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How Do We Trust the Information Out There?

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Fake news is everywhere. Find out the truth.
How Do We Trust the Information Out There? Q4fit.com

There is always something new out there in the world of eating healthy.  There is always new foods to try and foods that used to be good for you but now are not.  There is always a new study telling you what to eat and what to avoid and what will cause you cancer.  This has been true for a very long time. But what the difference is now is that we have the internet at our fingertips and we get access to these studies.  Sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes it is not.

For most of us the old saying is very true “a little information can be a dangerous thing” Just because we have access to all these studies and information, it doesn’t mean that we understand them and that we know what to do with the information once we get it.  We lack the knowledge, understanding, and background to know if this info is true, skewed, complete, or even worth knowing. Studies done for a very small percentage of people from a very small part of the word in an environment that we will never be in, is completely irrelevant to us, but if somehow somebody decides to publish it in a place where people may see it and share it, now it is ‘trending’ and yet it really has no value to us.

But how do we decide whether to trust the information out there?  

At what point do we believe this ‘thing’ that we just learned. I was having a conversation at the gym and the common belief is that the person who is the coach, trainer, or whatever usually appears to be in a position of authority.  That is the way it is supposed to be. But, they actually should only be that position of trust for the reason you came to that gym.

We need to do our own due diligence.

  • Is that trainer actually certified to offer that opinion?
  • Did that coach actually have the knowledge to give that information?
  • Are we asking too much of the person in charge of that one hour of gym time?
  • Is our trainer actually trained in the area that they are training?
  • Do they have any other schooling?

 

Also, we need to ask the same questions on the websites we visit.

  • Is there any real evidence to back up this article?
  • Has this article cited its source?
  • Are there more than one site offering the same information?
  • Does the website have doctors, certified coaches, trainers to confirm their info?

 

We have to be our own best advocates.  It is, after all, your body and nobody else values it as much as you do.  You need to be as educated as you can on the things that are important to you.

So whatever you are looking at eating, doing, not eating or not doing, do your research first.  Whatever you do, don’t fall for the latest fad, newest fake study, undiscovered new fruit, an unresearched piece of equipment.  Find out all you can and even after that, decide if it is truly something for you. The miracle fruit may cost too much. The magic exercise routine may injure you. The latest supplement may actually be harmful.

After all of that is said and done, if you want somebody else to do the homework, I am here for you.  We, here at Q4fit, spend a lot of time researching the things that we talk to you about, let us do the work for you.  If we do, we will share it with all of you so that we can all be just a little bit wiser and hopefully a little healthier.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. – Winston Churchill

Are You an Emotional Eater?

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Are you an emotional eater?

So as I am heading to bed last night, I do the thing I do most nights and the thing that sleep experts tell you not to do, I go onto my phone and have one last look at my social media.  You know, just in case somebody said something that they hadn’t in the last 15 or so minutes, or somebody actually liked or commented on something I posted. Nothing by the way, just in case you were curious.  As I am scrolling through Instagram, I see a post from a cool group that I follow, Christcenteredfitness. And from that moment on, I knew I was in trouble.

The post I saw said: “Weightloss is about 20% knowledge and 80% execution.  This means that your weight problem is more likely to be a heart problem than a head problem.”  

WOAH

As I have stated before, but maybe you don’t know, I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life.  This quote, then, has way more impact considering this. And as a result, I had trouble falling asleep. Not because of the ‘blue light electronic thing’ that happens in your mind when you are on a device late at night, but now my brain had engaged and I had some serious thinking to do.

I have always known that food is way more about emotions than nutrition.  If you don’t believe me, you have never had food at a birthday, picnic, funeral, baby shower, bridal shower, holiday, movie, ball game, board meeting, charity event, or… you get my drift.  Food and our emotions are tied so close that most of us can’t do anything too emotional without attaching some food to it.

The fact that there are some very serious health issues attached to eating or not eating is clear evidence of that.  Most of us don’t need to seek professional help in the attachment issues we may have with food, but on the other hand, have you paid any attention to it in your world?

Since I have been writing for you, I have done a whole lot of research on foods, their nutrition, how their nutrition impacts our bodies and how we process that food.  But I have to admit that I have not done a lot of research on emotions and food. Part of that is that it is not as widely published as it should be and part may be my own apprehension of what I may learn about myself and my eating habits.  Emotional eating is totally real. I know because I know that I am an emotional eater.

As a matter of fact, I am an emotional baker.  When we chose to have kids, we chose to have one of us stay at home with them.  That was me. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom, so that part was easy. What wasn’t easy was being a stay at home mom, so one of the ways that I loved to ‘destress’ was to bake.  I baked something nearly every day. Because there was baking in the house, I ate it. As the years move on, so did the size of my butt.

Here I am my kids are grown and I am still battling the emotions that apparently tend to make me reach for the foods that are not helping me reach my goal but are not making me feel better either.

So at the end of the day, there are a couple of things that you need to spend some serious amount of time thinking about and coming to grips with.

 

  • How attached are you to eat certain foods?
  • Do you actually feel something good/bad when you eat?
  • Do you eat without thinking about what and how much you eat?
  • Do you feel the need to eat everything on your plate?
  • Could you feel satisfied without while watching other eat something you are not?
  • Have you ever thought about how certain foods make you feel?
  • Do you pay attention to how your body feels after you eat?

 

If we as a society are to continue with having food at the center of our social lives, then we need to come to grips with dealing with food, how much we eat, what we eat, how it makes us feel.  The food we eat is changing. We are becoming more and more obese and emotional issues are becoming more apparent. There is definitely a connection and we need to deal with it one person at a time. One meal at a time.  One workout at a time.

This week,

  • think about each thing you choose to eat.  
  • Listen to your body and how much it responds to what you eat.  
  • Learn to love how you feel when you eat well and
  • your body will thank you for it.

 

Food is not just eating energy. It's an experience. – Guy Fieri

 

Take A Break and Start Again, Same Goal New Plan

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Heavy metal kettle bell weight on the floor in functional fitness gym -Take A Break and Start Again, Same Goal New Plan

When Doug and I started out on our journey to get healthier, we did two things.  We made the decision to change our eating habits and we committed to personal trainers.  That was six years ago.

We found a gym that seemed to fit us, at the time.  We were very fat, out of shape and embarrassed to be seen in the gyms where people are judged just by walking in the door.  It was totally the wrong attitude, but it was and still is very real. We trained hard, ate right and we lost weight and took on a whole new world of healthy eating, healthy habits, and our bodies responded well.  But, times change. We have lived this way for so long that I suppose we started to do what most of us do.

We slid into old habits.

  • Even though we knew what to eat and what not to eat.
  • Even though we felt so much better eating healthy.  
  • Even though we felt better when we did some form of activity on most days,
  • we fell into our old habits.

We left our previous gym in the late fall.  We told ourselves that we knew what we were doing.  We had all the knowledge and we had each other. Now while all that is true, we still were not able to be the super-humans that we thought we could be and poof, we put some weight back on and became what we never wanted to become our old selves, well, kind of.

Having said all that, that is not where we are now.  Remember, we had six years of doing it right to fall back on.  We have a whole new world of knowledge to use. We are bound and determined to get back on track.  And, we are doing just that.

There is something to be said for taking a break from something you have done for a very long time.  For some people, going from 12 years of school right into university is too much, so they take some time off.  For others, there are large breaks in time between relationships. I know people that when they leave one job, the take their time before jumping into the next.  That is all good as long as the rest period is not so long that getting back at it is too hard and you actually do get back at it.

The human condition is that there will be a constant state of change in one form or another.  Once you wrap your head around that, you can give yourself permission to start again. You can stop beating yourself up for taking a break.  Then you can get right back in the mode to do what it is that you are supposed to be doing.

Getting back at whatever you have taken a break from doesn’t mean you do exactly what you just left.  You left for a reason, don’t just sign up for the same pain again. For example, we were in a personal training gym that focussed on training for bodybuilding competitions for those 6 years.  Although we never wanted to compete, we knew that, by looking at them, they knew what it took to get into shape. When we chose to get back at it, we wanted to look at all options out there. There are a whole lot of gyms and activities to choose from.

After all the research, I have got quite good at research because of this blog, I found a gym that seemed to fit us and our new goals better than returning to the other gym.  We are now proud members of our local Crossfit gym.

  • We went for intro interviews.
  • Did free trials.
  • Checked out pricing.
  • Class sizes.
  • Personal training options.
  • Prices for all potential packages.  
  • We made sure we could commit to the process.
  • And in the end, signed on the dotted line and began our new routine.

It was just as scary as the first time in the gym.  I felt unsure, insecure, old, fat, inadequate, and everything else you can imagine, but did it anyway.  We have had a look at the food that has crept back into our pantry and fridge, and once again, chose to make a change for the better in our eating habits.

We are only a few weeks into the renewed system and we both are feeling like this is definitely the right place for us.  We are back on track and feeling so much better.

We will keep you up to date with our progress and you can hold us accountable as we push into the renewed push for our healthy lifestyle.

 

What's so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you're constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that. – Billy Crystal

 

Is Your Online Program Real or a Scam, Simple Ways to Check it Out

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online programs, real or fake
Fake News or Facts; online programs find the truth Q4fit.com

So with all the research that I do in order to make sure that what I write about is true, I have learned that I actually know nothing at all.  There are so many conflicting articles on absolutely everything that it is no wonder we are so confused about everything especially our own bodies.

If you want to find information to support your “new diet” you will find it.  Even if your diet was totally wacky, there will be supporting reports online. So, that is the tricky part about trying to figure out what you are doing, what you are doing well and what you need improvement in, what things that you are doing that are actually harmful to yourself and what things that it’s amazing you are still alive from doing ‘that’ all this time.  

Just because it is online doesn’t make it true.  -inject time for thoughtful pause-

Want me to repeat that? Just because it is online doesn’t make it true.

There really are no governing bodies checking out the things that are published online.  Each website is responsible for their own site and if they want to publish misleading information, they can, if they want to flat out lie, they can.  We need to understand that unlike publications that we can choose to purchase or not, we need to be just as discerning with the websites we choose to visit and believe.

The very old saying, buyer beware, should be updated to, reader beware.  

For some strange reason, common sense isn’t quite as common as it should be.  We have become a generation that believes everything they read. We are certainly not the first to do this.  Snake oil salesmen have been around for a very long time. So, take the time to do a little research before you jump into the latest craze.  

Unfortunately, it doesn’t really take a lot of research sometimes to find out that the name on that article you were just reading is fake.  That the doctor quoted on that site, doesn’t really exist. That the picture of that person isn’t really that person at all. That the whole site is set up to get you to believe something that isn’t true and you will send them money or worse, your personal info.

We need to keep in mind that it is easier to hide behind a computer and put fake info out there than it is to talk to people face to face.  

I truly believe being your best advocate for your own health is you!  Having said that, you still need to do your homework when it comes to trying something new you have read online.

Here are some tips to help you be just a little more discerning:

 

Click on all links they share

  • Make sure that all the links they provide actually go where they are supposed to.

Google the names of the people who wrote the article

  • If they are who they say they are, you should be able to verify that easily.

Look for validating information

  • If what you are reading is true, it should not be the only piece of info out there on that subject.

Dig a little deeper

  • Is there a physical address attached to the site you are on?  When you google map it, is it real?

Is anybody else talking about this?

  • If the new ‘thing’ is real, there should be some press out there somewhere.

Does your common sense tell you this is real, or are you suspicious?

  • If it feels wrong, it generally is.

Don’t fall for time-limited actions

  • Although missing out on a good deal sucks, don’t get pressured into buying something that you either can’t return or can’t cancel when you receive it.

Ask around

  • Don’t limit your research to online, ask your friends, colleagues, people.  

In the end, be your own best advocate.  The only one who will benefit from what you have learned is you.  You will also be the one who is responsible if you get taken for a ride.  Be smart, you can do it. Remember; if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

 

We live in such a gullible world. Anything that's written, anything that's posted, anything picture that is interpreted one way is taken as truth. Keri Hilson