Missing Link Newsletter - Issue #1

For my first newsletter I thought a good place to start would be at the beginning. No, I’m not going to take you all the way back to 1969. We just need to rewind to 2013 to see where my health & wellness journey really started. Those that have known me forever might be thinking, “But you’ve been a runner a lot longer than that.” That’s true, but I think of running as “fitness” not “health & wellness”. One way to think about it is that I’m fit because I run, but I’m healthy because of how I eat.

In early 2013 I was heating up some canned soup in the microwave – part of what I thought was a healthy meal at the time, along with baby carrots, pretzels, Oreo cookies, maybe an apple and probably a can of Coke. I was reading a sign that was put up on the wall by our wellness committee that simply said “Food Matters”. A co-worker lined up next to me to use the microwave too. I pointed at the sign and said something snarky like “Yes it does.”

Little did I know that this brief interaction would lead me down a rabbit hole that I’m still exploring. Rather than just laugh off my comment, she mentioned that Food Matters is actually a documentary. Of course, I went home and watched it that night, and I was stunned. I’ve watched so many other documentaries since then that I don’t remember a specific message. What I do remember is wondering why it took me 44 years to hear this information for the first time.

Unfortunately, the information I learned in just 2 hours from that documentary wasn’t taught in high school, it wasn’t talked about on the evening news, and government agencies haven’t been disseminating it. We’ll get to reasons why in another newsletter, but for now, the first step is educating ourselves.

As Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

As demonstrated above, I think the easiest and quickest way to do that is by watching a documentary. Below is a list of my 3 favorite documentaries, which are all on Netflix.

  1. Forks over Knives

  2. Cowspiracy

  3. What the Health

If you’re looking for even more suggestions, a brief description of a dozen titles can be found HERE.

After watching one of the documentaries, I’d love to hear from you. Simply shoot me an email at chadaustin@charter.net and join the discussion.

What I’m reading and listening to now: GOGGINS

If somehow you’ve never heard of David Goggins, you’re about to. He’s a former obese African-American, turned Navy SEAL, turned ultra-endurance athlete, turned author. He just released his book Can’t Hurt Me where he cuts open a vein and discusses his amazing life story in detail. Goggins is also the subject in the book Living with a Seal by Jesse Itzer, which I read in 2018 and highly recommend.

If that’s not enough, or if you’d rather listen than read, Goggins has recently appeared on EPISODE 413 of The Rich Roll Podcast (he was also on EPISODE 266) and The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, EPISODE 1212WARNING: lots of F-bombs.

Quote of the day:

“Inspiration without action is merely entertainment.” – Chris Guilleabeau

While I love the Mayo Angelou quote that I mentioned earlier. This quote is perfect when talking about David Goggins. It’s easy to say he’s inspirational, however, if his message doesn’t lead to any action on our part, then it’s just entertainment.

Chad AustinComment