Imagine you’re talking with your friend about your diet. You explain that you’re a few days into not eating gluten and it’s making a difference in your health and how you feel. You’ve noticed that certain gastrointestinal problems have dissipated, such as flatulence and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and you’re excited to see if the results will intensify. However, your friend interjects and says, “you know…I read something the other day that said gluten is okay as long as it’s whole grain. I think you were not eating whole grain before and that’s why you feel better.”
In this moment, you play nice but you’re really thinking, “Shut the fuck up.” The reason is because you’re actually experiencing the results, so what gives your friend the right to play doctor and claim your results are placebo? It doesn’t and this is a big problem we have in the health and fitness community today: too much talking and not enough doing.
The problem is that many people don’t do their due diligence on something and actually put what they read into action. Once someone reads an article in a magazine, or on the internet, all of a sudden they’re an expert. We’re all guilty of this, including myself, but I think it’s time that all of us dig a little deeper into what we don’t really know. Don’t just read a headline that says, “organic food not better after all,” and believe its true. A study came out not too long ago from Standford that said this and discussed the difference of the nutritional value between conventional and organic food. The study found no significant difference between the two, but failed to give its best effort to report on the high quantity of toxic chemicals present in much of the conventional food supply (click here for the study). In reality, this is the reason why I and many people buy organic, so we have clean and sustainable food to eat.
Unfortunately, people are too lazy, too busy, or too ignorant to actually read an article, study, etc. in full so they go with the headline and that’s what they believe to be true. It’s a side-effect of our hectic and busy lifestyles, but if we just find a little time here and there I think we could actually learn a little and become more open minded about things and not accept something as dogma without experiencing it.
Ultimately, it’s up to us to use what we read, study, watch, etc., whether true or not, and actually put it into practice. In my opinion, this is the most important duty for all of us. You could read how to eat paleo or how to do a deadlift, but until you actually do it it’s useless. Thinking you know something can only do so much and that’s why we need to do action to see if it’s right, wrong, or somewhere in-between and improve upon it. Remember, knowledge is a result from actually doing and experiencing something not the other way around.
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