Cultivating a Mindset for Improving Every Aspect of your Life

You’re listening to Health Professional
Radio with Wayne Bucklar. Today my guest is Jurie Rossoow and we’re having a talk
about a book that is written. Now Jurie, welcome to Health Professional Radio. I
know you’ve written a book that’s used in the health industry, can you tell us
more about yourself and what it is do you provide? Yes, certainly. So professionally
I work in the field of resilience which I mainly do in a business context. So
what this really means is that I help businesses and its people to bounce back
from disruptions. So a lot of this has to do with personal resilience and which is
my main passion and I think that resilience is really particularly
relevant for hospital staff and patients. So I just published a book called “Think
Lean Method” which is an evidence-based guide to a healthy
lifestyle with a particular focus on developing resilience and healthy
thinking patterns. So in the book I bring together different fields into one
holistic plan so this includes nutrition, neuroscience and psychology. So for these
are focused only on what’s been scientifically proven to build an
unbiased view of what a healthy lifestyle is and I’ve consulted with
nutritionists and psychologists for expert input to verify the ideas and to
build and totally endorsed in that sense. The book is called “Think Lean Method”,
and it’s not just about having a lean body but more importantly having a lean
mindset. Where you simplify life is set clear goals and if you can efficiently
work towards them. It’s a pleasure to have you on Health Professional Radio
with us. What was the the passion that drove you to write the book? I’ve had a
lot of issues with my own personal health and also bit of a sugar addiction.
And I eventually decided that I need to improve my own lifestyle and I couldn’t
find one resource that covered both the body and the mind so I ended up doing a
lot of research on my own to find a path to health and I spent about ten years
just trying different approaches on myself. It was only later on that it
became very clear to me that personal resilience is one of the key enablers
that is left out of most books. And so having realized this and seeing the
different that resillience made for me, I decided to write the
book that really that I wish was around back when I started them and that’s
really what pushed me to right “Think Lean Method”. Now resilience is one of
those interesting concepts. How does this relate to health professionals in the
health industry? So about half of my clients are psychologists and counselors
who have bought the book specifically to share ideas and healthy living with our
clients and others includes concerts around resilience. So what I’ve heard
from psychologists is that how the book talks about the effects on the brain, it
makes it a bit more tangible for their patients. So just as an example, everyone
knows that they should exercise to be physically fit but when you also explain
that exercise up-regulates brain-derived neurotrophic factor which is a chemical
that helps the brain to grow and adapt and it helps to protect the brain
against Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Then it adds
a new dimension that they can anchor to. So what I did with a book was to try and
write it in an accessible way which breaks down into a simple plan but still
have it go into detail on recent study, so it reads much like a textbook in that
sense. But overall the feedback has been that it’s a useful resource on practical
ideas for healthy living and the resilience aspect is particularly
valuable for hospital staff and also for patients were moving on from a hospital
admission for example. And so for people who have had a physical health issue, you
think the mental health issue has an impact on their recovery? And I think
the resillient inside of it is particularly important and ideally people
with both resilience before these type of things happen to them but having a
usually they only realized once they’re in the situation that this is
the time they need to be resilient. And then it’s providing them with those
tools especially around building support networks and involving others in their
lives that I think it really plays a big part in this transitioning back to their
normal lives getting back into a healthy lifestyle and bouncing back faster than
they would otherwise. And I think sometimes
specially a hospital patients who are released they might not really go back
to a healthy lifestyle for quite a while because everything is kind of disrupted, so
it’s helping them making that transition faster and making it easier. So what’s
the current issues that you’re focusing on now Jurie? So the main message that
I want to focus on is mental fitness. So mental fitness is about a
person having a healthy brain being personally resilient, and having clear
goals that are working towards. So just as we work on our own physical fitness,
so should we also work on our own mental fitness. In a way a healthy lifestyle is
like running a mental marathon because it takes a lot of psychological stamina
to stay on track. So if we talk about dieting in particular this is where we
often see people falling back to an unhealthy lifestyle because they make a
physical change without having been prepared mentally. So that’s really
the most important thing that I’m communicating through “Think Lean Method”.
It’s about helping people to build mental fitness in a practical way and
for example this would be through visualization techniques, building
support networks to better sleep hygiene, exercise, good nutrition and so on. And
ideally I’d like people to be just as passionate to be about mental fitness as
they tend to be about physical fitness. That’s an interesting approach and the
idea of mental fitness at two words that I haven’t kind of put together in my
head previously. And the book is called “Thing Lean Method”. It sounds like an
intriguing read. What’s the biggest misconception that you find amongst your
clients and customers about your passion that drives you and keeps you awake at
night? So one of the big things for me that it always gets me is that people
think that a healthy lifestyle is an all-or-nothing deal. And you know that
they can never eat their favorite foods anymore or something along those lines.
And the reality is that following a healthy lifestyle only eighty percent of
the time for example can still be very positive for overall health. So in the
book I’d set out guidelines for clients to find a level that’s realistic and
it’s achievable and sustainable and being sustainable is just so important.
And that’s why I don’t believe in depriving people of things that they
enjoy the most, but instead showing how to make it easier for people to achieve
moderation and to improve discipline through better brain health and mental
fitness. But it’s fantastic to hear the stories of people who are starting to
get this concept and who finally managed to lose weight, build a healthy lifestyle
and specifically because the book has helped them with the mental aspect of
healthy living done and it’s really inspiring to hear. Jurie, that’s an
intriguing concept and yes, I bet it is inspiring to hear. Now Yuri has joined
us today to talk about his book “Think Lean Method”. Jurie where can people get
the book? So it’s a recent release, it is now available on or available
on my website directly for a struggling customers and
yeah it’s really the best place to get it. And for people want to get in touch
with you I guess is the best place? Absolutely, that’s
place ago or of course it’s always Facebook and all those kind of places
for anyone so inclined. Yes we’re all very accessible these days one way or
another. Exactly. You’ve been listening to Wayne Bucklar on Health Professional
Radio. I’ve been in conversation with Jurie Rossouw who has written a book “Think
Lean Method” that sounds like an intriguing approach to both mind and the
body. If you’re interested in having a read of this interview, transcript is
available on our website at and there’s an archive there on
SoundCloud and on YouTube. This is Wayne Bucklar for Health Professional Radio.

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