Political Correctness be damned! Is it just us or has "passing the buck" become the new national pastime? The disturbing "its not your fault" trend has now even leaked into the fitness/wellness world. Plenty of health and wellness personnel stand at the ready to tell eager clients that the blame for their current condition lives everywhere but with them. The reason their overweight? It's their spouses fault of course! Don't feel like training today? That's because a co-worker "drained" you with their "negative energy." This type of new age "woo woo" is a phenomenon we like to refer to as the "transfer of ownership."
When a person falls in line with this type of thinking they initially feel great. After all, getting a free pass to eat pizza, not train, and place blame on other's for your perceived short-comings can be a stress reliever, especially when it comes from someone you are placing authority and trust in like a personal trainer, life coach (whatever that is) or nutritionist. The problem lies in the fact that the "woo woo" the client is lead to believe is incompatible with the real, physical world that they live in.
Let's say a person has a goal of losing weight (it should be body fat but whatever...). They can't seem to follow a sound nutritional strategy to save their life. Every time they go to work they fall off the nutritional wagon at lunchtime. The transfer of ownership method would say the problem lies in the client's co-workers, not in the fundamental fact that the decision on what to put in one's mouth is a personal one. I can't count the number of times I have seen people who are trying to be nutritional sound being force fed junk food by their less healthy counterparts......oh wait, that has never actually happened.....anywhere.....ever.
So what is this person to do? After all, if the conditions are less than perfect they cannot be expected to succeed right? The person in the example has "transferred ownership" of their food success to other people. "If only everyone in my office was exactly like me and ate nothing but salads I would be OK...." would be the battle cry. You can see how ridiculous and short sighted this methodology is. I can see it now - someone telling this person that the only way to be successful is to......quit their job of course! Find a new one where everything is to their liking and then they will be on their way. Incompatibility with the real world rears its head as this situation would never exist. No situation is perfect so the search for one with be fruitless and lead to more feelings of frustration and increased stress.
Check back next week for part 2 - "Transferring Ownership Back to You"
Look up what's trendy today in nutrition and you will see a plethora of concepts battling for their "15 minutes" of fame in the collective consciousness of the public. Let's see.....hardcore veganism is making a comeback while "paleo" is on the skids.....there's always the often bizarre, often celebrity endorsed fasting/detox protocol (I promise to do an in depth article on this trash in particular in the near future) and lest we forget the now trendy elimination diet (gluten and dairy are two biggest offenders in this category - whole sub-industries of food have been created around this concept).
First off, there is a lot of credible research being done on allergens and the benefits to eliminating them from your diet (provided you actually are allergic). Most of this is being done with little to no financial support to the research and therefore very low publicity due to the fact that major chemical companies and food giants don't want you to know how bad their wares are for you the consumer. Again, the biggest offenders in the category are gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, shellfish and perhaps the most insidious and overlooked ones of all - food dyes, preservatives and artificial sweeteners.
What is one to make of all of this? Well, do not ever let a lab coat or a corporate suit tell you something is in your "head." Many people have been duped into years of needless suffering due to the advice of a dietitian or doctor peddling the corporate party line. What party line is that you ask? It's the one where the school you go to or organization you belong to takes money from corporate donors and then those corporate donors dictate policy. We here at Wholistic Revolution call it "selling your soul." Soul sellers include the Food and Drug Administration, American Medical Association, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and numerous colleges and universities around the world.
Here is how to eliminate and succeed with tangible evidence of your success. First, you need to be careful in what you pick to eliminate....i.e. don't go postal and eliminate everything at once. Things are harder to track that way. Second, you're going to need a food log....like the one we sell in the store....I know, I know shameless plug but we have used this model for years and have the success rate to prove it. Third, you need to eliminate your suspected offender for a minimum of 90 days (that means 90 days of filling out a food log in detail and tracking everything with precision - not a task that most "vanity" seekers are willing to go through) so you have enough data to make a logical, rational decision.
After 90 days comes the hard part (and this may take longer than this but we are using 90 days as a baseline example). Let's give an example - say you think you have a gluten intolerance and your symptoms manifest as the lack of ability to think clearly, bloated belly, and trouble having a bowel movement - all common, gluten related complaints. You eliminate and track and notice that your thinking is clear, your midsection has trimmed down and you have no issues with the bathroom. Now you will slowly add the offending compound back into your diet - if presto - your symptoms re-emerge with the quickness then you know, for yourself, based off of your own tracking and research that you have a problem with gluten (from the example). Just be sure to adjust the intake of vitamins and minerals that you are taking away by eliminating a food group or type with something else. This is a common scare tactic of the establishment - eliminate gluten? They cry, "What about the B vitamins?" Let's see, what has lots of bio-available B vitamins.....I know! High quality, organic grass fed meats and wild game! See how that works?
Anything anyone has to say on the topic to you personally is moot after this. We all are an experiment of one. Take the power out of the hands of the establishment, stop letting other people force what their version of "healthy" is on you and fight for your rights as a consumer to not be fed mis-truths in the name of profits.
If there is one thing that gets me fired up it has to be the ultra-ridiculous notion of "one size fits all" dieting. For the record, no "one" diet will work for anyone, for any length of time simply due to the fact that a persons needs change too much. Throw in the fact that we are all extremely different physiologically speaking (a great book on this is "Biochemical Individuality" by Roger Williams, PhD) and you can see that there is no "best" when it comes to nutritional plans. But then again, the nutritional/medical/training industry has money to make and books on veganism, paleo, and insert fad here _________ sell big! There may be no "best" but here are some key points you can take to shall we say....improve your situation:
1. Eat to the highest quality level you can afford
2. Organic is always best
3. Drink at minimum half of your body weight in water per day (more if exercising)
4. Think protein first
5. Avoid processed everything
6. Avoid additives and preservative laden foods (see #5)
7. Don't be afraid of fat
8. Shop your local farmer's market - Think FRESH!
9. Have multiple feedings per day
10. Listen to your body!
If you practice these 10 things on a regular basis (think 90% of the time), you will see a dramatic shift in your vitality levels and guess what - your body will let you know about it.
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