Nutritional Wellness Free Library Event
July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Central Islip Public Library
What is wellness? For me personally, wellness is something we strive for with the whole of our being—it’s not just the pursuit of healing the mind, body or spirit individually. I also believe we have a skewed sense of wellness in our culture, for a multitude of reasons too complex to be discussed here. For instance, being thin doesn't mean you're healthy. Conversely being curvy, doesn't necessarily make you unhealthy. If you suffer from depression, it’s often not looked at as a condition or dis-ease, but rather as a “mood we need to get over.” The point is, you can look well on the outside but be depressed, lonely and/or void of any spirituality; wellness comes in many forms and is ever-changing.
Our system of medicine here in the west is concentrated on symptoms (allopathic medicine as it’s called, which is concerned with curing a symptom, rather than the whole being). For instance, we treat the skin for the condition of eczema, rather than the underlying cause (which may be a food allergy, seasonal allergy, leaky gut, so on and so forth). Wellness is being self-responsible for what is going on in your body and being self-AWARE of it. It’s a constant striving for balance. We often forget that true wellness involves not only ourselves, but also our immediate surroundings, friends, family and our cosmos as a whole.
In 2003, it was estimated that we spent $1.4 trillion on health care annually. In 2010, that number jumped to about 2.6 trillion. That's an increase of $1,200,000,000,000 in less than ten years! In 2015, we hit $3.2 trillion dollars. We are NOT getting healthier, and we have one of the SADdest diets of any country in the world (SAD=Standard American Diet).
I believe that two of our greatest challenges as a nation are diseases of affluence and confusion on health/what wellness truly means. Never doubt the power of the media and books in deliberately making wellness more confusing for us...as well as those who have perfectly well-meaning intentions.
I like to think of Wellness as I view religion and politics...we all are saying basically the same thing, if we'd just listen to the core message.
So what is that core message? Simply put, it’s eat fresh, whole foods as much as possible, and avoid refined carbohydrates, sugars, and genetically modified foods. Please learn to ignore the daily blasts of superfoods and diet trends.
Remember above, when I said that Wellness is being self-responsible for what is going on in your body and being self-AWARE of it? That means doing what feels right for YOU, regardless of the latest trend. Start listening to your body and how it reacts. Do you have problems metabolizing coffee, or can you drink a latte and go to sleep with no trouble? (There’s a specific gene that handles that, by the way—it’s why the research can seem so opposite and confusing from one day to the next!) Do you eat more than your coworkers, b/c you exercise more? Can you eat before a workout, or immediately after, or do you need liquid fuel instead?
Most of the diets or eating trends are focused on what you eat…we agree on that. So why are we not focusing on getting our supplementation from food, rather than a pill? Perhaps it’s because a large number of the vitamin companies are actually tied in to BigPharma. Perhaps it’s because as a nation, we’re looking for a quick magic pill to fix all of our problems (and is why BigPharma has done so well in the last few decades).
So what’s my solution?
It's best to get your supplements as a whole, and from food. Food is nature’s multi-vitamin! And if you want to know more on Nutritional Wellness and ask questions, join me for the next Library to host this workshop, free of charge. Just click here for more info and to RSVP…