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Who Are You?
Who are you?
Have you ever really thought about that statement? If a stranger asked you that question, what would you say? It might sound like:
I am (my job) an engineer
I am (my religion) a Christian
I am (physical) a blond
I am (gender) a female
I am (parent) a mom
I am (size) overweight
I am (disease) a diabetic
I am (school status) a student
I am (state of mind) a work in progress
Elevator speeches are popular when you meet someone, especially if you are trying to get them to use your services. You might prepare a 10-15 second speech about your role in the company or your education or your talents that will grow their business. You usually only have a few seconds to sell your business to that person, so we create a great couple of sentences to sell ourselves. We do this with who we think we are, as well. I would say that I am a life coach, functional medicine trained nutritionist, and epigenetic coach that helps you become the best version of yourself and to create the vitality in life that you have been missing. If we do not capture the attention of someone in the first few seconds, they have moved onto the next person.
I often see people suffering from a particular condition or disease seek out others that have the same ones. People think that this is helpful. They believe they have found their “tribe”. In reality, we must be very careful with hanging out with others with the same condition or diseases because it can quickly turn into a negative environment. If you are wanting to heal, be cautious to not hang out with others that believe that their condition/disease is their life sentence.
One client of mine wanted to reverse a diagnosis, so she came to me before she started on medication in hopes that a lifestyle change could help. She wanted to join a support group for her condition, and I advised her against that explaining that in all likelihood all that that would do would be to convince her that life was over and she would be doomed to this condition forever. She went anyway. However, after going a couple of times, she came back to me and said, “you are right those people do not want to get better they’re having a pity party!”. Being there made her believe that her disease was her identity, so she stopped going. You see, if you want to get better, hang out with well people that support your efforts and encourage you not give in to your “death sentence”. (BTW, My client has been disease-free for over two years now!)
This isn’t to say that all support groups are a terrible sentence to hell. Some people do find a particular source of support and understanding from others that have experience with similar conditions. However, tread lightly and be aware of the negative mindset. These types of groups can quickly become a breeding ground of negativity.
We shouldn’t buy into the labels that other people stick on to us. This can be very dangerous. We all have enough issues with ourselves attaching our own labels that pull us down into a negative mindset. I once heard a guy in his 70’s say one time that if you wanted to stay young, hang out with people younger than yourself and do not hang out with the people in the nursing homes that have already given up on life. I tell myself that I am 29. My kids have to ask my real age because I say I am 29 so much.
There was an experiment done in the early ’80s which set out to examine mindset involved with aging and its effect on the body. The experiment cooked up by a young psychologist named Ellen Langer used a set of men in their 70’s and 80’s that lived in a nursing home for this experiment.
The research team set up an environment inside a converted monastery in New Hampshire that would remind these men of a time when they were in their late teens and early 20’s. They brought games, clothes, music, etc. and recreated the era. The men were also dressed in appropriate clothing from the era such as hats, shoes, and even underwear! During the study, they were asked to play and act like they would have when they were that age. They even gave them the cigarettes they smoked back then. Not surprisingly, they all quickly acted like teenagers again. What was surprising is that found that there was a vast improvement in dexterity, grip strength, flexibility, hearing and vision, memory and cognition — probably the closest things the gerontologists of the time could come to the testable biomarkers of age. All of the subjects also experienced less pain. Actually, for the days that they were reliving their early ages, pain significantly decreased, and some even had no pain at all. Some of them even walked without the assistance of a cane or walker for the first time in years! This went on for about a week, and their health markers like blood pressure, blood sugar, and overall mood was also markedly improved. Before the experiment began, the researches were given a baseline of labs before the experiment and then again during – in which all had improved. This truly impressive experiment just goes to show us that mindset an imperative element when it comes to our health that we have total control over. The idea that the mind and the body are on separate tracks is completely wrongheaded. We can make the decision to change and improve our situations. Equally important, it is also a great reminder that we should not forget to play more!
Why do we add labels to ourselves?
Once we convince ourselves that we are one of our labels, it is very hard not to live and see ourselves as that label. And it compounds the longer we subscribe to this mindset. For example, when someone comes to me for help regarding weight loss, the first thing I try to work with them on is their mindset. If you see yourself as being overweight and live your days as an overweight person might, then you will certainly struggle with losing the weight. I also have people that want to put on weight that still see themselves as too skinny, so it definitely goes both ways. My ex-husband tried for years to gain weight. He was 5’10” and weighed 120 pounds for years with about 5% body fat. He finally started putting on weight in his early 30’s when I was pregnant with our first child and it did not stop. He gained almost 100 pounds in a few years, but he still saw himself as the skinny kid with chicken legs (his words). You see, it’s not until we peel those labels off of ourselves and replace it with “I accept myself just as I am, but for my health, I wish to lose/gain some weight” then that change can and will occur.
When you are able to change the paradigms and your perspective regarding why you want to accomplish your goal, then and only then can the magic happen.
All this is to say that the mind has a powerful role to play in your health and wellness.
If you feel that you need may need help with removing the labels that you have attached to yourself, first try to put yourself around more people that represent how you want to see yourself. Ditch the negative reinforcements. Remember that our thoughts are also a big part of our nutritional intake and, seek out the services of a professional nutritional health coach.
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