One of the reasons that I started Season 2 of the Gluten Free School Podcast was to help empower you and other patients out there so that you can see results sooner. Clear, smart health goal setting for measuring progress with the practitioners deserves more attention.
Because you don’t necessarily have to rely on expensive labs to tell you whether or not a protocol is working after a reasonable period of time. And also because the goals you come into their office with might not be appropriate or realistic for you. To proceed forward with goals that aren’t a good fit is setting yourself up for failure from the start.
I’ve heard countless stories of women who’ve spent TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS working with practitioners who have very little to show for it except a bunch of labs that look like gibberish to them and a cabinet full of supplements. That’s not okay in my book.
One problem is that “objective” markers are easily measurable through outside devices. For example, the glucose level of your blood can be measured by a machine and your weight can be measured by a scale.
But “subjective” markers such as feeling more energetic become tricky to know for sure that progress is being made. Since there’s no clear test to measure how much energy you have, it’s easy to lose sight on changes that happen especially when the changes occur in small steps over a drawn out period of time. So saying something like “I want more energy” is not very clear.
How much energy would be better or enough? And how would you know if you had more energy? Lastly, is your expectation around the amount of energy you want to have realistic? Wishing for the boundless energy of a 15 year old at age 47 isn’t practical and may not even be attainable considering all of your health concerns.
Today’s episode is here to help you understand why clear, smart health goals can work in your favor not just to make sure that you can measure those subjective goals, but also that you’re actually working on the right thing for you.
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Smart Health Goal Setting For Measuring Progress With Practitioners with Laura Schoenfeld, RD
It’s very possible to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on your health with absolutely nothing to show for it.
That’s why my friend Laura Schoenfeld, RD joined me today — to provide you with a sense of perspective that you might not currently have about whether or not a protocol is working.
In this episode…
– Why creating clear health goals allows you to measure success with practitioners beyond just labwork
– How to create smart health goals so that you can check in on parts of your health without requiring more labs
– The downside to being a perfectionist with your health
– Why acceptance of certain realities around your health is necessary
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