There seems to be a pill or a suggested ‘quick fix’ out there for any type of disease, illness, ache or pain, or emotional distress. As I (Lore) sit here and eat my leftover dinner for breakfast in tune with a few minutes of the Today Show, I am enamored with commercials, selling me something to make my physical or emotional health better. Acne? Check. Diabetes? Check. Depression? Check. Weight Loss? Check. Can’t get “it” up? Check.
Marketing to people’s symptoms is quite brilliant, actually! It keeps money in the pocket of the pharmaceutical, beauty, and weight loss industries because you never really get better. You never solve the real problem, but you will keeping looking for that next fix. (Sorry, bad news for your wallet. This equals your dollars out the door.)
So, you say you are fat and need to lose weight. You jump aboard the calorie counting program with some kind of commercial weight loss group that sports thin chicks on their billboard and even boxes meals for you. Then you run on the treadmill like a bat out of hell five times a week. This lasts for a few months, you lose weight, you then get bored with the treadmill, and you are hungry all the time and crave carbs. Then you fall off the wagon and gain the weight back. Ending the cycle, you beat yourself up and are depressed.
“Diets” cater to symptoms with special food, calorie counting, powders, supplements, and one-size-fits-all fitness routines. However, it is lifestyle changes and accurate health education that actually solve the problem. Identify the right foods and fitness regime that suit your body’s health needs and biochemistry. Work WITH yourself, not against, learn to think differently about your health, and develop a lasting lifestyle that helps you maintain your ideal weight. (If you are aspiring to be a bean pole, sorry to disappoint, but you are setting yourself up to fail. Go read something else.)
Another example, you tell your doctor you are suffering from depression. He gives you a pill, and it makes you feel a little bit better, more numb than anything. But the truth is you are going through an ugly divorce and your soon-to-be ex wants everything down to the cheap chinaware.
A pill isn’t going to make your ex any less of a wench or a buffoon. And you don’t “have” depression. You are feeling depressed because of your situation. This is normal. And it sucks. So go rant to someone, allow yourself to grieve (this is a huge loss!), ask yourself if you really want the cheap chinaware or if it is better to just let it all go to be free and at peace.
Have problematic skin? Adult acne? Creams and lotions try to address the symptoms. But the real problem is inflammation somewhere in your body. It could be your gut health, food intolerances, or hormone imbalance along with adrenal fatigue. It is an internal problem, and the key to resolving most health issues is healing yourself from the inside out. No zit cream is going to solve your digestive problems.
You might be saying to yourself that you have no clue what real problem is, especially if you have been running in circles with your symptoms all this time. This is normal. I had no idea my leaky gut was the reason behind my skin issues, and that insulin resistance was a precursor to my imbalanced hormones. I had to educate myself, and seek guidance from professionals who knew what they were talking about.
I’m not saying that tackling your core problem is easy. Dealing with the real issue never is. It took my body a good two years to reverse the symptoms from polycystic ovarian syndrome using diet and lifestyle changes alone. Before that, a pill so nicely masked my symptoms, but it never solved the problem. As a matter of fact, it made everything worse over time. However, if you are motivated and dedicated to being the best version of yourself, you can do it! Baby steps and time.
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What’s the single biggest insight you’re taking away?