A lot of how to’s are essentially ways to:
- Ruin your health.
- Make your health worse.
- Cause all sorts of conditions.
- Damage your immune system.
And everything in between when you look at what’s happening in the West and various parts of the world where the “Western diet” and ways of thinking are adopted.
Ya know, like “fat” is bad for example, which then leads people down the path of not having enough fat which has its own implications for your health?
Let’s talk about it.
Making your health worse through diet and nutrition:
1. Believing anything you hear at face value
That also means believing anything that I say at face value.
After all, I’m just a guy who went through a lot of shit, died multiple times in essence, and figured out a way to keep living and make my health better despite the healthcare industry not telling me how to get better.
Labels don’t matter when it comes to your individual health, meaning you can’t believe anything you hear, read, or see at face value since you have to be absolutely certain the person giving advice is doing it for your benefit instead of only selfish reasons.
If that’s the case then you’re in good hands, and your health will rise like a phoenix through good advice and even better intentions on the part of the person sharing advice.
But never take it at face value. That always leads to bad decisions, lack of accountability, and the famous “blame game” that hurts you rather than helps you.
2. Blindly following mainstream advice for food and nutrition
If I did this I wouldn’t even be alive right now. Plus my skin conditions and “problems” wouldn’t have healed in the slightest.
Mainstream advice in a lot of industries tends to be the worst advice since it comes from a place of bias, normalcy, conventional wisdom (which isn’t always practical), and old wisdom that may not be relevant anymore.
A lot of advice followed in the healthcare industry is based on studies done in the 1960s or a long time ago if you’re a millennial like me or the generation under.
Some advice is from the year 2000 that may not be useful today.
A lot of advice around saturated fat and the foolish propaganda that came with that which has been proven, is still pushed in 2024 as if it’s as real as gravity.
This is your health we’re talking about. Don’t be stupid taking mainstream advice at face value, and always dig deeper even if it feels unnecessary or tiresome to do so.
3. Hanging onto every word your doctor tells you without questioning it
The fact of the matter is a lot of doctors are puppets. They say everything they’re told to say or are expected to say, and even though the internet isn’t the best example, many “doctors” online are basically shills for big pharma.
That is if YouTube is anything to go by. They risk losing their license otherwise.
In private though, which is more common, doctors are known to tell you things that after investigation, turn out to be bullshit or simply old advice that holds no weight.
Some doctors, like the one I had in Blackpool Victoria Hospital, will listen, be attentive, have empathy, and high levels of compassion. But how many doctors are like that?
Nobody is omniscient. No one is “God”. No one is a prophet.
They are figuring it out like everyone else, except they studied in medical school and have specific amounts of knowledge on some things, but not everything.
4. Justifying bad health habits
I talked about the process of quitting sugar and how you can finally quit that awful habit once and for all.
I also mentioned what it looks like to be addicted to sugar, and how that led me personally to have multiple teaspoons of sugar per day, or even dig out sugar straight from the jar.
These are bad habits, but justifying a habit like this is what keeps you in the hole which you can never crawl out of until you get some accountability and a reality check.
Don’t make excuses for your bad health habits. Put another way, if you do make excuses for your bad health habits, you’ve opened the door to making your health WORSE to an unpredictable degree down the line.
5. Surrounding yourself with people with bad health habits and taking their advice
Sometimes we need advice, and sometimes we don’t need to listen to it even if we were the ones seeking it, or it was given to us regardless of our asking.
Either way, if you know people around you or people you know have some of the worst health habits going, then don’t bother taking their advice unless you plan to walk down the same path.
Being “nice” doesn’t mean being smart or doing the right thing in this context. Lead by example, take care of your health, and then let that be the motivation for others.
You are what you’re around, and you are what you tolerate at the end of the day.
6. Getting caught up in the hype of “scientific” studies
Scientific studies matter. Especially when those studies are done with the best intentions, there is no conflict of interest, and more importantly, it’s a legitimate study without the foolishness.
An example of the latter is when a study is funded by a vegan company to make meat look bad, etc.
But it’s also smart to never get caught up in the HYPE of these studies because, after all, that is what they are: studies. They’re done on a limited number of people or test subjects, and can never be a 100% guarantee for everyone.
Take the studies done on diet for example. Is ONE diet great for every person on the planet just because it works on a few thousand or 100 people?
Avoid the HYPE and you’ll be able to dissect the necessary parts of a study and use it productively.
7. Being too religious about the health influencers you follow
There are a lot of health “Influencers” out there, and many have been exposed over the years to be the biggest shills on planet Earth.
Many of them have also been shown to have extreme amounts of bias, either for commercial reasons (they’re getting paid for their opinion as an affiliate), because of fear, or because they’re getting too high on their own supply.
Never follow something to the detriment of common sense, logic, reason, and being sensible.
8. Having a fixed mindset
A fixed mindset means your way of thinking will never change. It’s a person who thinks “all Muslims are bad” and refuses to open their mind, travel to Muslim countries, or learn more about Muslims to expand their worldview.
The same is true for any subject like health. A fixed mindset in this case will destroy your health in the long run because you’re either too stubborn to accept new information or have too much pride to accept you’re wrong.
A “growth” mindset or one that is open to learning is always the right mindset to have in all areas, especially health, food, and nutrition.
9. Refusing to experiment in steps or small doses
As I mentioned in the post about giving up sugar, the process requires small doses and steps to accomplish.
You can’t give up sugar just because it’s January 1st and you screamed on social media that your “New Year resolution” is to quit sugar.
It doesn’t work that way, not ever.
In the case of teaspoons, first, you have 6 if it’s that high, then you reduce it to 5, then 4, 3, 2, 1, and before long you’re not having any added sugar.
That happens in steps though, not all at once.
30 days you reduce it by 1 teaspoon, the next 30 days by another, and so on, just like that.
This rule applies to anything you’re trying to improve with your health and nutrition. If you never do it in steps, you’ll never improve your health and will therefore destroy it.
It’s that simple.