HEAL YOUR MEAL
I would like to think of ‘healing the meal’ as being a Revolution. There is a urgent and dire need for change in the way we decide what is on our plate, or more importantly, what gets put into our mouths. We need realignment and get to focusing on our food in closer and more controlled ways.
I look around me and there are people who walk with an unbalanced gait, people who are obese and almost disappearing the motorcycles they sit on, those who struggle with depression not knowing what to hold on to, or wake up with an anxiety attacks without knowing what is really causing that level of worry before the day has even started, the surge in the number of diabetics, people who suffer from bad headaches, those who break out in skin flares and other types of allergies, or even, when constipation becomes the norm. People are sick.
If we are born healthy, I believe that subsequent sickness results from the lack of understanding of what our body needs. We are not cookie-cutter people. We need to appreciate ourselves as an individual, with unique needs. We are not one-fits-all and we need to exercise a necessary level of control over what we feed our body.
I grew up with the practice that if you’re sick, you see doctor without leaving the symptoms for too long. As an infant I suffered from fits and would be rushed to the hospital at the bottom of the hill where we lived. I remember taking antibiotics* often because I often got sick, to the point that, as a child, I recognised which one was going to taste good (search Antibiotics in this site).
As a teenager I would get headaches which felt like my skull was going to break apart from the pressure of pain. My mother shared that she would suffer grippingly painful headaches too (search MSG in this site). I got used to taking a black-red capsule to relieve myself of this pain (Its been along time, but to this day I remember it was called Sibeluim*, a name I later heard again when my mother-in-law shared that she would rely on Sibeluim* to rid her of headache pain). When I was 16 years old, I took a particular pain-killer as pain-relief after an appendectomy (a surgical procedure to remove the appendix). It led to bad skin pigmentation around my eyes and the surrounding facial area (Ponstan*).
All my life I’ve loved bread and cow milk. I now know my body suffers from the effects of gluten and lactose, and resort to suitable alternatives. I wonder if eliminating either of these would have resulted in my being less sick as a child. Even with the alternatives, soy milk for instance, food manufacturers take advantage of the demand and produce a variety of soy milk made from a permutation of ingredients, and I find myself allergic to particular components which you find in some soy milk brands (search Carrageenan in this site).
With what I know now, I take the approach of ‘healing the meal‘ to “Let food be thy medicine … “, as the famous quote by Hippocrates goes. I start with myself and with my family, particularly my children. Being sick does not necessarily lead to a visit to the doctor, in fact it now hardly ever does. My approach is that unless it is a medical-trauma situation, there is a non-medical approach to cure and it is through appropriate food and drinking enough water. What is the point of seeing a doctor, I don’t want pharmaceutical drugs – No Drugs! Doctors tend to treat the symptoms. Very rarely do doctors ask what have you eaten in the past few days. These days ‘functional doctors’ take on this food-enquiry approach which makes much more sense to me than giving me a pain-killer, a course of antibiotics or a black-red capsule. Yes, not even a Panadol*!
As a super-machine, the body constantly strives for balance – System Balance. When we eat with our eyes, we could end up in an imbalanced state. When we receive gifts of food, we could end up in a disrupted state. When we get invited out to dinner for a sumptuous meal someone else has ordered as a treat, we could end up feeling unwell.
While a crazy notion, pain can be a good thing. It is something to pay attention to because it is the language of the body’s machinery. Its a message and we have to figure out its meaning – we have done something to it, causing the imbalance, disruption or sick feeling, “What could it have been?” Its the same with lethargy, skin outbreaks and unusual sensations like an itch, dizziness or tingling feeling, or even when our clothes start fitting uncomfortably. Its when we start gasping for air within a few minutes of starting a workout. Often we dismiss these simply because it soon goes away, or we allow our body to rest. But then it recurs,, and gets worse over time, because we have not changed a pattern of eating.
Heal The Meal is a Revolution. Its a fight worth living for, in all sense of the word. It starts with a sense that something’s not going quite right. Listen to your body. Understand what your body is communicating, and what it needs. Its a Revolution that requires Food Focus!
*Important Note: I include the names of medicines I used to take just as a point of reference, and as a point of relatedness for those who already take these and suffer similar effects whether as a remedy or symptom. I am against taking of any drugs (other than to treat medical traumas while under professional medical care) and am not advocating that any one take any of these to treat similar symptoms.
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