Title: Holistic Strategies for Healthy Living
Greg presented to mostly Muslim men at the Islamic Association of Tarrant County in Fort Worth, TX. The presentation focused on a couple of topics: (1) Fad diets and why they´re popular and (2) There´s no ¨magic pill¨ - our lifestyle got us into our situation and changing is what gets us out.
Greg went over the history of overweight and obesity, a typical American diet, and fad diets, weight loss pills, surgeries, charlatans & gurus, and eye-grabbing headlines. He went on to discuss behavior change and motivation and gave some practical advice on eating right and exercise, planning, etc. including fulfilling the sunnah of filling your stomach 1/3 with water, 1/3 food, and 1/3 for your breath. Eight tips based largely on Blue Zones Power 9 principles were reviewed including a plant based diet, getting regular physical activity and sleep, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, developing supportive relationships and the importance of religious belonging. The overall message was “you’re not going to change your life from a seminar or a presentation, but from building sustainable habits over time and focusing on small, incremental changes”.