The health industry is built on lies. It promises people that if they only eat a certain way, exercise for the right amount of time and intensity or get 8 hours of sleep they will attain the goal they set out to achieve.
How can you promise something that is more than likely not going to happen 99% of the time?
It doesn’t take in to account all the disorder in someone’s life. To achieve perfect health someone’s life has to be in perfect order.
In the world of sales they understand the power of emotions. Emotions make people act. Know which emotion makes people buy what you are selling, then you market that for all you are worth.
The health industry knows that people are emotionally attached to their health. No-one deliberately works towards having poor health and all the pain and discomfort that comes from that.
People generally want to feel good about themselves, have more energy, less aches and pains and feel younger. They believe that by achieving all of this will make them happier, more content people. The health industry understands this and promotes what it believes to be the best course of action to achieving this utopia of good health.
They promote this perfect life of vitality and good looking bodies, but reality is, that we live in a imperfect world where failure is more common than success. Just because you are told to eat certain foods at certain times in the day, or you learn how to do the downward dog in yoga you are more likely to fail in your search for the perfect healthy body than achieve it.
I am here to tell you, that’s ok. It is the way life is meant to work. Stop fighting it and embrace the fact that perfection (which a goal is) is more likely out of your reach. That doesn’t mean we should not work hard in trying to attain it.
So why do so many strive to reach health perfection and ultimately fail? It is down to something called Entropy (lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder).
How does this affect the chances of someone achieving optimal health?
Imagine that you take a box of puzzle pieces and dump them out on a table. In theory, it is possible for the pieces to fall perfectly into place and create a completed puzzle when you dump them out of the box, but in reality that never happens.
Quite simply because the odds are overwhelmingly against it. Every piece would have to fall in just the right spot to create a completed puzzle. There is only one possible state where every piece is in order, but there are a nearly infinite number of states where the pieces are in disorder. Mathematically speaking, an orderly outcome is incredibly unlikely to happen at random.
In health terms, to achieve perfect health all your actions and that of the world around you need to fit together in unison.
Your body will need to digest perfectly the healthy food you give it, the healthy food would have to be perfect as nature attended it, your hormones would need to be all in balance so the nutrients from the healthy food are used by the body properly and not just got rid of as waste.
So as you can see, eating so called healthy food isn’t as simple as it might seem. Just because you eat it, doesn’t mean it will provide you with what you hoped for.
This is because life is full of disorder. Things not doing what you wished they would do. But a semblance of order can be achieved.
By expending energy (working hard), creating structure (planning) and keeping things simple you can slow down the rate of Entropy and improve on what you already have.
As time goes on, more energy, structure and simplicity is needed. It’s just the way of life.
You can either accept it and follow the rules, or resist it and speed up the rate of decline.
There is no way of avoiding this simple equation; your health is either getting better or getting worse. There is no standing still. Only you can decide how healthy you can become or how quickly your health deteriorates.
So lets take a closer look at each of the areas; energy, structure and simplicity.
For every action there is a reaction. The more force (energy) you put into something the more you will get back in return, ok, it is not exactly Newton’s Third Law, but the more you work at something the bigger return you will get for your effort.
When it comes to having better health, you constantly have to keep working at it. There is no rest period or time out. Nature doesn’t have a rest period or time out. It is constantly wearing us out so space is freed up for the next generation.