Excerpt from Let Food Be Thy Gift
Can you handle the truth?
Hold on a minute. Let’s give the medical industry a little break. It is true that doctors receive little to no formal education on nutrition and the prevention of disease has little support or interest in the medical community but it’s not entirely their fault. Medical schools are oriented toward the diagnosis and treatment of sickness and disease. Most physicians did not attend medical school to prevent sickness and disease but to treat it. Let’s be honest…no one watches Grey’s Anatomy to see a bunch healthy people casually walking around talking to McDreamy about their good health.
Still, at some point, the medical industry made a decision that it was more profitable to continue treating disease and sickness, and pills were a lot easier to prescribe than prevention. In so doing, the medical community produced a void of leadership, lack of research and withheld needed help and this chasm of silence has since been filled up with thousands of self-proclaimed health and wellness “experts.” No doubt, there was a demand for health advice but diet and fitness experts have since oversupplied the market with an endless amount of formulas, programs, potions, and products.
What have been the results of our diet and fitness experts?
Nothing less than an epidemic of diet-related disease and sickness and an overload of confusing and contradicting misinformation.
Throughout our country, diet-related sickness and disease are at epidemic levels in youth and adults. Yet, how can this be when we live at a time with more access to information, diets, workouts, hacks, tips, technology and diet foods than at any time in human history? Our workouts are more insane than ever. Diets come in all shapes and sizes, and fitness experts are everywhere. Could it be that these experts and their extreme approaches to health have led us to believe that to be healthy means we must spend all our time in the gym, make our workouts hurt, eat in extreme ways, always diet and be obsessed with both our bodies and food? Is it because health looks and feels so unnatural and requires so much time, energy, rules, restrictions, reps, sets, supplements and effort that people have just given up any hope of being healthy?
What if I told you that to strengthen your health, you must stop trying to control your body and trust its design? What if I said that spending all that time in the gym working on your body (or your booty) does not translate into good health? What if I told you that walking is enough? What if I told you that all this excessive training does not necessarily lead to a healthier or happier you? What if I told you that all these “experts and gurus” who are telling you what to do are just as confused about health as you are, yet they continue to make a profit off of your confusion? Seriously, I don’t know how a bodybuilder diet made its way into mainstream America or how in the world ketosis is even something a person would even consider before eating nature’s gifts of whole foods.
It is well past the time that we understood the difference between what it means to train for a sport, what it takes to get a specific physique and what it takes to strengthen health. Its time to set people free from a very unnatural and unrealistic idea of what “shape” and “fitness” looks like and set people free to Practice the Basics and nourish our whole person. It’s also time to have an honest conversation about weight gain, obesity and inactivity without it shaming people.
Remember to be healthy and fit:
You don’t have to lift weights.
You don’t have to go to the gym.
You don’t have to diet or exercise extremely hard.
You do have to stop using food as a means to end.
You do have to breakup with your bad relationship with food.
You might want to stop giving the diet and fitness industry the power to tell you what to do.
You don’t have to do CrossFit, run a marathon or do a headstand.
You do have to start using your brain and listening to your body.
Health requires truth and love
All these exercise programs are based on theories.
We have been led to believe in a very fragmented formula and training program that breaks us down physically, mentally, emotionally and relationally.
Being in shape or skinny will not make all your dreams come true nor does it mean you are free or you will remain free of diet-related sickness and disease.
Being overweight is not a joke and weight gain should be taken seriously.
Diets are strictly a weight loss formula.
We are now just understanding the importance of gut health.
Core training is a myth.
HIIT training is not better than walking.
Most diet and fitness “experts” are not telling you the truth about what they have to do on a daily basis to look and lift like they do.
Most doctors are uninformed when it comes to any type of understanding of nutrition and fitness.
Boot camps are an extreme and unnecessary way to burn a small number of calories while setting you up for short-term injury and long-term breakdown.
You aren’t burning as many calories as your fitness watch says.
Most supplements are useless and most likely dangerous.
The girl or guy on Instagram, who you don’t know, does extreme things, has the genetics, does the surgeries, uses photoshop, knows how to pose, takes the pills and has the time to do things that most people cannot do to look the way they do.
You cannot out-exercise a bad diet.
Food won’t save you or set you free.
Information is powerless to change the real reasons that we are misusing food.
Formulas and programs do not work for living, breathing, feeling and thinking human beings.
You already have everything you need to be healthy.
There is a way to be healthy that does not require much time, energy or money but it does require your participation as a whole person. Remember… your health is not just in your hands but is in your heart, mind, spirit and relationships. It is time to trust your design and stop trusting people who you do not know and who just want to sell you a diet, a to-do list, an exercise program and a formula that reduces you to a result. It is time to remember who you are and how you are naturally designed to experience and enjoy the gifts of food, exercise and health.