Embrace Challenge

 

 

A female Giraffe gives birth standing up, as the calf plummets toward the ground, the umbilical cord is snapped and upon impact the calf is given the pounding stimulus to breath.

A butterfly struggles to break out of the cocoon, a tedious and frustrating process to watch in real-time.  What happens when a person assists the butterfly?  The butterfly never flies.  It was not strengthened by the challenge, and it’s easy prey for a hungry bird.

Examples in nature of the importance of challenge are innumerable.  As humans we seem to be attracted to the idea that we are superior to nature and it’s our duty to make our lives easy.  We might have a tendency to want to be spoiled.  We might like it when someone knows how to read our mind, do what we want, and always agrees with us.  What are we learning if we surround ourselves with this type of environment?  Are we learning how to problem solve?  Are we learning how to get along with others?  Or are we essentially creating an artificial kingdom and treating ourselves as King or Queen of an empire of one?

In the hospital setting a nurse could be too “nice” by letting a new post op patient sleep all day, not getting them out of bed, not bugging them every hour to cough and deep breath.  The result?  A nasty post op pneumonia, risk of blood clots, etc.  A good nurse is kind to the patient, not necessarily nice.  A good nurse helps her patient face and implement challenge.

The human body is phenomenal example of the love of challenge.  Challenge a bone with a fracture the re-set bone heals stronger.   Challenge your muscles and they grow and strengthen.  Challenge your heart with exercise and it beats more efficiently even when resting.

So embrace challenge.  Welcome a different opinion.  Appreciate those who don’t agree with you and learn from them.  Don’t be a yes person, and help your friends confront difficulties.  Challenge your body and become stronger.  Remember,  “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy” —-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Fabulous Fat

 

 

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Low-fat, high-fat, saturated fat, non-saturated fat, I’m fat, you’re fat, fat, fat fat.  Why talk about fat?  Because your health engine depends on it.  When was the last time your car ran great without oil?  An engine is defined as a machine with moving parts that converts power into motion.   Your body is a super intelligent turbo engine that is circulating, detoxifying, problem solving, converting nutrients into energy, managing air quality, and rebuilding itself, even when you’re sleeping!  So how will you fuel your engine?

Why is finding the right fuel difficult?  Sadly a long time push for low fat diets and so-called “healthy fat” replacements has flooded the market with food fracked oils that have been proven to increase inflammation.  These oils are marketed as unsaturated, cholesterol free, and ”from the earth.”  When was the last time you picked a ripe canola and squeezed oil out of it?  How about corn?  Any success with your soybeans? These types of oils are heavily genetically modified and food fracked with chemicals in order to extract the oil, which in turn is cheaper to produce and easier to sell.   What about saturated fat?

For so many years saturated fat has been accused of causing coronary artery disease and obesity.  Research however has failed to prove that saturated fat makes us fat or increases the chances of coronary heart disease.  The underlying problem associated with nearly EVERY disease is proving to be inflammation, not saturated fat.  The truth is that your health engine LOVES saturated fat, is partly made of saturated fat, and would much prefer to burn fat as supposed to any other fuel you want to give it.  How do you then choose what kind of fat to fuel your engine?

Choose fabulous fat.   Fat that is grass fed, and real.  If you are cooking, use high heat tolerant fat like MCT oil (coconut), ghee, duck fat, and lard.  Eat real grass-fed butter, avocado, and olive oil.   Stay away from chemically fracked unsaturated fat; anything that says vegetable oil, canola oil, corn oil.

The health benefits of good fat include: improved memory, improved joint health and movement, decreased inflammation, improved mood, and increased energy.  So try giving your health engine the fuel it deserves and may you travel far.

Being Well

If I were to ask you, ‘When was the last time you felt well?’ What would you say?   Many of us have been taught that being well is the absence of being sick.  Is that really being well?  Until recently I didn’t even think about my own wellness.  I have worked as a Registered Nurse for 20 years and I often thought I was helping people be well by helping them feel less sick.  When I confronted my own health issues I began to question many of the “health” philosophies I have worked so closely with in my nursing profession.  Being less sick is still sick!  We want to be well!

Being well will then have to encompass a total feeling of well being.  A sense of real purpose, meaningful relationships, and good nutrition.  In order to be well we will have to be educated, and allowed to make informed choices about the direction of our health.   We will be the experts on our health.

I hope to share the many things that have incited me to take charge of my health and inspired me to have to courage to change.