The True Secret to Health
I started meditating when I learned that it helps to lower stress. I had been a personal trainer for 13 years, written books on health and fitness and was the founder of Free Form Fitness personal training studios. I was testing it out for myself and for my clients because my research into health had led me to realize that stress was at the root of all diseases.
At the start of my career the problem with our unhealthy society seemed to be that people were sitting at desks all day and needed to get up and move more. This, still holds true but when I saw clients that exercised hard and still had poor results I investigated further and found that nutrition was the main culprit. Most people’s diets were filled with unnatural processed food which led me to learn everything I could about nutrition.
Nutrition was a complex subject to master because it was filled with deceptive profit-driven contradictions. But after about seven years of daily deciphering I achieved clarity and I wrote a book about it called Nutrition Fiction. At this point I believed that the problem was that people were eating too much processed food and they needed to eat real food again.
But around this time I was referred to help someone who had just been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He was fit, exercised every day and when I went over his nutrition I found that he ate pretty well. But one thing stood out - that his life had been fast pace and very stressful. The more I got to know him the more I realized that his brain never stopped and that his successful career had been driven by something deep rooted - fear.
This wasn’t the first time I had recognized this link so it pushed me to dig deeper.
I read books like this one and this one that blew my mind. Stress became my new obsession and I started sending clients to get their stress hormones checked. I studied stress hormones in fine detail and even did keynote presentations on them. What I found was that stress hormones will override any nutritional or exercise habit if they are out of balance. This became evident when I thought of the times where clients who’s doctor had put them on hormone medication automatically gained weight without changing anything about their food and exercise.
But it also made me think about what was controlling these hormones in the first place.
Of course all lifestyle factors from sleep, food, exercise, stimulants etc contributed to our overall stress load but at the root of it all is our mind who perceives something as a stressor.
Just think about the chemical reactions that take place when you see someone you are attracted to. Your hormones instantly change with a look of the eye.
It seems that in our society we don’t make the link between the mind and the body. We also don’t make the link between our environment and our mind. We tend to compartmentalize health into different boxes, sending people to specialists that fail to see the fact that we are part of an ecosystem.
How we perceive and how we cope with our external environment matters a lot to our health. In fact I now believe that stress is the major problem to our unhealthy society.
This is what led me to meditation and it’s six major benefits. This is what led me to put all my heart into The Peace Room.
You can go to the gym, do yoga and drink your water and take all your vitamins but if you don’t deal with the shit going on in your heart and head you're still going to be unhealthy.
Jean-Luc Boissonneault, CEO of The Peace Room