messages as a child, which, of course, can impact you.
It also felt very true because in my physical reality, I would try something and I would get more discouraged or I would just have off days that felt really serious and fairly dark for a 10-year-old, whatever, and I went and searched.
I searched for decades and, in particular, I remember the day I heard the term "nutritional psychology," and I was like, "What? This has something to do with nutrition?" Then I still searched for at least six or seven years to figure out that it's ...
The mind, or what we think of as the mind, operates from our nutrition and environment and hydration much the same as the body, except nobody's really talking about that, that you can feed your way into feeling happy or feed your way into having more confidence.
Nutrition is essential for positivity. You can feed your way into feeling happy and more confident
Dave: What was your story, then, from that point when you realized ... It sounds like you realized something was a little bit different, and then you started to search out information, and you realized that there's this mind-body-nutrition connection. What were your next steps from there?
Leah: First, I went searching. Like anyone, I went to every expert. I haven't added up the amount of dollars I spent, because it would probably frustrate me or something, but it's okay because I eventually learned. In particular for me, and for, I think, many people, I learned about my neurotransmitters and how what I do and what I eat affects them positively or negatively. I learned I was depleted, and I learned it was partly genetic, inherited. I was born that way, but I learned why.
As soon as I learned why, it really took the weight off my shoulders of, "Oh, I'm just weird and just this way," to, "Oh, I just didn’t know, and I didn’t eat and have other habits that help this, but that’s okay because I can fix that."
All of a sudden, it just really made it very doable and possible to have my best brain, my best focus, my best mood and even step into what I would have thought of previously as risks, step into situations that didn’t even feel like a risk anymore.
Dave: Yeah. It's quite an encouraging thing to hear you say that, that you're able to change all this despite the fact that a couple of times when you were telling your story there, you mentioned about genetics and saying, "I was born with this." I kind of chuckled to myself, because I think ... You're saying your family says, "Oh, you're just a little bit loony."
I know my family, we talk about our genetic inheritance and the downsides of it, and one of the things ... This is getting super personal, but we all tend to be big sweaters, and we just sweat so much when we exercise and we'll joke about it while we're doing family activities, "Hey, there's the Smith gene kicking in and we're all so sweaty." You said this idea for your family of being a little bit potentially off mentally or cognitively is something genetic.
How do you get over that, then? Because I imagine a lot of people are thinking, "Yeah, I'm just born this way, too." How do you actually change that?
Is a Genetic Lack of Endorphins the Cause of Your Melancholy?
Leah: One thing, and this is one example I want to make sure I emphasize that, because it might not apply to everyone listening, but I am of Scandinavian descent. I don’t know what you are, but I'm Norwegian and Icelandic.
Dave: Okay. Yeah, I'm a little mix of all the typical English, little bit of Scottish. I'm a mixed breed.
Leah: I share this not to focus in on the particular, but to know there are genetic, physical kind of reasons for why we do what we do. Anybody who lives on a coastal, whose ancestry is a coastal community like Norway, Iceland, Britain, Wales, even in America the descendants of Native American tribes that lived at the coast, somehow our bodies know that our genetics lack an enzyme that prevents a breakdown of the neurotransmitter endorphin.
It's not really important for anyone listening that you remember how all that works, what I said, but the takeaway is that there are genetic reasons in the whole biochemistry in us. We're nothing but a million biochemical reaction going on all the time and certain heritage actually has better access or less access to those things.
In my case, because I was a coastal, Norwegian, Icelandic, not me, but core generations of, we lack this enzyme that stops endorphin from being stopped, which I know is a little bit tricky to follow. Basically, that means we look for comfort, so we have a higher rate of depression, antidepressant use, drugs and alcohol, to try to not feel depressed, and it's literally genetic, but it's genetic from a nutritional standpoint.
It's also why those particular groups of people that I named, the Native Americans that were coastal, like out in Seattle, Washington, or Oregon or whatever, it's why they lived at the sea, because omega-3s help. Don’t ask me how they knew that, right? They didn’t have a book or a website to look at to know they should live there and eat those things, but intuitively, they knew.
Dave: I want to stop there for one second-
Dave: ... because you talked about genetically these coastal people lack the ability to, you said, stop the ... Can you say that again, to stop the ...
Leah: Yeah. They have an enzyme that inhibits the processing of endorphin. Basically, they're low-endorphin, to keep it simple. What low endorphin means is you're always looking for a way to boost your endorphin.
You're looking for comfort, you're looking for pleasure, you're looking for a treat. You don’t have it naturally. You're not naturally in a really balanced place of endorphin as our pleasure and our pain-killer.
You don’t have, I don’t have ... Let's put it this way, didn’t have the natural ability to feel pleasure for no reason and calm my pain for no reason, so then I turn to whatever, like wine over exercise, because that works with the same area of the brain, maybe even like pornography cutting.
All these things we think of as addiction, we're just trying to boost our endorphin. Again, I just have to say this is one example, so I don’t want to get too caught up in, oh, is it endorphin, and I lived by the ocean or my parents did or whatever, but my point is really that there are sometimes physical reasons that explain how you feel.
I think in our age, in the new age and our society, we really look for just mindset to explain it all, like, "Oh, just stop thinking that and think this." That’s really hard. That’s really hard when there's a physical reason, and the physical reason is a depletion of certain brain chemicals and then you can do certain things and take certain actions that boost that brain chemical.
Dave: On a very simplistic level, what you just described there, at the very root of it is that we are all different, and historically, our bodies have been built or have evolved to function differently because of the climates or the food supply or the geographic location.
What little change can you make that will positively impact how your body feels or functions? Start there.
All those different factors have sort of determined of how our bodies are built to survive, but now, as we migrate all over the world and we live in cities and we're living much differently than ancestrally we have, that DNA makeup might not fit naturally as well with our current surroundings as it did many generations ago. Would you say that’s fair to say?
Leah: I would absolutely agree.
The Pro-Happiness Eating Plan
Dave: I want to tie this into Selma's question because she talks about she's made all this progress in her life, and I feel like cheering for her when she says, "You know, I've lost all this weight. I feel great," but then she says, "You know, I still don’t feel happy. I still tend to pick at myself. Why am I my own worst critic?"
We've talked about endorphins, we've talked about mindset, talked a little bit about DNA. Why is that the case? Even sometimes when we have reason to feel good about ourselves, we don’t.
Leah: Yeah. I want to celebrate Selma, first of all, for all she has accomplished. Selma represents a lot of people listening, I'm sure. The most important thing I want to impress is that we are ever-changing energy.
We're beings that walk around in movement inside of us, even though we might not realize that we're moving and changing all the time. It's really like ... I love the expression of "if you take two steps forward and one step back." Is that a failure? No. That’s actually the cha-cha.
Leah: Yeah, so please, I encourage everyone to just cha-cha through life and go, "Okay, when something happens, that was weird." I really think our most detrimental issue as human beings is that we take it personally, and we say, "Oh, my gosh, if this didn’t work the first time out, then something must be wrong with me." No, nothing is wrong with you as a person or individual, Selma, or anyone else, so know that and then just go about with curiosity and exploring.
In Selma's case, she had a mild heart attack and has now made a lot of positive changes to lose 25 pounds, feels good. Doctor tells her she's added 10 years to her life, but she still has this residual feeling of, "I'm not quite happy."
This is not one thing. This is not a magic pill that you can take to be happy. It's a combination of nutrition and emotional and mental and brain working and what you're engaging in. For Selma and anyone experiencing something similar, definitely you want to eat in a pro-happiness way.
Really quick, there's a million diets and trends and whatever out there, right? But the brain needs some protein, the brain and body. The brain and body need good fat, which is saturated and omega-3, and then we need a multitude of phytonutrients out of a wide variety of colors of vegetables, and a little fruit.
As long as you're eating that way, you're making a physical basis for happiness, let's say. Then, if you dip below that completely explore neurotransmitter depletion on my website and all of that, because sometimes eating doesn’t get us out of the hole. If you are listening to that and saying, "Tried that, can't do it," whatever, check it out. I won't digress, though. Then it's also about exercise, for sure, and it's about changing mindset, and changing mindset feels perhaps a bit tricky.
It's Time to Train Your Brain
What I would really want to impress upon people listening is that you have the ability to grow and change your brain. It's the only organ, actually ... You're more or less born with lungs and they're the same when you die, or liver, same when you die, unless something really severe has happened. It's hard to change those organs.
It's really fairly simple to change your brain, and it's about practice. There's two ways to grow or change your brain. One is the subconscious way, and I call it planting seeds, probably because I'm a farmer's daughter and I grew things my whole life and I have a great organic garden now.
Your brain is almost infinitely trainable. What do you want yours to do?
I think of it as planting seeds, and you kind of never know what comes up, especially at high altitudes, but you just keep planting them. Planting seeds for positive change in your mind is things like having vision board, things like listening to this podcast, honestly. It's embedding new information in your subconscious mind that maybe even your conscious mind doesn’t know what to do with it, but it's still working on some level.
Then the other way to grow your brain is prefrontal cortex, very intentional. That is, "I'm going to set my alarm every morning to wake up and do my exercise that I know is good for my heart," in Selma's case. "
I'm just going to do it whether I know it's working or not. I'm going to put my mind out of it and just assume, rightly, that if I get up and I exercise, it's helping my heart." Then the brain responds by making it easier, easier because you’ve made a new neuropathway and it becomes habit.
It's what I call changing from a ritual. At first, it's not a habit. It's never a habit at first. It's a ritual. A ritual requires a little bit of effort. It requires an intentional, "Okay, I'm going to do this. I don’t know why and it's hard, but I'm going to set my alarm anyway. I'm going to do it anyway." Then, eventually it becomes like how we learned to tie our shoes. At first, we had to think about the rabbit ears and which goes where, and now we do it without looking.
Dave: When you're speaking there, you're talking about some of the different actions that people can take to influence how their brain responds or how we think. What you said is exactly what one of my friends is going through right now, and he's suffering with depression and has just started seeing a counselor.
Literally, just yesterday, he sent me a text and told me the steps that his counselor is working through with him, and it was to change his diet to include some healthier foods. It was to start to exercise even if it's just a little bit each day.
Then another physiological one is to work on his sleep habits, to go to bed at a consistent time. Then, just like you said, so those are all three very physiological things that we can do that do impact how we think.
Then the next one he said was to start to work on his positive thinking, and exactly like you said. Then you gave two very specific ways of doing it, subconsciously and consciously. It's neat that what you're talking about here, Leah, this is proven. This is what people are using to fight depression or mental health issues all the time.
Important Tools to Fight Depression and Anxiety
Leah: It is very true, and I'll expand and say that for anybody who has tried those things and it's not really working, depression, anxiety is literally a function of a depletion of a neurochemical, a neurotransmitter called serotonin. It just flat out is, and that’s what all the drugs are based on and blah, blah, blah.
You can boost that with amino acid and the right combination of vitamin and mineral. When you're depleted, you actually need to go to a supplement form just to get enough of it, unless you're prepared to eat, I don’t know, 12 steaks in a day or something. You can't eat your way into it.
That is the work I do in neuronutrition or amino-acid therapy, and it's highly effective. That might sound too good to be true for a lot of us, like, "What? I can just ...?" Sounds like a magic pill. It's not a magic pill. It's just actually giving the brain the raw materials it needs to make that chemical.
Sometimes, people will ask me things like, "Well, what about essential oils, lavender? You know, that calms you down, too. That helps with anxiety also." It does, but we do not have a lavender deficiency in our mind. The brain needs the things it needs to make the thing.
It's kind of like constructing a whatever, a robot, any mechanical part. You need the raw materials. The raw materials for our happy chemicals are, "I feel good about myself" chemical, certain vitamins, minerals, amino acid.
Dave: Okay, I want to dive into that a little bit more closely, then, because we did talk about some lifestyle changes, and I think everyone would agree that when we start moving and start eating healthy foods, we tend to feel better. Not in every case, but we tend to feel better.
When we sleep more, we tend to feel better. When we hydrate, we tend to feel better. Then when you're talking specific deficiencies, how much of that can be overcome by lifestyle versus supplementation versus medication?
Leah: Good question. Lifestyle things will boost your levels of these chemicals around four or five hours, even if you're depleted to begin with. The way they work, the way these neurotransmitters work is you're designed to have a reserve, backup, of them, and it's kind of a synergistic effect, so the more you have, the reserve is to release.
You always need to be making more to fill up the tank. If you're feeling a little off, but you're not very depleted, going out for a 90-minute walk boosts the immediate effect of serotonin, for example, by about 90%, so it feels great. Right? It feels great. You get out in nature, you breathe in fresh air. Maybe you're in sunshine; vitamin D is a major precursor for serotonin, so it feels really good.
As long as you do that consistently, most days out of the week you might be good. The trouble comes when you can't do that most days of the week or you're depleted to begin with. Then you're swimming upstream. You're trying to do these daily things that have a little effect but not enough effect, and you don’t do them every day, but, I'll try. Really, the cure for that is high levels of amino acid.
It's a reparative function. It's very different than a pharmaceutical. The antidepressant drugs totally bypass the brain's natural ability, and so it's a crutch. It's a crutch that you'll need forever until it stops working, which most of them do, and then you'll need another and then there's really no end in sight, down that path.
Amino-acid therapy, you repair the brain's natural function, and you actually restore those levels. The average I see with my clients is five or six months' time to get off of the supplements, and they feel every bit as good.
Dave: That’s very encouraging, because I know, I've spoken with many people who are dealing with depression or anxiety, and there quite often is that fear of going on prescription medication for exactly the reason you just said, is no one wants to become dependent on something, and no one wants to, again, like you said, constantly be looking for something that will work a little better or what happens when I build up resistance or an immunity to this. It's encouraging to hear that it's not a lifetime of amino-acid therapy or taking supplements. That’s kind of what you're saying, correct?
Leah: That is correct. Yeah, five or six months is average.
Dave: Now getting therapy like you're talking about that might be accessible to some people. For Selma or other people that are listening, maybe that isn't accessible to them. Can you talk about some other things that they can do on their own that will have maybe not as significant of an impact, but will definitely have an impact repairing the brain? That’s the key term to use there. That sounds so exciting, how can I repair my brain?
Why Breakfast is Crucial for Happiness
Leah: Yeah. If you're not doing intense nutrient therapy ... understand that just means nutrients ... then do it slowly, but do it consistently. Every day, wake up and have a really good protein breakfast, because the major factor in producing neurotransmitters comes from protein.
Have a really good protein breakfast within an hour of waking up. What I mean by really good is 20 to 30 grams. Maybe especially for the women out there, I don’t know, we're always thinking about our body, I guess, so it's not one egg; it's three eggs.
Really load up on your breakfast, because not only does it help make those neurotransmitters initially, it also sends messaging to the body that there's no reason to think we're in crisis; therefore, your cortisol levels and your blood sugar levels will not rise. Those two things when they rise, deteriorate the ability to make neurotransmitters.
It's a win-win in terms of you feed your brain the things it needs to make these feel-good chemicals, but also you alleviate the biggest roadblock to making those chemicals, which is stress. When you don’t eat in the morning, your body responds from a stress standpoint, which means cortisol, adrenaline, epinephrine, norepinephrine.
When you don't eat in the morning, your body will face more stressors all day long
Dave: I love the fact that right away, you brought up eating a breakfast, because ... This is the 80th episode of this podcast, and I've talked to so many experts for so many different topics, and eating a proper breakfast, including a decent amount of protein, has been brought up over and over again.
Today, we're talking about our feeling of loving ourselves, but also from a weight-loss standpoint, an energy standpoint, a minimizing-cravings-throughout-the-day standpoint. Hopefully, listeners, we're starting to learn that breakfast is crucial.
That’s one thing, Leah. What else would you suggest that people can do to help repair their brain?
The 3 Core Nutrients You Can't Ignore
Leah: Certainly hydration, our water and our air. Even when I get into really in-depth neuronutrition programs with people I'm coaching, I go back to core nutrients. As I see them, core nutrients are water, air, sleep. These are free. You can't buy them in a store, but think about it. How long can you live without food? How long can you live without water? How long can you live without air? Two minutes, maybe, if you're really good.
Think of that and think of oxygen as a nutrient because it does boost serotonin and the other chemicals, and that doesn’t just mean ... It means a couple of things, I think, in an everyday situation, which is purified air, good-quality air, so have a home purifier. Really, probably the most important thing we can do is breathe deep, get down into the bottom of your lung, because sometimes we're just not taking it in and we have that ability, so breathe deeper, calm down, take in air as a medicinal.
When you feel stress, stop yourself and say, "Okay, I must not be getting enough oxygen. How can I get enough oxygen down deep? Of course, things like house plants help, but I think the most common interrupt of that is shallow breathing. I've been very guilty of it myself where I ... Actually, my stress response.
Here's another thing people can do, is check for what is your physical clue or your physical stress response. Mine was always hold my breath, and when I paid attention to my body, I was like, "Okay, I'm holding my breath. That can't be good. I'm in a big executive meeting in a boardroom and I'm kind of nervous and I'm presenting something, and I'm holding my breath?"
Be aware of your breathing. It can create anxiety or it can create peace. Which is yours creating?
Dave: Mmm, I can relate to that. I know that for me, I hold my breath as well or breathe shallow, quick breaths that then speeds up the heart rate and creates anxiety, just like you talked about. I also shrug my shoulders up, like tighten up my shoulders, and those two, it's really hard to feel good when you're all tensed inside.
Leah: Impossible. Yeah.
Dave: Yeah. I think about Selma, and she's talking about being your own critic and potentially this ... I don’t know if it's actually like clinical depression, but negative feelings about herself. If she focuses on her sleep, focuses on eating a healthy breakfast, when those thoughts creep in, takes time to breathe slowly and deep breaths. Is there anything else that you'd recommend?
Finding the Higher Part of Your Inner Self
Leah: Yes. I will, and I hope everyone listening will follow, because it's really stepping back and knowing there's a higher part of yourself. I have a friend, for example, who is ... This is not a religion talk whatsoever what I'm about to say, but I have a friend who's an atheist and when we talk about the miracles of the world, like how did anything happen
How do I live at very high altitude in Colorado, and we'll ride our horses up to a high peak and there’ll be a small tree somehow growing out of rock. I try to grow my garden down there, and I fertilize and it doesn’t happen, but here's this tree growing up there.
I think there is a higher order of things, and I know when we remember that, it helps, because it takes us off of having, being alone in it, having to figure it out alone, "Oh, my gosh, I'm feeling this way and I have to know everything. I have to read everybody's blog and study every kind of thing." Just remember you are a part, Selma, of a higher order of some kind. We all call it different things.
None of us probably really even understand what it is, but you are part of it. When you know that, if you’ve ever had an instinct to do anything that your mind didn’t think about or if anything ever just showed up, so open yourself up to that. Open yourself up to, I don’t know, give me guidance, and I bet you'll hear something.
Dave: I love that advice. I mentioned this before on the podcast. One of the things I love about doing this podcast as a Q&A format is I'll get questions that when I read them, I'll think there's no one else that is wondering this question.
Then, for whatever reason, we'll get interested in it and create a podcast episode from it, and it's usually those ones that seem obscure or seem unlikely that they’ll connect with other people, and I'll get tons of e-mails with them, saying, "You know, it was so good that so-and-so asked that question because I've been dealing with that, too. It's so nice to know that I'm not the only one." I couldn’t agree more, Leah.
Make Your Body Work Takeaway
I do want to wrap this up, and I like to finish the show with what's called a Make Your Body Work takeaway, and this is just one action step that someone in Selma's case could start with. What is that most important starting place? Imagine for someone who is on the road to making positive change but still feels like they're being critical of themselves. Leah, what's the one thing that you ask that they can start doing today?
Leah: Really checking in for that, and it's really listen to what your body and higher power is telling you. You don’t know how to make these changes, but you do know something. What is that something? Then practice that consistently.
Dave: That could be completely different for everyone.
Leah: Yeah, absolutely.
Dave: Yeah. Leah, I know we're kind of just talking in the surface level of brain chemistry and feelings of love ourselves and nutrition and tying all this together. If people have questions about what they're going through and they want to reach out to you, what is the best way for them to connect with you?
Leah: Right, yeah. My e-mail is leah, L-E-A-H, @onewholehealth.com. That’s one spelled out O-N-E, whole, W-H-0-L-E, health.com. I'm very open to any e-mails. I'm also on all the social media outlets. If you put in Leah, L-E-A-H, Lund, L-U-N-D, you'll find me. I encourage the interaction because I know that that actually raises the vibration. Dave, I know you know this, too. It's part of why you do this. When we talk about how to evolve and move forward, we're actually already evolving and moving forward. It's a collective energy.
Dave: I agree, and you made a really great point when you were talking about the subconscious mind, and you said just doing things like listening to positive podcasts or listening to soothing music or bringing up conversation with friends, all those things that maybe don't seem like big action steps. I love what you said, they are helping us evolve in that positive direction.
Leah: So true.
Dave: Leah, thanks for joining us on the show, and I hope that a lot of listeners will reach out to you. Listeners, I will put all the resources, everything that we talked about in this episode on my blog, so you can go to makeyourbodywork.com/80, eight-zero, and all the links will be there, and you can connect with Leah. Yeah, Leah, thanks again for joining us today.
Leah: Sure, Dave. If I'm not mistaken, you'll also put up a link to a brain chemistry assessment. That is really if you're trying these things and something seems amiss, something's not working and you want to know if you're depleted, that brain chemistry is a self-scoring free assessment.
Dave: Yes, definitely. Thank you for providing me with that. I will put that link in the resources section so you can check that out. I've got it right in front of me right now, One Whole Health. It's a brain chemistry self-test, I guess, self-assessment is what you called it.
Leah: Thank you, Dave. Thanks so much for having me
Dave: Thanks again, Leah, for being on the show today and for helping us understand perhaps why we’re dissatisfied or why we can be dissatisfied with our own progress and for giving us some ideas of how we can improve sort of that mental position and our positivity and look to kind of realize, well, hey, we are making progress and there is hope and there is potential for us to still change.
Thanks for joining us, and thank you to the listeners, for everyone who's listening right now. I really appreciate you being here today. Thanks for investing some time into your own health, your own understanding. As I always say, what is that one thing that you learned today that can apply to your life, that can help improve your health, help improve your outlook on yourself or on your future?
Because that’s what it's all about. It's about practical application. We need to take these principles and apply them. Otherwise, we're just filling our head with more knowledge, and I don’t think in today's day and age anyone needs more knowledge. We need to apply it, so how can you do that.
Next Week’s Episode
Next week, I have an awesome episode that is something that I think many, many, many, many people need to listen to. It's all about leaky gut. If you haven't heard about leaky gut, tune in next week because, like I said, this might apply to you. This might be contributing to your digestive problems. It could be contributing to weight that you can't lose.
This is a topic that I've wanted to cover for a long time and have had a number of questions about and have a great expert guest who's going to talk all about leaky gut and some other digestive issues, and then, more importantly, how we can heal our gut so that we can lose weight, feel better, digest our foods properly, and kind of reach our optimal health. That’s all next week. Come on back. I'd love to see you here.
I just want to say one last thing. If you have a question for the show that you'd like answered and maybe you're looking for an answer that you can't find or ... Quite often, the questions I'll get are from people who see conflicting information online, and I know for myself when I've been doing research as well, it's so easy.
You can find one article that says one thing and another source that says another, so if you have any questions that you need a firm answer to, let me know. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll connect with someone in the health and fitness industry who's an expert in that area and we'll answer your question. If your question doesn’t become an actual episode for the podcast, that’s okay. I still will respond to every single question I get. I personally read every e-mail I get and respond personally. I really would love to help you out and help you solve any issues that you are dealing with.
That’s it for me today. Thanks again for joining me, and I can't wait to see you here again next week.