Declaring myself #WildlyHealthy
Last night I asked my amazing tribe for blog ideas. One particularly amazing friend responded “this is something that interests me in particular, the idea of shifting your diet to healthier foods - you seem to be very healthy (turmeric latte??) and so maybe something on that?”
My ego immediately said “no” and I'm pretty sure all my facial features contorted.
I’ve resisted this idea of being a health food blogger or a nutrition blogger for quite some time. Who am I to write about this stuff? The only reason I know a lot about nutrition is because my IBS has forced my hand.
Let me go on a quick tangent in a form of a quick rant…I mean background. IBS is a diagnosis I can’t stand. In my personal experience, it’s a catch all diagnosis. Gastroenterologists subject you to numerous invasive tests and if by the end of if you don’t have one of the four big C’s (cancer, colitis, chron’s, or celiac) then you’re diagnosed with IBS and you’re totally fine. Let me tell you that dealing with daily constipation, severe bloating, cramping, and nausea isn’t fine. And if your Doctor is telling you it is please find another doctor or seek out a Naturopath or even Acupuncturist.
Through my IBS journey, I’ve learned that I have an intolerance to eggs, gluten, and dairy. I also don’t eat meat (never liked the taste or texture) which means I have a pretty restrictive diet. I also spend a small fortune on supplements or new ways to relieve my symptoms. I see pity in people’s eyes when they see what I'm forced to eat. I’ve had restaurants refuse to serve me.
And despite this, or maybe because of this, I certainly don’t feel healthy. Add our looks based society on top of this and I definitely don’t think I look healthy either.
If I’m honest, then as I write this, I hear the pity party pouring off the page and I can feel it in my heart. I guess I've had a lot of pent up feelings about IBS. It's amazing how those feelings just sometimes pop up out of nowhere huh? But I’m also hearing some pretty superficial excuses. A lot of false evidence appearing real (FEAR). I know this type of energy isn't helping me either. And I’m on a no excuses policy now so bye bye pity party!
I may not look like our society’s picture of perfect health but that’s why this is the Wildly Imperfect blog! I’ve learned a lot on this journey and I know I’ve got a lot more to learn and there’s no reason I can’t share that information with you here. Just like a book review, I can certainly review a recipe, supplement, or treatment.
In the meantime, I’d like to point you to two of my favorite bloggers. Healthy Crush is a blog written by Jenny Sansouci. She is always on the forefront of the latest trends (float tanks, anyone??). Kris Carr is another amazing blogger. She’s more Martha Stewart like in the creativity and effort of her recipes but she has the most amazing supportive energy that sort of leaps off the page (please immediately read her blog on feeding your unicorn).
Today I’m declaring myself #WidlyHealthy. Will you join me?