We're in a time of quick fixes, and have been for some time, but the rapidity with which we expect results is ever increasing. Whilst this can be excellent in some fields and industries (chat GPT anyone?), it totally skews our understanding of what it means to be human, imperfect and ever-changing.
Almost all of the body's cells are completely turned over every 7 or so years, and certainly not in a linear, progressive (or necessarily regressive) way. There are certain things in your genetic makeup that, try as you might, you cannot simply 'hack', like the latest AI-powered software.
And yet we now have diabetes drugs being repurposed for rapid weight loss, extreme diets meant for individuated care sold as a one-size-fits-all, the abuse of indigenous plant medicines for supposed sudden mental health-turnarounds. All these will feed is our dopamine-fulled desire for instantaneous results, but it's not the instantaneity we need, its longevity.
Who hasn't had a 'life-changing' trip, gone on a rapid weight-loss diet, briefly taken part in a boot-camp style workout that's seemed transformative and therefore thrilling in the moment, only to find that the following month, we are back to where we were? The argument I am trying to make here is for patient wellness.
In my conversation with integrative wellbeing expert and Ayurvedic chef Mira Manek, we talk about the importance of being in it for the long game when it comes to health. Sure, diets and other fads that play on an appetite for extremes are enticing, but what is far more enticing is being safe in the knowledge that you know how you're going to feel day-to-day, no matter the circumstances, by adopting an informed, bio-individual approach to your wellbeing. For tips and insights on how to do just that, watch the conversation below or listen on Spotify.