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THURSDAY’S THOUGHTS: You are what you eat

by Sarah on February 16th, 2012

Most of us have heard the saying “You are what you eat”, hundreds of times over, but I wonder how many of us have actually allowed it to sink in. I, for one, know that I have not. I mean, my main meals are always pretty healthy, mostly my suppers, but the rest of my day usually consists of me grabbing something that’s quick and easy – cheese on toast, cereal and milk, leftover pizza from the night before, etc. I’ll make sure that Lily eats healthy meals and snacks, but somehow when it comes to me it’s more about the meal being easy, than the actual quality of the nutrients.

I’ve also always had a bit of a “thing” when it comes to food. My sister was always the skinnier of the two, and not that I’ve ever been huge, but in comparison I’ve never really felt happy with my body. I’ve also been a comfort eater, loving things like cheese, chocolate and carbs. These two issues combined, I am always left with a sense of feeling hard-done-by when I have to cut out the foods that are a norm for me to eat.

I think when someone has emotional issues around their body and food, it creates a space where they’re not entirely in-tune with what their body actually needs and functions optimally from. It’s more of a case of eating what their mind wants, or what makes them feel “happy”. This is definitely the case with me.

Anyway, what I’m getting at is that I went to a Homeopath yesterday who analyses blood and saliva under a microscope. I battle with feeling tired most of the time, I have for years, and have a general fuzziness in my head. It turns out that my body is in no way as healthy as it could be. My red blood cells and enzymes aren’t functioning effectively, and my system is riddled with Candida.

Now Candida is something that I’ve battled with before. To be frank, I’ve had terribly itchy “bits” at least four times before, especially during pregnancy. I haven’t had any similar symptoms since Lily was born and so thought I was in the clear. Apparently not. And this is one of the reasons why I feel so drained – my body is inundated with a bacteria which it should only have a small amount of.

So, what this means is that I have to take a couple of Homeopathic tinctures, but I also need to follow the Candida diet. And I’m feeling sorry for myself about this. For eight weeks, I need to cut out all sugar, wheat, yeast, most dairy, lots of fruits, and other things like fungi and vinegars. Being a vegetarian, it doesn’t leave me with many options. The Candida bacteria feed off these substances, and because they have been forming a huge part of my diet over the last, well, 31 years, I guess they’ve been having a total blast in my body.

I was reading up about it all on the internet last night, and found so many conflicting ideas around the whole subject, especially when it comes to vegetarianism and Candida. What it’s highlighted for me, is how important it is to be in-tune with your body. Which, like I said before, I’m clearly not. Instead of being stressed out by all the different opinions and information online, I’ve decided that I’m going to use these two months to really, really understand what it is that I need. What makes my body feel good, or bad. Instead of just shoving the easiest thing into my mouth, and not giving it another thought, I’m going to be taking the saying “You are what you eat” a lot more seriously.

I think there’s a part of me deep down that’s really excited to be in-tune, and to feel fully energised and alive. This process is bound to teach me a lot about myself,my body and emotions, and for that I am grateful.

I’d love to hear how in-tune you are with your body? Or if you have any advice to share?