Musings from School.
Well! It’s been a pretty intense 10 weeks! 8 chapters of College Math, 19 chapters of Anatomy & Physiology, and almost 450 hours of homework later– I’m done the first term of my condensed schooling with ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association). I couldn’t have done it without Freddy’s support, and I’m so thankful for the encouragement I’ve received from everyone along the way. It was more condensed and intense than I had anticipated, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to go back to school full-time at this stage in my life.
Even though we had to get through nearly the whole textbook (minus one chapter!) at breakneck speed, I truly found Anatomy & Physiology fascinating. I can see why so many people are passionate about the inner workings of the human body. Nearly every day I would find myself saying to someone that I was amazed by the complexity of each body system, and how they manage to function properly at all, let alone so often. The most recent discussion topic in my A & P course brought up some interesting points, and I wanted to share a little bit of my own response.
“The body is extremely interconnected, and relies on this fact to perform many of its complex functions. For example, the digestive system allows us to ingest and break down food. It then absorbs the nutrients from that food, distributes them throughout the body, and eliminates the waste produced by this process. While the urinary system actually excretes these waste products, it also assists in many other bodily functions (ie: blood volume and blood pressure regulation, the regulation of the body’s pH, the concentration of red blood cells and major ions, as well as, vitamin D synthesis).
Regarding digestive issues that are becoming more prevalent, I believe that this is a multi-layered issue that has roots in many levels of our society. I think that the conventional food guide is a little outdated for most people, and that nutrition is a very individual prescription. I have no doubt that if the majority of us cut out processed foods and sugar our world as a whole would be much healthier, and be much less of a burden on the medical system. Without getting too deep into it, I’m sure that the giant food production companies, as well as, pharmaceutical companies are quite happy to have us keep investing in their products…
I realize that it is hard work to eat healthier, and that it takes planning and preparation. This takes time that most people do not feel they have due to family and professional obligations. However, healthier eating would alleviate or at least decrease a lot of these digestive issues, ie: acid reflux, indigestion, constipation, bloating, etc. At times, I have to remind myself to view food as medicine that can either be healing or it can create an environment that is more susceptible to inflammation and disease. Other lifestyle factors such as lack of sleep and exercise, pollution and high levels of stress can all encourage these issues to develop or worsen.
I can understand that it is overwhelming for consumers to know what to do! Eat eggs, don’t eat eggs, eat meat, don’t eat meat, low fat, high fat– it’s hard to know where to begin, and what is best for them individually. That is where educated health care professionals come in, and need to help! Junk food is a lot cheaper than quality food, and I realize that makes it hard unless people understand the value in investing in nutritious food. This investment will hopefully pay off later in a better quality of life, and lack of disease and medical bills! I am confident that any steps to create a healthier lifestyle will be a positive cycle that will alleviate a lot of interlaced issues a person may be having.”
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read some of my discussion post! I still have a ton of learning to do, and really appreciate all of your support along the way. Freddy and I are always striving to define what Raido Coaching means to us, and to make it a company that we will be proud of. I have three more terms left in this program that will take me to the end of next March, and I am hoping to finish with Honours. In the meantime, I will continue to coach at Titanium CrossFit, and learn from one of the best in the biz (Marc Mazzocchi!)
Now, time to get organized for our wedding in just over 2 weeks! Yikes!
Jen (& Freddy)