What You Believe Matters

What you believe matters.Last week I wrote about how you use health products because you believe that you have to, because you put more belief into things external to you. I said that once you change your beliefs about what you need, when you believe more in your innate ability to be healthy, you can stop needing those things.

I want to talk some more about that because I wasn’t at all clear about it.

One thing I want to make clear first. As Donna Merrill said in her comment on my previous post, you should believe in the products that you use. What you believe matters. Your belief in the products you use increases their ability to help you. I’m not saying that you should stop believing in them. I am saying that you should believe in yourself more.

External Belief – Belief in Health Products

I think we can all agree that we want to be healthy, fit and active. To be otherwise really sucks. You don’t want to have to stop to catch your breath halfway to the mailbox every day.

To prevent that, if you’re like most people, you believe you need to take nutritional supplements to stay healthy, you need to go to the gym to work out, and you need to go walking, running or biking to stay fit.

They are Substitutes – Stand-ins for the Real Thing

I’m probably going to offend somebody here, but please just hear me out. I’ll smooth it over at the end of this post.

Let’s start with nutritional supplements. I think you can agree that they are a substitute for real food. You should be able to get all of your nutrition through your diet.

In most cases people don’t because they believe they are too busy to eat healthy or they believe that healthy food is too expensive.

This is where I may offend you. Going to the gym is a substitute for physical activity. Ok, yes, going to the gym is physical activity but it entails energy spent without accomplishing anything.

For example, let’s say you go to the gym and spend some time pedaling on a stationary bike. You go nowhere. Then you go to the stair machine. You go nowhere. Then move to the weight station and do some lifting. When you are done, nothing has moved.

It is a substitute for physical labor, or manual labor, digging a hole, swinging an axe, lifting bags of animal feed or building materials, climbing real stairs or riding a real bike.

Labor doesn’t sound as appealing, and it usually means that you are outside in the hot sun instead of an air-conditioned gym.

Are there better choices?

Of course. The better choice is the thing that the substitute is standing in for.

Nutritional supplements substitute for real food, so eat real food instead. As I said above, the biggest argument against eating real food is that it is more expensive and takes time.

That just isn’t true. For example, the Walmart near me has a 1 pound bag of baby cut carrots for $1.68. You get vitamin A, some vitamin C and a good bit of fiber. Ready to eat. You can’t get much more convenient than that.

A lot of supplements are chemical derivatives that were manufactured in a lab.  They didn’t even come from real food. Many of the nutrients that we need require the presence of other nutrients to give any value. For example, calcium is completely useless without vitamin D.

Scientists are discovering more and more about food and how it supports the body. Real food has nutrients that they probably haven’t even identified yet. I believe that in the end they will finally figure out that what we really get from our food is the life energy that it contains.

Actual Physical Work

There is a huge amount of energy expended at gyms, especially the really popular ones, but no actual work is accomplished. Yes, I understand the benefits to the body, but there could be something accomplished on the other side of the equation as well.

I used a stationary bike as an example above. Take a real one outside and maybe you can accomplish some of your errands while you work out, or at least go somewhere. I used to rollerblade to the bank and the grocery store when I was younger, single and lived somewhere that I could do it safely.

There is also a lot of benefit to being outdoors. Your body creates vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. The air is often cleaner outside than it is in a lot of indoor spaces.

What I Really Mean by Belief as an End Goal

Several years ago one of my mentors suggested that I read Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East by Baird T. Spalding. I’ve read the first book and it is excellent. I keep wanting to get back to reading the rest of the series but there are so many books that I want to read.

The take-away from the book is that we are capable of far more than we currently believe. I’ve read and heard about people who can get all their sustenance from the air, sunlight and water. The people in Spalding’s book know how to teleport and manifest food out of thin air. If you may already own another book that talks about a person who can manifest food out of this air and instantaneously heal people.

Is That Really Possible?

I think that it is. I’ve read too much to believe otherwise. The real question is, do I believe it is possible for me right now? I’m not there yet, but that is my goal.

The important thing for now is to do the best you can with where you are and constantly work to put yourself in a better place.

What Can You Do Where You Are?

As I said in the title of this post, what you believe matters. It’s great if you believe you can get all of your nutrition from your regular diet. If you can’t, at least supplement with nutritional supplements made from real food.

If you can’t regularly ground yourself by walking barefoot in the grass or on the beach, then use magnetic insoles in your shoes.

There’s one more thing that Dana Gore brought up in her comment on my previous post. If you enjoy doing something, then you should continue doing it. The joy that you get out of doing things is also very beneficial on an emotional level.

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Can You Help Me Out?

If you read my previous post, do you think I did a better job getting my message across this time? Leave me a comment below and let me know. Also, let me know if you think something still isn’t quite clear. I really appreciate the feedback.

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6 Responses to What You Believe Matters

  1. Dana says:

    Hey Ben,

    Funny – even though I’ve been in the health and fitness industry for several years now, I had come to a place where I understood that at least a majority of us wouldn’t need structured workout programs if we just ate well and got involved in regular physical activity.

    In the past, we just moved around more often. It was part of our day to day lives. As time went on, our lives have become more sedentary because of our jobs – and laziness. The body is meant to move, and nature provides our nutrition. If we ate the whole foods and moved around more often (and didn’t feel the need to look like fitness models), the majority of us would be just fine.

    I spent a few days last year helping a friend who owns a produce stand lift boxes and display the items. That was as physically taxing as a workout, but we got a lot done.

    Thanks for the shout out. I realized a long time ago that wellness has to be enjoyable enough to just DO. But to do, you have to BE.

    Great post Ben.
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    • Ben says:

      Thanks for the comment Dana. The best workout I’ve had in years was when we moved from a 2-story house on a full basement into a 2-bedroom apartment and a storage unit. We spent about a month sorting through what we wanted to keep and what to get rid of. It was very satisfying and, like you said, we got a lot done.

  2. Hi Ben,

    There is a huge difference cycling in the gym going nowhere and cycling outdoors. Same goes for the treadmill. I get dizzy looking at the fake trails at the gym lol.

    When I’m doing my fast walking, I go by the ocean. Not only am I breathing fresh sea air but also the scent of rose hips that grow along the path. The blue skies and summer breeze is an added bonus. Plus, I can feel the energy of all that is around me. Its way better than a gym any day.

    When it comes to food, I even make my own snacks….baked Kale is my fav lol. Food is such an important source of what our bodies need to work well. And when it comes to supplements, we have to take into consideration what it is made of. Unfortunately, people that don’t believe in themselves, will believe a commercial and end up with “one a day” – which cannot be absorbed in the body. But I’ll stop my rant lol.

    I want to thank you for the mention on this post…it is appreciated.

    -Donna
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    • Ben says:

      Thanks for commenting again Donna. I would walk by the ocean every day, probably first thing in the morning before very many other people are out. Breathing the negative ions created by the surf is great. You get a similar effect, different sounds, when walking through the woods in the mountains, which is what I have available. Both are great.

      I’ll share my soapbox with you the next time you want to rant about potty pellets (what I’ve heard others call those manufactured rocks made of clay & sand that you mentioned).

  3. James says:

    I love this article. To tell the truth, I didn’t use to care about my inside beliefs; maybe I was too young to care about things like that. And well, I didn’t feel well in my skin those years. I’m 34 now, and there isn’t a day without meditation when I strengthen and tweak my beliefs. As a result, I have a happy family life, and I’m successful at my work as well. “What you think, is what you are!”, it is so true.

    • Ben says:

      Hi James. I don’t think any of us knew to analyze our beliefs when we were younger. We’ve always been taught what was true and never encouraged to question things. It’s becoming more and more popular now, and I think that’s a great thing. Thanks for taking the time to visit. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.

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