Work, Work, Work its in me da da der der der (don’t know if Rihanna really says that but that’s what it sounds like)… I hope that it gets to you, I hope that you see this through, I hope that you see this true…..
Sunday night on my way to the airport in my uber pool, I was asked by the other rider if I was an investment banker. I was slightly flattered. I travel as much as a consultant or I-banker does, I suppose. I’m so thankful for what my life is and what its not. I’m thrilled I’m in medicine and not in banking. I suppose you don’t have a choice of what your passion is. It chooses you.
This whole weekend, I invested my time with other people who want to change the way health care is delivered and together we listened to doctors share their passions and their perspective on the current health care system. The community, IIN students and grads, I was surrounded by is remarkable because as we learn over 100 nutritional theories, everyone is actively figuring out for himself or herself what health means for THEM. This is huge.
Individual health is not something that can be dictated. Individual health comes from the individual. Health coaching is not about seeking advice from an expert; it’s about gaining support in understanding what already exists inside of you. Without the proper support, people are unable to achieve this. The truth is EVERYONE has access to it, however the majority of people decide to NEVER explore it.
Why is that? It’s because it’s not easy. If it were easy to understand perfectly what our bodies need to be healthy we wouldn’t have chronic diseases. If it were easy to take this path, then no one would be lying to themselves or others. The truth is that even though its accessible to all of us, it’s quite painful to come to terms with the truth. It’s painful to admit we could be wrong. It’s painful to come to the reality that we’ve been feeding our bodies shit for as long as we have been alive because the food industry has convinced us that processed food is nutritious.
I heard a great proposal today from a leading Diabetes physician from UCSF. He, and his non-profit, wants to rename Type 2 Diabetes as the “Processed Food Disease.” I believe that would help people understand what it actually means, but we all know Wall Street and the Government will never let that proposal go through.
Processed food is a major issue. When looking at the onset of high health care costs and when the processed food industry was introduced to the US, they line up perfectly. Call this causation or correlation, but the data proves that the addition of added sugar into our diets via processed foods is the leading cause of all of our chronic health issues.
From a basic immunology perspective, the high volume of added sugar into our diets actually turns on the immune response and creates inflammation. So now think about this: We are voluntarily adding stress (inflammation) into our lives by the food we consume. We are adding this stress into our lives ON TOP OF the day-to-day stress of the 21st century. God, my shoulders feel heavy just thinking about it.
Okay, okay, so what can we do to become stress/inflammation free?
First, if you haven’t already RID YOUR LIFE OF PROCESSED FOOD!
Second, identify all the sources of stress in your life. Lying to yourself about the steps will only decrease your life span.
If these steps are hard and seem unattainable, get a coach. There are over 100,000 health coaches out there.
No excuses, fellow humans.
Reach out! I’d love to hear from you.