Hi everybody 🙂
Even if I didn’t update here all my kitchen adventures I posted as often as I could on Instagram, so, if you followed me, you know by now that it has been an interesting journey. I “traveled” through India, China, Italy and many other countries. 🙂 Really it’s like traveling for me, as I am often experiencing the places I visit trough my taste buds ;)). I’m continuing still this challenge in the days I am cooking – I am human, I cannot cook everyday 🙂 but when I cook I always make something new and tasty. It became like a reflex, and it has a lot of benefits. I like making beautiful and delicious food. I am currently writing another post more detailed about this, so do come back!
These days I had another interesting experience, that led me to believe, again, that we are not seeing the big picture, most of the time. I am talking, this time, about health. I am as you know, trained, even if a dentist, in medicine. I follow, as much as possible, all the new information about nutrition, about healthy living and exercise.
I have known since my teenage years that I have a hormonal imbalance, and found out later also the name : Policystic Ovaries Syndrome. The doctors I have been to, and, believe me, I visited a few, had the same opinion every time: “if you don’t want children right away, you have to take birth control pills. For “regulating your hormones”. Apparently it was also ” dangerous” to live without the pills so, I took them and …I never checked. Me, “the person that checks everything”, like my husband says, I didn’t check. In the last year, I started to gain weight rapidly. I went to doctor again, I tried to say I want to go off the pill, that I can feel it hurting me, but…you guessed it…they said no. Finally I had to find another doctor who understood how I feel and made a change for me. So, for three weeks, I am in a different world, so much better, relaxed, and not worrying about the effects the pills will have on me. Also, since then, I discovered that the pills, not only that can have their own side effects, they are just covering the hormonal imbalances, and not curing them, while causing new ones. Your insulin levels, your whole body and mind can be, as it happened to me, affected and your internal balance can go awry. Cool, ha? no.. not so cool 😦
So, since I found out the reality I have been thinking how it’s possible that I didn’t think to search. I understand more than the next person the medical issues, due to my studies, which can be a blessing or a curse, but still, I didn’t even think to check. I actually know why I didn’t check their opinion more: it’s because I believe that the specialists know better. If two, three doctors insisted for the pills, I thought it can be a good treatment for me. In this case, not so much. Let’s hope that everything will come back to normal and my health will not be affected in the long run.
From this point, I started to think, how many articles are there about emotional eating, about losing weight and exercise, you name it. All of this information makes people, especially women, think that there might be a lack of ambition about them, if they cannot do the things they are advised to do, and it can mess with their self esteem. I can bet a lot of the people that don’t feel just great, with low energy, lack of or too much sleep, increased appetite or anything out of a normal balanced body and mind might have some hormonal or vitamin imbalance that can create some misleading symptoms.
Like in my case : I could feel there is something is not right, that even I love food, it’s not normal to be hungry all the time, low energy and just not characteristic moods, but you know, nobody believes you. Only an informed doctor would.
So, after all this, all I can say is: before you go checking the psychological reasons behind your body giving you some warning signs, first check the physical reasons. In medicine, there is a rule of diagnostic: if the patient has some symptoms that can be both for physical and psychological reasons, you, as a doctor, have the duty to check first the physical ones. Only when you have eliminated the possibility of being a disease of the body you can think about the mind. It’s like this. Before you start taking some pill for anxiety check your magnesium levels, if you are suffering, like me, of PCOS it is better to understand your condition and do what is necessary to really regulate your hormones, not cover the whole thing while your body is suffering. Our bodies are so miraculously built that all the vitamins, hormones, levels in the blood chemistry, should be at some specific levels, otherwise the body is telling you, giving you clues that there is something wrong. So that muscle cramps or heart beating too fast are happening sometimes to warn you. Of course, if you do want to check, take the advice of a really good doctor, who understands the processes in the body. Self-diagnostic is a dangerous thing, so don’t do it, just try to find, there are for sure, a doctor that will care about your body and look at it as a whole.
I always say, that after my university, after all those books that were sometimes hard even to lift :), one of the things I really learned and will never forget, is how miraculously wonderful our bodies are. There are all these substances that react with each-other every minute in our bodies, just to be alive, that, believe me, make every minute precious. Very tiny quantities of some, are a condition for living. Think about it: as much as the science discovered already, there are still some areas in which the research is not conclusive yet. Our brains, for example, are functioning so wonderfully complicated that it is incredible to believe sometimes what they are capable of. The conscious and subconscious mind are working together is such a harmonious way, and still, giving you clues, if you want to listen, about what you need to do, learn and grow. I know that it is almost a cliche this “respect your body” slogan, but, I, really, really deeply believe it. Most of my doctor colleagues share the same opinion, because, at least when you are learning all the chemical processes in the body and understanding how inventive it can be, you kind of have to respect it. 🙂 Also, you have to trust it: the body is giving you some signs and you have to help it, but, when you do, you have to trust it will try to heal itself. If you crave a food – not biscuits – :))) give it that food, trust it, because most probably it needs to fuel up on a certain substance. For example, for a few months last year, I think I ate as many eggplants I could find. I don’t especially like them normally, and now I am back to normal, but in that time, I was sure there is something in these vegetables that my body needed.
In a healthy human everything is balanced. Mind and body together. We all know that perfection is a hard thing to have in the life. But, if only for a minute, try to think about that if you are alive in just that moment, it’s because, you’re perfect. 🙂
The thing about living a happy life: the main condition for achieving it is to be healthy, as healthy and balanced as possible.
So, I hope you can learn from my mistakes 🙂
Have a great week and a happy and healthy life in general ! 🙂
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