How curious are you?
Curiosity is defined as a strong desire to know or learn something.
Some people consider it a strength, others not so much.
Admittedly, I’m a curiosity-driven person. It’s what has helped me grow, learn, and explore the world around me. Curiosity can be turned inward too. It’s taking a “let’s see what happens” mindset when setting goals. It’s curiosity driven and it’s tremendously powerful. A curiosity-driven approach gives you a few surprising superpowers; superpowers you can leverage to achieve your own lifestyle and health goals.
SuperPower #1: X-Ray Vision
You don’t know what you don’t know. By experimenting, you sometimes get to see the fine details of your health. For example, I eat low carb, but not strictly ketogenic (about 60-80 grams/day). I was curious about whether I was ever in ketosis (.5 – 1.5 mmol/L), and if I am, what does that feel like?
So I purchased a ketone meter. I didn’t track carbs the first day and was .3. The second day I tracked and was at 83 grams, with .4 on the ketone meter – still not in ketosis. Then I tracked carbs and kept them to 60 grams and hit .5.
What did I learn?
I learned that so far, I personally don’t feel different at .3 or .5 and that small changes in my diet can make a big metabolic difference. I’m going to continue testing after Thanksgiving. You too can enjoy the superpower of X-Ray Vision. Make finite changes to your diet and pay attention to what happens. Maybe drinking 16 more ounces of water a day or adding whole fat grass fed milk/cream to your coffee in the morning means you don’t have mid-morning carb cravings. Explore your goals and your health.
SuperPower #2: The Power to Accomplish Seemingly Unachievable Goals
Curiosity supports you to continue assessing your lifestyle habits. It supports you to continue making changes that not only support your goals and lifestyle, but also support you to push yourself. It helps you balance feeling challenged while also feeling like your goals are doable.
For example, if you decide that you’re going to complete a marathon, you might start with walking/running for ten minutes a day. As you assess and push yourself (to explore what you’re capable of) you learn that you’re capable of much more than you originally thought, or you learn that you need to change your approach. Maybe 10 minutes in the morning doesn’t work for you, but you can do it at lunchtime. Curiosity supports you to find what works for you.
SuperPower #3: Integrity and Honesty
We, as humans, tend to lie to ourselves quite a lot. We think we’re eating mostly Paleo, but the truth is that we’re 50/50 Paleo at best. We think we don’t eat sugar or “Junk Food,” but if we actually tracked, we’d face the truth that we eat sugar almost every day. When you approach your health goals with curiosity it forces you to be more honest with yourself. Everything is an experiment and experiments require data. AND because you can’t really fail an experiment, there’s less pressure. You can make changes to your lifestyle without feeling like you might fail because you’re approaching the process with curiosity.
So how can you embrace curiosity?
Well, some other areas that I’ve been thinking about lately are data points like cortisol levels, food allergies, or metabolism/hormone levels. EverlyWell offers at home tests, and right now you can enjoy huge Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts. I’m looking at the metabolism test for myself. I’ll let you know how it goes!
And of course you can set new goals or try a personal experiment to see what happens! Let me know how I can support you! Annette @ renegadenurse .com