For the past 5 years, I have been managing severe food and seasonal allergies. So much so, I took weekly immunotherapy injections for two years. During this time, I suffered multiple reoccurring sinus pain, pressure and infections.
I was constantly on and off steroids and pain medications. The weekly injections were somewhat helpful. But it did not give me the relief I was looking for. Oh! Did I mention, it was costing me a shitload of money. I practically lived in the ENT office and knew all of the office staff by name. This post will outline 3 ways to improve your health without the hassle.
1). You Hold the Key to Improve Your Health
Early on, allergy testing taught me that I was allergic to fungus, fermented foods, and diary. When I initially learned this, I was devastated. After all, cheese, and ice cream was one of my most indulgent foods. I was determined that I was not going to allow an allergy to stop me from living my best life. After all, cheese and an occasional milk shake did in fact make me happy but at what cost. Continuing to eat these foods made me happy for about 1 minute. But I swear the time from that third minute to that eighth hour of pain proved that it was not worth it. This experience made me realize that I held the key to improve my health. This phenomenon motivated me to start a mental food diary. This new revelation led me to subconsciously track the foods I ate.
2). Same old Thinking equals the Same Old Results
Every time I would eat a morsel of food, I would evaluate how I felt and assign a level of shittiness. The shittier I felt, the more confident I became that I had to change my mindset towards food. I needed to find a way to severe the connections I had with particular foods, like cheese. For as long as I can remember, I have loved most types of cheese.
The sharper the cheese the better. In fact, I had long since considered myself a cheese snob. But my body had other plans and I had to find a way to disassociate myself from both cheese and all forms of diary.
It’s simply mind over matter, as I had two simple choices. Keep on the same path and continue to spend an shitload of money on deductibles and out of pocket expenses. Or listen to my body, and change the way that I ate so that I could be healthy and pain free.
Prior to 2013, I have never had an issue with grasses, trees, pollen, dust, animal hair or food. But did I. Could it have been that my body was trying to speak to me for all those years. it may not have been through my sinuses, but perhaps it was in the form of headaches, fatigue, weight gain, and decreased energy.
3). Changing Your Relationship with Food Can Improve Your Health
Finally in 2014, I grew sick of this vicious cycle and reluctantly opted to have sinus surgery. Over all, it was a good decision as I had stopped the injections and was able to see some symptom relief. Even after the surgery, repeat allergy testing showed that I had to indefinitely continue with the injections. This is not how I wanted to live my life. So, I had to make a change. I knew that I had to look inward to start the change process.
Our bodies are amazing as it has an innate ability to continue to function despite our ignorance. Over time, its ability to compensate fails and disease evolves over time. Up to this point I had been fairly healthy, as I had no other issues. This whole experience was eye opening as it taught me that I had change my approach to food if I wanted to remain “healthy.”
In the words of Beyonce, when life gives you lemons you must make lemonade. Having allergies has taught me so much about myself. Most importantly, it has taught me to listen to my body. It’s one thing to live within our perception of health. It is another to make a conscious decision to accept it for what it is.
If you are in a position to make consistent lifestyle changes that can benefit your health, by all means you should do it. We do not have to become victims of our health. Consistently eating the foods that I was allergic to, was stupid. Once I knew the preventable cause of my allergies, I was empowered to make a change. Truth is, I choose not to, but I simply did not want to change the way that I ate. When I think about it, it was absolutely ridiculous. I mean who in there right mind would choose pain over comfort. I would that’s who.
I use my issue with allergies as an example. But this same concept to be applied to may chronic diseases. For instance, let’s take high blood pressure. Eating fatty fried foods and being inactive for a prolonged period of time can lead to high blood pressure. Changing your perception of food, by eating healthy and exercising can reverse high blood pressure. This presents the same type of issue. You can be comfortable and remain on a poor health trajectory, or you can take control of your future and prevent the development of irreversible chronic disease i.e. kidney failure. Changing your lifestyle is not easy, but the benefits outweigh the sacrifice. Drop a comment below and let me know your thoughts.