Thursday, May 30

Living Better with Better Nutrition

I’ll run the risk of scaring some people off by starting a post like this, but I think it’s worth the gamble.  Let’s cut straight to the chase:  I’m healthier now than I’ve been in my entire life, I’m happier as a result, and I’m proud of it!  I’m truly hooked on this concept of thriving as opposed to merely surviving.  There’s a difference, and it’s huge.

Friends who are closest to me know that I’ve become very passionate about all things health-related.  Ever since doing the Whole30 in October of 2012, I’ve continued to pursue a better understanding of diet, nutrition and other aspects of wellness.  Through research and self-experimentation, I’ve seen and felt amazing results.  In the past, I never considered myself unhealthy.  I’ve run marathons and eaten what I thought was a nutritious diet.  Looking back, I was completely oblivious to my potential.  And although I’ve made progress, there’s still a ton of improvements to be made.

Despite my passion for this topic I haven’t written much about my experiences.  Only two blog posts (here and here) related to health over the course of eight months.  I’ve posted more bitching about Dallas traffic than I have on health and vitality.  And I care much more about the ladder.  The paradox is that I’ve spent countless hours talking to friends, family and even co-workers about this stuff.  Heck, I even founded a “Wellness Committee” in my department at Southwest Airlines.  I’m more excited than ever about feeling good, being healthy and truly thriving.

The sad fact is that most of us are barely even surviving. 

On one end of the spectrum you’ve got alarming statistics.  Today, 36% of U.S. adults and 30% of children are overweight or obese.  11% of U.S. adults are diabetic.  Obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer are the leading causes of preventable death.  (Substitute ‘preventable’ with ‘inexcusable’)

On the other end, people are tired more often than rested, we’re constantly sick, addicted to sugar, victims of brain fog and our sleeping is atrocious.  Troubling, too, is the fact that most of us don’t know why we feel this way.

So… all of this leads me here.  I feel a strong desire to share with folks what I’ve come to learn and believe in the realm of achieving better health.  I also want to communicate it all in a fashion that is easy to understand and then apply to everyday life. 

This goes without saying, but I am not a doctor.  I am not a biologist, research scientist, physician or nutritionist.  Far from it, actually… I work in a commercial function at an airline.  Which is why I’ll encourage you to not take my word for it.  Do your own research, and arguably more important, conduct your own self-experiments.

My only request is that you read with an open mind.  Much of what’s talked about in this series will fly in the face of conventional thinking.  Paradigms will be flipped on their head.  And because of how pervasive myths can be, some concepts can be harder to grasp.

I can assure you, however, that it is completely worth it!  Life is simply better when you start to implement some of these notions.

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