Why change eating habits?
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.
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?