On a typical train commute from Long Island to Manhattan, if you stop for coffee, drive to the train station, chat with someone on the platform, and use your iPad or phone on the train, before you even hit your office door you have been exposed to a plethora* of messages about food.
The coffee store is filled with hundreds of them, from protein boxes to plant-based snacks to ‘sugar is good for you’. Your inbox gets the news that coconut oil causes heart disease while the three people sitting behind you are all ‘doing keto’ with butter in their coffee.
Buzzwords and headlines don’t make you healthy. They are easy to create, attractive, and profitable. They are not solving the problem.
If they did, we wouldn’t have growing epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer … among adults and children.
The way to solve that huge problem is simply to start with yourself. To be open and understand that health is a lifelong journey, without an end point.
There is no magic pill, no quick fix, and no finish line.
Even once you find a food plan (I won’t use the word diet for several reasons) that works very well for you for awhile, over time that will change.
The part about ‘no finish line’ is important because it is not the case that once you achieve your ideal weight, or finish your thirty-day cleanse, that you’re done.
I know that completion sounds better than ‘continuous and ongoing work’ but the truth of the matter is, it’s actually fun.
Once you get on your own path to health, you’ll never want to get off.
*Movie reference: the Three Amigos. Enjoy your weekend!