The short answer is no.
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The mind and body interact often and hold each other accountable for multiple, daily decisions that collectively affect our overall healthy and well-being. The effects of stress on our physical and emotional health are well-documented in the literature.
In fact, cumulative childhood stress often results in physical manifestations of disease (including autoimmune conditions, cardiovascular outcomes, and cancer to name a few) many years later.
Though our emotional health is a byproduct of these sometimes repetitive and unfortunate insults during formative years, misidentification and lack of adequate knowledge frequently allows for an unnecessarily long and winding road.
As a physician, I’m amazed at just how many people I see who tell me they’re diagnosed with “schizophrenia” who have severe, unresolved trauma sustained via “adverse childhood experiences” (ACEs) – and are simply misdiagnosed. Wherein a “stigma” exists for many, so does an incorrect diagnosis, (for many reasons); an incorrect treatment (polypharmacy) only serves to propagate a dysfunctional mental “health” system. The solution is… at its heart.. to correctly identify the sequelae of these unfortunate events with proper tools, early, and link with appropriate therapeutic modalities that work.
I invite you to read the landmark “ACE study” which, I believe, opens the door to psychiatric destigmatization and ideally links many to proper treatment.
Here’s a starting point that hopefully will help get you started on a better road to recovery:
I’m currently in Clearwater Beach, Florida, for a four day mini-vacation. The weather is hot. There’s activity everywhere with people walking, taking, eating, swimming, riding bikes, and doing beach activities.
The hotel room has an amazing view, but there’s no way to prepare even pre-made food in the room.
While I haven’t made great choices from a health perspective, I’ve realized now, two days into this, that it’s my mindset that keeps me focused (or unfocused).
I have to say there may be healthier restaurants nearby, but I’ve given in to the idea that, “I’m on vacation.”
Though I’ve added in physical activity that I don’t get in my usual day, I have likely undone any benefit by eating more (and less healthy food).
I’d say that an approach needs to be had prior to the vacation. For example, I could have searched the internet in advance for places to eat or shop. I should have designed a plan for incorporating a way to cut fruits and vegetables so that I could prepare these foods without any cooking devices. And like any relapse in mindset, today is a new day.
Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it’s not that easy in America today. Everything we eat has been changed from its original form (READ: processed). But you know you can do better – at least with a lot of what you eat.
Eating foods that are in their original form means you’re not getting a lot of unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. Food science helps create shelf-stable foods that can be easily prepared and are quite tasty. You can do the same by spending some of your busy time prepping the real foods (read: vegetables and fruits) and putting them into glass containers. This makes them ready to combine into delicious meals. You can also cook healthy rice (not white), grains, legumes, and beans in larger quantities and store in the fridge (for a week or so) or the freezer (for much longer). A little planning goes a long way with real food.
You might be asking yourself, “Why do I need to have a plan?”
The answer: Your life only changes into something better when you plan for it to do so.
You must have a plan. You must create a vision.
Close your eyes. Imagine youself changing into the person you want to be.
Envision your new self.
There will be 4 areas of focus: Sleep, Movement, Nutrition, and Connectedness. Each will build and require revision and balance along the way.
1- You’ll need to use an app to map out the plan.