It may be clichéd but your health is one thing in life to never take for granted. Is it time for you to stand up, take some responsibility and really own your own health?
I’ll start by revealing that this blog is a little personal. Two significant losses in my family in the past few years have highlighted to me that life really doesn’t discriminate sometimes and we are not all fortunate with our health. If anything good is to come from the losses of those two strong, beautiful women, it’s a kick in the butt, a reminder to stand up and own my own health. It’s because I can, and I owe it to myself aswell as to my kids and family to do just that.
Recently I suffered a bout of food poisoning. The intense, thorough-gut-cleaning yet relatively short-lived kind. But the ongoing ramifications following this food poisoning have really caught me off guard. At times in the last months I haven’t been able to eat or exercise or sleep, and along with the pain, it has really put my health into perspective. I’ve had the WTF-but-my-body-is-a-temple moment….more than once….but one thing this has done has made me appreciate how healthy I have been. In trying to negate the effects of some seriously messed up gut bacteria balance I’ve been listening to my body and trying to work out what it needs to slowly get my health back on track (see picture of my version of a ‘nourish bowl’, it’s all I craved!). I’ve also had to acknowledge that self-help can sometimes only go so far.
Something else I must reveal is that so far, I have also felt let down by the medical profession. As an evidence-based practitioner/(ex)scientist, I am not into downplaying the role of medicine nor do I disrespect the importance of doctors. However, I have been left stranded by them as I try to rebuild my own health. It is disappointing that using nutrition in combination with medicine, as an integral part of treatment, is still marginal practice atleast from my solitary experience here in Germany.
It turns out I’m not invincible and infact, that makes me completely normal.
I am however fortunate, unlike others, that my recent health issues will only be transient and will require patience and ‘sticking to the plan’ to fix.
My question to you is; why settle for feeling “just OK”? You could be losing time that could be lived feeling amazing so why not stand up, own it, take control and make your health the thing to prioritise?
Make that dermatologist appointment that you said could wait….for the past 3 years. Call your GP for a general checkup…..because you are in your 30’s and maybe it’s a good thing to do. Tune-in to your body and if that niggly hamstring injury is still there when you run, switch it up, give it a rest and perhaps try some pilates. And ladies, please, as this brave women advocates, avoid the booby trap with early breast cancer detection!
Yours in (improving!) health,