Whole Food Healing: The Four Levels of Learning
Every year at this time, it is interesting to hear people’s conversations about overeating, starting a diet in the new year, starting an exercise routine, stop doing this, stop doing that, eat more of this, eat more of that, yada, yada, yada….
To add to this, I had the chance to experience something quite amazing on a recent trip while out of my normal market setting that had me start thinking about the human approach to learning and its knowledge gained application.
In the comfort of my life in the Hudson Valley’s regional farmers’ markets and co-ops, I tend to take for granted the great relationship that exists between a farmer and a co-op when it comes to their “tattooed” love and knowledge with their product, stores, and customers.
When I am traveling and find myself at a grocery store, it is hard not to notice the consistency that you can for example hand a/an artichoke, sun choke, ginger, turmeric, kohlrabi, kale, collard greens, etc. to a cashier and a game of “What am I holding in my hand?” will start.
After a few seconds, a scene that resembles the Gods Must Be Crazy begins. I want to be nice, but the temptation to be a silent observer takes control. I find myself in a trance watching the cashier start to panic with an inquisitive attention to the extreme detail as if it was “the claw.” (Toy Story) or for someone their age, an iPhone9? From here, it does not become any more enlightening for the cashier. As the cashier starts to examine the produce for no more than few seconds, their brain starts to freeze from exhaustion and a uniformed roll of their eyes occurs from the stress and weight of the mass confusion that has engulfed them.
Now, the cashier out of pure desperation hatches a plan. It is time to reach for their “tree” of a printed, multiple stapled, pen scratched through line items, pencil written over, outdated store produce pricing book, which will now provide them with no pictures, but a multiple choice option of 20+ other items that they most likely have never seen, know the difference of names or could hope to pronounce to chose for the right answer.
The tenacity not to just ask me the answer has now achieved superior levels and the cashier comes out with a magnificent question???
Hopeful thinking! Not a question, but a guess!
CASHIER: Is this (artichoke) a cactus fruit?
I answer, unfortunately no, but I am still hesitant to give an answer to them.
The cashier has now given up all hope that I will guide them, so they finally ask, “What is this?”
I tell them the answer, and a tear rolls down their cheek as they turn to see the belt full of more produce. But I am nicer going forward and save us both some time.
These are fun reminders of our human brain development and the reasons that we allow ourselves to procrastinate, hesitate, and resist taking that first step into the needed situations timely. While this speaks to the importance of some of the things that we should have learned in our school systems, from our jobs, our relationships, from our community, and family as we grow, and/or took the initiative to seek out alone, we will move forward without using the past as an excuse. So, what about the things that we just do not know? How do we learn? How can we gauge if we are learning? What is our skill level of knowledge on a subject? How good is our coach?
There is a learning system that we can utilize to start to categorize learning journeys, knowledge levels and ability to provide coaching to others on a subject. This approach is known as the 4 Levels of Learning that will apply to all we experience:
The Four Levels of Learning
1. Unconscious Incompetence: “I do not know what I do not know.” This is the stage where you have never been exposed to or perused outside understanding. It does not exist in your life.
2. Conscious Incompetence: “I know that I do not know this yet.” Labeled the more difficult of stages, this is the foundational element of where the learning will occur and judgments both positive and negative are formed on how to apply and how to use the information.
3. Conscious Competence: “I know that I know this.” In this stage, it is known but still needs to be referenced or reviewed to understand how to apply and/or how to use the information.
4. Unconscious Competence: “This is what I do.” In this stage, it is the ability to, without thinking, state the facts, uses, and makes adjustments to applications of how to apply and how to use the information without second thoughts. You are the expert!
These levels of learning through application are not by far an easy journey, and when we are speaking of foods, their use, and their exact application to how they can benefit us and fit into our lives, it is great to have that “unconscious competence” of the expert to coach/guide us to a conscious competence and/or beyond.
Since we all do not have the chance to stand behind a cash register, work in a produce department to learn the names of fruits and vegetables, and/or go through my “boot camp,” how can we start to receive the education of names, uses, self-dietary deficiencies, why to use, how to use, and creating the next steps to start your food use and knowledge plan? The benefit in taking this journey is that gaining the knowledge and changing the foods in your diet can change your life for the better in so many ways, and the bad news is that not changing your knowledge and the foods in your life can change your life for the worse. So where to start?
In the Hudson Valley, there is an opportunity to utilize un-tampered nutritionists that believe in and utilize a holistic, whole foods approach to promote change and health in the body.
ImmuneSchein is excited to have an opportunity to align our Ginger Elixirs with Nutrition Works Inc., owned by Traci Simonton, RD. Traci is offering our ImmuneSchein’s Ginger Elixir Classic, Turmeric Elixir, Garlic Elixir, and Cinnamon Elixir into her diet plans where applicable for her clients.
Traci Simonton has over 20 years of experience in nutrition therapy for infants, children, and adults. Her background includes:
- Neonatal, pediatric, and adult intensive care in medical center settings
- 15 years working in the Early Intervention program in a three-county area of the Hudson Valley, dealing primarily with medically fragile, failure to thrive, and gastrointestinal-compromised infants and children
- Integrative nutrition for autism, along with ADHD, ADD, sensory integration issues, and gastrointestinal problems
- Obesity in children to help them reach an optimal weight through whole foods nutritional approach
- Better nutrition through a non-GMO, organic, all-natural approach to nutrition for all ages
- Expertise on how to apply whole food nutrition and supplementation to provide the body what it needs for systemic healing
- Nutrition therapy for children and adults who deal with chronic conditions such as celiac disease, autoimmune, and inflammatory issues
- Counseling on whole foods and specialized supplementation
- Information to women regarding good nutrition pre-conception, during pregnancy and postpartum
In closing, please remember that creating a natural immune-boosting plan for your diet starts with taking that step from a unconscious incompetence to a conscious incompetence, so now that we are at a conscious incompetence level, what is the next step for you? How do you start your knowledge growth?
Please share your comments, thoughts, and reach out with any questions.
“To your health for real!”