“Healthier, Happier, Longer” at Equilibrium Fest 2021
On Saturday 11th September 2021 at the Institute of Arts Barcelona based in Sitges, I was a guest speaker at the very first holistic event, Equilibrium Fest 2021. A great celebration of health and well-being, bio & therapies market, live music, a multitude of workshops, and engaging talks. One of these speakers was myself and the topic was: “Healthier, Happier and Longer”.
45minutes to change lives?
It was going to be a bit of a challenge for me. When I meet my clients for the 1st time we have at least 90 minutes to chat about their needs and objectives. At the event, each of the speakers had just 45 minutes to talk. In the beginning, I thought maybe it was enough to give people a taste of who I am and where I come from. I started scripting but soon noticed it wasn’t going to be as easy as I’d thought. There was so much I wanted to say. I wanted to be informative, shocking, dramatic, but also practical and easy to comprehend.
The world of Nutrition changes daily and I spent time checking and rechecking my notes, changing bits here and there. But then I’d go on a tangent or remember or find something “Oh I have to mention that!” or “Oh, this is sooo important” or “This will blow then away!”. When my wife saw that my 45-minute script was turning into a book, she just nodded her head and said you’re going to have to cut it, Keith. She’s an expert in Communication. My head sank.
One of my issues is that I do like to talk, and I like to improvise, and even be funny if possible, but I had to remember that my goal as a Health Coach was the same one I had for the day at Equilibrium, I wanted to change people’s lives. I wanted them to take away everything from the talk, not just one thing. But unless they could write shorthand, they wouldn’t be able to keep up with the amount of information I planned on giving them.
Why a Health Coach?
I get very emotional about the subject of Health & Nutrition. I feel that when we walk into the local supermarket, we are entering into a war, one that we are unaware of. There are so many people that don’t know what they are buying, what they are consuming, and the dangers that it’s going to cause not today, nor next month, but in 20 years’ time. I know this personally as I have heart disease and it was because of a diet rich in carbohydrates including white bread, rice, and potatoes, for 20 years that caused it. I nearly followed my parents to the grave. By the very early age of 37, both of them were dead due to the planet’s two biggest, Cancer and Heart Disease. It’s too young to lose your parents. They’ve missed so much of their lives and mine and the pain of them not being here never goes away. I want to save people from this pain by showing them that making sometimes simple changes in their lifestyle can save their lives and the lives of their loved ones around them.
Maybe you can now see why 45 minutes was going to be a trying task. But I did it and I got the impression it was well received and I really hope that people took some little nugget of info away with them, something they can apply to their life. I look forward to doing it again.
Although I tried to squeeze in as much as I could. Apart from the slides about ….well…you had to be there really! ;o) The one thing I hope people took away with them is what the Japanese centenarians on the island of Okinawa call ‘Ikigai’, which kind of translates to; your sense of purpose in life. Or what I called in my talk: Finding your Superpower. We all have one, just as we all have a reason to live. Most of the time that power or that purpose is taking care of somebody, “I live for my children, I would do anything for them!”. We hear this a lot, right? If that’s the case, one should live a lifestyle that represents this purpose. But if a person’s lifestyle involves knowingly having a bad diet, a lack of movement and a general failure to look after their own personal health, maybe that same person or those same people will end up looking after you and thus you’ll have lost your sense of purpose, your Ikigai.
I can’t find somebody’s Superpower, but I can help them find their way back to a healthier lifestyle so they can have the opportunity to continue with or to find their purpose in life the best way possible. Most of the time, it means some minor adjustments and you’d be amazed at the results. I don’t put people on diets. I don’t believe in diets. What I believe in are Lifestyle changes. I’ll give you a Lifestyle plan that will reflect your needs and necessities, your objectives, your goals, ones that you can easily stick to. It’s not just about the food you eat or movement, it’s also about sleep hygiene, stress management, work, and home relationships, connecting to people, connecting to nature, among other things. It’s about everything in your life that is preventing you from living your Ikigai. As I say, if you want to change your life, change your Lifestyle.
Congratulations and an invitation
I take my hat off to the event organizers. It was extremely well put together. There were more than 60 talks and workshops, an array of colorful stalls. There were musicians and DJs. There were homemade food treats and a food truck. I am amazed that this was their first Equilibrium Fest.
Thanks so very much to you Lisa and Mulla for giving me the chance to speak and to allow me to share my story and my passion as a Health & Nutrition Coach. Hand on heart it was a very special day, filled with endless energy, smiling faces, and positive vibes, something that was so very much needed and still now in these strange times. It was a great way to pack up the Summer and warm us up for the colder months ahead.
Thanks to the people that attended my talks! Also, to my wife and my friends who came all the way from Barcelona and supported me and my good friend photographer Elena for taking such wonderful photos and managing to make an old man look a tad younger!
Thanks again and I hope to see you all again at Equilibrium 2022.
If you want to have a “Healthier, Happier and Longer Life”, contact me and it’ll be a pleasure to help you or a loved one. All my services are on my website, but you can write to me directly if you want more information. Thank you very much.
All photos by Elena Benedettini