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Busting Health and Wellness Myths

Rod Bucton here. I hope everyone’s doing well, and I appreciate you spending some time with me here. In this post, I’ll be discussing some health and wellness myths that may be affecting your life—they were definitely affecting mine—and what I’ve done to improve my health and well-being.

I also like to share some personal updates with everyone, so here’s the latest that’s been happening with me.

A few weeks ago, my old Garmin Fenix 5S heart rate monitor developed a little bit of a problem. A white spot appeared at about 5 o’clock on the screen, which I was pretty disappointed about, especially since it’s only about 12 months old.

I got in touch with Garmin, and they were really good about it. They told me to send it back, and I just got the new one the other day. It’s the Garmin Fenix S6, and I haven’t used it a lot yet, but I’ll keep you posted as I continue to put it through its paces.

I’ve also been working to get my shed in order. It’s essentially my second office, and it’s where I store all my gear. It’s a sanctuary where I can listen to some music, fix things, maintain my gear, and just relax.

Jeff Troupe said something years ago that I’ll never forget. He was mad about road cycling, and he said that cycling was half about the ride and half about the gear.

I get it and completely agree, and I bet a lot of you can relate. The gear is something that we can tinker with and adjust to fit our needs. Most of us in this hobby spend lots of time checking out reviews, planning for upgrades, and all that.

In the past, my gear was spread out all around the house, and when it’s hard to find your gear, it’s hard to get out and use it. You’re wasting time getting all your stuff together as you’re trying to get out the door.

Like all of you, I’ve got lots of stuff going on so I’m super time-poor. Between family, business, friends, and more, I’ve got a lot to juggle. So if it takes a while to gather up everything I need and get out the door, I’ve got less time to ride, less time to surf, less time to paddle. If I know it’s going to take a while to round up all my gear, I might not even go at all.

But now I’ve got my shed all organized, everything’s sorted and ready to grab whenever I have the time. It really makes things easier and it’s fantastic.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on with me. Let’s get on with the topic of the day: food and health myths.

There are a ton of myths about food and health out there that we’ve all been hearing for years. While some common advice that you’ll hear about how to be healthy does work, a lot of it isn’t true, like these common myths:

  • Eating fat makes you fat

  • If you’re skinny you must be healthy

  • Weight loss requires dieting

  • Eggs are bad for you

And that’s just to name a few. These myths have been influencing the way many of us, including myself, have been living our lives.

The other day, as I was tidying up, I came across an old cooler back, which reminded me of one that I had for work a few years ago, when I was working at an office job in Newcastle.

Every day I’d cop a heap of stick from all the boys with the amount of food I’d bring in. I’d have muesli bars, fruit juice, a few sandwiches, fruit, fruit buns, chocolate… tons of stuff just so I could try to fill up.

At the time, I was doing some riding, trail running, and paddling before work whenever I could. It was a great escape and stress release. Just a great way to disconnect from daily stress for a while and feel free. But I was always hungry, so I was always snacking. Thus the cooler bag full of food I’d take to work every day.

I was eating and exercising based on what we’d been told: eat many small meals a day. Keep it low in fat and high in carbs. Exercise to get fit and burn the calories. Those were the myths that ruled my world, and they’ve all changed.

Back in those days, I had a bit of a muffin top and a few extra kilos, and I thought that was just normal and they’d never go away. I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t get rid of them with the exercise I was doing. I thought I was living a healthy life.

But I was always tired, and felt especially sluggish after lunch. I figured that it was inevitable, just me getting a bit older and my body changing. It’s the hand I was dealt, and I was working hard to keep it all together.

Work was my first priority, and my second and third. Family and friends and time for myself all came after that. My priorities were all out of kilter.

But it turns out that good health and wellness doesn’t have to be that hard. These myths have been driven by big corporations, food and pharmaceutical companies that benefit from encouraging us to live a certain way and buy their products.

But now I know that there’s another way. The myths I used to live by, a low-fat, high carb diet with six small meals a day and exercise to burn off calories, were all wrong.

I’ve completely changed my lifestyle and what I eat, and the results have been amazing.

I don’t need the constant food from six meals a day to stave off my hunger and get enough energy just to keep going.

I ditched all the bread, all the cereals and all the pasta. I switched to a high-fat diet. That’s the majority of what I eat, with some vegetables and a few other things, and that’s right for me and I feel so much better.

I have more energy. I’m not tired all the time and I have a clearer, sharper mind. I can get through my work more quickly and easily than before, and so I have more time to spend with my family and on my hobbies. I can do the things I love to do: get on my bike or my board or whatever I’m in the mood for.

I’m not exercising to burn the weight off, and I’m now fitter and leaner and stronger than I’ve ever been before. I’m exercising less than I used to, but my body is fit and ready to go. I can ride, surf, paddle… I’m ready to live a great active adventurous life whenever I get the chance.

This can be you as well. It’s not rocket science, and it’s not hard to implement. It’s just a different, simple way of thinking. It’s all about getting back to basics and living an easy lifestyle. I’ve got it all laid out in a fully planned program, and that’s what I coach.

If you’d like to talk further about lifestyle coaching with me, drop me a message, we can have a chat and we’ll go from there.

I love this stuff. I love how it can transform lives, and I love sharing it with people like you.

I’m Rod here from Sports Adventure, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Have a great day!

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