In my family, I’m jokingly (or maybe they’re serious? 🤷🏽♀️) known as the food police. I’m pretty picky about all things food – not just what I eat, but what everyone else eats. 🤣JK. Kind of. 🤔I also know all the rules about how long certain foods should sit out etc., and try to enforce them every chance I get. ♀️
All joking aside, the reason I’m so cautious is because I’ve always had a weak immune system. I seem to get sick when most people in the exact same situation don’t, and end up in that small percentage of people who get the rare side effects from medicine.
I’ve also spent 30+ years living with chronic health conditions – endometriosis, arrhythmia, scoliosis, and lichen planus, to name a few.
The truth is, my health problems have played a huge role in my depression. And vice versa. So I’m always trying to do what’s in my power to be as healthy as “healthy” can be for me. That definition keeps changing.
For years, I only focused on diet and exercise. Then when I finally learned the strong connection between our mental health and physical health, I took a lot of action to work on healing my mind.
Then… a couple of years ago, I was flabbergasted to find out about all the environmental toxins we’re exposed to, and how they affect our health. I had no idea. I’m still shocked.
Then… just when I thought I knew it all … bam! Meniere’s disease. And with it, even more education about everything that makes up our overall health. This time, I’ve really had to learn how to listen to my body and not stress it.
I have a feeling more learning will come. As it does, I will continue to tweak my lifestyle, trying to find the right balance for my mind and body so I can be as healthy as “healthy” can be for me.
If you want more information on how to be healthier mentally and physically, go to my partner, Mental Health America for lots of helpful ideas.