WHY LEARNING MATTERS

winnerFor each of us, the quantity and type of information we need (and want) to learn is different. Information can be confusing and contradictory. How is a person supposed to know WHO to LEARN the TRUTH from?

I believe the answer to this question is simple (even though the LEARNING PROCESS may be complicated.) The answer is:

EVERYONE!

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I turn to EVERYONE for my sources, because each of us is capable of providing education/information even though it is often presented in a disguised manner. Knowledge is accumulated through experiences (both good and bad.) It’s NOT based solely on the school you attended or the position in life you’ve attained.

Since EVERYONE is a source of information, it is foolish to only listen to those people possessing “AUTHORITATIVE TITLES.” Have these people magically accumulated only the RIGHT ANSWERS to all of life’s questions? Is it possible their academic conclusions based on scientific research and quality analysis can determine a course to follow that  conflicts with every day “real life”situations where better outcomes are achieved by challenging conventional thinking? I believe the answer is YES. This challenge is how new “TRUTHS” are often discovered.

This concept creates VALUE to each of our lives. We are “receivers” and “givers” of information capable of transforming individual lives without necessarily any self awareness. The more awareness we possess, however, the greater the ability to INTENTIONALLY receive and give to each other.

I share information about HEALTH. I combine education and experience to provide patterns of behavior to achieve desired outcomes. Some of the information may seem trivial, some may seem controversial and some may be seem profound. Regardless, there is always VALUE for those willing to extrapolate the components that add knowledge.

Today I want to briefly share a recent LEARNING experience obtained from WHOLE FOODS MARKETS. This is a grocery chain known to carry “healthier” (more expensive) food choices. The learning lesson is based on:

  1. the importance of learning to read FOOD LABELS.

  2. the ASSUMPTION that healthier FOOD MARKETS are likely to provide more accurate information.

The following photo is a picture of Nature’s Rancher ribeye steak. For those people choosing to eat red meat while reducing their saturated fat intake, the label on this product qualifies to achieve this goal.

(Side Note: This article is NOT INTENDED to support or oppose a higher or lower fat nutrition plan.)

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It shows that only 2 grams of saturated fat are found in a 4 ounce portion size. This would be classified as EXTREMELY LEAN. In reality, ribeye steaks contain approximately 10 grams of saturated fat per 4 ounces. This steak would increase a person’s saturated fat consumption by 5 times the amount listed on the label. This could potentially be harmful to the consumer looking to reduce their saturated fat consumption. I have reported this error to several managers on multiple occasions over the last 8 months of shopping at this store. As of yesterday, I decided to contact the regional office to see if this would make a difference.

How would the average consumer discover this error? They wouldn’t! This 609 word blog post, however, may get people thinking more seriously about LEARNING to read labels and acquiring knowledge that could potentially affect the quality of their health and their lives.

Learning has to start somewhere. This post has provided the reader with the following:

  • Just because food comes from a reputable health food store doesn’t make its label content accurate.

  • Just because an inaccuracy is pointed out to a person in “authority” (manager) doesn’t mean corrective action will be taken.

  • Just because YOU do not currently know what’s in the food YOU eat doesn’t mean YOU can’t gradually learn.

IF YOU DON’T TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF LEARNING, NO ONE IS GOING TO DO IT FOR YOU!

The more trial and error you’re willing to participate in, the more knowledge you ultimately obtain. The more knowledge you obtain, the better the chances of living the quality of life you CHOOSE.

This is:

WHY LEARNING MATTERS!

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19 comments

  1. Another great post, Jonathan. And I completely agree. It is important to want to learn, to keep yourself informed. Often it’s easier to sit back in blissful ignorance and simply believe the information that is fed to us. Sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to get to the truth of a matter.

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    1. I believe people may “think” it’s easier sitting back complacent in attitude until the ramifications of lifestyle patterns becomes evident. In reality, taking CONTROL of one’s life becomes easier (as one goes through the learning curve) over time. People, however, have to CARE enough about themselves FIRST to invest the effort and time.
      Thank you for adding your comment to this post. I hope in time, readers begin dialoguing with each other as well, to offer new perspectives that benefit all our lives.

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  2. This post was an eye opener. You justified the fact that you can learn from everyone very well. Thank you for writing about this. (:

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    1. Always a pleasure. I try to get the reader to see life from a different perspective. The intent is NOT to impose my beliefs and practices, but rather to offer information from a perspective frequently obscured from public vision. Challenging people’s thinking helps to either:
      1. reinforce their beliefs
      2. provide justification to follow a different pathway.

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  3. Hello doc, love this one too. I just did a post about 5 VIP lessons I learnt in a remote village from a so called fool. Worth its weight in gold.
    About reading labels, when I lived abroad my boyfriend found me too clumsy and slow during grocery shopping cause I’ll want to read and weigh in etc. Fortunately we ate more of fruits and vegetables and I could care less for all those packaged stuffs.
    Back home in Cameroon-Africa, I don’t nearly ever buy any packed food especially since we carry a lot of fresh stuffs in our local markets.
    You are also right that drawing attention to a manager doesn’t mean immediate action. Sure that may not increase sales for them and anyway, who cares? Who reads those labels? Who truly can figure out all what is accurate if it should be 8 ounces of fat to 4 ounces of whatever?
    And a little out of scope here, is my concern about reading Meds. We often can’t because we are sick and just wanna feel better and believe that med will. Dr said so and yet reading or asking questions before leaving doc’s office say about side effects and alternative treatment could be a life saver.

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    1. You bring up many good points. Thank you for adding these comments. Readers need to see your words to reinforce the message of the post. Thank you for taking your time to read and share you commnent.

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  4. When I read what the label states regarding grams of fat, my first thought was a oxy moron….how can a big chunk of red mead full of visual fat on top to the marbling be low in fat…??? Labels are important, but sometime just using your own logic works….LOL great post….. my husband has learned to read labels and is amazed at what he finds….before he met me he only bought what he liked to eat, never thought about the ingredients….he has a hard time wrapping his head around all the products that have corn syrup….and how many ways they try to hide it with different names…..kat

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    1. The visual was pretty evident, wasn’t it? We are trained, however, to believe in the “word” even if there is visual conflict with it.

      Changing one’s ways is rarely easy. I give your husband tremendous credit for beginning the process. If he sticks with it, I think he will be pleasantly surprised.

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  5. So true! Education is power. There are so many ‘health foods’ out there claiming to be good for you but you flip over to the back to find they are loaded with sugars.

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    1. …and chemical preservatives and dyes and toxic residues (that don’t even require listing!)…

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  6. As an avid label reader I totally agree. Good article. Also the general concept is good. One of the most valuable things I learnt in life is everyone has something they can teach me.

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    1. The everyone can teach and learn is a concept that has taught me more than an education alone could ever have taught. It adds tremendous VALUE to all people and reduces the judgement so many show.

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  7. Double educational post. While telling about food quality check and precautions, it also emphasise on importance of learning from everyone. Appreciable.

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    1. I like to provide a perspective some people have a tendency of overlooking. I’m glad and thankful you appreciate the efforts.

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  8. Thanks for yet another excellent post ! Yes, it just goes to show a person can’t always rely on information being correct even from a reputable organisation. That alone, scares me of all the unknowns not mentioned.

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    1. If each of us “step up to the plate” to increase our understanding and awareness, this world would be a healthier place to live.

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  9. Another point you’ve modeled on this piece is how we can advocate for our own health by speaking up. Whole Foods is supposed to be one of the gold standards of health food stores, yet they have made a significant mistake and failed to change it when you brought it to their attention. Thanks for being persistent in this. It can benefit so many people. Thanks!

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    1. People need to learn to not FEAR authority and the information they provide. Challenging concepts and ideas helps to redefine better TRUTHS and new discoveries. Blindly following authoritative institutions and their representatives can potentially result in great harm. LEARNING is one of the best tools one can apply to achieve better outcomes.

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