The breathing is heavy, sweat running down her face, her expression carries the look of fierce determination, her workout gear drenched.
This is her routine, this is her world, it’s what she loves.
However, there’s only one part of this world she hates and wants deleted.
It’s that extra 20 pounds that sticks to her like glue, no matter how hard she works out.
She shares with me, how much she’s bothered by the excess weight that hangs around, regardless of her intense beast mode workouts.
So I ask, ‘how are your eating habits?’
She confesses, “not good”; in fact, they’re pretty bad.
I ask, ‘why do you workout?’ She responds, “so I can eat what I want.”
I conducted a workshop for a major healthcare provider and engaged in Q & A with members of the audience.
A woman shared with us her displeasure with a long-running dependency on blood pressure medication; not only that, but her doctor wanted to increase her dosages but could not provide answers on how to correct her condition.
I provided the answers, based on nutrition.
I often share those types of solutions to health conditions haunting people’s lives daily.
Here’s the kicker: they sometimes say, let me check with my doctor first.
Those are just some of the theories and habits we adopt with health and wellness that prevent people from getting well.
Here are 5 wellness theories and habits to avoid
They hold people back from getting well and experiencing the best optimal health their bodies deserve.
- “I Workout to Eat Whatever I Want”: you may be fit but are you healthy? The notion that good health and optimal wellness is gained primarily by working out in the gym, running, cycling or any other fitness activity is just flat out wrong. The first form of wellness is cellular nutrition. Why? Because each of us is made up of more than 100-million cells and they need to be fed properly. So busting your tail in the gym while eating poorly will just keep that extra weight right where it is. Most importantly, you may have an “eye candy” physique or figure but internally, you could be all jacked up. Ever hear of workout fanatics dying young due to chronic illnesses or cancer? If you ignore nutrition, you’re ignoring true wellness.
- Consult with Doctor About a Wellness Plan: doctors have a supremely valuable place in society, especially when it comes to acute care to repair injuries. However, the truth is that doctors know very little or next to nothing about healing the body with sound nutrition. The problem is when it comes to dealing with a chronic illness, a doctor will prolong your stay on pharmaceutical meds rather than fix you up with a solid eating plan to heal your condition. Food is medicine, just ask my clients who’ve scaled back on their medications after changing their eating habits.
- Counting Calories: when it comes to diets, this method is seriously ancient, ineffective and unsustainable. More than 100 diet theories are floating out there, leaving people confused. Many focus on simply minimizing the amount of bad food you eat, therefore, count the calories of those foods so you don’t surpass your daily limit. That’s nuts! Here’s the truth: if you’re eating sound, whole, living, sprouted foods that work with your body, you don’t have to count calories. My clients don’t count calories, they eat some seriously good food. You eat as much as you want. I can drink a breakfast smoothie that carries 400 calories of whole foods and be much better off than someone eating a 300 calorie meal comprised of a traditional breakfast.
- Everything in Moderation: I laugh whenever I hear this phrase. It’s actually true, but what humors me is that people use that notion as a green light to eat poorly, so it goes from moderation to a daily habit of bad eating. That phrase relates to eating clean 80 or 90 percent of the time. When clean eating is embedded in your lifestyle as a culture, chances are, “everything in moderation” is pretty cool. Why? It’s not a habit, it’s a diversion.
- Fat Free – Sugar Free: whenever a product promotes fat free and sugar free, just stay clear. It’s wise to stay away from all processed products and pre-packaged meals. Our bodies need fat (especially omega 3 fatty acids). Even some forms of saturated fat is needed for energy. Sugar is needed by our cells for energy. The problem is that our commercial food source is saturated with the wrong types of fats and processed sugar. It’s so bad, they’re making people sick. It’s all about being selective about your food source to insure the proper forms of sugar and fat and the right amount.