“If I could give one tip for people – it’s not an exercise or nutrition regimen. It’s to walk your talk and believe in yourself, because at the end of the day, the dumbbell and diet don’t get you in shape. It’s your accountability to your word.” – Brett Hoebel
Daily Nugget of Gold 1141
The Nutritional Value of Thought
Here’s something for us to think about. You’ve heard of the placebo effect, right? Researchers trying to find out which medicines work and which ones have no real value know about it- and most people have heard about what it is. For the few among us who might not have- it’s when we take a pill, for instance, and we believe it will cure a problem or a disease- and it’s actually our thought that has the effect. In conducting studies on medicines, they are careful to give some of the people the real drug and some just get a sugar pill and both the patients and the doctors administering the medications aren’t aware which one is being given to whom. Then the results are compared to see if the real drug had more of an effect than the sugar pill did. Often times, the mere thought of being given a medication has a greater effect than the medication itself- so powerful is belief in the mind.
Almost every day in the news we will find stories about the nutritional value of one food or another- they point out that this food is bad for you and this other one has essential vitamins or minerals, and so on. There are natural foods, organic foods, and junk foods. There is also a huge push on right now, in part driven by First Lady Michelle Obama, to improve the nutritional value of school lunches. That’s been met by varying degrees of success as kids sometimes embrace the changes and other times seem to reject them out of hand.
We have a question for you to think about, though. If the placebo effect often has a better cure rate than the drugs being tested, is it possible how we think about our food might have a better chance of being important than exactly what we’re eating? If we eat a healthy diet as today’s trends define it, but we think the food is making us sick, what do you suppose the result would be? Once in a while we read about how a person living to be more than 100 years old attributes their longevity to eating bacon every day or something else considered by most to be “bad for us”. What do you think they thought about what they ate?
Haven’t you ever known someone who could consume high quantities of junk food and never get fat? What do you think they were thinking as they did so? It seems that the major push in nutrition focuses only on what we’re eating rather than how we are thinking about it and that’s probably missing a major piece of the puzzle, isn’t it? Once again, it looks like people will do just about anything to avoid changing their thinking habits, including eating a bunch of stuff they don’t like because they think it’s better for them. Is it? What do you think?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How do I feel after eating a delicious dessert, good or bad?”
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