I know a few of you read the title of this post and thought, “Whaaaaa? That skinny thing is going on a diet? Move over Kate Moss!” But before you write me off as crazy, hear me out.
Yes, I am “going on a diet” or rather, changing my diet. But it’s not about weight loss.
You see, skinny, does not necessarily mean healthy. I’m a slim girl. However, I’ve also been struggling with a few minor health issues (nothing serious I assure you, but very irritating and bothersome). After being in such pain last night that I lost a good amount of sleep, I’ve decided I’m done. I’ve had enough of tolerating these health issues, and I am going to do something about it.
I have been to a doctor. I have tried their prescriptions. Unfortunately I also reacted to said prescriptions, and the next suggestion was a drug therapy that I am not comfortable with.
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Lately my evening reading material (after the kiddo is tucked away in bed and I have some time for a tea and a book) has centered around nutrition. I enjoy this topic, and am developing a passion for it. With everything I’ve read, I could throw stats at you, and quote the authours until your ears hurt. But just because I’ve got a lot of head knowledge doesn’t mean I’ve been applying it to my own life.
Actually, I’m ashamed to say, that for everything I know about nutrition, I’m eating about as healthy as a seagull waiting for scrap french fries at Peter’s Drive-in.
Yes, we have a garden. Yes, we eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Yes, we raise and hunt our own meat. We are off to a good start. But I often go and throw that all out the window with ample amounts of junk food, salty processed foods, sugary foods, fast food, etc.
No, there’s nothing wrong with having a treat every now and then – but I’m going to be honest with you: I just polished off half a dozen cookies. Yeah. Moderation is hard for me apparently.
Food as Medicine
Hippocrates said almost 2500 years ago “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.”
So this is what I am going to try. Food as medicine. I am going to cut out the foods that could be contributing to my condition, and add foods that could help remedy it.
I fully believe that many of the health issues we face today can be essentially reversed with changes to diet. Take Joe Cross for example, the guy behind the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” (available on Netflix). He literally changed his life when he changed his diet.
If others can do it, why can’t I? So here it goes…
I’ll need some accountability and encouragement though, as I know this won’t be easy for me. So please join me on this journey. I’ll be sharing the specific ways I am changing my diet. I’m going to try to gradually change things one step at a time so it’s easier for me to maintain the changes.
Wish me luck!