Today I want to continue my discussion from last week about a “popular trend” that is very concerning. It’s not necessarily a new problem, but it is something that for whatever reason I’ve been acutely aware of over the past few weeks or months.
So, what is this “popular trend”?
I am hearing from more and more people who are suffering in pain or poor health who have fallen victim to one or more FALSE BELIEFS about their health. FALSE BELIEFS that are holding them back from enjoying the healthy, active and vibrant lifestyle they want and deserve.
Instead, they are living a life limited by pain, obesity, diabetes, gut discomfort, sleep disorders, headaches, low energy…and the list goes on and on.
Most people really don’t want to be in the situation they’re in, but they are frustrated, confused and stuck in large part due to these FALSE BELIEFS.
In last week’s BLOG I went into depth about one of the most common false beliefs I hear, which goes something like this…
FALSE BELIEF #1: “Well, it’s just a normal part of aging and I’m just going to have to accept it.”
If you didn’t read last week’s BLOG yet, you can read it here.
But today I’m going to focus on some other common FALSE BELIEFS I hear and how you can let them go and start to move forward once again.
FALSE BELIEF #2: “I’ve tried everything, and nothing works for me.”
Okay, maybe you have tried several things that haven’t worked, but most likely you haven’t exhausted every possible option. Trust me, I understand how difficult it can be to navigate our healthcare system and make sense of all the confusion in our fitness and food industry. But I’m almost certain you have not tried “EVERYTHING”.
I’m going to challenge you to take a hard look at your situation and really be honest with yourself. For example, did you start exercising more or eating healthier food and find that you lost a few pounds only to fall back into old habits of couch surfing and eating potato chips? I’m not judging anyone here, heck I’ve gotten off track many times myself, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t work. It means we didn’t do our part. If we can find a way to get back on track and work to create lifelong habits it just might work long-term and lead to better health.
Of course, that is just one example, maybe you’ve been to see a doctor, chiropractor or even a physical therapist and your pain or problem hasn’t resolved. Fortunately not every doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist has the exact same training, experience and approach to healing. Maybe you need a different approach, different treatment or different healthcare provider.
The point I’m trying to make here is DON’T GIVE UP! Keep trying, keep researching, keep looking until you find what DOES work for YOU!
FALSE BELIEF #3: “I have a “bad knee”, a “bad back”, a “trick hip”, or “arthritis”.
How many times have you met someone for the very first time, maybe at a summer BBQ or Christmas party, and almost immediately you know their entire health history? Or your Aunt Susie who fills you in on her “bad back” every time you visit. Obviously, they are suffering and I’m not saying otherwise, but when you use these titles or any diagnosis, even infrequently, it immediately starts to limit you mentally. It puts you in a position where you may not even want to try because you’ve already given yourself an out. This can eventually lead to a person’s identity becoming completely wrapped up in their injury or diagnosis.
So, choose your words carefully. Pay attention to how you talk to yourself, or about yourself. Instead of “I have a bad knee” try “My knee is healing and I’m getting stronger every day”. Option two feels so much more empowering, doesn’t it?
FALSE BELIEF #4: “It runs in my family.”
Yes, it’s true we’re all born with genetic predispositions, but we are NOT destined to live with all of them. We may not be able to change how tall we are or the color of our eyes, but when it comes to our health our genes are expressed based on how we live our lives.
For example, if your father and grandfather both had (or have) Type 2 diabetes, you may also have a genetic predisposition for Type 2 diabetes. However, if unlike your father and grandfather you exercise regularly, eat a healthy low insulin producing diet, avoid or limit processed foods and sugar and follow other healthy lifestyle practices like getting good quality sleep and managing life’s stress, it’s unlikely you will ever develop Type 2 diabetes.
Sadly, what really “runs in the family” and is passed down from generation to generation are poor health habits and Great Grandma’s famous brownie recipe.
Don’t be fooled by this one! You have more control over your health than you may think. In fact, you have the power to change your future family history…for the better!
Why not work to create better health habits for yourself and pass that on to your children and grandchildren, so they can tell future generations how they got their “good genes” from YOU.
FALSE BELIEF #5: “I can’t afford it.”
I often hear how expensive it can be to eat healthy, join a gym or get treatment for a problem, but being healthy doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think.
Yes, organic produce and grass-fed meats do cost more, and the healthiest possible option isn’t always going to be in everyone’s budget. Do the best you can, when and where you can, but eating any kind of produce, even non-organic, is far better than eating cheap processed foods and sugar. Processed foods, fast foods and junk food may be cheap, but they lack any real nutritional value and cause more health problems, which leads to higher healthcare costs.
Gym memberships cost money and while there are some very affordable gym options, you don’t need a gym to get or stay fit. Go for a walk or turn on some music and dance in your living room. Or find other ways to be active like working in your yard, playing with your kids or grand kids, clean out a closet or your garage. No gym membership required!
If you’re already at the point where your health is suffering, sometimes it can be hard to cover the costs of getting proper treatment but waiting can often make the problem and the cost to treat it even worse.
Whether we can “afford” most things in life (or not) really comes down to how bad we want it. Most people can’t afford to just got out and buy a new car or new big screen TV. We plan for it and/or make sacrifices elsewhere to get the things we want. So, how bad do you want it?
There you have it, 5 of the most common FALSE BELIEFS that can hold people back from enjoying better health.
Hopefully this will help you recognize and avoid falling victim to these FALSE BELIEFS, but if you find that you’re caught up in any of these...you are not alone!
Hit the reset button! Let go of past beliefs and commit to your healing starting right now!
Starting with just one little change can set an energy in motion that can improve your health and change your life.
Anything is possible with the right mindset and the right team of people behind you!
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Dr. Julie Krueger