Health Begins In The Stomach!
In the summer of 2011, I found the words that defined my passion for living on this earth while perusing around the local flea market stands on the island of Tinos. I came across a decorated wooden spoon with this saying :
“Health begins in the stomach”
It was one of those "I have to have this!" kind of purchases for it symbolized the lifestyle I had adapted the year before. I hung the wooden spoon up in my kitchen once I returned home and it has served as a hallmark driving my inspiration to start my cooking project.
Where health begins
Where it begins is in the stomach.
How well our digestion works directly determines how well our body and brain will function. Using the old aphorism of "you are what you eat" may sound cliché at times, but it holds very true.
If we fill our body with toxins, then we ourselves become toxic.
What your body digests reaches every cell, every organ, every system in your body. Not only do we feel sluggish and tired, but we can lose our natural glow. I find that this does not just end in the body. It may carry over into our lifestyle, relationships and career. It affects sleep patterns, attitude, moods and deters productivity. It also can make people very unhappy, whether you have a problem with your weight, or have a fast metabolism that makes you tiny as a twig.
Why do I feel so strongly about this? Because I have lived through it.
I use to find the process of home cooking tedious and time consuming. There was absolutely no time for cooking. I just simply felt that I had better things to do. I did my time at the gym, took dance classes and even trained for a marathon, but in spite all of that, my health was not my priority. I was eating anything that didn't take more than two minutes to prepare or was prepared for me at the local Chinese, pizza, or sandwich joints in my neighborhood. I was fine with being slightly overweight, wearing plus sized clothes and accepted that I was not going to attract any men with my looks. I just felt that I had better things to do.
Then...I turned 30!
I started to develop health problems and feel weak and tired all the time. When I was officially diagnosed with MS, I was very tired of being sick and no longer had the patience for it.
I spent countless hours for many weeks online researching for any kind of hope. My focus at first was on the disease itself and seeking out the worst that could happen to me. However, I quickly switched gears and started to look for things that may actually help. I came across someone’s blog that talked about a young man that had been diagnosed ten years prior. There was no story about how the young man became disabled or had any handicaps. There was only mention about how he was able to cope with the diagnosis with a positive attitude and how he had been keeping his symptoms under control with the medication he was taking. Then there was a slight mention on how the young man stuck to a diet of organic and whole foods. It was the very last sentence of that blog.
I suddenly awoke
My tired body started to possess a rapid heart beat, a genuine thrill. I felt more awake than I had in many weeks and all I wanted to do was learn more and figure out a way to speak to this young man, but there was no other information on him or from him. I never found this young man but it was the beginning of a brand new journey of my life.
And so research for health and diet began.
I spent the next several weeks ordering any book about diet and its affect on MS. There were many people out there holding strong claims that diet, exercise along with stress relief did wonders for their health and I made every effort to meet them, email them and get on their mailing lists.
It started off as an experiment.
There was no guarantee as to whether what I was going to do was going to actually work, but I was willing to try, for, as I mentioned earlier, I was very tired of being sick. The recommended diets involved a lot of patience and sacrifice, not to mention, giving up just about everything I loved. The recommended diets suggested letting go of dairy, red meat, gluten, and sugar. After delving into further research, I found that just about any kind of processed foods were toxic. The elimination of these foods represented an anti-inflammatory diet that resolved a lot of health issues.
You recommend I give up what?
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t panicked and unwilling to do it because it meant giving up so many things. Or so I thought. It turned out that I had more to gain rather than lose.
So the words on that wooden spoon displayed on the entrance of my kitchen are a proposition:
-for daily living
-a reminder that food is fuel for your body
-a good quality of life
-and I must not forget, be alluring!
To your health!