Today I am reminded of a young banker I met recently while setting up an account. As he went about the task of helping me with my banking, he could see that I’m in the wellness consulting business—health coaching and body/mind fitness. My profession piqued his interest and an engaging conversation followed when he asked me several pointed questions about it.
If I had to guess his age, (I didn’t ask) I’d say he is of the millennial generation. Since I am of the lateral years of the baby boomer generation, he was pleased to ask and hear my viewpoint as an experienced health and wellness professional. He began to share his health journey with me as we sat across from each other at his desk.
He told me that he had lost 40-pounds of body weight in 2-months and that his success was directly attributable to eliminating highly processed-refined foods from his diet. In its place, he explained eating a variety of whole-natural foods instead—he called it “going processed-free”.
I congratulated him for taking control of his health! Of course, I was so excited and happy to hear of his experience as weight loss, habits of health, healthy eating and processed-free lifestyle are all areas that I health coach people with. I next asked him what was happening in his life, at the point he decided to act, what fueled his thoughts and feelings?
The catalyst for these changes that he and his wife made to their diets was that they each watched their parents die of preventable diseases, he said. He talked of his study of cellular health and biology, mental health and nature. I was very impressed with the knowledge he had gained and the principles he so thoroughly understands through his own personal health journey. And, I was saddened to hear of the loss of their parents to preventable "lifestyle" diseases. That created a powerful "why" for he and his wife to take action and change habits for their own futures and those of their children.
Having spent years gaining this knowledge myself and completing nutrition school at IIN-Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I reflect on what this young banker spoke of that day and how he gained his own knowledge. What each of us knows innately, is not something he or I for example, got from health gurus or the experts—doctors, dieticians, health coaches, etc. We can learn from these people, but it is from our own study of ourselves that we begin to truly know ourselves! Sifting through the immense amounts of information and research that exist in the world today and figuring out what are the real principles behind what works for our own individual health.
Tuning into our own bodies and minds, taking some personal time to learn about what makes them and ultimately us tick, sort-of-speak. Asking ourselves questions, what do I need to give my body to help it work efficiently and do its job of keeping me healthy? A healthy body frees the mind and soul to explore and enjoy life. In confirmation of this line of thought, this young man whole-heartedly agreed with me. He said, “people are hungry for information”. Yet, we agreed that it's largely a matter of being proactive with our own health.
I then asked him how he became interested in cellular health, as this understanding was a huge aha moment for me in my personal journey and has become a key strategy for maintaining my own health. He said he had a wonderful instructor at his college. He took a cellular biology course while studying engineering. I said, that's fantastic, everyone should take a cellular biology course, in my opinion, because cellular health is our health!
He told me that he once weighed over 270 pounds which was obese for his height and body frame. Looking at this young man today, he is trim, fit, energetic and healthy. You cannot even imagine the ill-conditions he explains he used to live with.
I encouraged him, especially being so young with wisdom, to help spread this knowledge to others. He has a great passion for it. He and his wife would like to start a podcast to share their story and what they’ve learned. I left that bank with my new account opened and feeling happy for this young couple and what they're doing for their health. I felt inspired to do more myself.
Some other people’s thoughts too:
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
"The problems are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have known since long."
~Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.:
“It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it and make it the life you want to live.” ~Mae Jemison
By Judith Garner, Certified Health Coach
Helping people stay healthy inside & out!