In this training
I’m going to explore your worldview. Your worldview is made up of a million thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and prejudices. Your world view is unique to you, and primarily formed by your past experiences and education. I’m going to show you how to take this knowledge and implement this system into action…
- What is your worldview
- From knowledge to action
- Four tips to implement the Eat driver of a Dynamic Health
I am really excited to start you on this journey and I hope to add a lot of value to your life as a whole.
Nutrition is remarkable in its ability to have people with completely opposite views saying they have science to support completely opposite views.
Frustrating isn’t it? What are we suppose to believe?
Welcome to Dynamism Biohack, my name is Dr. Matt Hammett Wellness & Nutrition Expert, Lifestyle Trainer and Movement Enthusiast. In each week I’m going share with you how to make the right nutritious choices despite conflicting expert opinions where I help you to discover how to unlock your inner aborigine or your inner greatness. Thank you for spending this time with me today, so let’s get into the training.
WHAT IS YOUR WORLDVIEW?
To this point in the book, I introduced a new concept, with which you may not have been familiar: the idea of genetics and epigenetics, the new paradigm shifts in medicine. You now understand that our genes do not change. You also know that our genome has not adapted to our new diet and lifestyle; that includes changing ecosystems designed by modern medicine, and a few new food and soil technologies disrupting the natural microbiome. Indeed, our genome is mal-adapting, mutating and is malnourished to the point we are becoming a sicker species. Genetic mutations are occurring (not adapting), not because of a natural phenomenon, they occur due to the synthetic toxic and deficient environment we live in.
Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural background rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we are now losing species at 1,000-10,000 times the background rate, with literal dozens going extinct every day. The Center for Biological Diversity reports that “one of the most striking elements of the present extinction crisis is the fact that the majority of our closest relatives— the primates— are severely endangered. Roughly 90% of primates— the group that contains monkeys, lemurs, lorids, galagos, tarsiers, and apes (as well as wild humans)— live in tropical forests, which are fast disappearing”.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates that almost 50% of the world’s primate species are at risk of extinction. (Humans, by the way, are primate animals!) Overall, half the globe’s “5,491 known mammals are declining in population, and 1/5 is clearly at risk of disappearing forever, with no less than 1,131 mammals across the globe classified as endangered, threatened, or vulnerable”.
We need a changing perspective; business leader and visionary Matthew Kelly asks us, “What is your world view?” He teaches us about our unique perspective, illustrating this example in a unique way. I wanted to keep it in its original text.
Were going to get to it next in this Dynamism Biohack: Your Worldview.
Kelly states, “Today there are seven billion people on the planet, but imagine for a moment that the whole world is a village of 100 people. If we reduced the world’s population to 100 people, proportionally, this is how the world would look: 57 of those 100 people would come from Asia, 21 from Europe, nine from Africa, eight from North America, and five from South America. Fifty-one would be women and 49 would be men. Six of those 100 people would own or control more than 50% of the world’s wealth, and five of these six people would be U.S. citizens. One of those 100 people would have just been born, one would be just about to die, and only seven of those 100 people would have been to college. Thirty-three would be Christian, and 67 would be non-Christian. Eighty would be living in substandard housing. Thirty-one would be unable to read and write. Twenty-four would have no electricity. Seventy-one would not have access to the Internet. Thirty-nine of the 100 people in the village would live on less than $2 a day. One-third of the world’s population is dying from lack of bread; 1/3 of the world’s population is dying from overeating. How do you see the world?”
A simple sketch like this one challenges the way we see the world and draws us out of our own little world. Our world view constantly needs testing. Your worldview is made up of a million thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and prejudices. Your world view is unique to you, and primarily formed by your past experiences and education. Billions of dollars of advertising distort our world view. For these reasons, your worldview has many different blind spots and is imperfect. My worldview is flawed and distorted in the same way. These blind spots and distortions cause us all sorts of problems in life, especially in relationships. Our worldview illusion is the reason we need the world full of Dynamic people, teaching and living The Five Pillars of a Dynamic Health.
These are the reasons we need a simple strategic process to follow- a life plan which resembles that of our ancestors who lived well. Paul Hawken tells us that, “there is a rabbinical teaching that says if the world is ending and the Messiah arrives, first plant a tree, and then see if the story is true.” The Five Pillars of a Dynamic Health is the fruit that is grown and earned from that tree. I intend on planting this tree in our communities to inspire humanity forward away from the sickness-crisis model into the health-promotion model.
Paul Hawken also wrote that “inspiration is not garnered from the litanies of what may befall us; it resides in humanity’s willingness to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, re-imagine, and reconsider.” We need a changing perspective of human life based on the natural order. We need healthcare leaders to engage Dynamic people and “restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, re-imagine and reconsider.”
FROM KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION
At this moment in our story, you should be able to realize I am teaching timeless strategies. These strategies worked 12,000 years ago, and they will work 12,000 more years (if humans survive that long). Weaved within the text of this book, we are shifting from an empirical rat science, sickness-crisis model, to more of a common sense approach to the health-promotion model with the help of human anthropology and some of the latest technologies in the fields of genetics. I will also note here that I will include a simple recipe list in this book to get you started. The truth is, due to the enormous amount of cookbooks available on the market; we do not need another cookbook. We need a simple book that challenges our current paradigm and opens our mind to a new set of guidelines- a way of life that has been proven to get results. That is the big idea behind this book.
FOUR TIPS TO IMPLEMENT THE EAT DRIVER
At the end of each chapter, you will notice I include some Dynamic strategies that will include some cheater points, or bite-size tidbits to remember from each of the main ideas in each chapter. Start by creating one habit – it took me a decade to learn this lesson, and if you remember nothing else from this chapter, remember this. Pick one habit to create at a time that you can do daily. Our culture pushes us to believe we can get healthier and look better in just a few weeks, but that strategy is just not true. We forget about building better habits. One example of how you can implement the Eat driver habit is to shop twice a week the way the Europeans do, picking fresh whole foods along the perimeter of the grocery store. We all know we need to eat more raw fresh vegetables. Anybody can start with that; you can do that.
1. Start small – this is worth repeating. Whatever habit you choose to implement, make it easy. It should be very small. For example, if you only like raw grapes and that is the only fruit you like, buy and eat fresh raw grapes. Whatever it is that you choose to implement, do not start too big. In the long run, if you start too big, there is almost no way you will be able to keep up a significant commitment every single day in the early going. Remember it is better to SUCK at this than to SKIP it.
2. Replacing habits with better ones – It is possible to change bad habits by replacing them with healthy habits. While it sounds simple, replacing habits is significantly tougher than creating new habits. The first goal should include eating less processed junk. To accomplish this, you need to start by creating habits of eating whole, clean food. In time, this new habit of eating will begin to crowd out most of the junk that you are eating. Dynamic people need not worry about replacing bad habits because they are focused on creating new habits. The comedian Jerry Seinfeld had a unique system in creating habits, by writing a joke every day and marking it off his calendar; he never missed more than two days. You can do that!
3. Starting place – Do not waste time and energy telling yourself you need to read more nutrition books, or finish this book before you start. The starting place does not matter; it is not about what is a right or wrong point of departure! Just start. For instance, the next time you are at the store, spend a dollar or two more on the organic or grass-fed beef, because that is more genetically congruent than the package that does not mention “organic” or “grass-fed” on it. Choosing the most natural product is a simple process; your body will not even know you made a change, and it will be a huge step in the right direction.
4. Embrace the process – Research says that we can install a habit in as little as 20 days and as long as 250+ days, depending on the challenge of the habit. Remember, this process goes through three phases. The first phase will be unbearable.
Here is a suggestion; if you chose to eat more fresh raw vegetables, you would find that there is less room for junk foods like chips. The Big Food industry made certain that you would become addicted to their foods. If you find you are eating less of them because you simply have no room, you will probably suffer from a synthetic chemical withdrawal or a detox, while you are implementing this new habit. Bear with it; the second phase will arrive soon, and you will start feeling the benefit. This is followed by the third phase where you have installed the habit, and are ready to start a new habit along The Five Pillars of a Dynamic Health lifestyle strategy continuum.
ADAPTIVE EVOLUTION GOES BOTH WAYS
Dr. John Ratey, M.D. points out a myth in his book Go Wild about evolution. Popular culture thinks that evolution is progressive and leads only one way: to better, bigger, and smarter, more complex solutions. The problem is that evolution is also adaptive toward the next best thing. She can only respond and adapt to a certain point. Complexity takes the time to assemble, but so does simplicity. What happens when the building blocks are weak?
Koalas are a fascinating example of research because they eat only one thing; eucalyptus leaves. They inhabit these trees, ubiquitous in Australia. As a result, they never leave these trees. They can simply sit sedentarily and watch the world go by, day in and day out. Sound familiar?
As Ratey state, “sedentary lifestyle was not always the life of the cute and cuddly koala. They once had a more diverse diet in their evolutionary history. The mark of this history is indicated inside their head, as their brain does not fill the entire space allotted for in their skull”. This maladaptation was the result of a narrower diet and sedentary lifestyle; their brains shrank, and evolution has not yet had time to make skull size compensate, so they have tiny brains. Most of these changes are due to one single source of food, and the fact that they are sedentary animals. If the koalas wanted to retain the bigger brain that evolution gave them, they also needed to increase their movement patterns.
Recent studies described in Discover Magazine of Human Fossils suggest the human “brain shrank more quickly than the body in near-modern times. More importantly, analysis of the genome casts doubt on the notion that modern humans are simply daintier but otherwise identical versions of our ancestors, right down to how we think and feel. Over the very period that the brain shrank, our DNA accumulated numerous adaptive mutations related to brain development and neurotransmitter systems- an indication that even as the organ got smaller, its inner workings changed. The impact of these mutations remains uncertain, but many scientists say it is plausible that our temperament or reasoning abilities shifted.”
Many paleontologists believe that the “reduction in human brain size is proof that we have tamed ourselves, just as we domesticated sheep, pigs, and cattle, all of which are smaller-brained than their wild ancestors.” The more I learn, the more baffled I become that news of our shrinking brain has been so underplayed, not just in the media but among scientists.
“It is strange, I agree,” says Christopher Stringer, a paleoanthropologist and expert on human origins at the Natural History Museum in London. “Scientists have not given the matter the attention it deserves. Many ignore it or consider it an insignificant detail.” However, the routine dismissal is not as weird as it seems at first blush, Stringer suggests, due to the issue of scaling. “As a general rule,” he says, “the more meat on your bones, the more brain you need to control massive muscle blocks.” An elephant brain, for instance, can weigh four times as much as a human’s. Scaling is also why nobody seems too surprised by the large brains of the Neanderthals, the burly hominids that died out about 30,000 years ago.
A study published in the spring of 2014 entitled, “Scientists are Alarmed by the Shrinking of the Human Brain,” confirmed what scientists have long believed to be the case – the human brain is shrinking. For more than seven million years the hominid brain has grown increasingly bigger, almost tripling in size’. The last 10,000 years after the Agricultural Revolution, the human brain has been shrinking at an alarming rate.
Chinese researchers, who looked at over 500 endocasts from the past 7,000 years, carried out the study and published it in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Endocasts are a mold or a shaped cavity, used to give a definite form to fluid or plastic material of “brains created from the imprints on the inside of the skull. They are an invaluable resource when studying human evolution, allowing us to track how our brain has evolved over the past few million years. The results confirmed what has long been suspected – our brains are getting smaller”.48 This rapid decrease in size is not only attributed to our diet; it also includes our sedentary lifestyle. Like the koala bear, humans need to increase their daily movement patterns if we are to fulfill the genetic nutrient requirement for movement. Understand our human genetic requirements for movement leads us to the second pillar of a Dynamic health- the Move driver.
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