I guess we only change our habits when we get sick. Otherwise we assume everything is fine. We don’t question our eating or what we do to our bodies until that point. Or most of us anyway…
I know I never considered the importance of what I ate or how it affected my health until I got sick and realised, some years later, how much of an influence my diet had on my Endometriosis. I now eat totally differently and for those few moments where I don’t stick to my different way of eating, I feel terrible. My body rebels and I get every symptom I used to have but everything is multiplied by 10. I get extreme nausea, extremely bad stomach issues and also pain with Endo.
I only really notice that my eating is dramatically different when I spend time with others, who don’t see the importance of it or appreciate “eating healthy.” I feel like I am convincing them of some new religion. Some different way of life that comes with “eating healthy.” It is like I am talking a foreign language and they just can’t understand why I value it so much. I really struggle with it sometimes. I see people eating margarine or not drinking any water at all and I feel like shaking them. I feel like shouting at them in a big loud voice, “Do you not get that that is going to make you sick?”
I feel like one of those people trying to convert others to Christianity or any other religion. I am such a strong believer in my “healthy eating” that I am totally convinced it is vital for everyone to do it. Yet I seem to hit a brick wall with people who are not sick. It is just not a priority and my “eating healthy” seems silly to them. It is like I am just this healthy nutter who wants to be difficult, avoiding all sorts of “standard” food groups.
Do you find it hard to stick to your new way of eating because of those around you?
I can see why. It is not just that there seems to be so much more choice when you go out to eat from all the foods that we know make us feel worse… it is also that when you do request just a salad or something reasonably healthy, others look at you strangely… like you are just being difficult or you want “special attention.” I really hate it. They might ask, “Are you on a diet or something?” NO! I am just giving my body what it needs!
I hate that “being healthy” is considered by society as strange or abnormal. Why is it still considered odd to give our body the best that we can? Why is it still that these nasty foods that exist out there everywhere are still considered what the mass market wants?
Why is it still so hard to convince others that “eating healthy” shouldn’t be optional. It should be a life choice to give our body the best that we can. I find it surprising how little people still know about their health and how what they eat affects it.
On some level I feel compelled to convert the world! I feel like I want to spread the real information of what these foods are really doing to our health. I want to get the message out there and help people get well again. I want to make sure others know more and can make better choices.
Thing is, as much as I want to do all these things and as much as I want my message to be heard about how “eating healthy” can change your life, it is still not something I will always succeed in with every single person.
It is simple. People will only change their habits when they get sick or they see others around them get sick. We are just like that. Yes, sure there are those that do stick to a healthy diet with just that as motivation but it is probably quite a small percentage. Most of us only change when we feel we “have to change to feel better.”
The reality is, I can’t make you change your diet. I can’t make you stop drinking milk or stop eating meat. I can’t watch what you eat and advise you what it is really doing to your digestion, your liver or any other organ. I just don’t possess such powers… unfortunately!
“Eating healthy” is a choice and requires a commitment. I guess much like a religion. You need to first believe it will make a difference and then you have to commit to doing it, each and every day. It is only once you truly believe and take action that good things will happen to you and your health.
I sometimes feel I have become obsessive with “eating healthy.” I seldom eat anything that isn’t within that realm. Thing is, to me it is not about “being good” or “being bad.” It is a choice of, “How do I want to feel tomorrow or for the next 3 days?” Good or bad? That makes the decision so much easier and less complicated. I don’t look at chocolate cake the same way anymore. I just know that I will feel terrible for eating and it is not worth the 10 minutes I might get in enjoyment at that very moment.
I guess you have to ask yourself how much you believe in “healthy eating” to heal your Endometriosis and how strict you want to be with it… how important is it to you to get better?
Our nutrition is what the body uses to build, work and function each and every day. Assuming your diet doesn’t play a role in your healing is just plain silly. Of course it matters and it makes a HUGE difference to how you will feel with Endometriosis.