As I have gotten older and become more knowledgeable in natural health, I have wanted to approach my health from a more natural and holistic standpoint. Not to say your normal conventional MD does not have a place. I have found that the first thing I want to do is better my health with the interventions I have control over, and that carry very little risk. Such as nutrition, functional labs, supplements when necessary, and exercise.
I have been struggling with having a mind that is full most of my adult life. I am sure you can relate to this. Do you have times where you seem to be on autopilot, and not really noticing what is going on around you? Maybe after a long hard day at work, you arrive home and recall very little about your trip home. Or you go for a walk outside with your child, and you do not notice anything about the scenery since your mind is cluttered with worries about the past and the future. You may sit down to eat your favorite healthy snack, and you hardly enjoyed the taste of a single bite.
Next week I will be finished with my first graduate nursing class. I put in a few months ago to be off during my final exams week. It turns out the course is ending before my week off.
I thought about working that week to save up my annual leave for baby number two around the end of this year or early next year. My wife is not pregnant yet, but we are hoping that happens fairly quickly once we start trying. Baby number one(Asher) can still demand a lot of attention at times. It is overwhelming for my wife to consider being pregnant while meeting Asher’s needs at this point.
As you learn more about taking control of your health and looking outside of what your conventional doctor can offer you, you may be surprised that they may not be as excited as you are. I have thought about this a lot over the last few years as I work in the hospital and see how the attending doctors and medical residents work with my patients.
Recently, I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, for four days to do a health training workshop. Throughout the whole trip, I only spent $4 on my food and drink. You may be saying, “Wait a minute Brian, how in the world did you survive on a dollar a day for four days?” Well, I didn’t exactly, but I really did only spend $4 the entire trip. How did I do this? Simple, I brought my food with me. If you have thought this is impossible or it takes too much time let me tell you it is possible and it’s worth it.
This morning I was listening to one of my favorite leadership podcast called, Lead to Win, by Michael Hyatt and Co. They had a guest speaker on who mentioned a couple of times that you could not buy more time. I agree with this some, but not wholeheartedly. You will hear others say things like “Well I have only so much time on this Earth, so I might as well enjoy myself while I am here.”
This is a different topic than I usually write about, but one that I am passionate about. As you may know, our current system of healthcare is unsustainable. Currently, health care is one-fifth of our nation’s GDP (gross domestic product). In his book Unconventional Medicine Chris Kresser explains, “One in two Americans now has a chronic disease, and one in four has multiple chronic diseases. Chronic disease causes seven of ten deaths in the U.S. and accounts for 86 percent of healthcare expenditures.”
This article may be surprising to you and give you a different perspective on simplicity in the grocery store. The way I make my grocery shopping easier is by skipping 90% of the products in the store. You might say, “Well, Coach Brian, what’s the purpose in that?” I am glad you asked. The reason for this is 90% of the products in the store are either heavily processed, have a high sugar content, or is not organic (when it needs to be). I could go on.