The Drunken Roller Coaster of Health

Health can seem like a roller coaster, often finding ourselves feeling lost and on a never ending journey of loops, twists and turns in attempts to reach our goal(s). The most efficient way from points A to B is a straight line, but unfortunately that straight line will get bent and twisted along the way, no matter how good your intention and dedication may be. This happens all too often when you don’t have a map or direction on how to get to where you want to go or have visibility on what is diverting you. What individuals on their health journey don’t account for is the different areas that make up getting there. Tack on everyday life and special events or holidays, the roller coaster can seem fast, out of control, confusing and never ending.

As a dietitian and a promoter of good health habits, nutrition is my area of expertise. Even though I believe that food is our medicine, I know that there are many other areas involved when striving to achieve good health. Those areas can also negatively or positively impact your ability to get there. Realizing how you manage those areas is what can determine if you are going to follow that straight line or if it making it seem like a roller coaster. I strive to have patients realize that health is all encompassing and involves looking at more than just one area to improve. I shed light on how health is interconnected and more involved than just viewing it singularly as just nutritional status or fitness level.

With this series of articles, I will be diving into 4 areas that often disrupt people’s journey. The four areas are: Nutrition, physical fitness, information/education and psychology/emotion. These four sections are essential to be secured to not find oneself on that never-ending ride. Here are snippets of the articles to come.

Part 1: Nutrition

Nutrition health can be completely mystifying as to knowing what approach to follow and how to get there. To establish what you need, you first need to understand where your body is at and if it is lacking in any areas or if there are possible disturbances that need to be identified. We’ll look at what that all means to help point you in the right direction.

Part 2: Physical fitness

Fitness health truly depends on what your goal is and how you get there. Just because you work hard in the gym and sweat your butt off doesn’t necessarily mean it will get to your goal. Ever hear of that saying: work smarter not harder? In the sense that if you have a smart plan in place, it will make attaining your goals easier. Now, you will still need to work hard but starting smart, should deliver greater benefits from the hard work you put in. We’ll look at how you can start smart and stay healthy.

Part 3: Information / Education

Misguided approach to addressing poor dietary decision making is largely fueled by society. Influence coming from social media and how health is marketed, adds a confusion as to the direction you follow. Marketing, at its most productive, can pretty much talk anyone into anything. It’s like that saying “he can sell ice to Eskimos” and because of that, it puts you in a disadvantage. We will look at what you can do to qualify what is valid and not.

Part 4: Psychological / Emotional

For the most part, many people find themselves stuck in a restrictive mindset approach to achieving our health goal(s). Looking at health in this way causes other elements such as guilt and self-doubt to surface, making it difficult to understand how to be mentally and emotionally healthy. I will dive into strategies that you can take to help make sense of this.

Thank you and look forward to more coming soon on this series.

Pedro Leon, RD, LDN

Co-founder / Chief Dietitian at Kitchry Health