Ok, story time.
Because some of my training ladies asked me today about smoothies & things, I got into story mode. Sometimes you have to know the why behind the what.
How I furthered my interest in food and nutrition: health issues.
I had a Mallory Weiss tear in my intestines following a mission trip to a remote village with no electric or running water. The head tribe guy cooked us dinner, & it was dishonoring to not eat what was given you. I prayed & ate, knowing I not only had a severe food allergy, but there were food conditions I wasn’t accustomed to. It’s funny, I find people dutifully pray in America, “God, bless this food,” but in other countries you’re like, “God, please don’t let me die. K, thanks, bye.” I say this tongue and cheek, just to contrast realities.
I was sick & hospitalized, along with another friend on the trip. We were seriously sick. It took about a year to recover my stomach & overall health.
The major helpful thing in recovering gut lining: fat.
Honestly, at the time I had a fat phobia. Groomed in the low-fat culture of America dieting at the time, fat was terrifying. We’re in the fat fad now, so this was years ago. Don’t follow fads; stick to basics.
Note: not everything you’re taught is truth, so don’t adhere to everything you see or hear. Sift before you start believing, because what you believe is the basis of your behaviors.
Turns out fat would help heal my gut lining, which would keep bleeding until it healed. I couldn’t absorb much of anything due to my gut, & I had to stop running for a time to get healthy again. It was physically and mentally a very difficult time.
I had little to no appetite, was in pain whenever I ate, & lost so much weight. My doctor & I were very close, meeting multiple times a week to keep tabs on internal bleeding & digesting.
This was a tough season of learning, which our most difficult times usually seem to be. I learned without our health we can’t do anything. I am so grateful for the body’s ability to heal itself. I learned that food truly is medicine, & the ability to MOVE is a blessing.
Tuesday is a perfect day for remembering & thankfulness. (Note: so is Wed-Mon)