Jessica Else, environmental reporter, can be reached at 245-0452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maybe it’s not a lack of willpower that’s causing you to reach for that unhealthy food day after day. Maybe it’s bacteria.
Food addiction, elevated stress and a culture of unworthiness go hand in hand with many failures on the road to wellness, according to Kapaa man Benjahmin Koenigsberg, who will be presenting on the topic at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sun Village Clubhouse in Lihue.
“We’re superorganisms, less human that microorganisms,” Koenigsberg said, citing the scientific conversation about the abundance of bacteria versus human cells in the body.
Recent research out of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel shows an average man of 70 kilograms is made up of about 40 trillion bacteria and 30 trillion human cells, giving humans an average ratio of 1.3 bacteria to every human cell.
Many of those bacteria live in the human gut, and it is Koenigsberg’s understanding, and that of some nutritionists and medical professionals worldwide, that the bacteria’s demand for certain foods cause cravings.
“People are ruled by their gut bacteria to crave things like alcohol and unhealthy foods,” Koenigsberg said. “We can’t fight cravings. Using willpower won’t work. You have to change the makeup of the bacteria in your gut.”
Fruits and vegetables encourage the growth of different bacteria than processed foods, animal products and alcohol, scientists explain, and these little organisms can affect mood, too.
That’s according to a 2014 study published in BioEssays by the University of Mexico, which showed some bacteria are aligned with the dietary needs of humans and some aren’t.
So, the trick is to encourage growth of bacteria that are harmonious with the human body, scientists, and Koenigsberg say.
“I believe we can populate good bacteria,” he said.
But Koenigsberg’s theory on wellness is about more than just macrobiotics, throughout his journey implementing veganism, fruitarianism, and raw trends into his diet for years, he’s found what he calls a key wellness: starches.
He eats a vegan diet, heavy in potatoes, yams, corn, legumes, rice and beans, which helps keep him full longer and provide essential fiber and other nutrients.
“By incorporating more starch, we fill up the tummy and it’s more satiating,” he said. “Plus, coming from a diet that’s restrictive, it’s liberating to find that those are health foods.”
Much of his research on starch comes from the book The Starch Solution by John McDougall, which explains the theory that the human diet is naturally built on starches. He recommends a diet that consists of 70 percent starch, 10 percent fruit and 20 percent vegetables, while avoiding fats and processed foods.
“I’ll steam a yam and wrap it in tin foil, or make a pot of oatmeal and it’s satiating,” he said. “It’s so freeing.”
Life used to be made up of thinking about food for him, Koenigsberg said, and constantly deciding what to eat, and that obsession was something he’s working on letting go.
“I’m just looking for an accessible fuel source so I can be in personal relationships,” he said. “Now it’s about how I want to show up and serve the world. Relationships are the cornerstone of health and well-being.”
Trends of unworthiness extend beyond nutrition, Koenigsberg explained, and his passion is also focused on the unachievable standards men face in society, and how to break free from unrealistic expectations.
“What is masculinity and how has culture pushed men to believe masculinity is all about hypermuscularity,” he said. “There’s an extra stigma on men not to discuss these issues.”
In a culture “with terrorism occurring by white men dealing with anger management issues,” Koenigsberg said he thinks the conversation about social isolation and unachievable standards needs to be happening.
“I talk about, there’s a lot of stresses on the nervous system — chemical, physical and emotional stresses, and the body is reacting. Most of our functioning is subconscious,” he said.
How many of you would like to experience a sudden increase of successes or fulfillment in one or many areas of your life?
Why are so many of us in western culture and especially men in our society so driven to do everything on their own, so presumptionaly right about everything and dismissive of being coachable or advised by others
Many perceive doing things totally alone or all on self reliance is a sign of strength and determination,
I see it the other way around
I believe society has conditioned to be skeptical of receiving feedback and coaching from others
Although Virtually nothing gets done or inspired without a mentor of some kind.
Even a baby learning to walk and talk by mimicking its parents is aa form of mentorship. Uncles, teachers and even media personalities offer mentorship and coaching in some form
Despite the vast evidence supporting the extraordinary return on investment in different forms of coaching, many people are still hesitant to invest in one for themselves
Lets look at a few examples of how coaching is beneficial
-fatal car crashes are less likely for teen drivers who have completed driver’s education classes
-Weight loss and fitness goals are achieved and sustained with considerably more success and consistency by working with a personal trainer
-Students with below-average reading skills who are tutored show significant gains in reading skills when compared with similar students who do not receive one on one tutoring
The first major benefit of having a success coach
1. Accountability and Commitment
We know what happens when we are constantly late to work, We know the grim consequences of being late to pay a credit card bill
But who is there to hold us accountable to our ideal self and creative pursuits.
What if the same accountability and commitment to pay rent or our mortgage on time, we had for ourselves to finish the next chapter of our book on time for example or make sure we are investing in our inner and intra personal net worth
If we are late to invest money or time into ourselves, it is likely no one is there to hold us accountable and keep us to a larger commitment to ourselves
People spend tens of thousands of dollars on material things, investments, vacations and their children
But the thought of spending thousands of dollars on coaching for themselves to expedite their growth is seen as absurd, only because it has been less conventional in some circles and also because many of us have a habit of downplaying our on worth or significance
Many big decisions in life come with a substantial upfront cost. Going to college to get a degree or vocation, Putting a down payment on a house, undergoing surgery or starting a business for example all have financial barriers to entry
Investing a similarly large sum of money upfront in personal coaching is no different. If money is a representation of where we put our value and emphasis in life, why not invest heavily in the efficiency of our personal development
Personal Coaches and Mentors are there to hold you accountable and more importantly, provide a powerful opportunity for you to commit and be accountable to yourself at whole new empowering level!
Have you every thought about what you don’t know you don’t know? Well thats kind of a trick question because since we don’t know about it, its hard to think about or it.
We spend most of life in the sphere of what we know, and some of us are learning things that we know we don’t know, so eventually we can know them:)
An outside perspective is often required to help turn something we don’t know we don’t know into something we know or know we don’t know.
What if this blindspot of our lives held significant opportunities and insights that could lead to break throughs?
There is a saying that says a miracle is just a change in perspective. When something becomes known that was previously unknown, an obstacle can immediately be overcome or removed causing a dramatic increase in personal development and fulfillment
As many college and post college graduates have found out, many to their dismay, is that having a degree or even a doctorate doesn’t also translate into how to make a substantial income in a job that you love or how to have peace of mind, fulfilling relationships or exceptional health.
So then if people go into debt tens of thousands of dollars to get a degree and dedicate themselves to areas of study, then why are we not investing equal if not more in education that teaches us how to actually be happy and joyous in life or to help us make more money in a ways we are excited about, since more money, we know, doesn’t by itself equal more happiness
I went through years of vocational school and training and barely learned about business. I learned nothing about marketing myself or long term professional development. What is the use of knowing how to heal someone as a fantastic massage therapist if I don’t know how to share my knowledge in a sustainable way