Culture, Community and Connections
I took the stage, nodded to the music technician to start the music, and started dancing. It was terrifying to being in front of hundreds of my peers at a medical conference, on stage dancing. Yet there I was, starting my talk on Culture, Community and Connections, dancing because dancing and food are a big part of my family and culture.
Why was I talking about culture at a science-based medical conference? Culture is a powerful lens that shapes how we view life and health. Culture is a strong determinate of our lifestyle habits, consciously and subconsciously.
If we never take time to examine our cultural beliefs, we can end up limiting ourselves and our health. In America, we have the cultural belief that more is better. Our portion sizes at restaurants are 2 to 3 times the normal portion sizes. We call this the SAD diet or the Standard American Diet.
As other countries take on our SAD diet, their rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease also increase. So maybe we should be eating more like traditional cultures instead of them eating like us?
This month’s theme is culture, community and connection are your one sweet life.
In our culture, we have many beliefs that impact our health in negative ways. Our beliefs about rushing around, being busy and working all the time cause our stress levels to be off the charts. Our binge watching reduces our exercise. Our social media craze reduces our real time with friends and family.
If you want a healthy life, you have to shift your cultural beliefs and make health part of your habits. Most people want a healthy life but don’t know what to make the changes to get it. BUT, most people would be willing to do their part if they knew exactly what do to change this mess around!
If you are one of those people, let us help you learn the skills you need to get your life back! We focus on creating individualized programs that teach you how to live a wonderfully healthy and full life. Come find out how.
To Your One Sweet Life,
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