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Stop "Shoulding" On Yourself: Rethinking Negative Self-Talk

Do you find yourself saying "I should be doing this," or "I shouldn't be eating that."

Here is a concept you can implement into your life when speaking to friends and family or in your own self-talk.

From Dr. David Burns, author of Feeling Good.
If you look up the word, “should” in one of those huge dictionaries, you will see that it’s origin traces back to the Anglo-Saxon word, “scolde.” So, essentially, you are scolding yourself for having some flaw or shortcoming when you use the word, “should.”

You can combat these painful types of self-criticisms in many ways, but one of the easiest is the Semantic Method—you simply substitute gentler language, such as “I would like to be a better teacher” (or therapist, or Dad, or whatever). Then you can focus on the specifics of what you are doing in your teaching, for example, that’s effective, or ineffective, and make a plan for improvement, if needed.

 


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Autophagy Explained in a Nutshell

 

Autophagy (pronounced  "aw-tof-uh-jee") is a process of cellular renewal that is always in motion within the body.  Only recently though, has it been described that this process is greatly increased when the body experiences nutrient deprivation, aka fasting.  Starting at around 16 hours of fasting and extending beyond this time, autophagy begins to have a profound impact on our health.  The implications of autophagy in the formation of chronic disease is only now being researched, this is a hot topic, but unfortunately we must be patient and wait until researchers can tell us more.

Autophagy translates to “self-eating”.  Perhaps you can imagine autophagy as a form of self-cannibalization.  When the body recognizes certain stressors, in this case fasting, certain genes are expressed that lead to signals that tell the body to recycle components in the cells. 

The inside of our cells are packed with many structures, these include...

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