We currently live in a society where chronic illness, obesity, drug dependence, anxiety, and depression are rapidly becoming the prevailing norms.
According to the CDC, more than half of U.S. adults have been diagnosed with a chronic disease. 68% are overweight or obese, 70% are taking at least one prescription drug, and 97% are not managing to maintain four of the most basic habits required for long-term health: decent nutrition, adequate exercise, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy body composition.
On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Pilar Gerasimo, an award-winning health journalist, pioneering social explorer, and author of, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule-Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World. Pilar is best known for her work as founding editor of Experience Life magazine, which today reaches more than 3 million people nationwide, Pilar has also served as chief creative officer for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and as top health editor for The Huffington Post.
Today, Pilar co-hosts a five-star rated podcast called The Living Experiment with Whole30 co-founder Dallas Hartwig. She speaks at universities and leads workshops at retreat centers like Kripalu, Sundance, and 1440 Multiversity. She also consults for organizations committing to transforming health and happiness around the globe. When she’s not travelling, Pilar hangs out on her family’s organic, communal farm in Wisconsin with a bunch of cows, chickens, and her goofy pit bull pal, Calvin.
In this episode, Dhru and Pilar talk about how to break out of the unhealthy matrix that society has us living in when it comes to believing we’re not enough, not good enough, or that we’re never going to be enough. They discuss why we value other people’s opinions more than our own, and why we try to fit in at the expense of our own health. They also talk about the Healthy Deviant approach to living, how to develop the skills of a healthy person, and the first thing you can do to start making healthy changes in your life.
In this episode, we dive into:
- The current societal standards we’re living in today (1:35)
- Pilar’s health journey and what led to her breaking point (6:55)
- The unhealthy default reality (17:38)
- Why your health is heavily influenced by your peers (26:26)
- The most important thing to focus on in your life right now (34:29)
- The three nonconformist competencies of Healthy Deviance and how they support healthy self-regulation (46:10)
- Challenging the vicious cycle of helplessness (57:09)
- How you can inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle (1:03:14)
- Where to learn more about Pilar Gerasimo (1:13:51)
I know you’ll love this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD
PS – For more on Pilar Gerasimo, be sure to follow her on Instagram @pgerasimo, on Facebook @pgerasimo, and on Twitter @pgerasimo. Check out her website https://pilargerasimo.com and https://www.thehealthydeviant.com. Check out her podcast, The Living Experiment. Take the Healthy Deviant quiz here. You can find Pilar’s book, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World, right here.
*Photo Credit Adrian Danciu, Kinocut Pictures