For anyone who has struggled with overeating, I am sure at some point you have been advised to start treating food as fuel. For a variety of reasons, food became more than just fuel to me when I was younger and for most of my adult life I have struggled with overeating off and on. I have a love/hate relationship with food. I love the joy and memories that are often paired with food, but I also hate the negative impact an unhealthy relationship with food can have on one’s body and lifestyle.
A few years ago, someone dear to me battled cancer. Early on, after much research and advice, he decided not to undergo chemotherapy. Instead, he focused on the healing power of food and worked with his doctors to determine the best route for removing the cancer in his body through surgery. Now, as a cancer free and healthy man, he speaks wonders of the healing power of food and the changes he made to his diet in order to remove toxins and to balance the pH of his body. His message has always impacted me and I have truly seen first hand how a dramatic change in one’s diet, focusing on what the body needs, will lead to true healing.
Sadly, more times than not, I’ve seen through myself and people in my own life that it often takes a health scare or a terrible diagnosis to catapult someone into changing their diet and habits. Years ago a doctor told me just that, that a person won’t change until they find their reason. She said that as a doctor, she finds that most people don’t find their reason until something or someone they love is threatened or taken away from them. Although she hoped that people would find their reason before it was too late, she saw far too many times that it took a diagnosis or someone else’s diagnosis to force change in one’s life.
These past few months, both through a personal experience and what seems to be the universe sending me stories of the healing power of food, I have been overwhelmed by how the right foods can change and heal one’s body. One thing I’ve learned is that every person’s body is different. Some are healed by the removal of certain foods, while others are impacted by a completely different list of foods. What rings true in each and every person’s story is that food can heal and it has really made me think a lot.
These past few months have been challenging, in their own way, and although I wish I hadn’t been given a reason to think about the healing power of food, I am thankful for the insight I have gained these past few months. Pregnancy, both this time around and when I was pregnant with Magnolia, gave me time to really focus on what the body needs through food in order to grow and heal. I am far from a perfect eater, but pregnancy makes you think twice about what you’re putting in your body. Over the past 6 months I’ve reduced my intake of legumes and cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts) dramatically and it is absolutely amazing how much better I feel. My digestive system is less hostile and I honestly just feel better. I knew those foods gave me bad gas and didn’t always leave me feeling good, but it wasn’t until I reduce my intake that I realized how much better I felt.
Neal has been on his own path these past few months to reduce and increase various foods (he’s limiting his dairy intake), just for personal wellness and we’ve also been working on Magnolia’s diet for a few medical reasons. For years I’ve blogged about weight loss and dieting and I thought it would be worth sharing what I’ve been learning these past few months about the healing power of food. I have read book after book and message board after message board of people who have changed their health and wellness entirely, being healed from various diseases and illnesses, just through diet change. It’s amazing to me.
As I’ve said, I love food. I love the joy and the memories that often pair with food and the cultural traditions around food. The older I get, the healthier I want to be. Life means more now and I want to live a long life. I don’t want poor food choices to keep me from the memories and the life that really matters.
Just food for thought.