Successfully Changing Your Diet Is Not Physical, and It’s Not Really Mental… It’s Spiritual–Here’s Why

I came to a realization today, more clear than it has ever been. My failure to really transition my diet the way I have desired is a lack of faith. Nothing more.

Now I hardly have what one would call a bad diet. If you want to talk percentages, mine may be in the top five percent of the population at large, give or take, in terms of how healthy it is.

But it’s not where I know it should be.

And it is not a physical issue. Yes, there are physical cravings and the like. But I’ve found they’re never that severe.

Nor is it mental, really. Yes, the mind plays tricks, and tells us what we want to hear, about everything, diet–especially–included. And there are what we may call “mental” cravings, and these can be more severe. But they’re certainly not insurmountable.

There’s only one other key realm, and that’s spiritual. You could say emotional too, but I consider that an outgrowth of the mental.

So what is the problem?

It’s really so simple. It isn’t complicated at all. It’s spiritual–a lack of faith.

How so?

I’ve been wanting to base my diet on raw foods since the 80s–yes, the 80s! I know that dates me to no end, but there it is.

I remember reading about Ann Wigmore, and her living foods diet. Ann first popularized the drinking of Wheatgrass juice for improved health. She was also a major advocate of sprouting seeds to unlock their nutrient content.

Those ideas were pretty far out in the 80s, but now they’ve become chic.

I was fascinated by this pioneer’s health findings. She seemed to be living her beliefs, with apparent amazing recovery once she dramatically changed her diet. I wanted to change my diet to one based on living, sprouted foods. But–to simplify the issue–I didn’t have the nerve. I didn’t have the faith to see it through.

Now you may be reading this, saying to yourself, “Thank God you didn’t see it through, you’d end up looking like a cancer patient!”

And perhaps you’d be right, but honestly, I don’t believe that.

I realize now that faith is doing what you see you’re led to do, without looking to the right or to the left. Without having to inundate your mind with endless studies. Without having to watch endless YouTubes and hear endless discussions, and find just one more example of someone who is successfully living on raw, living foods.

Because it’s never enough. There is no amount of knowledge that can overcome a lack of faith.

Do you have to know what you’re doing when you make a change like this? It certainly helps to “gird the loins.” And frankly, at this point I have enough knowledge to move much further down this road than I have.

Understand, I’m not advocating that you do anything.

And this article is not so much about raw food as it is about faith. Faith moves all things.

I have been fortunate to be on the front end of many health and fitness trends, including raw foods, but also yoga, Pilates, kettlebells, barbells, and many of the trends that have become big over the years.

But frankly, as far ahead of the curve as I was, I never seized any of these trends and capitalized on them in a big way. I’d be a lot richer man if I had!

And I’ve been “passed up” by many with much less experience in these trends than myself. I’m not begrudging them. I’m complimenting them, really, for seeing a growing trend and riding the wave.

So where does that leave me today?

Merely in a position to feel more and more comfortable about being willing to step forward with faith alone.

Recently, I have written an e-book about how I overcame weakness, illness, injury, and even surgery to be in better condition today at the age of 58 than I was in 20 years ago. I did this even though I’ve never written a book before. I read several books on how to do it, and just did it.

Later I went through a new string of light injuries (I’ve spent my life overcoming them), and as a Certified Personal Trainer, also helping clients–particularly older clients–work through joint injuries. I began to think deeply about how to better help them. One night I went to bed wresting with the problem, and literally all night I continued to do so in various states of consciousness. It started working itself out, and by the early morning I was scribbling in my training notebook the idea that turned into my first video, Greek Yoga™.

By the way, although the idea of Greek Yoga was created that night, it didn’t just come out of nowhere. I have been long been practicing a very personal form of body movement encompassing many disciplines I’ve picked up over the years.

I should probably get into this further in a future post. It’s pretty fascinating how all the things I “stumbled into” along the way led me to what I know, and where I am today.

The larger point I’m making is that these ventures I’ve started are a direct result of my being increasingly willing to step out on faith.

Regarding the embracing of a raw foods-dominated diet, I have been inching forward a long time on this, but lately have really been watching the way that the wrong foods can have an extremely negative effect on me, and the opposite–the right foods–primarily living foods–can have an extremely powerful positive effect on me.

And I notice one more thing–this morning: the wrong foods can cause mental dullness–and again, the opposite–they can cause mental sharpness. This may sound like a pretty obvious observation, as anyone can who’s eaten Thanksgiving dinner can attest!

But it’s noticing the subtleties–that’s where I’m at now. I want the best physically-mentally too. And spiritually too–yes, spiritually. Eating live food causes the mind to light up! I’ve experienced it, oh yes, it’s real! I want to be at the top of my game. I have much I want to do, and to not be able to move at the right speed and in the right way just seems such a waste.

I hope this post has been useful to you. Please let me know if it has.

Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is the creator of GREEK YOGA™, and the author of GREEK PHYSIQUE: The Simple, Satisfying Way to Sculpt Your Body–Even if You’re Old, Weak, or Broken Down. He can be reached at



Gut Check: Can You Handle “Slow” Progress or Setbacks?

I’ve been training for almost fifty years.  And “progress” in my training, nutrition, and lifestyle does not come as quickly as it did when I was starting out.

Neither will progress come as quickly for you.

There are reasons for this.

If you start a diet or training program and you’re basically out of shape and unconditioned–assuming the program is good–you can expect pretty dramatic results (in the beginning) if you stick to it.

But the more conditioned you become, the smaller the noticeable gains will be. Think of the elite athlete. They are so finely tuned they are looking for very small gains to give them the edge over the competition.

Once you’ve embarked on a health and fitness program, you need to begin thinking like the elite athlete.

The Expectation Trap

Understanding that health and fitness gains typically come slower, the more healthy and fit you already are, is key to gauging progress. For example, over the past week, I’ve been consciously adding more water to my diet, to flush out the junk, and to get my body working more efficiently. Proper water intake has been linked to many health benefits, and particularly, I felt a need to increase water intake for improved sleep, which has been a challenge for me for some time.

While I can say that I have experienced some improved health benefits, including some improvement in my sleep, I have not experienced a huge difference. At least not yet.

What I’ve noticed is something similar to other lifestyle changes I’ve made over the years–based on what someone has said, or someone’s stated experience is using a particular strategy, an expectation has been set up in my mind to expect a particular outcome in a particular length of time. That’s what’s known as a setup, my friend! Continue reading “Gut Check: Can You Handle “Slow” Progress or Setbacks?”

Is There Something Wrong with Training to Look Good?

We live in the age of Internet selfies. Of steroid-bloated bodies. Of big booty bikini competitors… In short, the world of health and fitness is awash in a sea of vanity.

Yet, at the same time, we’ve seen the rise of “functional” exercise: CrossFit, stability balls, athlete-centric training. Overall, quite a positive trend, I’d say.

These appear to be two ends of a spectrum—“form” versus “function.” Do they have anything in common? More to the point, is there anything wrong with training to look good? Continue reading “Is There Something Wrong with Training to Look Good?”

Greek Yoga™–Total Body Conditioning in 30 Minutes!

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Greek Yoga™ distills Greek-inspired calisthenics, classic yoga, and modern cardio training into one amazing workout!

This workout can be modified to fit where you’re at right now, even if you’re an older trainee, weak, or someone who tends to irritate joints when they work out.

The timing couldn’t be better with summer upon us. The price is right too–during the month of June, we’re offering three 30-minute sessions of Greek Yoga™ for just $90! ($30 per session–the same per-session price as our six session package) Continue reading “Greek Yoga™–Total Body Conditioning in 30 Minutes!”

Does It Pass the “God” Test?

This week I realized I’ve long been applying a standard–a test if you will–to my own approach to health and fitness, and to ideas pushed in the health and fitness world.

I call it the “God” test.

You know the saying, “Does it pass the smell test?” In other words, is it believable or not as a solution to whatever problem it is we’re discussing.

The “God” test, states, in the way that I see it, “Is the proposed solution keeping within the laws of nature and of nature’s God”? (to quote the Declaration of Independence)

Or is it just plain unnatural? Continue reading “Does It Pass the “God” Test?”

Starch is a Tool–Like Fire!

I experienced a new food adventure earlier this week that I’d like to share with you. It was another eye-opener in regards to the effects of starch on the body.

If you’d like to see what happened to me when I tried eating starchy vegan, read Starchy Vegan Made My Body Go to Sleep. It’s a lengthy read, but if you want to dig further into the world of starch and the kind of effect it can have on you, check it out.

The above foray into the starchy vegan world taught me some profound lessons. And this week’s experiment with a more “paleo” style of eating (cutting out grains and legumes) opened my eyes even further. Continue reading “Starch is a Tool–Like Fire!”

Greek Yoga™ Is Here!

I’m thrilled to announce an exciting addition to Greek Physique™, LLC–Greek Yoga™ ! For simplicity and brevity sake, I’m setting this blog post up as a kind of FAQ:

What is Greek Yoga™?

It’s really the blending of Greek Physique™ classic progressive calisthenics with classic yoga–a perfect marriage utilizing the strengths of both disciplines.

What are the Benefits of Greek Yoga?

Now this is where it gets interesting. Because there are a lot! I’m going to list 10+ benefits: Continue reading “Greek Yoga™ Is Here!”

Starchy Vegan Made My Body Go to Sleep

I’ve been into health and fitness for most of my life. And I’ve known for a long time the kind of impact the right diet can have on a person. Through eating incorrectly, I’ve known periods of poor health and horrible productivity. Even today, as a healthy 57 year-old in great physical condition, if I try something in my diet and it doesn’t work, my health and productivity can quickly take a nose dive.

Which brings me to this week’s experiment.

I’ve been concerned for some time about the potential negative effects of too much meat, eggs, and animal products on the system. I understand that God allowed mankind to eat meat after the Flood. But I also know that the first diet He provided in the Garden was raw vegan:
Continue reading “Starchy Vegan Made My Body Go to Sleep”

Do You Have a “Supplement Habit?”


Supplement: Something that completes or makes an addition.–Merriam-Webster

I’ve been thinking about this one for a long time. It’s time to speak up about it: Dietary supplements are being misused–big time. Yes, I said it.

Supplements are a huge money maker for many in the health and fitness world. It’s a golden goose for them. In effect, they are “supplement pushers.” And they may have talked you into a “supplement habit.” Continue reading “Do You Have a “Supplement Habit?””

How to GUARANTEE Success with Your Health and Fitness Program


I’ve recently been discussing why so many are failing to implement health and fitness programs–it’s because health and fitness are NOT a priority.

But let’s say that you received that message and are ready to make health and fitness a priority. How will you guarantee the success of your program?

The power of habit.

Uh, okay,,, you may be thinking that the answer sounds pretty basic. But I assure you, it is the case–habits are that powerful. Anything you’ve achieved in your life–outside of a one-time fluke–has very likely been achieved via the power of habit.

So how do you implement the power of habit? Continue reading “How to GUARANTEE Success with Your Health and Fitness Program”