Salad With a Side of Fries
Salad With a Side of Fries
Jenn Trepeck
Master of My Domain (feat. Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik)
1 hour 5 minutes Posted Oct 6, 2021 at 12:00 am.
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We know what to do, we just don't always do it. You too? Thought so. Even if it's not in every area of life, there always seems to be one (or three if you're like us) that's not swinging with the rest. Meet Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik who joins Jenn this week to discuss motivation, how our brains work and the impact of crises...which include more than a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. His expertise and insight shows us ways to explore and then create our personal formula for navigating difficult times. One secret? You are your own best expert. Listen now for more! 


  • Welcome back & intro today's topic
  • Meet Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik joining us from Norway
  • Dr. Kjell's story 
  • The role of nutrition in mental health & the care team
  • Motivation - "I know what to do, I just don't do it."
    • Routines
    • Goals - short term before long term, seeing the outcomes & sticking with it
  • What we could be doing which sabotages our progress
  • How crisis impact us (a pandemic & more common crises)
  • How do we create our reality & stay in control ever day, in times of crisis
    • Map your stressors, sort them, create a plan
  • How to make new habits/routines stick
  • Activating the brain to help us
    • Sympathetic & parasympathetic nervous system
    • Training the frontal lobe of the brain
      • Talk about it
      • Who we surround ourselves with
      • Writing it down & reading it back
  • Neuroplasticity
    • Experiences  that change the brain
    • Motivation & Commitment
  • Putting it all together
    • The pre-work then as things go awry we employ techniques to calm
  • Finding what works for you to calm/activate the parasympathetic nervous system
  • An existential crisis: knowing we are worth it to take are of ourselves

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"Mental training, mental acuity were the difference between the next best and the very best athletes.’" – Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik
"Get good routines in place for every day so you don't have to make so many decisions."  – Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik
"Not taking care of yourself creates an imbalance which leaves you vulnerable when crisis strikes."  – Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik
"Fear and stress are quick to rise but slow to calm."  – Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik
"Everything we experience and everything we learn changes our brains, in a way."  – Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik
"What's the rush?"  – Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik
"It's not always major things. Sometimes it's just a little nudge we need."  – Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik