My latest restriction was planned as 14 days with no sugar. To me, no sugar means NO SUGAR, including all sweeteners and fruit. I lasted 2 days then I had to have low-sugar fruits and honey. For those 2 days, I felt incredibly hungry and I didn’t sleep well. Since adding the fruit and honey, I’ve been fine.
In spite of this failure of mine, a friend called me a Discipline Master. I thought this term was so much friendlier than Control Freak.
Now that I have had all my test results back and there is nothing physically wrong with me, I wonder, ‘Well, what the hell is wrong with me?’
I do not have food allergies.
I do not have a bacterial infection.
I do not have a major hormone imbalance.
I do not have bowel polyps.
I do not have cancer.
I have read several times over the past few months about how restrictive diets are becoming a health trend but if there is no medical reason for the food restriction, you could be adding to your issues by eliminating certain food groups. I am so very guilty of this one.
Every time I restrict, I do it in the name of my health. And I do feel better, eventually. But now, I am beginning to think that all my restrictions are more about power over food, not about my good health.
So, I’m loosening up a little. I had pasta the other night and today I had one piece of chocolate.
All my restrictions started in 2005 when I was in search of relief for my chronic sinus problems (nasal polyps). I knew I had polyps but controlling them was difficult. My former boss had much success with Ayurveda, what Indians call the science of life, so I decided to give it a go.
Each week, I would drive myself from Te Anau to Queenstown (New Zealand) to see the practitioner. She would massage me to work out the toxins. I took many herbs in tablet form. I restricted my diet on her recommendation. I was Vata so I had to stick to a Vata reducing diet. I lost 4kgs (8lbs) rapidly but I was not overweight at all. She said it was toxins. I was now underweight and extremely thin (which I loved). Within a month, I felt great. It didn’t do much for my polyps, if anything but I felt and looked like a million bucks.
I stuck to this new regime for about 5 months before I caved. Two months after starting the Ayurveda sessions, I moved to Fiji which would be great for an Ayurveda diet. Did you know that half the population of Fiji are of East Indian descent?
I was very unhappy there. I was living and working with my new husband and it was not going well. I started to eat bread. Not all the time but I did have some. I also had the odd cocktail, those were the days when I rarely drank but alcohol was definitely not part of my Ayurvedic regime.
Not long after that, I got pregnant and once that was confirmed, I allowed myself to eat whatever my body wanted, including meat (I had been a vegetarian).
The first time I became vegetarian, I was 12 years old. My family had moved from the city to the country and my stepdad started to kill dinner. I was certainly influenced by an older sister who refused to eat anything “off the farm”. I remained I veggo until the age of 16 when I was a runaway and McDonald’s hamburgers were the cheapest things to eat, but that’s another story.
My issues with food are long and varied. I was a very skinny kid and remember being scrutinised for not eating enough. I was so shy, I didn’t like to eat in front of people, not even my family. I’m sure that is another story as well.
When I was 18, I got a job at Dairy Queen and became the Queen herself. I ate so much ice cream and chicken burgers, I gained 20 pounds (9kgs) in a matter of a coupe months. I had never gained weight before and eventually it got me down. It was gone by the time I was 23 thanks to stress and a prescription of Fluoxetine.
The next 7 years were food obsession free. I ate whatever I wanted, I drank like a fish (some of the years), I didn’t have a weight problem and besides my sinus and respiratory problems I was healthy.
When I lived in Sydney in 2001, I fell back in to the obsessive food wars with the added title of exercise freak attached, just for fun. The crazy thing about that is when I look at the photos from that time, I was puffy and not thin or healthy looking at all. I used to binge eat because I couldn’t cope with the restrictions I put on myself. When I think of that time now I think, that was crazy.
But is what I’m doing now any more sane and stable?
Mr M has “suggested” more than once that I have disordered thinking when it comes to food. When it all comes down to the hardcore facts, the truth is this.
I don’t want to be fat. I don’t believe obesity is a disease. I believe it’s the result of gluttony and disrespect to your body. This is not a scientific fact, just my opinion.
I don’t need to go to see a “doctor” to look at my history and see the signs that I have body issues. I certainly don’t need to go on some BIG PHARMA lab concoction that will keep me down and dumb.
So what is it I do need to do? I saw this on Facebook today and I think it sums it up nicely.
July 9, 2013 at 8:16 am
Fruit is good for you so I wouldn’t give that up. Honey is also a good sugar and great with lemon at this time of year. It’s all the added sugar to beverages and cakes and biscuits that is the problem. And if you can avoid too much of that then don’t worry, be happy.
July 9, 2013 at 8:25 am
Thanks Carole. I love fruit (and all sugar) so I’m back eating some fruit and honey. I need to get a gripe on my eating habits and stop restricting food in the name of health when if I’m really honest, it’s more for body image. I strive for moderation. I’m such an all or nothing kind of person. Balance is within reach but I keep falling off my tiptoes.
July 9, 2013 at 9:54 am
I admire your discipline in controlling what you eat because I am such a slave to my cravings. I think striving for moderation is a really good aim but ‘moderation’ is floating around in that middle ground which is undefinable and different for everyone! So I guess we all strive to define our own personal middle ground. IMHO… I reckon you should come hang out more often and screw the discipline… sometimes… now define sometimes… he he he…
July 9, 2013 at 10:02 am
Thanks for popping by Laura!Moderation is a bullshit notion, for me anyway. It’s feast or famine for me but I’m beginning to realise that this is demented thinking/living. I love to bake, cook and eat so I feel I’m always in a war with food. Can I blame my mother for this? She was ALWAYS on a diet (and falling off it too) yet was never fat (besides the belly after birthing 7 ungrateful kids). LOL, I take responsibility for my own mentalness!! Do you still have the poo coffee? I’m up for that and a Bali chat someday soon.