Create your habits before they create you
It’s nice to know what to do; we get those articles all the time. I often caught my clients doing things that I completely forgot to tell them about. We tell them everything they should do with all the good intentions in the world but the simplest things can hold them back. One thing leads to another and they could be back to square one. Failing to recognize what triggers bad habits is something should at least try to point out, once they see and understand why they fall into those traps and what it does to them, can help eliminate some bad habits, it’s as simple as that. It can take time, but at least, being aware of it can prevent ‘’injuries’’.
Let go of techno bro’
EHS or Electromagnetic Hyper Sensitivity is getting more and more attention. The scientific community (and general population) is looking into it since there is an increasing array of symptoms some people reported such as headache and fatigue that appeared whenever they were close to devices that emit electromagnetic signals, such as Wi-Fi stations, cellphones and computer screens. Removing or insulating themselves from the signals alleviated their symptoms. Then there are extremes like these cases where they have to erase themselves from the general population to feel better in this article from Vice entitled the people who claim they are allergic to Wi-Fi.
It even got the Washington’s post attention. Again, like everything that makes people uncomfortable or scared, or that creates the need to change a habit, denial or skepticism takes over, on the conspiracy theory side.
Although there is still a lot of research to be done, and until the medical community can find a pill and profit from it, it will not be recognized as a condition. I don’t really care about the EMF issues or the Wi-Fi frequencies yet; I’m more into the habits attached to our ever-growing addiction of technology. It’s the best and worst thing that ever happened to our lives.
The best for obvious reasons like fast and free information. The worst, which is fast and free information. As stupid as it sounds, it is something that fucks up everyone’s thinking process in SO MANY WAYS!
- Even if the resource is the most credible one, it doesn’t mean that it can be applied to you.
- Smoke and mirror. What you see on social media is often not the reality.
- It can help motivation, but it can also crush it.
There is also the fact that all this technology can mess with our health in a very sneaky way. Before the advent of artificial lighting, the sun was our major source of light. Unfortunately, the blue light[i] from all this technology is messing things up. The late workers and those who browse and surf the net and social media before bed have a better chance of sleep disturbance than those who let it go a few hours before sleep time.
More research needs to be done on all its effects on our health, but logic says that if it has a chance to mess it up for my clients, I keep it in mind and try to adjust the protocols accordingly. Letting go of techno a few hours before going to bed never killed anyone and if I can help improve sleep quality, it will, without a doubt, also help get better and faster results.
The nutrition world also has their conspiracy theories. Gluten sensitivity is all in your head, Gluten free is only a trend. You can get all the protein you need in broccoli. Meat will give you cancer.
One of the biggest and most controversial is the gluten issue.
Some believe that gluten is evil and others couldn’t care less and will never let go of it.
First things first. If you follow the health and fitness industry’s latest news, you might have stumbled on the news of a farmer’s win over the big agrochemical and agricultural giant Monsanto. Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289 million in damages after a California jury found the company liable in a lawsuit alleging its weed-killer Roundup caused a man’s cancer. How convenient that in June this year, drug maker and chemical company Bayer has finalized a blockbuster deal to buy up Monsanto. Bayer will drop the name ‘’Monsanto’’[ii] as a strategic move geared at distancing the negative publicity surrounding Monsanto and genetically modified organisms.
What does it have to do with gluten? Well Monsanto is the maker of the weed killer Round up which contains Glyphosate[iii]. Along with wheat and oats, glyphosate is used to desiccate a wide range of other crops including lentils, peas, non-GMO soybeans, corn, flax, rye, triticale, buckwheat, millet, canola, sugar beets, and potatoes. Sunflowers may also be treated pre-harvest with glyphosate, according to the National Sunflower Association. So basically, pretty much a major part of the main recommended food group, breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles and other grains.
What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate[iv] is an herbicide. It is applied to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses. The sodium salt form of glyphosate is used to regulate plant growth and ripen fruit.
Glyphosate was first registered for use in the U.S. in 1974 (N.B. by the same company (cough cough Monsanto) that produced ‘’agent orange’’[v] that was used in Vietnam). Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. Just sayin’…
Now, it has been said that glyphosate has the ability to disrupt the hormonal system. Taken from one of the many research that I came across on Pubmed;’’ We exposed human liver HepG2 cells, a well-known model to study xenobiotic toxicity, to four different formulations and to glyphosate, which is usually tested alone in chronic in vivo regulatory studies. We measured cytotoxicity with three assays (Alamar Blue, MTT, ToxiLight), plus genotoxicity (comet assay), anti-estrogenic (on ERalpha, ERbeta) and anti-androgenic effects (on AR) using gene reporter tests. We also checked androgen to estrogen conversion by aromatase activity and mRNA. All parameters were disrupted at sub-agricultural doses with all formulations within 24h’’[vi]
Yet again, you’ll also find that for every negative press and research about this subject, there will be a counter, another study that says the exact opposite such has this one (Link). Yet again, in the in the lawsuit against Monsanto, it was proven that Monsanto paid and hired researchers to provide false claims and research proving that their product was safe, which we now know is bullshit.
Now people are freaking out since they just figured out that cereals might be at risk, food health watchers have targeted even Tim Horton’s coffees. (I just realized that I am having one at the moment, I’m I going to die?)
My esteemed colleagues and I have been saying those very facts for the last 10-15 years. We have been under fire so many times and called alarmist, extreme, or just plain bullshit believers. Although we truly didn’t care and kept on with our beliefs, and results, people are slowly waking up, let’s give them another ten years and the same goes for gluten symptoms, as they are plenty of them, too much to keep track, until they find a pill to profit from, the medical community will let it pass.
What can you do? It’s so simple. You want to know if you are sensitive to gluten? Stop eating it!!! Give it a good 3 to 4 weeks. If you see the symptoms diminish or disappear, you might have found the main problem of your health concerns. Here are a few links to help you in the process.
Stop being so hard on yourself
Changing habits takes time. Once you can realize that, you know it will be a long and arduous process. What you have now, that you didn’t before, are better tools to go on this ride. You now know what and why your body craves certain foods. You can recognize those situations and avoid them. You obviously can’t all the time, but at least, you are making progress. Give yourself a break. The first three to four weeks are the worst since you can’t really see improvements. You can feel them though, strive on that. It’s a good thing.
Before, you might have fell into traps that you would’nt have been able to stop. Now, even if you cave in, you are making better choice. You eat less, even if it’s junk. Insterad of going all out, less will satisfy you. Instead of going for total crap, you take a few pieces of chocolate. Instead of skipping meals, you make sure you eat your minimum of 3 to 4 meals in a day or else you know you’ll crave junk at night, you recognize that. It’s a learning process, especially if it’s your first time. You have to learn to walk before you get to run. NO ONE IS BORN A MASTER!
[vi] Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and endocrine disruptors in human cell lines. Gasnier C, Dumont C, Benachour N, Clair E, Chagnon MC, Séralini GE. Toxicology. 2009 Aug 21;262(3):184-91. doi: 10.1016/j.tox.2009.06.006. Epub 2009 Jun 17. PMID: 19539684