In today’s episode, Molly welcomes back Dr. Alex Korb! Molly and Alex are getting down to the why behind our brain behavior– why certain actions may trigger negative thoughts, and what we can do to go on an upward spiral rather than downward.
As the episode starts, Dr. Alex sums up what we talked about the last time he was on– when downward spirals are triggered. To review that, think about being invited to a party, but thinking to yourself you don’t want to go and then this triggers the action of not going then that triggers other negative thoughts and emotions. If we translate this to food and think about eating a cupcake when we know we shouldn’t… ring any bells, anyone?
The downward spiral is the problem, now let’s talk solution. The moment a mistake has been made, there is literally nothing we can do about it anymore. That being said, when we have awareness of that, it allows us to approach ourselves with a sense of compassion and grace. We are human. Next time, we will have a plan to not make the same mistakes. Speaking of plan, when the stressor (whatever it may have been) is no longer present, we can plan ways to do better next time. Our brains want control, what we can control is creating a plan before times of distress so we know what to do when the crisis does inevitably happen.
About Dr. Alex Korb
Dr. Alex Korb has PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, and currently teaches there in the Department of Psychiatry. Outside of the lab he is a personal coach who helps smart, successful, and passionate professionals get unstuck and unlock their brain’s peak performance. Dr. Korb is also head coach of the UCLA Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, and has a wealth of experience in yoga and mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand‑up comedy. He’s the author of the amazing book, The Upward Spiral, and a crowd favorite on our podcast. For more info visit alexkorbphd.com or follow @alexkorbphd on twitter, facebook, and instagram.
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About Molly Carmel
Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.
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