Created and edited by
Myrna Haag RD, LD/N
Before any changes can be made to the body, they must first be made in the brain. Diet programs have the best success when the participant is at a stage of readiness to accept changes and actively work towards their goals, and the MyrnaMethod acknowledges this.
Scientific research supports that people pass through five stages of change before they can fully engage in a new desired behavior. Knowing what stage a person is at helps determine the best methodology and action plan for them to be successful. If this is not taken into account then healthcare professionals, family members, friends, and the patient themselves can become frustrated and believe their inability to hold to a program is a character flaw, not a process of change that needs to be worked through.
The MyrnaMethod combats this by helping patients recognize their stage of readiness and providing tools and materials that increase their motivation to continue seeking knowledge in nutrition.
Along with analyzing a patient’s stage of readiness, the MyrnaMethod provides ongoing tools for patients to shape their own thought processes and behavior by taking advantage of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the process of the brain physically reorganizing itself in response to a person’s environment, behavior, thoughts, and emotions to promote the desired behavior. Even at the right state of readiness, a person’s brain can still sabotage their best-laid plans if precautions are not taken; thus, a continuous support system and tools are needed to maintain the desired behavior.
Even the best and most effective program is worthless if the person is unable to follow it.
Compliance requires truthful analysis of a person’s stage of readiness and knowledge and tools to neurologically affect brain thought patterns, both of which the MyrnaMethod provides.