We know what to do so why don’t we do it? That is the billion dollar (yearly cost of overweight and obesity is 714 billion at last count) question. With so much information about getting healthy and losing weight — why are 68% of Americans overweight and suffering with all the degenerative diseases associated with obesity?
As a nutrition and psychology clinic, our primary emphasis is on personal growth as it pertains to self-mastery and discipline, which I define as the ability to give yourself a command and then follow through with it.
We are a nation of smart, well-educated, successful people with ancestors who bestowed upon us determination, grit and hard work. So why is it so difficult to apply those principles to our own health and welfare? What gets in our way?
I think there are two major factors. The first is our compromised endocrine systems (nature) and the second is our environment (nurture).
We are going to start with the second, our environment and come back to the first, our compromised endocrine systems and go in-depth with five principles of endocrine wellness that you can start applying today.
What in our environment gets in our way to throw us off track from practicing healthy behaviors and making healthy choices consistently? So many contributors to ill health and weight gain can be listed here and everyday, someone adds a new one to this ongoing list. What we want to do is have our cake and eat it too. We strive for dominion over nature. From our Western perspective, we want to control our environment and then do what we want to do independent of our physiological needs. Here is a list of situations where we try to gain dominion over nature that contribute to our ill health:
- Vaccinations confuse our immune systems; the invention of the light bulb so we don’t sleep; the excessive use of caffeine; scheduled C-sections and hospital births for healthy women; our inability to manage a fever, be sick, and then respect a convalescent period of healing;
- Bottle-feeding babies and using formula; convenience foods; our inability to suffer (taking over the counter pain relievers constantly which degrade our stomach lining);
- Television and excessive use of technology at the expense of physical activity and human connection; modern transportation; advertising; lack of time; stress; over the counter and prescription drugs; estrogens in the environment, chemicals in our water;
- Poorly grown food with few nutrients and non-foods (soda, Cheetos, cereal, etc.) being sold to us as legitimate food.
COMPROMISED ENDOCRINE SYSTEMS
All of these take us away from nature and the natural rhythms and cycles of day and night which exist more and more independently away from us. These actions and influences throw us off track from feeling our true connection with our bodies and lead to a compromised endocrine system. Can you think of any other situations that take us away or create obstacles to us doing the things we need to do to reach normal weight levels and optimal health? Add them to the comments section below.
“The lack of cohesive tribal and cultural wisdom leaves the average American lost, always latching on to the next cool thing.”
Wiley, Lights Out, p 176
I believe it is our calling, those of us in the functional wellness arena, to restore this wisdom to the people. We are fortunate and privileged to be here today having this conversation. Standard Process & MediHerb supplements restore our connection to nature in a way that no other nutritional and herbal supplements can. That is what we can celebrate. There are nutritional supplements and herbs from these companies that can reconnect us with our true selves through the H-P-A axis, the point where esoteric philosophies say the soul enters the body. It is the point where Western medicine says thoughts, decisions and commands are made to ourselves and where we initiate the follow through on intended behavior. Stay tuned in the weeks to come as we go in-depth with five principles of endocrine wellness that you can start applying today that will help you get motivated and help you get your mojo back!
What is your BMI (body mass index)? Is it over 30? Should you do something about it?
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