Healthy By Knowledge was started because I personally realised the power of learning. School didn't do it for me and university peaked my interest but I never fully grasped the true value of knowledge until I was in my early 20s.
Reading was the main factor but also experience. I realised that knowledge is in fact useless if it isn't applied. So I spent years consuming but never putting it into practice, which means that I wasted a lot of time.
The good thing about my wasting of time means that you can learn from the mistakes that I made. I used to get lost on social media platforms, consuming content for hours on end and would eat a diet that was unhealthy.
I had an obsession with remaining slim and that would lead to intense behaviour. Always compensating by extreme bouts of cardio. 50-70km was the average amount I would run a week. And I still wasn't happy witht he results it generated... Maybe because extreme cardio isn't the answer to healthy weight loss. it helps but you don't get stunning results. Look at long distance runners if you don't believe me. I ain't a fan of that look and I had a bit of a gut due to the unhealthy lifestyle. Skinny fat (skat) what up...
I followed all the trends regarding nutrition and was interested in getting the quickest results possible physically, so when I did choose to put my self in the gym I would be following the advice of people with amazing bodies but who happened to be on steroids. It was only years later that I realised why performing the same routines as they did didn't generate the same results... BECAUSE OF STEROIDS...
During that time I also discovered the true potential of reading and learning. We have the ability to pick up any book on any topic and learn. The true potential however is in putting that knowledge into practice. That's exactly what I chose to do and I reaped the benefits.
My interests are in philosophy, psychology, nutrtion and fitness. The thing is if we have an unhealthy outlook on life it will harm us and our overall progress. it will lead us to stagnate and be unhappy. That's why I alsways focus on the mental game first before aproaching anything. It's the mind that gets the body to move. however the body can also affect the mind so it's important to know how to make one another work for each other.
On top of that, if we have a specific goal in mind we want to have the right energy to be able to achieve that goal. That's where nutrition comes in handy. If we put the wrong kinds of food in our bodies we get lethargic and lazy. On the other hand when we put the right kinds of food in our bodies we get energised and it also helps rebuild our overall physique.
I used to think that living 100% clean in the nutritional department was the only way to go. I found out that that's unsustainable. We are not monks and the main objective is to be happy and healthy and in the process to look relatively good.
I don't want to be a super model or a fitness model. I just want to feel good and I do. That's pretty much what I share with you. The philosophers and psychologists that I've read from Socrates, Plato, Freud, Nietzsche, Marcus Aurelius, Jonathan Haidt, Robert Cialdini, Victor Frankel and many many more that have helped me to realise some useful ways of thinking in order to approach my life. Approaches that keep us calm and ready to face whatever it is that obstructs us. The bottom line is that it's all about perspective and the correct way of moving forawrd to overcome the obstacle.
Once we can master our minds (which is a never ending process) we can tackle our bodies. Ofcourse we can start before and in tandem with mastering our minds but the main take away is that we don't want to only be a walking pile of muscle with no brain. how about a good mind and a good body which may lead to a happy outlook on life.
Yes negativity exists daily but at the end of the day it's all bullshit so we might as well use that negativity and flip it into a positive. Either through laughter or motivation. Don't get me wrong I still love to hate but that can't be the dominant charge... Nobody likes a hater... unless you can "hate" for jokes, laugh at yourself and proceed with your day.
Oh yeah and I also cook all my meals. that's the key really to good health and a good physique. It truly does start in the kitchen. I'm not a personal trainer and I'm not a coach. i'm just a guy who did a whole bunch of experimenting and found what works for me and for the people around me. Maybe it can work for you.
Reach out if you have any questions.
My name's Zayd.