Remember when you were 7 years old and you got caught drawing with crayons on the wall in your room? What was your first response? Either fully own up to it or, most likely at that age, peel back and dive into 100% denial. Our national food system, personal health choices and nutritional habits have officially become the crayons coloring our genetics–mom isn’t around anymore to regulate.
Do you graze on carb-packed foods throughout the day in a stress response to elevated cortisol? Have your food choices become reactions to the broken lifestyle you’re leading? Do you feel like the meals you eat are an escape from your day filled with stress, deadlines and lack of sleep?
Welcome to the 21st century- you are not alone! In the currently health-jaded society, our mechanized, homogenized and pasteurized system cannot be the reason for you to place blame any longer. After spending enough quiet time by yourself in yoga, meditation or breathing, completely removed from the distractions of the outside world, you’ll find the only thing holding you back from feeling, looking and moving better is YOU. This is YOUR week to to take action and create accountability to yourself for your dreams, whatever they might be. Step outside the box for a minute and get a little bit closer to feeling like you truly want to feel- AMAZING!
Humans of these modern times learn the benefits of denial at an early age; Denial comes in many forms but always has one strong anchor- it doens’t serve our true needs. We all tend to place blame on others from time to time; our thoughts and actions miss the authentic boat. The path of least resistance is all to easy and holds no accountability to our true desires when it comes to health and wellness. We ask ourselves early in the wellness journey at some point before the awakening- “Am I just a product of my genetics?” Western medicine would like you to believe so but after the past 8 years I can instinctively and intuitively say no. The mind only believes what you want it to believe and the body will ALWAYS follow in tow. Want more out of your life? Demand it and settle for nothing less- you are worth it!
Late one night, I had to go get water at my local grocery, when I ran into one of my old gym members from Mission Beach. Her shopping cart was filled with the usual suspects- bread, soy, dairy, chips, cakes and pasta. You can always tell a lot about a person by the way they shop- where they are going and where they have been. When asked about her health goals, she told me about quitting the gym and doing a master cleanse the week before. You know the drill, cayenne pepper, lemon juice and a lot of BS. Its another one of those week long diets where you starve yourself and go into ketoacidosis only to regain all of the lost weight plus 3 lbs.
“It’s in my genetics Josh, I just can’t lose weight, I’m going to get a lap-band consultation soon,” she says while reaching for a 2 liter of Diet Pepsi. My heart sank as I talked to her a little about HFCS, food to hormone cues and gave her my card; it’s up to her to give me a call now. As I walked away I realized the odds of me hearing from her again, with her victim mentality, were worse than trying to get a match to light in a thunderstorm. It’s not that she has completely given up, it’s just that she has temporarily lost hope. All the motivation she had for better health used to power her enough to run an emotional marathon. All she can do now is sprint the curves and walk the straight-aways.
People are like that when it comes to changing, especially in regards to what they eat. The supplement industry has made an absolute killing on people like this. Xerox a picture of a six pack spray tanned bikini model holding a fat burner bar on a magazine cover and you’ll make a HUGE profit capitalizing on someone out there who is uneducated and demotivated; they’re willing to try anything quick just to feel hope again. So why does the uneducated follower repeat this obviously insane process of yo-yo dieting and calorie restriction over and over again? It’s a learned behavior!
The instant gratification model that attracts these souls all begins shortly after birth; when we are young trust comes naturally. Modern science has shown us that we learn all that is most important for behavior development in the first 7 years of life. Is it so shocking to most Americans that the eating habits of our parents are passed on to the children of tomorrow and that these children mirror EVERYTHING we do? It’s no surprise that those who have trouble losing weight in their adult lives are most likely just repeating a pattern that was learned from their parent’s lifestyle.
I’m not 100% blaming the parents as we know every human has their own free will. We grow into adolescence and further into adulthood by developing an alternate way of living and beliefs compared to when we were young. However, it is common practice that a cobbler’s son becomes a cobbler himself. If I was biased about this then look at the data from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services-
“Looking at the long-term consequences, overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults, which increases to 80 percent if one or more parent is overweight or obese. In 2000, the total cost of obesity for children and adults in the United States was estimated to be $117 billion ($61 billion in direct medical costs).”
“Furthermore, the probability of childhood obesity persisting into adulthood is estimated to increase from approximately twenty percent at four years of age to approximately eighty percent by adolescence, and it is likely that these obesity comorbidities will persist into adulthood.”
The question we have to ask is if our genetics or behavior is the cause of obesity. Well, the jury is out, and it’s obviously not just the genes; it’s our learned behavior. So how do we make drastic changes to an obviously broken system? Speak. Go out and talk about it! Become informed, don’t settle for the mainstream media high-carb & low-fat diet schemes! The change anyone wants for better health simply just comes down to education. Any learned behavior can be unlearned and refreshed if you put your mind to it.
According to the National testing laboratories in Bethel, Maine- Humans learn the fastest, and have the most retention, when teaching others at 90% followed by a close second of 80% when practicing themselves. All the way at the bottom there is no shocker that we only retain 20% of what we see when learning. This is why reading about being healthy and losing weight is no replacement for getting off the couch and failing till you get it right! Or happen to know a wellness professional who is passionate about results.
Just like the woman in the grocery store we all have choices; some are easier than others. If you have hope then you have all you need to start over.
Finding true health again is relearning all those feelings we are taught by the path of least resistance to ignore.
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With wellness & hope,
Josh Trent NASM CES