Reset Your Thinking About Health

Life is not just Black & White
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With all the different philosophies about health in this world from the western mindset which puts the Doctor’s opinions in the highest esteem; to the eastern mindset that focuses on allowing the body to heal itself and more focus is placed on eating the right things to enable the human body to do its job correctly.

The eastern philosophy is not all about the food. Instead, it looks more at the whole person and addresses problems differently that western medicine.

Learning more about medical training in the US for Doctors and realizing that it is focused more on fixing the health issues through procedures and prescription drugs; without giving alternative medicine any serious considerations.

Most people have experienced this from interacting with Doctors closed-minded to eastern philosophies or alternative medicine. For many people, this can leave them discouraged and distraught over what to do next to address unresolved health issues.

Interestingly, health is something that people view differently, and that changes all the time. It is more of a journey that something that will never finish, we all are continually aging, and that affects our health.

This last couple of weeks have reminded me to keep my mind open to new ideas and things regarding health. In striking up conversations with people who are acquaintances through our children’s activities; they introduced me to a product that I have not heard of before that helps many people to lose weight and reduce appetite.

Recognizing that there are possible answers to your health issues or any other problems that you are facing in life, is a way to change your mindset toward your thinking about health.

How to View the Real You

People look at other people in many styles, and that can influence the way a person sees themselves. How you deal with this vision of yourself makes a significant impact on your health.

On the physical side, our diet will replenish everything that makes up the human body, and what we see comes from what we eat. That is not all that we are; there are the mind and spirit that makes up who we are.

A person character is much more important to people who place a high value on a person character over the physical appearance of the person. Being in good physical health can help carry out good or bad deeds depending on what the motivation of the person is, and in my opinion, that is why the character is more important.

Judgement displayed in statues

The belief system that a person believes in will make a significant impact on the way they view themselves. When a specific belief system focuses on the negative qualities in people, then that is what is seen first by the participants of that system see in themselves.

On the other hand, when the specific belief system focuses on the positive aspects of people, the participants will tend to think positively about themselves.

A more balanced and objective way is to focus on looking at things from a viewpoint that does not assume people are naturally good or evil.

Instead, judge yourself based on the results of the actions you take, and the motivations will reveal themselves, others will judge you based on their value system, and that will vary significantly from person to person.

Does the Typical Health Advice Work for You

The standard health advice that you hear from the medical community works for some people and not so well for others. How does it affect you will determine how much credence to give it to yourself.

The standard calories in versus calories out model on weight loss are not working very well in society. The average of people are overweight, and the growing obesity rate tells us that it is not working.

What is a person supposed to do when they have followed the advice from the medical community, and it is not working? The first answer that comes to mind is: Do not to give up, instead, look for another solution to the problem.

Typical Medical advice books

People can get different opinions within the medical community to start with; most people are not aware, but Doctors say that 30% of the time a second opinion is sought out by a patient the diagnosis changes.

This change can be from another Doctor seeing something that is overlooked by the first, or it can be from a collaboration of the two minds coming together. In any case, the patient is getting better care, and the Doctors are learning more also

This idea of getting a second opinion also applies to the thoughts, suggestions, and products that we entertain or try out for ourselves. The fact that everyone is different means that it is prudent to think through each option very carefully before starting a new program or trying a new product.

Alternative Health Options

Learning more about natural remedies is ongoing in life, and we will never know everything there is to know about natural resources or other treatments from different parts of the world.

Sometimes we can get anxious or inpatient and want to try things too quickly. When searching out new alternative health options, it is best to do your homework and make sure that there is nothing that will cause you more harm than good.

People who are in the business of helping people are not typically trying to hurt someone, but there is no way of knowing exactly how something is going to affect you until you try it.

Many of the modern medicines come from natural remedies, or the idea of them spawned from the herbs, spices, or roots associated with ancient resources. Understand how pharmaceuticals may interact with a natural substance before introducing it to your body.

Alternative Options

It is easy to get caught up in the movement and let your guard down if you are not careful; especially when you think you are doing something healthy. The perception will change as you progress in learning and find out what works for you.

The concept of bio-individuality works well with this line of thinking, remembering that one person’s nourishment may be another’s poison.

Just because something works for your best friend or even a close family member does not mean that it will work for you in the same manner. Best to approach things like an experiment on yourself until you see how it affects you personally.

Interested in Learning More

Since being introduced to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, my understanding has increased, and I am looking at the options that are available much differently than before starting the program.

My reason for joining the program is to learn how to change the way that I look at life and find a real balance between the natural physical world and the spiritual world.

The terminology used is different for me, and it is opening up my understanding of the differences between western and eastern philosophies.

Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Classes are available to people who are interested in learning more about how to live a healthy lifestyle and balance all the areas of life to improve your quality of life.

There are carrier opportunities for those who are so inclined and find that this lifestyle and belief system is something they would like to promote by becoming a health coach.

Conclusion

Changing the way you think about health is totally up to you, but with the right support and training, you can do it. People learn in different ways and at different speeds, do not beat yourself up if you are moving slower than others.

The best thing to remember is that for you to enjoy life, you must find the things that you are doing enjoyable. That can happen in several ways; finding what works for you is the key to success.

Find the real you and identify what works best for you in a healthy lifestyle that is something that you can live with daily. Search for the alternative options that will enhance your life and make you a happier person.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and please leave your thoughts, experiences, questions, or comments in the section below.

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12 thoughts on “Reset Your Thinking About Health

  1. One of the things I have noticed as I continue to learn more about alternative medicine is that most people will resist it at the beginning. It is best to introduce what they see as a radical idea slowly because we, as a society, are trained to accept the medical community as the all-knowing gurus of our well-being.

    Health care tends to be behind in that medications and treatments come into play after the illness has taken effect. In my way of thinking, ongoing preventative measures can minimize or even prevent so many of the common health issues we see so prominent today.

    My sister has seen my herbal remedies and treatments work. She has experienced the positive results of small dietary changes I suggest when she uses them. Even though she knows I can help her, she sticks to her pharmaceutical regimen and only occasionally asks me for help with minor issues.

    I guess this is the way the things are for now. Hopefully, natural remedies will continue to grow in acceptance, and we will see less ongoing illness.

    Thank you for this post.

    Gwendolyn J

    1. Thank you for sharing that piece of advice, will have to remember this as the knowledge increases in this area and think about innovative ways to raise other people’s awareness without speaking negatively about the western Doctor’s treatment plans.

  2. Thank you for your fascinating and informative article. I agree with you; eating healthy is a lot about how we think. I am not overweight, but I don’t think my mindset is healthy when it comes to food.

    Recently I have tried to start eating mindfully, and I have started to workout more. I am feeling a lot healthier, but changing is a long process and can’t be rushed, at the moment I am taking it one day at a time. 

    1. Good to see you taking control of your eating habit before it gets out of hand. It is always easier to make changes early rather than later!

  3. For me, I’ve seen many effects of Western medicine, and my understanding has been that it looks to treat rather than prevent or cure. In other words, it seems to put people on a pill (or pills), only to have these prescriptions continually refilled to ‘treat’ the disorder or illness rather than cure. It helps both the doctors and pharmaceutical companies.

    Now, I’m not one to say that doctors or even pharmacists are evil and profit-driven. I know a lot of allied healthcare practitioners, am related to even more of them, and have interacted with even more on top of that and not a single soul is a wrong person for entering that field; they’re all excellent people.

    For me, it’s merely the masses in western medicine being misled. They’re taught that they’re helping people and that prescription medications are expanding and saving lives. Maybe they are, but I’ve always seen it as a cursed life, what with the side effects and numerous doctor visits throughout the calendar year. It’s just not what I want for myself or anyone close to me.

    Eastern medicine tends to take on a holistic approach encompassing the mind, body, and spirit. Sure, diet is just one of many factors here, as well as spiritual and emotional healing being up there as well. I’ve studied some alternative therapies, such as Reiki, for example, and find them one hundred times more fascinating and compelling than what is seen in the West. 

    Even my nutritional regimen is more Mediterranean, being more into plant-based food and grains with only about 3-5 ounces of meat three times per week if that. Green-based for the most part, with alternative forms of protein with little to no refined or added sugars unless I’m looking to get a workout in within the next half-hour. 

    For me, it’s anything east of the Mediterranean. 

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the subject, and I tend to agree on the individual participants in the health care industry are there to help people and are not being malicious. It is the fact that they are misinformed and maybe lumping people into broad categories unawares.

  4. Hi,

    Great post and one I can fully relate to, I have for many years distrusted the medical world, and much prefer to try to cure ailments myself.

    To the point where in some cases I have been in real trouble from Dr’s when I have sometimes given in and gone to consult them. But in most instances, I have found natural remedies that have worked very effectively.

    I often research dietary solutions too as I do believe that eating healthily and eating the right foods and naturally grown foods benefit us in long term health.

    1. Thank you for your comments, and I agree on natural remedies, the more research that I do points me to the same conclusion. The IIN training is covering over 100 dietary theories, and it will be interesting how much better one’s understanding will be with the training complete. 

  5. Hi Chad, I must say that this article is beneficial and motivational. You are right, health is our constant worry, and every person views it differently. I am too one of those people who need to reset thinking about fitness as I take it so easy and forget watching on my health.

    My biggest problem is food, and I don’t have control when it comes to eating. Doctors recommend so many products related to appetite suppressants, but the real question is in my head, and only I can take care of that, not some pills or junk supplements.

    1. Many people have the same issue with controlling food in their diet, or better to say making the right choices about the food they pick. There are some all natural roots and spices that may help you with curbing your appetite and reduce the portion size of your meals.  

  6. Great article! I’ve always been a believer that the mind is the single most significant factor in how healthy we are. For one thing, if our mind isn’t right, we won’t take care of ourselves. But on top of that, there’s a lot to be said for the effects positive attitudes have on our cells.

    There have been experiments done on what positive and negative thoughts can do to water molecules, and the results are quite remarkable. When you consider that we’re made up of mostly water, it’s not hard to imagine the possible consequences of prolonged negativity. Then there’s the whole placebo-effect thing, which seems centered around belief, itself.

    Do you see yourself as healthy? Do you feel in the back of your mind that your lifestyle will probably kill you someday? Whole books could be written about how some people do all the wrong things and still live to be 100 years old, lol. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject, an excellent point you mention about the effects positive thoughts have on a person’s overall health. Most people are not fully aware of how this affects them and fall into the trap of negativity and end up causing themselves health issues down the road.  

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