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Why change eating habits?

June 2, 2009

Myself I haven’t eaten pork since nine years when I was visiting the island Corsica in the Mediterranean, where we had pork every day: salami and ham for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After getting sick and my face full of pimples I figured it must be some kind of food intolerance. I also had a medical history with stomach problems / illnesses, and skin problems, especially in my face. So I decided to stay away from pork, which has worked well for me. Since then I never had those kind of problems again.

Milk & Mucus
I have other intolerances, like milk products. After drinking or eating milk products I often get mucus in my throat while running, and when pushing myself sometimes I have to stop and throw up to be able to breathe. It happened during the last stage of Transalpine-Run 09. Unfortunately I lost both valuable energy and tempo, which resulted in a weaker performance as I bonked running on empty stomach.

Food sensitive
I also have some minor food allergies, like strawberry and crayfish, which I can eat but I often get some red coloration on my face, neck and chest. I also noticed that sometimes I get really bad “underground” pimples in my face. I haven’t yet detected why. 

The skin is getting older
I have a dry skin on my legs, arms and hands. Probably I eat too little oils. Everyday I need to make an effort to stay decently hydrated. Also my face have become much older with lots of wrinkles, probably partly due to my fondness of being in the sun. But there are probably several reasons.

The importance of staying healthy
Staying healthy has become very important. There is soo much time and work, and fun, you miss while being ill. As a runner I’m participating in big races and it has become crucial to stay healthy to be able to prepare for the upcoming event. In Morocco we were supposed to be 6 in our team but ended up being only 3. Getting there isn’t always obvious. Recently I was supposed to run Soteleden Terräng-Marathon, swedish trail mastership, but a few days before I had a caught a virus so I had to pass. Now I have started to run again, after having rested almost 2 weeks and it feels GOOD. The trail run I did this evening was absolutely beautiful with birdsong, topped with some wild animal sightings (possibly a badger or baby wild boar).
  Today my entry in UTMB 2009 was confirmed. Almost 3 months to go. After having been injured (3 weeks after MDS) and now ill for 2 weeks I will do my best to stay away from any further illnesses. For this I put a lot of trust in food and learning to eat to stay healthy, to eat for the future. Like today, when I made a tomato sauce from lightly boiled organic canned tomatoes with some thyme, garlic and olive oil. Why? The lycopen in tomatoes is said to prevent prostate cancer.

Trying to help a relative with arthritis
I’m trying to convince a relative to change her eating habits in order to halt her severe arthritis and arthrosis pain. It’s hard work but hopefully she will accept to give it a try. Why shouldn’t she, since her doctors never managed to heal her? They only prescripted painkillers. Oh, those doctors. So many years of studies and still the majority don’t know how to stay healthy themselves, much less how to cure or even avoid common chronic illnesses. I quote Mike Adams: “Think about it: A medical school will award an obese, diseased, toxin-filled student a medical degree as long as he can pass the written exams, regardless of his own level of health. It’s sort of like awarding a pilot’s license to someone who keeps crashing airplanes. There is something wrong with this picture. Maybe it’s time we all stopped listening to diseased doctors and started getting our health advice from people who are healthy.” (from Mike Adams’ book Natural Health Solutions)

Next time I will give you some advice how to start improving your health by changing your eating habits. Until then you might want to ponder your medical past: did you have mood swings, skin irritation, dry skin, acne, hair loss, white spots on the nails, stomach problems… Was it just “bad luck” (as traditional medicine teach us) or could there be other reasons?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenny permalink
    June 3, 2009 6:23

    Spännande att läsa om dina matvanor. Själv försöker jag äta så hälsosamt jag bara kan men när man har varit en godisråtta(levt på bara godis och kakor i säkert 10 år) är det supersvårt och många gånger åker jag dit. Det som får mig att inte äta är kanske inte så mycket känslan av hur mycket bättre jag mår när jag äter hälsosamt men hur himla mycket sämre jag mår när jag äter skräp! WOW!
    Min mage är också jättekänslig efter allt för många år i stressig miljö samt dålig kost, den tål inte sportdrycker, mejeriprodukter eller för mycket bröd. Svårt när man skall få extra/snabb energi när man springer lopp..

  2. June 3, 2009 7:53

    Är på ständig spaning efter bra ultrabloggar, och sedär, vad hittar jag – en superultralöpare som dessutom är kostnörd (i ordets finaste bemärkelse)😀

    Vad gäller din mor så titta gärna på den forskning som gjorts bl.a. på KI om glutenfri vegankost och reumatoid artrit. (Eller maila så kan jag jaga fram lite länkar.)

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      June 3, 2009 8:41

      Hej Fredrika, jag skall kolla upp forskningen, tar tacksamt emot tips. Har bett henne sluta äta mjölkprodukter och rött kött (samt charkprodukter), och istället välja en kost med mycket mer grönt. Jag har även gett henne Medox, Astaxin och Eskimo-3. mvh Fredrik

  3. June 3, 2009 11:01

    Den studie jag tänkte på i första hand var denna, http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/40/10/1175
    Kanske inte så njutbart att plöja sig igenom en medicinsk vetenskaplig artikel men i abstract får du en uppfattning om vad de kom fram till.

    Sedan finns Maria Lidén på Akademiska Sjukhuset i Uppsala som forskar kring sambandet mellan mjölk och gluten och olika s.k. immunmedierade inflammatoriska sjukdomar där även artrit ingår, se t.ex. http://schering-plough.se/pressrum/pressmeddelanden/pris-till-svensk-lakare-ny-metod-visar-inflammation-i-tarmen/ , kanske också intressant i sammanhanget.

    Har själv blivit frisk från kronisk autoimmun sjukdom genom strikt kostomläggning, och ultralöpare på kuppen så orken kan det ju inte vara direkt fel på numera😉 Önskar din mor lycka till, jag är övertygad om att hon kan må bättre även om det inte är lätt i början. Ffa mjölk tror jag benhårt på att utesluta, och Omega-3 är nog jättebra.

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      June 3, 2009 13:18

      Har kikat på länkarna / artiklarna. Mycket intressant. Tack! Har även talat med min mor om dessa och fått henne att förstå att hon utöver att undvika mjölkprodukter även skall undvika gluten och allt kött. Nu återstår för henne att lära sig äta på ett nytt sätt, med nya ingredienser. /F

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