Fit To Be Tied
- October 28, 2016
Does this ever happen to you?
Beep beep beep beep…alarm goes off every morning at 5:00 am. I hit the snooze button just in case I “accidentally” go back to sleep. I lay there so exhausted and lacking energy as if I’d only slept for two hours. In reality, I’ve actually slept a solid eight hours, and I should feel energized, rejuvenated, and ready to start my day. I force myself to get up and get my day started as usual, dragging along. This has been an ongoing issue since I’ve hit my 30’s. Also, I forgot to mention that I’ve been a fitness professional for 15 years. So, you might ask how can a fitness professional, teach others to have more energy, and yet feel drained and tired all the time? It doesn’t make any sense. Well, I ask myself the same question. I work out frequently and eat healthy, roughly 90% of the time. Shouldn’t that be enough?
As we age our physiology (the way in which a living organism or bodily parts functions) changes. Our biological functions and the ability to adapt to metabolic stress decline. As we all know that with change comes the reality that you need to adapt. You cannot keep doing things as you’ve always done before. When these changes happen they are accompanied by psychological, behavioral and other changes involving social and economic factors. These factors can cause a major snowball effect on all other aspects of your life. As humans we always want to know the solution to our problems. The issue is we want an immediate answer to our current situation. However, if we look back on our whole life, it is never that simple, and putting a bandage on our dilemmas is never a long-term solution. I realized that was what I was doing: addressing my symptoms but not the root cause of the whole issue. For example, if I felt fatigued, I’d take naps and go to bed earlier. If had low energy through the day, I’d have the appropriate snack thinking that my sugar was low. It turns out I was just alleviating my symptoms and not curing the root cause. Fortunately, I’ve found a solution and I couldn’t be any happier!
As mentioned above, our physiology changes with age and our body doesn’t process foods as it had in the past. At my current age, I have developed allergies and intolerances to certain foods. The only problem is that my allergies aren’t immediate. They can be delayed up to 72 hours not allowing me to detect the food or spice that caused it. These allergies are called IGG allergies. If you suffer from allergies you know what I’m talking about. It can cause all the symptoms I’ve explained at the beginning of this blog. My metabolism doesn’t break down vitamins and minerals like it did in my youth. How was I able to figure all this out? We have lab work here at Body & Mind Medical Center where I work, that can detect your food sensitivity as well as nutrient deficiencies. Upon the results of my lab work our registered dietitian, Dr. Nasira Burkholder-Cooley was able to personalize a nutrition plan to help me address once and for all the root cause of my health issues. However, I still had some other barriers as well that I was unaware of. That’s when our behavioral/obesity physician Dr. Scurry stepped in and lent me an ear. She offered me some personal solutions to my stress and anxiety. She was very compassionate in doing so.
Here I am, an experienced fitness professional, and I had been missing the mark for so long. I thought I was a strong man, thinking everything was perfect and I could lift the weight of the world on my shoulders. I’m so thankful for the health professionals that finally helped me change my life! What I want everyone to know is that there are people here that want to help. Sometimes we are just too prideful or scared to face reality. You will never reach your maximum potential without the help of others. We need to be interdependent with one another.