Test & learn mindset with Ayurveda

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I was ready to start making changes but encountered a potential challenge. How would I ensure learning from every change that I made? We can assume that any change may lead to one of three 3 outcomes. It could help, hurt or make no difference to my wellness. I could spend months practicing a change but get no positive outcome. Or I could practice a change for a few days and get an unreliable positive outcome. 

I wanted the time spent on making a change to yield learnings irrespective of the outcome. Even if I don’t get positive outcomes from a change, my time and effort should still be worthwhile as a learning experience. I will share an approach in this post that will address this challenge.

I decided to make a few simultaneous and meaningful changes for 4 weeks at a time. I would consciously observe how my body is responding to each change every day. Additionally I would get a directional read on the collective impact of all the changes over the period. 

Being well versed with A/B testing and multivariate testing approaches at work; I am aware of the limitations of this approach. 

  • How would I separate the impact of an individual change among a set of changes that were made at the same time?
  • Individual changes may be correlated. So how could I reasonably attribute the results? 
  • Being the only test subject, wouldn’t I introduce biases? If I don’t like drinking hot water and decide to start drinking hot water – wouldn’t I be likely to eventually conclude that drinking hot water makes no difference to my well being? 

However, there is also a massive advantage of taking this approach. During the 4 week test duration, I could be aware of the deepest changes taking place in my body and mind every conscious minute of the day. I would notice how my belly is responding to what I am eating, how the smell of my breath is changing after meals, if my poop healthy, how my tongue looks in the morning etc..  The depth of data as a singular test subject would be a massive advantage. Any significant shifts may then become easier to identify and disambiguate. 

At the end of 4 weeks, I will evaluate the changes against 2 parameters. 

  • One, whether I am able to consistently practice the change. If it’s too hard to regularly incorporate into my life, it’s not going to be sustainable. 
  • Two, whether it is positively impacting me. I want to experience a tangible difference to my health and wellness. I will be looking for tangible improvements to digestion, energy levels, mental clarity, ability to concentrate, relief from headaches, reduction in eye watering, reduced acidity etc. If it does, I would want to make it part of my routine.

The two parameters above will guide me towards finding a set of changes that should become part of my long term routine.

With the above approach in mind, let’s hop over to see the first set of changes that I decided to make in the next post. See you there!

Before we head over, I am curious to hear about your experiences. Have you tried to make lifestyle changes? How did you go about it? What did you learn? Please share your thoughts with me in the comments.