This is a follow-up on a few things I’ve written on, from this post called Excessively Wheysted in which I talk about taking a hiatus from some supplements that I developed quite a nasty addiction to, and this Instagram post which was a response to someone soliciting me for a weight loss product after I was over 100 pounds smaller from my biggest.
I also met a woman a few weeks ago who shared with me an experience that a friend of hers had – her friend was working with a trainer, and the woman’s objective was to get more energy and increase her fitness level. The trainer then suggested that she drop at least 2-4 sizes, saying that an ideal female body is a size 6.
Okay, as I work on becoming a bit softer and less in your face with my passion, I have to get this off my chest. It’s truly bothersome to hear how people push their products and their dogma onto people without first getting to understand their clients. It’s all about the bottom line, sell, sell, sell, and to what ends? What’s the point of making a living if there’s little to no substance behind it?
Are we not in the fitness, health and wellness industry to *help* people? I mean sure everyone has to make their money somehow, but how we do it is in my mind WAY more important than the size of our client list and our bank accounts.
When I was first romanced into the supplement business, I had turned down FIVE offers from various “health coaches” before I met one that I thought really had good intentions. I was given an energy drink after a yoga practice and after I got home and drank it, I felt like I could climb up to my ceiling and crawl upside-down, defying gravity. Shit was like watermelon-flavored crack.
The “advocate who cares” persisted with me, despite multiple “no thanks” from me about the product, until finally I was wooed with “join our coaching team, just for the resources.” I was sponsored for the products and again, got addicted. She caught me at the ideal time, as I was desperate to supplement my income, thinking there was actual money in it. I was sponsored for a few items and ended up spending an embarrassing amount of money that I couldn’t really afford to on more products thinking I’d make a return on my investment, but ultimately ended up giving them all away.
Very much like I did when I got sober and gave my stash away.
I hated that shit. The “advisor” told me that people commented how much energy I had, and sure, it’s because I was consuming catabolic amounts of caffeine and pissing radioactive-colored pee. We won’t even get into how it amplified my anger. One of the products actually made me sick to my stomach and I was advised to take it at a later time of day. Another one made me feel horribly and when I asked if there was an appetite suppressant in it, I was given a reluctant “yes.”
That is SO WRONG!
Later on, I got my Nutrition Specialist certification through the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists and upon my training, learned I couldn’t peddle supplements while wearing the hat of a certified AASDN nutrition specialist. When I told my “advisor” this, she shared that she had lost her credentials through the AASDN because of her work with the supplements/nutrition/legal drugged up and chemicals bullshit- my words, not hers – even though she was still hosting “nutrition workshops.”
I was livid.
By the by, all the training videos, recordings, and call-ins were about “freedom from debt” and selling; there was little to no training about the nutritional benefits of the products themselves.
“Advocates who care” my ass.
It’s become evident that these crazy wrap people, pretty/hot/ideal-looking trainers and “nutrition” peddlers have a personal agenda, even if they’re encouraging and coaching people. there’s a very serious profit-based motive behind it. I have this fantasy that trainers and coaches should have their blood work done to show how healthy they really are, despite external appearances. There are a ton I know of that would flat-out fail a drug test, have horrible vitals, and would totally blow up a blood alcohol test.
Wellness isn’t just about looks, it’s about fully integrating positive habits in mind, body and spirit (or, as I say, Mind, Heart and Swole). It’s about accepting ourselves as we are, and encouraging greatness by challenging ourselves, rising up to new goals, and smashing them. Life will never be easy, so if we are to find happiness, health and a positive self-image, it must be earned.
There’s no bottle, pill, formula, crazy wrap or trainer that can give it to us.
Though it’s not easy, it should be simple.
Move our bodies. Eat real food. Develop positive, mindful practices to promote self-acceptance.
Find people with similar goals and values.
Set reasonable goals and come up with action steps to achieve them.
So, spare me the sensation of a thriving new supplement. Don’t hand me a sand-filled, chemically laden, processed packaged “food” with a leaf on the package and pawn it off as “healthy”. I’ve given up plenty of things in my life, I’ll avoid the people who peddle their energy drinks the same way a drug dealer gets people hooked.
Now if you’re handing out vegetables, fruits, healthy carbohydrates and my favorite lean meats, come at me with ALL of that! Yes, please!
Real food for the win. Real people are my homies. Beautifully imperfect bodies are perfect. Self-aware, assured, confident, authentic people are a rarity and so needed, there are so many folks out there desperate to see that and instead, they get sold into someone’s personal agenda.
When I was recruited into the supplement business, I said I would dissect it, disseminate it and destroy it. I’m not after people’s wallets, I’m after the bullshit and subterfuge they use to get folks hooked and then broke from investing in this horse crap.
I recently turned down a job at a fitness center because they included “diet plans” in their client advising, and included was, of course, supplements. That’s in direct contradiction to my AASDN training, so I turned it down. Sure, it’s going to make it harder to pay the rent in the future, but makes it a hell of a lot easier to sleep at night.