Get Curious to Change your Health

Aren't you curious?

Most of us have an innate sense of curiosity about the world around us. What if we could harness that curiosity and use it to foster positive behavior change on our health journey?

What IF?

In the days before starting on your journey to better health, you were likely in a state of pre-contemplation. You were complacent about your health and your weight. You did not feel compelled to change. Complacency is a state of uncritical satisfaction with oneself, an acceptance of the status quo. Complacency says, “it is what it is.”  Often, it is an emotional experience that triggers one to begin questioning the status quo. Perhaps a family member had a health scare that alerted you to your own mortality or you watched a compelling story of someone just like you who changed their health outcome in a positive way. Something happened that caused you to begin to imagine that your life, your health, could be different. You began to envision a different future for yourself. You became curious.

In our weight management program we ask our patients to be curious. We urge them to maintain a state of curiosity throughout their weight loss journey because we know how powerful it can be as a tool.

Curiosity starts the journey with a

Vision of ideal health

 

Ask yourself right now: What could my life be like if health was not an issue? What could my life be like if weight was not a concern?

Curiosity is defined as: A strong desire to learn or know something.

It’s true. It will take a Strong desire to compel you forward through the tough days on a weight loss plan. Having the right kind of curiosity is key.

Diversive curiosity is a non-discriminating interest in anything and everything new. It is the excitement you feel when you start a new hobby or a new job. Or a new diet. It will last a couple of weeks at most. You will need more than that. Diversive curiosity leads to diet-hopping. You try out the latest diet fad in the hope that it will be the magic pill to end your weight struggles. When it gets old or too hard, you find another diet, magic pill or supplement to try. Until you are ready to dive deep and really put in the work it takes to learn healthier behaviors around food, exercise, sleep and stress management, you will not find a diet that works for you.

Epistemic curiosity will take you on that deep dive. Epistemic curiosity is narrow focus and sustained interest in a single area. It leads to true learning and the possibility of establishing deeply ingrained habits.

Curiosity helps on a daily basis during the program. When our patients trip up and have a cheat day, we urge them to BE CURIOUS! What happened? What led up to the cheating event? What could you do differently tomorrow to help prevent that from happening again? What can you learn from this event?

Here is a list of questions that you may find helpful on your journey to better health. 

Curiosity asks:

WHAT IF?  WHY? WHAT IS STANDING IN MY WAY? WHAT IF I TRIED THIS? IS THIS THE ONLY WAY? WHY IS THIS HARD FOR ME? WHAT COULD I DO DIFFERENTLY? IS THIS THE BEST APPROACH? WHY DID THAT HAPPEN? WHAT IS WORKING WELL HERE? HOW COULD I WORK AROUND THAT? WHAT ARE MY STRENGTHS? WHAT AM I CAPABLE OF THAT I NEVER BEFORE IMAGINED?

Read that last question one more time. What am I capable of that I never before imagined? Are you ready to imagine a healthier future for yourself? Come talk to our weight management team. 

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