YouLab: Researching Yourself

YouLab is a skill that acknowledges you as the research scientist of your own life.  As with any experiment, you are looking for a cause and effect relationship. For example, what happens when I don’t eat sugar for a day? When I opt for the stairs instead of the elevator for a week?


It’s all about adding, subtracting, or changing something in your life and noticing how your entire self (body, mind, and emotions) responds. You might want to start with some small changes, such as drinking more water for a few days.


The key is making a conscious choice to change and then noticing what,

 if anything, is different for you.


An example. Let’s say I am someone who usually drinks little to no water and I decide to drink 64 ounces on a given day. I may notice that I am less hungry, less irritable, but a bit nauseous. If I further analyze my water intake for that day, I may realize that I drank much of the water quickly (in an effort to get it over with!) and on an empty stomach. Perhaps the next time I try this I will alter when and how I drink my water. I may find that if I drink the full 64 ounces, but spaced out throughout the day, I am not nauseous.


You can use YouLab with any type of intervention or change.


My YouLab Experiment.  About 2 years ago, I realized I was always saying “yes” to family members and colleagues whenever they asked me to do something. I decided that for one week, when I was asked to do something, I would first take a few deep breaths and actually think about whether this was something I really wanted to do. After this, I would make the decision. During that week, it turned out that I actually said “no” 3 of the 12 times someone asked me to do something.

Cause and effect relationship.  What did I notice? In the immediate instant after I said no, I felt a twinge of guilt.  But overall, I felt more relaxed and noticed that the knot in my left shoulder began to release. If I hadn’t made the conscious effort to change and if I failed to notice that I said no 3 of the 12 times, I may not have realized the positive cause and effect between saying no and feeling more relaxed and being in less pain.


Biochemical-individuality. Some of the YouLab structure is based on the theory of biochemical-individuality. Dr. Roger Williams describes biochemical-individuality in his book, Biochemical Individuality as:


The Key to Understanding What Shapes Your Health.


Williams states that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Each person is a unique individual with highly individualized requirements based on factors that include personal tastes, inclinations, natural shapes and sizes, blood type, metabolic rates, and genetic backgrounds.


Although Williams and other scientists have used this theory to validate dietary requirements and choices, it can be applied to any life choices we make. While certain practices, such as eating protein every day, may be necessary for every one of us, how we select the specific protein we will eat is specific to the individual.  Furthermore, noticing how certain proteins make us feel will also play a role in future decisions.


Patient Preferences. Research has shown that when patient preferences in their healthcare and treatment are taken into consideration by healthcare providers, outcomes are significantly better than when patient preferences are not considered. Although this may seem obvious, it is a big turnaround for U.S. healthcare, where decisions used to be made primarily by the provider. Taking individual preferences and genetics into consideration in crafting any treatment, intervention, or change is essential for the best outcomes.


Interested in learning more about YouLab skills?  Check out these SOHL YouLab micro-training tools.





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