How to Choose Health Versus I Can’t

How to Choose Health Versus I Can’t

As the seasons change and we move in to Autum I wanted to do a post about Meta Cognition or Thinking and about Thinking.

We all want better health right? More of this or that and yet we struggle with making change even when we know that the shift or change would be good for us.  I see this in practice all the time.  Along with Functional Lab testing,  Functional Muscle Testing and Supplement protocols etc, much of the work I do in clinic is motivational and encouraging a positive mindset around making small consistent changes to support a healthier quality of life.

One of my patients is a sweet teenager and her reactions plus my time in Italy are the motavation for this weeks post. When she came into to see me I asked her if she could increase someting from 1 1/2 to 2.  A small task right..?. I could see the wheels turning in her head as she thought about how it would affect her life and she said to me ” I can’t”.  She didn’t see the ways she could.  It was a very quick I can’t.

Why is that?

Here is one theory that appears to a common thread that could be a reason that we struggle with making change even when we know it would be good for us.  It is also the reason we don’t do anything at all.

The theory is that we build internal walls over a lifetime to keep sadness, micro or macro traumas or overwhelming forces at bay. We do that stone by stone and before we know it we have built a barrier.  A barrier that we think will protect us from future harm instead that barrier actually gets in our way.  It is rigid, high, and can be overwhelming to even think about taking it down … That barrier of all the things drives our feelings and emotions which then drive our choices… and yep our overall health and wellbeing.

The other thing to consider is that change disrupts the current flow and or  we get attached to our habits even if they do not serve us.

How to Choose Health Versus I Can’t


When an opportunity to changes is presented even if it is good for us we think ” I can’t” instead of thinking hmmm… and being creative and thinking “how can I do that” Or “what is the best way to fit this into my life”

How to Choose Health Versus I Can’t


The Food Police and social pressure when you are choosing to make a healthy diet change can be challenging, Instead of thinking and saying I can’t have this or that or shouldn’t have this or that how about thinking and saying to yourself  I am choosing your health and saying no thank you even if you have to say it three times. The opposite of this idea means that you also don’t comment on what other people are choosing to eat.

How to Choose Health Versus I Can’t

Time, Patience and Gratitude

We have seen and had remarkable healthy changes in clinic over the years.  Sometimes it happens in a relatively short time and other times depending on how big the wall is it can take a minute. The most sustainable way I have seen work is small consistently good for you steps everyday.

A long and healthy life means that you do the basics/the fundamentals everyday. If you miss a day then, OK, jump back to it the next day.

Modern Tech is amazing at providing us with tools to access all the things, however what we have seen is that Low Fi (organic basic human things work the best over time). Think Blue Zones… watch on Netflix if you haven’t already.  Environment is a running theme between these areas where health and longevity thrive.

  • Movement
  • Sleep
  • Water
  • Clean unprocessed food in a good balance prepared at home.
  • Peace and Joy
  • Purpose and Gratitude
  • Love and Family

How to Choose Health Versus I Can’t

This quote from James Clear:  Author of Atomic Habits

“Many people view their habits and routines as obstacles or, at the very least, obligations to get through. Making the morning coffee, driving your kids to the next activity, preparing the next meal—we often see our routines as chores to be completed.

But these are not moments to be dismissed. They are life. Making coffee can be a peaceful ritual—perhaps even a fulfilling one—if done with care rather than rushed to completion. It’s about the amount of attention you devote to these simple moments, and whether you choose to appreciate them or bulldoze through them on the way to the next task.

Find the beauty and joy in your daily rituals and you will find beauty and joy in your daily life. To love your habits is to love your days, and to love your days is to love your life.”

I hope you enjoyed my mindfulness post today?

I am looking forward to some exciting projects coming up and some cooler weather!

Have a Healthy Week and as always I am here to serve.

Dr Pia