The reason the health, nutrition and fitness industry is broken is that there is too many hard headed individuals. The problem with human health is we have only seen the tip of the iceberg. As much as we would like to believe we know, we actually don’t know that much. Google gut micro biome, nootropics, ketosis, cancer research, or intermittent fasting. There is all of these new ideas, and techniques being found everyday.
There are new nutrients that 15-20 years ago we either didn’t really know about or thought differently about. The first that comes to mind is fat, we used to believe all fat makes you fat, now we know that is not true. We used to believe all dairy and carbohydrates are created equal, we also know that is not true.
The reason I am different in health and nutrition is that I’m flexible. What I mean is unlike for most, I’m ok to admit I’m wrong and change up what I’m doing for the benefit of long term. I don't think I know everything or even close, but I'm trying to learn as much as I can. The problem isn’t doing something and being wrong, the problem is believing in something and doing something and not being able to admit it when you're wrong.
You see, several months ago when I started on my true health journey (even though I’ve been on it for 7+ years, just not as passionately) I was huge on eating tons and tons of protein from solely animal sources. I was eating a lot of meat and a limited amount of greens. Usually just enough to get me by. Even though I knew high quantities of meat was bad, I believed that’s how I was fueling my body. The difference now is that my protein intake quality has changed even though my quantity has stayed rather similar. The difference is how I eat and where I get my nutrients.
With the health of our body we don’t know every little thing and that’s alright. We learn more everyday, like how our body reacts to insulin, how adrenal fatigue can hurt our weight, how thyroid problems can cause weight gain and how having an unhealthy gut can keep you sick. As someone looking inside into a lot of the major figures, companies, and influencers you can pin point those who actually care about nutrition and those who push an agenda. The problem is for the individuals on the outside. They can’t spend the time researching, or the hours learning the pros and cons, they have to formulate an opinion curated from their current resources. That’s where the problem lies, it lies in the fact that you have people on the inside who will make a study or professionally market a product or service to make it look better than it is. And the little people have to assume they know what they're talking about because they’ve done their research, and they feel they have the knowledge. Sometimes that’s true, and sometimes it’s not and it’s not easy to tell unless you do your own research.
That’s why I believe being flexible is one of the most important traits to live by. Being flexible is defined as, being able to be bent, modified, altered, adaptable for different circumstances or conditions without breaking. It’s the ability to change your stance or view on a topic when given a new light. It’s the ability to be open minded enough to listen to both sides. The problem when you’re not flexible is you are jaded and your view is skewed by what you believe and that translates into you not being able to see any other options. When you aren’t open minded you close your brain and ears to anything that you do not believe. You see this in politics, anyone that is politically left or right is often very biased towards their beliefs without an open mind to the opposing side.
You don’t always see that often in the health and fitness industry. You have bodybuilders who believe protein and carbohydrates are king. You have people in the health industry who believe animals are the devil. You have others who believe you need 80-90% of your nutrition to be from fat. You have people and companies who are so close minded they push ideas and concepts using wrongful studies to back them up. People who are unable to say, yes, eating vegetables is important but eating animal sources isn’t completely unhealthy until you overdo it. People who won't tell you that carbohydrates aren’t all equal that the wrong sources are bad and if you’re not really physically active you may not respond well. You have paleo eaters who won’t admit they eat little amounts of vegetables and too much animal protein. This can be seen everywhere.
The problem with supplements is many times they are placebos. People correlate their results with using the supplements. When usually buying the supplements ended up causing them to exercise a little more and eat a little healthier. They'll mistake the results coming from the pill instead of the eating or exercise.
Unless you really understand supplement ingredients and how much is the actual right amount, as a consumer you don’t really know if it it’s good. Companies hide the vitamin amount in some cases. Or they use bad ingredients hiding the names into things the average consumer doesn’t understand. It's usually questionable when you can't understand the ingredients or there's more chemicals than their is natural sources. Usually the less ingredients and more you can understand the ingredients the better it is. The problem isn't one company, many supplement companies do it. They add small ingredients so they can market the product with additional benefits to increase revenue.
Sorry, enough with the rant. Overall, what I’m saying is no matter what you do in life it’s important to be flexible. It’s ok to be wrong and admit it. It’s better to be wrong and change then it is to be wrong and keep doing wrong things. You're better off being passionate and open minded than being strong headed and close minded. Open your ears, open your eyes, open your brain. Learn to be flexible in your approach of health, nutrition, fitness and in life.
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