|I swear by this, myself...but is it true?|
Could it not be a vegetable a day that
keeps the doctor away?
As a health promoter, I'm having a major crisis of professional identity.
People are calling me, meeting with me, and commenting to me their desires to lose weight, look good naked, stop eating crap late at night and above all...make them into a better person. But they are good people already. Why do we put ourselves through the torment of "should'ing" all over ourselves (and all over me) when the reality is the change may never happen.
Perhaps it's just burnout or bitterness due to my vacation oversight.
Seriously, I got an email today asking if I do "weigh-ins" in my weight loss courses. When I answered that research doesn't support this practice for long term weight loss, my email pal replied..."Thanks, but I'll find someone who does." It didn't matter that the success rate was slimmer, all that mattered was keeping her belief system intact no matter what. We continue to believe the scale is our most valuable weapon in the fight against flab........still!
I'm probably just tired. Grieving over my poor cat has lowered my immune system function something fierce!
Maybe I should just quit health promotion and become a barrista at Starbucks.
I know that the weight my clients are carrying is not a health hazard. The self disgust they verbalize (consciously or unconsciously) is a product of our socialization within a culture of beauty that makes no sense. I know that little to no research has shown that second hand smoke causes cancer, but I'm responsible for our workplace "9 meter" outdoor smoking policy. I know that it is more to do with environment than lifestyle when we hear about cancer rates increasing (especially in young children) but I continue to suggest a correlation between lifestyle and cancer.
All this cognitive dissonance is giving me a headache!
The most challenging of all, is collecting this critical research, knowing that health is so much more than the physical, and having to compete as a small business in a sea of others who offer promises of quick weight loss (without thought to the individual as a whole). I guess all I can do is offer support, understanding, and sound education that will lead to success (and not bankruptcy) when that individual is ready to take over their own life and not leave it to the "experts" to provide the road map.
|Did you know that research suggests an exercising smoker is equal or more healthy than a sedentary non-smoker? Put that in your pipe and smoke it (but be sure to be 9 meters away from any air intakes or doorways)|
...but for now, I'm still trying to figure out who I am and what I do for a living.