You shouldn’t eat that! That is unhealthy for… larger people to do! Do you know that can cause _________ disease? Weight lifting isn’t appropriate for women to do!
Let’s be honest, how frequently do you hear unsolicited healthy living advice from a well intending friend and or a complete stranger. I can assume you’ve experienced it more times than you can count. This advice can at times be much needed information to push between decisions. But, it also is more than likely false, misunderstood information that your informant may have been told by another misinformed person.
This trend is an age old tradition that you find in all areas of life. Advice and guidance is a natural human instinct that we often take part in with complete strangers. Don’t get me wrong I believe advice is an important part of the healthy living journey but I am a firm believer of obtaining advice from the right people. Unfortunately, good advice is not an easy thing to obtain being that reading a fitness magazine and watching a short documentary can make anyone believe they are an expert overnight.
These days we have become comfortable with endless nutrition and fitness advice. This advice comes frequently and without warning from anyone and everyone who believes they are a new found expert on the topic of discussion. I being a recovering know it all, at times fall victim to this false expert disease. For the most part I choose to quote and regurgitate information that I have researched but for others it is not always the scenario.
I decided to bring this topic up today because I believe that false experts can be very dangerous. In our healthy living community the smallest of actions can derail us on our journey and can more importantly negatively affect our health. You must always remember that things that work for other people may not work for you and can have a laundry list of adverse effects on your body. Be sure to always accept all forms of advice with a skeptical mind and with the plan of conducting your own research later.
Due to this growing issue in our healthy living society I plan to use some of the most common diet fads and popular exercise as the topic of my upcoming blogs for the next few weeks. So today I challenge you to locate the healthy living experts in your healthy living community. These individuals are going to be a great resource for you on your healthy living journey. Don’t forget that your brain can be your strongest healthy living asset. Don’t be afraid to use it! ❤