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Wisdom and Wellness Wrap-Up: Harnessing Awareness for Transformation

By March 29, 2024No Comments

Navigating the intricate landscape of health and fitness demands more than just a passive approach; it requires an active engagement with our behaviors and the factors that drive them. A key element in this process is understanding the impact of the Hawthorne Effect—how the mere awareness of being observed can catalyze significant behavioral changes. 

The Hawthorne Effect illuminates the transformative power of attention. By simply knowing that we are monitoring our actions, we unconsciously steer ourselves towards better habits. This principle is especially pertinent when applied to health and fitness, where the act of observation can lead to profound improvements in our lifestyle choices and behaviors.


Proverbs 4:25-27 AMP serves as a timeless reminder of the importance of vigilance and direction in our lives. “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Watch the path of your feet, and all your ways will be established. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” This guidance is particularly relevant in our health and wellness journey, urging us to remain focused on our goals and the measures needed to achieve them, thereby ensuring a steadfast and sure path forward. 

Solomon was onto something. Awareness creates habit change and helps to guide us into a better relationship with the Lord, holiness, and health in my estimation.


In the wellness section of our journey, the act of tracking calories emerges as a practical embodiment of both the Hawthorne Effect and the scriptural encouragement to watch our steps. Initially, the task of logging food intake might seem daunting or tedious. However, this practice can dramatically enhance our understanding of nutrition, revealing the true composition of our diets. The mere act of paying attention to what we eat can lead to significant dietary improvements, making calorie tracking a powerful tool for anyone looking to gain deeper insight into their eating habits, even if only for a short period.


If tracking calories seems overwhelming at this moment, consider these six practical tips to improve your diet without meticulous logging:

  1. Stop Drinking Your Calories: Liquid calories can add up quickly without providing the same feeling of fullness that solid foods do. Focus on water, tea, or black coffee to quench your thirst.
  2. Prioritize Protein at Every Meal: Protein is essential for muscle repair and growth. It also promotes satiety, helping you feel full longer.
  3. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables: These foods can create a sense of fullness with fewer calories, making it easier to manage your intake without feeling deprived.
  4. Cut Out Snacking: Reducing or eliminating snacking can help control your calorie intake and encourage more mindful eating patterns. Also, snacking is generally unplanned eating which is the opposite of mindful. 
  5. Learn to Cook: Cooking at home allows you to control the ingredients and portions, leading to healthier meals. You gain a skill and are in better control of your health. It is also cheaper!
  6. Move More Often: Increasing your daily activity level can boost your calorie burn and contribute to a healthier lifestyle, even outside of formal exercise sessions. More movement will also create a better metabolic response to what you are eating in general.

As you navigate the path to improved health, remember the significance of mindful awareness—both in the psychological principle of the Hawthorne Effect and the sage advice of Proverbs. Monitoring your progress, whether through calorie tracking or implementing practical tips for a healthier lifestyle, can illuminate the way forward, enabling you to make adjustments that align with your health goals. This journey, though personal and sometimes challenging, is enriched by the insights gained through deliberate observation and the wisdom of watching your steps. Embrace the process, and you may find yourself on a path to lasting, positive change. Remember health is a skill. It takes time to learn new things or adjust old habits. Be compassionate and patient with yourself. 

In faith & fitness, 


Adam Braud

Author Adam Braud

I'm Adam Braud, a Certified Fitness Professional. I’m a Louisiana native that hails from Baton Rouge! My fitness journey began at age 14 when I joined a friend and his dad for a workout at the gym, and I’ve never looked back. Along with my passion for fitness, I have a deep and genuine love for people. I’ve been able to express a lot of that through nearly thirty years of ministry experience. I integrate my love for fitness and people by providing a unique coaching experience through my app, public speaking, and 1:1 training. I couple science-based fitness with care for the whole person. My hope is to help people to take care of themselves in a way that allows them to be around and do the work they feel called to for a long time to come.

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