Have you ever believed in something that you thought was true, but then it turned out to be complete B.S.?
I used to believe the following: if I eat a cheeseburger, I wash it down with a coke; if I run hard on the soccer field, I drink a Powerade; if I want a snack, I go to the vending machine; if someone is overweight, it’s because they’re not exercising hard enough; once I’m in my mid 30’s, then I’ll start getting belly fat, and so on, and so forth.
Those were all things I thought were true based on the way I was raised. I didn’t know those were beliefs at the time. To be honest I didn’t think much about it. The fact is, those underlying beliefs and notions drove my behavior.
It wasn’t until I started to learn about health that I realized it was all non-sense. And by the way, I didn’t truly understand it until AFTER formal education when patients started asking me, “Do I have to take these meds forever?” Believe it or not, I didn’t want people to be on meds their entire life, but that’s what I was taught in school. That’s what is preached by the medical authorities.
Seeing those folks walk away with a grocery bag full of diabetes meds every month made me wonder, “Is what I believe about medications and health actually true?” Then, family members and friends started to get it. Then, I discovered 1 in 2 Americans has type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, its precursor. Yikes.
What I learned is that in the case of type 2 diabetes, I had never been aware of the full story. ANYONE can get it if they fall prey to old ways of thinking.
All my beliefs about cheeseburgers and cokes, sports drinks, overweight, and exercise were a result of the environment around me. It was an environment of advertisements and convenience. Brands and catch phrases. Stress and addictive food. All drivers to consume cheap, easy, junk food.
To discover that it was possible to actually reverse diabetes- a disease that ruined the lives of so many people I worked with- I had to shut out the negative sources of my old environment (e.g. tv, radio, news media) and add in positive ones. I found mentors, books, and podcasts that told a different story. Like I did with medication, I read the research available and came to my own conclusions.
Now I feel 1000% confident that I will never fall into the trap of type 2 diabetes. I have no worries about getting a belly nor that diabetes will ever play in role in my life. Had I kept my old beliefs, things would be different for me.
Honestly, it’s easier to keep doing what you’re used to doing. Change is hard. It requires transformation. It’s hard to know where to start.