I woke up this morning with an intention of what I wanted my day to look like. The first thought I had was around this picture of a beautiful lush tree early in the morning with the sun shining through that I saw the day before. I thought tree of life, then I thought about low hanging fruit. Low hanging fruit is easy to get to, therefore its an easier path to get nutrients; to stay healthy. How can I relate this to my daily problems that seem to ebb and flow like a tide through my life I thought?
Anxiety is such a tricky thing and something that impacts every single person on this planet. If you are breathing, you are going to experience anxiety of some kind. Anxiety comes in different flavors. There is that type of anxiety that resembles eating something bitter where you get an instant “yuck” face and spit it out. Then there is the anxiety that is more subtle and more normal. The kind of anxiety that helps to propel you to something in a positive way.
How we choose to cope with our emotions & anxiety is something that is at the heart of all the issues that I work with people on. I work with clients on a nutritional and health coaching basis, but anxiety is not something in a vacuum, it is indeed greatly impacted by food and environmental stressors. However, its not just food & environment though. Its more than that. Your nutrition and environmental choices will help to build the right neurotransmitters that are responsible for our happiness, but its also about our coping skills. This is where the low hanging tree of life comes into play.
I have an exercise that I would like for you to try. It involves identifying all the things that are currently bothering you. We go through our days collecting worries, troubles, annoyances or anything really that detracts from our personal happiness. How many times do you stop during the day to just sigh and reflect on how crummy you feel? You probably don’t even know what it is that you feel crummy about most likely. This is because of the accumulation of troubles that you don’t successfully purge as you go through your day. So you reach a saturation point where even the smallest thing sets you off. The goal of this exercise is to clarify these problems by writing them out. I think writing them out is a key piece because when they are written out you are able to sort them out better. If you allow your brain to try and sort it out it will try to piece together everything in a sequential manner and none of this stuff is ever in sequence. You mix problems from 8AM with new problems that pop up at 8PM or throw in something that happened to you in the lunch line at work. Write it out for more clarity.
Start off with a table. I use a table in a word document, but you could plot something in a journal where you break out four columns labeled: problem, perceived priority, perceived value & the least stressful way to deal with this. Then begin to comb through your problems, worries and anxieties & start to sort out the priority of importance. This is challenging and will require some back and forth, but just stick with it. Don’t make it overly complicated, just go with what feels right. Plot all of your examples and sort them out one by one. Next chart your perceived value of the problem. This can be whatever comes to mind whether its practical or not. Just put it down. The last piece is to think of the least stressful ways to cope with this issue. You don’t have to plot a huge list here. Just focus on how you lighten up the burden on yourself by coming with things that will help you ease through it. Here is an example of some things I put together for myself below.
I think what you will find by doing this exercise is that those things that may have had priority beforehand, are not as important as you initially thought. Or maybe you find one hot button trigger that moved up the list from where you had it in your mind. Some of the simple things you can pick off like low hanging fruit. The more you can de-clutter your problems, the more energy you can save for the bigger issues.
For me I had sixteen things on my list today. Maybe you have less. Maybe you have more than this. For me I realized that there was one issue that seemed to pull into the pole position. Last year we lost a dog that we had for over ten years and it was challenging like all of the other animals we had lost over the years. But a few months after, we did what we have done in the past and rescued another animal from the animal shelter. We wanted a little younger animal so we opted for a little cutie pie that just had a lot of spunk. This quickly became quite challenging daily and was like having a toddler in the house where we couldn’t get much done. We truly love this little pup and totally working with her to help her through her own transition into our house, but its been taxing for all of us. I didn’t fully realize that this had so much bearing on my overload stress load until I did this exercise. Once I highlighted this as my #1, I started to find ways to deal with this in less stressful way. I embraced the idea that she is still in the puppy stages and that this is temporary. I also realized that we are seeing many positive changes with her in a very short period of time. I wasn’t giving this enough weight! There are also immediate things we can do like increasing the things that can keep her entertained. Like a little kid, we gave her a coloring book that kept her occupied for a bit. Well it wasn’t really crayons that we gave her :) new bones, toys and boxes that we had not had enough of. We also found a trainer that helped us with various behavioral things that we weren’t aware of as well as doing some research on how to make things better.
The point is, is that you can sort these things out and come up with ways to cope that you can review until they come become automatic for you. So essentially your response to these things changes and that thing that once created stress because of how you were perceiving it is now diffused. Give this a try and see how it makes you feel more empowered over those things that made you feel powerless before. This really works!
I work with a lot of clients that come to me with numerous health goals and its always apparent how vulnerable we are to what we come across. Somewhere in the midst of the many things that are encountered in our daily lives, we make up our minds on what’s good for us and stick with it regardless of the feedback we get from our body. A lot of times we do this because of what we read or who we talk to and we let our excitement for change overshadow what our body is really telling us.
In 2017, I had reached this plateau where nothing seemed to be going right. I had severely limited my choices while I was trying to listen to my body. In turn I feel like this actually set me back some. It was the limiting beliefs that were born from restriction that led to many negative emotions and as a result a body that was just unhappy. Today, I still follow a whole foods diet and a lot of the principles are still the same GAPS principles, but I have opened my mind to the things that helped me to get off that plateau. Variety & creativity are the two biggest things that have happened here.
I get at least six cups of non-starchy vegetables daily with a small amount of starchy carbs to go along with this. My protein choices are not limited to beef & beef and I have opened up my world to animal and plant based proteins more than I ever have! I truly have a lot of color on my plate now. Greens are a huge focal point for my health journey as like many others, my detox pathways were jammed up badly. My shopping cart is filled with exciting vegetables of all kinds now. It surprises me now to remember that it wasn’t so long ago that I had never even had squash. I didn’t even know what the hell a squash was! All of this has helped me to get much needed nutrients and balance, but In turn my mindset has evolved to a place where health can actually flourish now.
What Can You Do To Help Your Body?
All of this is not to discourage anyone to seek out new ways to heal, but rather encouragement to open up to the possibility that your body still needs something. Possibly you have been doing a specific diet for a long time and you just aren’t seeing results. Its at this point where you have to listen to your body and work on identifying what it is that you are missing. On our path to health, we either are doing things that are helpful or not helpful for good health. The main thing to remember is that what works for one, may not work for others and it may have very disastrous consequences eventually. Here are my top tips around all of this:
How many times have you looked up at the clock only to realize that you have not drank any water for the last four hours? Its kind of a crummy feeling, kind of like you let your body down right?
There is a reason that water is the most common nutrient deficiency in America and it has everything to do with our beliefs around this life giving substance.
It is a fact that America is lacking intake of water and this is despite it being highly available unlike many locations around the world. Six hundred sixty three million people around the globe live without access to clean water. And yet we are surrounded by flavor that always seems to win out against water.
Water is considered a nutrient along with protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. It’s critical for every cell in the body, every organ, every system in your body needs water to function correctly. Too little water inhibits oxygen and nutrient flow which ultimately can lead to some early and late signs of dehydration.
These below are some fairly common symptoms that your typical doctor will see a lot and from a nutritional therapy perspective this is also quite common.
So if we know what being dehydrated does to the body and what it feels like why do we not drink more of it?
If you are like most people there are some serious hang-ups around drinking water. Changing how we do things is a matter of changing our beliefs around something. Some of the most common beliefs about water below and followed by strategies to drink more:
#1 is that water is just boring. We value taste the most among those things we consume and there is a time and a place for this. However, in order to really be healthy you just have to accept that somethings are beneficial to the body and that taste is a bonus but not required.
#2 is that we just forget. We often get so wrapped up in what we are doing that we just simply forget to drink water and sometimes at long stretches at that. So then what happens is you mass consume large quantities thinking that you will overcome lost hours. It doesn’t work like this. The body can only handle so much water at a time and you will end up flushing most of it rather quickly along with valuable electrolytes
#3 Like the first one, we choose taste and select dehydrating beverages like soda, fruit juices and coffee among others
#4 I am not thirsty. By the time you start experiencing signs of dehydration it’s too late. The #1 thing to remember about this is that drinking water daily and lots of it is a good habit to build. If you drink it without being thirsty and get in the habit of doing this your body will run as efficiently as possible.
#5 The water fountain is nasty. I cannot say that I am a fan of the water fountain. That’s why I always try to have a water bottle with me. There are studies that indicate public water fountains pose low risk to those that are healthy. However, some of these levels are high enough to impact those with weakened immune systems. This is all about developing good habits. Get in the habit of bringing a non-plastic filtered water bottle from home when you can.
#6 Plastic water bottles are wasteful. Indeed they are, that’s why I have a stainless steel water bottle with me everywhere. You don’t have to drink out of plastic bottles. It’s a great choice to use a stainless steel reusable water bottle.
#7 I don’t like carrying it. I will say that this can be kind of a PITA. In some instances it doesn’t make sense to carry it with you and can be a nuisance. But in cases like this I will typically have a water bottle in the car. Once again it’s non-plastic so any heat up of the bottle is okay.
#8 I have to pee all the time. At first this can be very annoying, but once your body adjusts and as long as you are not gulping your water this will subside.
First some key points to help you be successful:
I mentioned a few things in the eight beliefs about water that you can use to work around the belief system. Let’s expand on this and dive into some strategies to help you consume the proper amount of water daily.
Dispel Your Beliefs Around Water
#1 Water is boring
#3 – We prefer things that taste better/sweeter over water
Your body is definitely crying for water as Dr. Batmanghelidj explains in his book “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”. The one thing that I see a lot of people do is confuse hunger with thirst. The body’s first reaction that you feel is a sense of being hungry when in reality you are craving water.
Drinking water is like any other habit, it needs to be cultivated for an extended period of time before it becomes second nature to you. With the ideas in this post, you can do this! You can actually become better with drinking water. If something here doesn’t work for you, look for other ways to get better with this. I guarantee you that this is the simplest thing you can do to improve your health. Thanks for reading and following us. I hope this helps to develop better habits. If you have any questions or need some guidance please reach out through our contact page
When I set off on a new hike, I always make sure to take a look at the terrain to really understand whats in my path. Its also extremely critical to have some kind of guide to reference when venturing into new territory.
Our intestinal tract is really like an enigma to most of us. We eat and we get rid of what we eat. We don't really put too much thought into whats going on in our digestive tract.
Understanding the GI terrain is analogous to understanding the terrain of the remote locations you are venturing out into. Without a map, you are really flying blind and this is not an optimal state to live in.
The symptoms that we face daily always have a counterpart in the GI tract. You may be surprised to learn that some of the most common things we deal with as human beings all have roots in the digestive tract.
Take for example a common GI bacterium E.faecalis. This is a common gram-positive bacterium that has been found in 30-90% of re-infected root canals.
Without a map or GI-MAP, the test we offer, you will most likely be chasing symptoms trying to figure out what is making you ill. A GI-MAP can highlight these overgrowth of pathogens which can help to isolate a very specific protocol that is tailored for you.
Some of the most common symptoms that I see a lot are IBS, chronic loose stools/constipation, autoimmune conditions, depression/anxiety, poor sleep, bloating/excess gas, thyroid conditions and others. I say this all the time, but its important to really understand just how much of the things we face start in the gut.
We offer a GI-MAP test and we always to suggest to pair with an MRT food sensitivity test. You absolutely have to seal the gut and remove foods you are sensitive to so that you can really heal. This is great information to have about yourself. Send me a message if you want to know more about this. Thanks for following us here at Heart To Health Wellness!
Because we are all massively inundated with toxins in our culture and the body needs some support! There is a good chance that the symptoms you are dealing with are attributed to poor bodily detox functions.
Whats the most common complaint? Fatigue? How about muscle and joint pain? You got it! Other symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, depression, acne, food allergies can all have roots to poor body detoxification! And our favorite foundation to support, the digestive system suffers significantly as you experience diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and many many other digestive issues as the liver gets bogged down. Think of a symptom and a good chance it *stems* from impaired detox abilities.
Personally, having an autoimmune condition, it just ups the stakes as gene mutations are very common. These mutations can cause nutrient deficiencies and inabilities to detox so I take great care to do a number of detox methods to help eliminate them from: Epsom salt baths, oil pulling, acupuncture, dry brushing, castor oil packs and infrared sauna for example.
Many other methods you can use, but the #1 point is help your body help itself. First and foremost, remove the obstacles to health!
If any of this sounds familiar, I urge you to seek us out here for some guidance on how to identify these things and eliminate them. Its that important! Thank you for reading!
Food is the real medicine and by adjusting how we eat, we can forever positively alter these conditions that we take so many pills for in the first place.
As I sat through another discussion about the Diabetes epidemic in this country, I couldn’t help but feel nauseated as I watched one person after another respond to the question of “what meds do you currently take to control your blood sugar?” I knew things have been very prescription centric in this country for quite some time, but for whatever reason the sheer number of personal accounts took me by surprise. Quite frankly when three out of every four commercials touts the benefits amid the mixed message of some icky and sometimes fatal symptoms, I cannot help but reflect on the number of my clients that take multiple medications daily.
If you are fortunate enough to live to a certain age in this day and age, you are statistically prone to take anywhere from nine to thirteen pills daily on average with some people taking twenty pills or more. My intake form when I first started was regularly too short to host the massive numbers of pills that some of my clients take and I would typically get an attachment to the intake forms laying out the way too many pills taken daily. I have since modified this to hold the large numbers of entries. How can a professional monitor for the interactions? With the volume of patients, I think it is hard to monitor every case. In fact some studies in 2016 highlighted that in one major national pharmacy, over half of all interactions were missed. Half!! I don’t want anything to do with this time bomb. I also read that it is up to the patient to do their own research. A lot of these patients on a good day cannot even make a sound decision about casual daily life events, let alone which one of the twenty prescriptions may interact with the other.
THE NEW NORMAL
This has become the new normal for the majority. We don’t even know what it feels like anymore to feel good. How the hell can we feel well, when we stack one pill after another, each one to cover up the issues from the previous! It has become the new normal and it baffles me. Is it really just about dollars? Is this why you see so many ads? I am one of those people that tend to believe that we are inherently good people on this planet, so I have to believe that it’s not all about money right? There was good intention by the person who worked up this formula right? The companies that patent these drugs have the best intentions at heart right? Besides the point really as it is just too far gone at this point, just too far ingrained and we all need to become more personally aware of the dangers of long term use. Take back what is rightfully ours and learn how to get to the real root of the issue rather than suppressing symptoms.
Lets just get this out there right now, I don’t oppose medications. I think medications are necessary for some people and combined with other permanent approaches it can be a good way to reset the body. But most of these scenarios should be short term and quite honestly some pills shouldn’t even be on the market. I mean take a look at what some of these pills do in the body. Quite brilliant actually from a pure science standpoint, but we forget about the resilience of the human body and when we use science to alter the processes of the body on a permanent basis we are just playing with fire. Due to our standard diets of junk and more junk, we are setting up the stage for a headliner big pharma act over and over. Our habits of sugary pseudo foods and treats, every day, all day is what is keeping this big pharma cash cow going. Food is the real medicine and by adjusting how we eat, we can forever positively alter these conditions that we take so many pills for in the first place.
Going back to the complexity of these prescription situations, all you have to do is roll out the prescription packet you get with medications to know that there is some serious tinkering going on inside this little pill. For me personally its all about keeping it simple. In the Marines, one of the favorite acronyms was Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) and I still follow this to this day and is the best strategy for all of us. Way too complex. Way too many things going on here when a simpler change of diet & lifestyle is the ultimate prescription. But many of us think this is too hard. Is it not harder to deal with the hundreds of side impacts from these drugs? Maybe not currently as you may only be taking one or two drugs if you are lucky, but keep on this path and you will inevitably end up on more and more drugs. It’s just the way it works.
My client strategy is always, always food and lifestyle. Its not hard, it does take discipline though to make changes and you don’t have to make wholesale changes to see an impact. This is where I struggled unfortunately. I fell into this trap of black and white thinking which ultimately is how we think from the top down in this country. Fat? Terrible for you, cut it out! Eggs? Terrible for you, cut it out! Well, wait, new studies show that eggs are okay right now! How can anyone feel confident about their decisions when faced with so much controversy? Unfortunately, this element of doubt is a byproduct of crafty lobbying and approaches to promote a product or concept. This level of internal mental confusion I think is by design really. In the case of doubt, go back to what you know and feel comfortable with right? So we stick with the things that we feel comfortable with like pills and we forget or don’t even think about just how forty grams of sugar per serving times ten on daily basis is impacting our wonderful bodies. It’s the new normal!
Good morning everyone! I am writing from my home office this morning and have been up since 4 AM. The fire alarm batteries needed to be changed so I didn’t need my alarm clock this morning. Yeah!!
Actually, I feel wonderful despite getting up a few hours earlier and have jumped on a number of things already today. Maybe I will make some changes.
Speaking of changes, why do we feel this obsessive need to go 1000% into something new? In my health coaching course, we talk about setting too lofty goals. Most of us are way too aggressive and unrealistic with setting new endeavors and ultimately what happens is that we fizzle out which leaves us drained. There is actually a concept called the false-hope syndrome which labels this over-zealous approach to goal setting. Furthermore, we setup ourselves for failures by underestimating how long and how much effort something will take. This is called the planning fallacy. Its great to have enthusiasm, but to make an impact it needs some structure.
I think most people deal with some degree of this and for me this has always been an issue. I have gotten much better with this myself, but I still have to keep this contained. Typically it has gone like this for me: Have a wild thought>Visualize the act>Go 1000% toward it>Road Block>Frustration>Stoppage
The main reason for this evolution is that I didnt always apply the SMART approach to goals. When you break down your goals this way it forces you to define them in such a way to promotes success.
S – Specific – Goals must be specific. (i.e I will accomplish this task by 7/1 or I want to finish this entire course by such and such a date)
M – Measurable – In order to see progress, we need to be able to measure them (Two workouts a week, I will use healthy cooking oils ½ of the time this week, etc)
A – Attainable – This must be a realistic goal and something that can be achieved. A lot of what holds us back is our lack of faith that we can accomplish something. When we prove we can do something, our self-efficacy improves which is the key to long lasting behavior change. The real key here is to be able to motivate yourself and rely on your own internal processes to motivate yourself to do something rather and external motivator.
R – Relevant – Purpose is everything and when we are not clear on what we want and why we want it, the goal loses steam. Define goals that are totally relevant for you
T – Time Bound – This one is kind of tricky because we often don’t know how long something will take, but in order to be successful you will want to set a time line on when you want to achieve something
Sounds simple right? Not so fast my friend! We ALL have issues with moving forward on things, but to feel fulfilled in life we have to challenge ourselves. Don’t get in the trap though of setting goals that are out of scope of the SMART approach or another similar convention. You may bounce around a bit, but when you apply some methodology, your goals can and will become a reality.
Hope you find this useful! I know full well how difficult implementing lasting change can be, but I have found quite a bit of success using these methods. I would love to help you, just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or our contact page @ https://www.hearttohealthwellness.com/contact.html. Have a wonderful day!
Comparison. What is the deal with comparing ourselves with everything and everyone in this life? I personally feel that chronically over measuring myself is at the top of the list of things that contributed to disease for me.
You see one main area that has always troubled me is my body image. I have been a skinny dude my entire life. So much so that I can seriously empathize with those that deal with any body image issue and the internal pain that is involved with thoughts of lacking what is really wanted. Whether you are trying to lose it or put it on, the drive all comes from the same place internally and will leave the same mark on your life if you let it.
During the years that I was absolutely annihilating myself in the gym, I thought I had found something to make me whole finally. This was the first time in my entire life that I actually had people that I didnt know admiring the body that I had created of myself. It was truly special at first and I admired myself for the amount of dedication that I was pouring into this and the results. It was truly making a difference. I was looking stronger, getting stronger and feeling stronger and this fueled my ambition...at least for a while.
Anyone who works out, knows that plateaus are a part of the process. This is why its so easy to relapse into old behavior for some, especially people new to working out. But for me this became an unhealty obsession. It consumed way too much of my time and thoughts. Being a trainer, coach and nutritional therapist I know the value of exercise. I also know what happens to the adrenal glands when you workout beyond your own capacity too.
Essentially, I was using supplements that I knew nothing about really. Piling on loads of food, most of which caused me digestive issue all to grow my appearance. Working out way too hard and never really being able to recover. And the kicker is I never got fully satisfied with the outcome!
Every damn mirror became like a magnet for me. The reflection in the glass would catch my eye. The bathroom mirror I am sure got tired of me. And the scale was not my friend either! I was officially addicted to this whole process.
The funny thing is that I had to get really ill and flare up badly from the Ulcerative Colitis to really understand this whole thing. I weigh significantly less than I did back in those days and the simple truth is for the most part I really am not all that focused on it anymore. I weigh myself maybe once a month now. What I really value is how I feel. How I truly feel! My energy level and vitality are the only measurements I need to go by now. When I feel tired, I rest. When my thoughts are not sharp, I rest my mind. When I start to pick at myself and compare every little facet, I try to rest. Notice I said "try". I say try, because I still deal with this like we all do.
Comparing ourselves is a one way ticket to miserableville. For me the comparisons come and go, but the difference is the duration to which I do it anymore. I think this success comes with mind calming practice. My baseline has also changed and I allow myself so much more freedom to just be me dammit! Thats its...just be yourself!!
This is what I bring to you! I bring humility and empathy and a knowingness of how to bring the mind and body into alignment through the right nutritional, physical and life plan that is right for you. I dont have it all figured out and that is actually a comforting thing knowing that your therapist or trainer is humble to admit that they dont. It doesnt matter where we are at in life, we all can learn from everyone and everything in our lives and I love to surround myself with people and things I can learn from! This is of great value to someone on a quest to find peace!
There is so much that we don't know yet about this magnificent creation we call the human body. Until just recently, our emotions were deemed as separate from our body by most. Since the 17th century, any connection between the brain/psychological & health/disease has been really been off limits. This stems from an agreement between Rene Descartes, the founder of modern medicine and the Pope at the time. Descartes wished to obtain body's for study and in return it was agreed upon that there would be NO involvement of the soul, mind or the emotions. This has been the norm for many centuries now. We are now just starting to make correlations between mind and body and the concept of our emotions impacting our health is quite real.
The emotions that we feel at any one time are not isolated and are not just thoughts. They impact the internal chemistry of the body. Thoughts and emotions match up with receptors in the brain and also to other specific receptors scattered throughout the body. The various hormones communicate with one another and other cells & receptors throughout the body. So an emotion is not isolated to just the brain, it impacts other cells throughout the body in turn impacting the health of the cell and systems of the body. Its all interconnected. This is a very simplistic view, but science has been able to demonstrate the interconnections of our emotions, cells and bodily systems.
For me knowing this has been a game changer in how I view my emotions. When I get mad, stress, depressed or anxious for an extended period of time, I know there is so much more going on then I first thought. Neurons that fire together wire together. Ultimately an extended period of mental anguish will eventually turn from chronic thoughts to chronic illness and disease. I had an absolutely terrible three years or maybe I could turn that around and say because I had a rough three years it led me to an entirely different place. But during these three years it felt like my world was crumbling and I know that it was at the heart of my health decline. These thoughts ultimately created neural circuitry that in turn created genetic transformations. For example, my ability to manufacture certain things in my own body to protect my cells was ultimately turned off.
Chicken or the egg?
I often wonder about the progression of it all. Was it my chronic negative thoughts that led to disease? Or was it disease that just came about that impacted my thoughts? I mean I have been around some pretty negative people and they didn't have disease? So what gives? Personally though, my stress levels were a 10 out of 10 for many many years. I didn't really understand how to get a handle on this and looking back I am so surprised that my body lasted as long as it did before giving out to colitis. But there is always a trigger to autoimmune disease and illness and it starts in the gut! Always! 75% of autoimmune disease stems from our environment. So things like wheat, inflammation, diet, allergies, food sensitivities, toxins, mental/physical and spiritual stress and many more things lead to illness. What really happens at this point is you get stuck in a current and can't get out. A viscous cycle of illness. The inability to digest proteins specifically leads to an inability to break them down into the precursors that are used to build brain neurotransmitters that make us happy and give us vitality. So the stress and emotional turmoil just gets worse and worse until digestion dysfunction is supported. So it really starts with things in our environment and for some of us (actually probably most of us) it starts from birth as the health of BOTH parents will put us in a negative deficit that we are continually trying to balance as we grow up. Throw in the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the million and one toxins in our environment + the genetics and you are a prime candidate to land on the autoimmune spectrum. None of us are immune from autoimmunity!
I hope this post helps you to understand some of the key core events that are going on in our bodies that lead to illness. Thoughts are not just thoughts and benign. Dark and negative thoughts do become cancerous if they persist for too long. On the flip side, positive thoughts are indeed life building. Fortunately we do have a level of control over this and it starts with changing our environment. Remove the things that stress the body and ultimately stress the mind as they all work in harmony together and the body is only as strong as its weakest link. Take care of yourself and thanks for reading!
Whats behind our diabetes and obesity epidemics in this country? How about the Snackwell Phenomenon?
Whats behind our diabetes and obesity epidemics in this country? How about the Snackwell Phenomenon?
This is a term referenced in The Great Cholesterol Myth where big food companies jumped all over the low fat bandwagon after the USDA announced its official policy on fat. This is where we started to see masses of low fat products infiltrate our store shelves, like Snackwell cookies and other big food trend followers looking to cash in on this gold mine. The glaring problem here that was left unchecked was the fact that sugar was the main ingredient added in place of fat. Sugar is very inflammatory to the body. So the ongoing decades long issue with diabetes and obesity began as grains and carbs were substituted faithfully by those that trusted our government body's to make good sound decisions for the good of all our people. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but the series of events that have led to this disastrous outcome scream of foul play.
How do we continue to overlook the glaring holes in the data that started this whole crusade in the 1950's? As the authors of The Great Cholesterol Myth point out, the story is one of staggering amounts of money to be gained and lost, bad ideas that continue to live past their expiration & the revolving door between government advisory committees and the industries they are supposed to police. I scratch your back, you scratch mine. Serious conflict of interest all over the dang place.
It saddens me at where we have landed in this country. Its a testament really to the power of the people in charge of this country how an erroneous theory like the diet heart hypothesis could gain momentum in the first place, later become policy and then have the majority of health figures in this country fully on board with this theory. Is this the greatest marketing campaign of all time? Is this the greatest smearing campaign ever in full swing? Is adoption of this due to the thousands of lobbyists that make their impact on our politicians? Is it due to the many connections and dollars between healthcare, insurance companies and big pharma? Where is the love in all of this? I have to believe there are people that genuinely care and there are people out there in positions to make a difference that are slowly making waves of change. But until that day comes, It seriously astonishes me at how many people I am surrounded by have chosen to fully adopt that cholesterol and saturated fats are the root cause of heart disease! Subsequently these are the same people who chose to take statin drugs based on the "sound" recommendation of their doctors. I like so many others (including the authors of this book) were on the other side in favor of cholesterol, saturated fat and heart disease theories until the evidence became so apparent the other way.
So where do we go from here? I don't think there is an easy answer to this. From where I sit, I try to get the word out as much as possible. I like to be well rounded with all of this information to be able to present it so that others can start to question things. This is where it starts really. Question your doctors. Question your dietitians. Question anything that makes you wonder. I encourage my clients to question things... including me! Question those that suggest you take a cholesterol lowering drug based on bad scientific data. Question the numbers and what do my specific particle counts look like. What do my LDL-A numbers look like? How about lp(a), which is actually the most important part of cholesterol? Many questions. This is your life and you shouldn't put your life in the hands of anyone who doesn't make themselves vulnerable enough to be trusted. The my way or the highway approach to medical care doesn't work anymore. Step out of the line and help yourself.
Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey