Stronger Than You think! Week Two: How Nutrition Affects the Mind

Bowls and boards of breads, pasta, beans, and grains are arranged on wood. Bananas and potatoes complete the carb-ucopia.

In week two learn a few new eating habits to power yourself through nutrition, which plays an integral role in the relationship between the mind and body. This week, think! partner and wellness expert Gabby Bernstein focuses on the role that nutrition plays in both our physical and mental well-being.

Practicing mindful eating, making sure you get enough protein and prioritizing better-for-you food choices in your day are all habits that enhance your overall well-being. think! strives to offer options that are packed with protein to help you snack strong and enjoy a wide variety of flavors.

Document Your Journey

Continue with the 6-week think! Strong challenge by checking in every week using your journal. Answer the questions below:

  1. What is something you ate this week that you noticed gave you energy, elevating your mental strength?
  2. If/when you meal-plan for the week, what are the most important elements that you prioritize for each day?

Three Nutrition Hacks to Boost Your Well-Being

While an apple a day may not keep the doctor away, nutrition does play a key role in physical and mental wellbeing. To support this, creating healthy food habits is key.

Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of your food:

  1. Mindful Eating Practices.

    Implementing mindful eating practices promotes a healthy relationship with food. To practice mindful eating, eat slowly, savoring the flavors in each dish. Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues, eating when your body tells you. These practices will change the way you eat, with meals becoming relaxing experiences you look forward to.

    Along with mindful eating, mindfulness practices are also beneficial for your nutritional wellbeing. Bernstein shares her personal experience, and credits mindfulness practices such as meditation as the tool that helps her release her negative thought patterns around food, getting to the root cause of unconstructive habits. The combination of mindfulness and mindful eating are powerful tools for transforming your health.

  1. The Power of Protein.

    By getting enough protein, the positive impact on your cognitive function and wellbeing will make themselves clear. It can support memory retention, heightened concentration, and overall brain development, the benefits of incorporating protein-rich foods in your diet are endless. Make intentional, specific choices with your food. Choosing what you know is best for your health and wellbeing.

    “Protein bars can be a great addition to your routine, as long as they have the nutritional content to properly fuel you without too much added sugar, which can be an issue with some options in the market,” said Frances Largeman-Roth, registered dietitian nutritionist. “think! offers a range of options that deliver a meaningful amount of protein and fiber with creative flavors you can truly enjoy while fueling your body.”

  1. Strong Snacks, Strong Mind.

    Whether it be for the school day or workday, snacks are an important form of fuel. Choosing the right brainfood to increase your energy and satisfy hunger between meals will help keep your mind sharp for all your daily tasks.

This week, keep a food journal and track what you eat. This will make you more aware of if you’re eating clean, getting enough protein, and having fueling snacks. If you want to take it a step further, after every meal, journal if you implemented mindful eating practices and how you felt after doing so. At the end of the week, look over your journal and reflect on what you did well and what you feel you could change for the future. In addition to eating the right foods the right way, don’t forget the importance of taking the right vitamins and probiotics. The combination of the right eating practices, right foods and right supplements all work to support your gut health.

Available in a wide variety of flavors, think! protein bars are a great way to get a satisfying boost of protein in your day, whether it be for breakfast or a snack in between meals.

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Affirmations by Gabby Bernstein

  1. I am committed to giving my body what it needs to thrive
  2. I make healthy choices. I have respect for myself.
  3. I take care of my body and my body takes care of me.
  4. I feel strong and confident in my body.
  5. I honor my body with gentleness and nourishment

Coming up, in Week Three of the think! Strong challenge , wellness expert, Bernstein will talk more about finding the strength to let go and provide further guidance.

Join the #thinkStrong conversation on Instagram @thinkproducts for more. Stay motivated with more tips from @gabbybernstein and other mental strength and wellness experts, including @trainwithmon,  @iamkirstenferguson and @torrsim.