Making Life Work: Healthy Foods

In a previous post, we presented the idea that there are three main areas of life to get organised. Those are your health, relationships and finances. In many coaching programs clients come to the coach and tell the coach what they want. This bit is perfect. The issue is just a matter of lack of balance. This post is on the subject of health.

I have had clients come to me in the past, grossly overweight, stating that they will do anything to change their weight issues. After talking to them for a while, I generally find that they will do anything as long as it doesn’t involve changing what and when they eat and moving out of their comfy chair.

There is a world of information and misinformation on the topic of health.  Fad diets and the promise of quick results and tricks are all geared to separate the desperate from their money.

How about we return to the basics? Food in and activity out is the beginning. Simply put, if you are overweight, eat less and do a little more. Then you ask, but “What do I eat? It is so complicated. Everybody tells me something different”. Stop right there.

Eating is simple. The rules for food are so apparent. Everyone knows them, but somehow they will do everything they can to pretend that the rules don’t apply to them. Or I like it when the rules only apply on certain days of the week. The rules are the rules. Is it okay to break the rules entirely? Realise that every time you break a rule there is a consequence.

What are the rules? If it is white in colour, then it’s an issue. Sugar, wheat, processed salt and milk all fall into this category. If it comes in a box, not so good. You may be saying I have seen you eat some of these things. I’d say most definitely, but there is a consequence. More green and less meat, some would say even no meat. Now we could go into all of the arguments for and against all of these things. Let’s not.

Let’s instead just look at the levels of health pre 1800. Obesity was very rare. Heart attacks nearly non-existent. Rates of cancer, less than 1 in 100. Today, 68.8% of people are overweight or obese, 33% of people are dying of cancer, and the numbers are rising. (Source NHANES, 2009–2010).

This is not about telling you what you already know. The real question is why do we know a thing and then do the opposite? That is where NLP comes in very useful. Remember NLP is a system of behavioural modelling.

The answer is, what were people eating and doing in the 1800s that are so radically different from today? I think the easiest way to look at this is people ate no processed foods. Everything was fresh. There were no real preservatives, very little processing and chemical additives. Meat consumption was also relatively small compared to today. The levels of stress were also significantly lower. There was a much slower pace of life. Cortisol and adrenaline levels were also lower.

This is all very nice, but how does that help me today? Realise that you have been slowly hypnotised by a society that’s only motivation is profit. If it can trick your senses and mind into attaching incredible pleasure to poison, it will, and it has.

This is not about just one person or a single company. It is about a human condition called pleasure and pain. Breaking this situation is a challenge, but it can be done. The key is observation. There has been an explosion of little devices that monitor expenditure of energy and the consumption of food. This is a great start. What is also required is the ability to remove the perceived pleasure from poison.

This challenge is mainly due to the short-term high that is experienced when we eat certain foods. The short term high comes with long term damage. In the 1800s these foods were rare and hard to obtain. Nowadays, it is impossible to walk into a shop without being swamped by them.

What is the solution? Hypnosis and NLP. It is time to change the current neural structure so that foods and activities that are damaging in the long-term are replaced with foods and activities that are beneficial in the long-term.

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