Growing up I didn’t have a good relationship with food, and thus I struggled with a lot of health issues due to eating very little and consuming low nutrient foods. I ate very unbalanced diet, which was high on sugar, unhealthy fats, and processed foods and very low in protein and carbohydrates.
When I moved out of my parent’s house and started living alone, the only thing that I knew how to cook, was to boil pasta and open a can of something(if you count that as cooking). Moving abroad and starting to live alone wasn’t an easy thing to do, and being a university student with a lot of work and stress didn’t help either. I didn’t pay much attention to what or whether I was eating, a cooked and healthy meal was something I could have only had in my dreams. And quite often I did, I dreamt of the smell of freshly baked pie or homemade waffles, that my mother used to make. But in reality, all I was left with, was tons of canned food, pasta, lots of sweet cakes, Nutella( which I used to eat it straight from the jar, with a big spoon, as my breakfast!) chocolate and yes an uncountable number of marshmallows bags.So my diet, as you can see wasn’t exactly healthy, in fact, it was very far from healthy, but at the time it didn’t bother me, I didn’t pay attention to it because I thought that it doesn’t matter what I eat as long as I eat! HOW WRONG WAS I?
I endured one year of this lifestyle, and during my second year of university, my body started to show the first symptoms. I was feeling extremely fatigued, had difficulties to concentrate, had terrible digestive issues, constant headache all this contributed to eating less thus losing a lot of weight and feeling extremely weak. I was struggling to do the simplest tasks. At first, I didn’t know what was happening to me, I wanted to believe that it will go away by itself, but it didn’t it only got worse!
Later that year the symptoms got severe, and I developed several food intolerances. That was the moment when my life changed completely. At that point, my immune system was very weakened.My mental health suffered as well; my anxiety worsened, which lead to experiencing frequent and terrorizing panic attacks. All of these things made me very unsatisfied with myself.
that was a crucial moment in my life because due to all those torturous symptoms, I started to look more into the lifestyle I was leading and the food I was consuming. I started to develop a keen interest in nutrition and its importance in our entire wellbeing.
The food intolerances forced me to start changing my diet. The best way to track how my body reacted to different foods was by starting a food journal. And that very food journal later inspired me to start this blog.
One of the first steps to getting better was starting to listen to my body. I did that by eating whole foods like( veggies, nuts, beans, fruits, fish and better quality meat) and avoiding those like (wheat, processed food, dairy and refined sugars). Cutting these foods out of my diet was a crucial part of my healing process. The second significant change was erasing my destructive life habits. I started to exercise, do yoga, take long bauble baths, distress before bedtime and set a regular sleep routine and most importantly, for the first time in my life, I started to pay attention to the wellbeing of my mind and my body.
The results didn’t come overnight, but with each passing day, I was feeling better and better. And looking now, two years letter, I can see how far I’ve come.