Recently I have had to admit that my love of cappuccino, sweet treats, and all things unhealthy needed to be addressed. This was how i realised i'm wider than a Yoga mat.
I am not a foodie. But a few of my closest friends are..the ones who keep fresh dough in the fridge just incase someone drops over for tea and they want to whip up a batch of muffins or scones while the kettle is boiling. Or invite you for lunch and you talk shop over the chopping of vegetables for a soup or healthy smoothie. If you came to mine for lunch, I would either grab my keys and we head for the nearest pub or eatery, or much swearing would ensue while I wrestled with the tin opener. Dont get me wrong, I can cook, but I would much rather do something, anything else.
So a few weeks ago, I had found myself in a health food shop in the depths of Somerset, gripping a metal pole that was going to tell me about my food intolerance. I had been putting this off for a few years because knowing you can't have something and someone telling you that you can't is too very different things.
Bioenergetics Resonance Medicine is what this was, a machine developed in germany which is able to measure changes in the body's resistance which helps pinpoint potentially harmful foods. apparently. with an accuracy of 75-85%. Well, I went in with an attitude of it being 100% bullshit, but will admit I maybe wrong. begrudgingly.
After filling in a questionnaire and general health form, my therapist led me to a room and explained the process, went over my medical history and explained the machine to me. It used a series of vials and a metal prong that she pressed on one of the acupuncture points in my finger, the machine made a strange sound if it was something I was sensitive too. It was interesting to say the least. The results I recieved are as follows:
I have to avoid..prepare yourselves, as i nearly passed out. Dairy, Sugar, Yeast, no Mushrooms, no Apples, Oranges, Bananas or Grapes, no fizzy drinks. No COFFEE. no monosodium glutamate (E621)
Now, for a vegetarian that doesn't cook and has an unhealthy obsession with Costa this spells disaster. For the next eight weeks I have to avoid all this, then I can slowly start to reintroduce them one at a time back into my diet.
I did leave there, after about an hour, clutching my Guidebook and a meal plan with suggestions with what i could eat all enclosed, which my friends took with some glee i may add, the very minute it was within grabbing range. You could see behind their eyes all the different ways they planned to get kale and antioxidents into my diet.
Fast forward two weeks, I'm in sunny Essex munching on rice cakes when i had this insane notion to do some yoga. now, let me tell you I spent a whole hour watching beginner yoga video when I realised i was too crippled with sugar to get into the poses and that I needed to find a yoga video for my body type, you know the sort, cake eating type with grown up children, looks smashing in lycra in the dark..underneath pajamas and a duvet. sooooo, I spent another hour watching that video. In all it was a two hour session in which I raised my arms above my head for a stretch, wondered if instead of a yoga mat whether or not I could just use my mattress while it was still on the bed, and where to get these blocks everyone was talking about?
Well, for the next few days yoga went completely out of my head. Until I came face to face with the fitness section in Tesco. I picked the mat up, they are really light, not sure how its going to protect my knees from the floor but ok, then i put it width ways. what the hell! if I were to put my hands apart level with my shoulders i'm wider than the yoga mat! Was it designed for children? Is it there to offer complimentary cushioning for my chin when my arms fail me? Do they come in 'Made bad choices in the dessert aisle size?' I'm now on the hunt for a decent sized yoga mat, So if anyone knows of any, give me a shout!
All this has done is kick-start me into the healthier lifestyle I know I should be leading. I drink more water, I am thinking about what im choosing to eat, I am reading labels on packaging, I have become addicted to hummous, celery still tastes vile. I feel better than I did, so for that reason, I would recommend it.