A Shift to Real Food during Covid
A Trip to ER
A few weeks ago I ended up in Emergency feeling as if I was dying. My stomach had swollen to look as if I were 5 months pregnant and I had pain when I moved that felt as a dagger was inside me. The doctor ordered an emergency ultrasound and many tests, all of which came back normal. He told me there was no medical reason to explain my symptoms and sent me home with a prescription of antibiotics in case I had an infection. They didn’t make a difference and the final lab results showed that there was not one.
Over five years ago I was diagnosed with Angina and have struggled to make eating well a priority. Feeding my children and keeping a roof over our heads was my first priority and money has been very tight since I went back to University. I had thought that I could eat well when I finished and began working again. This was the wakeup call to get back to eating well and find a way to make it happen.
I made a commitment to myself to try it for a month and see if it made a difference. In the first month, I invested $1000 to buy all the things that I would need to change my lifestyle. Then I threw out the “cheap” processed food that I had filling my cupboards. I followed Dr. Davis’ Undoctored 10 Day detox. For the first 8-9 days I felt tired and irritable but by the 10th day, I had more energy than I have had in a very long time.
Progress in Healing
My skin cleared up and by day 14 it was smooth and the pain was gone. This picture was taken a year ago vs. a week ago and shows the total improvement since I began the journey to heal SIBO. My stomach returned to normal and the pain went away after about two weeks. My resting heart rate decreased by about 9 beats per minute to 57 beats per minute. I lost about 10 lbs, began drinking 2 litres of water each day and lost my cravings for sugary foods and pizza.
When Covid began my son and I started hiking each day and we are still getting our most days. We average 10,000 steps each day. That is an average of 8km each day. That means we walked about 240 km in May I was able to increase the difficulty and for the first time in years, climb up a small mountain without crippling chest pain. I suspect this is due to the lack of air pollution and I wish the air would stay this clean.
My goal is to lose 20 more pounds and to become strong. Now that I am pain-free, I am starting to build my core. I began following Dr. Leaf’s program and like that it has a focus on the connection between our thoughts and eating choices. Her book, Think and Eat Yourself Smart is helping me make better choices and separate my emotions from food.
Many times before I was able to lose weight and was never satisfied. All the wrong people gave me advice and some told me that I was one of those people that would never be happy. The shame and guilt I felt for being unhappy with my body caused many problems. I discovered, my losing weight didn’t make them feel good about themselves and that was what has behind their “well-meaning” advice.
Over the years, and mainly from my podcast interviews, I surrounded myself with friends that ate well and worked hard to be strong. The realization finally hit me, being thin is not important, it is being strong and healthy. When I was thin, it was from running and cutting calories and it left me tired and feeling weak. My unhappiness was caused by unhealthy habits and habits can be changed! Some of the most inspiring people I interviewed were:
- Holly Boyce https://ginajohnson.ca/hollyboyce/
- Rob Decker https://ginajohnson.ca/robdecker/
- Ashley James https://ginajohnson.ca/ashleyjames/
We became friends on Facebook and I started to see that their success was in their habits. They all make the time to workout, eat well and share their wisdom with others to help them.
Everything came to a stop a few months ago and my responsibilities to drive my son to activities and therapy ended. Suddenly the time became available and with the most recent health scare, I decided there is no better time than now to make a change. If you have read this far, I suspect that you may be thinking about making some changes. I am cheering you on and am here to encourage you along your journey, feel free to reach out and say hi if you could us some support.