Thursday, January 13, 2011
Back to where I left off...
After refusing to accept what doctors were telling me (that everything was fine), and not feeling like I was getting back to "normal" any time soon, I started researching like a madwoman. My first stop was the internet, Google being my best friend.
I looked up everything regarding hormones, bloating, fatigue, metabolism. Useful information finally popped up when I looked up all of these words together, and inter-met Dr. Mark Hyman.
Dr. Hyman is a pioneer in integrative medicine, focusing on the body's natural ability to cleanse and heal itself through the power of foods and phytonutrients... at that time I had NO CLUE what any of this meant, but what appealed to me was the title of one of his books: "The UltraSimple Diet: kick start your metabolism and safely lose up to 10 pounds in 7 days", I mean, come on! doesn't that sound great?! talk about a quick fix! After all, I am the woman that inserted a plastic ring into her vagina without asking any questions...
In this very tiny book (which was also a plus), he guides you through a one week plan, where you include nutrient rich foods into your diet, exclude non-beneficial ones, and gives you an intro to cleansing and detoxification. The plan needs some minor preparation, it's short and it's easy to follow. Dr. Hyman briefly explains how food, digestion and overall health are connected.
I dove right in! This man and this little book opened my eyes to a whole new world. I mean, we all know that eating crap makes you feel bad, but I never knew to what extent food was related to the state of your health. I followed the plan to a T ad immediately saw changes. The words "holistic" and "whole foods" were now part of my vocabulary, I wanted to know more, I wanted to know everything.
My journey had just begun, my search got deeper and deeper, but I noticed that the results weren't as consistent. There was "something" still wrong in me, I hadn't lost all the weight and saw some of the symptoms coming back. I realized there was still a lot to be learned and to be resolved, I needed something more drastic. This was merely the first step.
See you soon!