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Here’s Your Weekly Health Fix . . . A coaching idea and tip from me, and a health related headline you might have missed . . .
You’re misguided – but it’s not your fault.
This is a gripe, but it’s a gripe with an important takeaway.
I run a workshop for people that have aspects of their health that they would like or need to solve.
The vast majority of participants are overweight. Many have blood pressure issues. Diabetes is common. Women struggling through menopause, Men that can’t get it up, and joint pains and inflammation are typical.
When chatting with participants, I ask them to rate their knowledge, understanding and approach to various elements, such as nutrition, exercise, habit building, motivation etc. etc.
What amazes me time after time is that more often than not, these participants rate their understanding of nutrition and exercise quite highly (on a scale of 1 to 10).
Further – if the same person then tells me that their level of discipline is also high, as they often do, then I can’t help but question their perception.
Beyond that though, I feel sorry for them.
In this situation, the following question arises –
If you have a good level of motivation and discipline, and your knowledge and understanding of nutrition and exercise is good, then how are you still fat, sick, and depressed?
This of course is a rhetorical question.
The answer is simple.
Everything they have been led to believe is wrong.
These people are genuinely motivated, and even if their boundaries are a little looser than ideal, generally they are disciplined enough that they follow the protocols that they have been told for years will solve their problems.
But the problems just keep getting worse.
My main gripe is with the system, the conventional message, and the powers behind it.
The system that for 70 years or more has fed people the most terrible nutritional advice, to the point where people believe ‘they know’ what they are doing.
Whilst I believe in self agency, and these people do at some point need to recognise that what they think they know will never work, at the same time they are victims.
Victims that need support, truth, and guidance that will have a meaningful and positive impact on their state of health.
To turn this gripe into a practical approach – if you are suffering from poor health and nothing seems to be working for you – here’s two questions to ask that might help set you off on the path to progress.
1️⃣ If I’ve been trying for months or years to _________________ (lose weight, lower blood pressure, overcome joint pains, get off diabetes meds etc), could it be that my 8/10 assessment of my knowledge and understanding of nutrition is too high, and perhaps, as nothing has worked, it’s more like 2/10?
2️⃣ Why is it the healthiest and fittest people around the world seem to do the exact opposite of what the doctors and the guidelines tell them?
These questions aren’t intended to belittle you, but rather to empower you.
If it was me, I’d be looking at the healthiest people (of the same sex and similar age to me), and ask what did they do to get there, and what do they do to maintain it?
One from the archives.
Nothing hot off the press this week, but I recently re-watched this fantastic lecture by Dr. Michael Eades.
From Netflix films, to government messaging, and then just folk law, it has become almost impossible to understand what we really should eat for health –
Paleopathology and the work of archaeologists and anthropologists goes a long way to uncovering the truth of what an evolutionarily appropriate diet should be.
. . . That’s it for this dose,
Until the next time – Stay Motivated!💪🏼
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