HOW MY OBSESSION WITH FOOD SPIRALLED OUT OF CONTROL
If you have read my previous 'wellness journey' post, you will know that a few years ago, I made some huge changes to my fitness routine and diet in an attempt to be 'healthy' and monitor and improve what food and supplements I was putting in to my body.
Fast forward to 2016, and out of nowhere I began getting severe stomach pains, and for no apparent reason. After seeing multiple doctors, hours of online research and even midnight trips to the hospital in agony, I decided to cut out wheat, gluten, dairy - anything I thought could be upsetting my gut. I was strict with what I would and wouldn't eat and the obsession grew to a point I was petrified to eat anything at all some days, worried about the pains I would suffer in return. Then eventually after being hospitalised by a severe case of the flu, I realised that although I was obsessing about swapping out wholemeal bread for rye or gluten-free bread, and cows milk for lacto-free or almond milk, I was so concentrated on this that my intake of fresh meat, fruit and vegetables was at an all time low.
Yes I was eating very healthily but my body was barely receiving any of the nutrients and proteins it needed to function. My immune system was struggling, my energy levels low, tired and completely stressed out, I realised I needed to change my diet ASAP.
Still on the road to recovery, I'm now ensuring my body gets EVERYTHING it needs in the right balance, and alongside this I began to realise the most likely cause of my stomach upset was STRESS. So now when I get anxious or worried, I breathe deeply and remember something I once read - is it going to be something you will worry about in 5 years time? If not then don't spend 5 minutes worrying about it now. It's pointless.
After calming down my stomach pains have disappeared, and I have found that cooking recipe's by Madeleine Shaw, The Hemsley sisters and Gwyneth Paltrow have shown me how to get the perfect balance in my nutrition. You can find their cook books at Waterstones, WH Smith's, and Amazon.