For the last 5 days, I have had a swollen stomach. It pokes out like there is a growing alien inside me. It bothers me, but it’s not because it’s big, it’s because it’s painful. Yes I eat healthy and I exercice. This bloating is caused by some foods my body is not breaking down & therefore, it is left to hanging around my stomach instead of being digested. Just like eating fruits at the end of a meal. Gaz makes my stomach swell up. I don’t sleep well and I don’t feel well. It annoys me and I don’t feel my usual self. I turn into a crumpy b*tch, and most of all, I feel dissatisfied with any food I have. Because nothing is being digested properly.
Luckily, I can make a note of it and avoid the food that triggers this reaction. In my case, too much oats & bread. This is an easy intolerance with a pretty straight forward symptom. But it hasn’t always been that easy.
An intolerance differentiates itself to an allergy in a way that an allergy is a reaction of the immune system, therefore we acknowledge way quicker an allergy. An intolerance will usually stick to the digestive system and create mild symptoms but I truly think both are equally dangerous. An allergy could kill you nearly straight away, but so would not treating an intolerance properly too, but way slower….and this is why no one pays attention to intolerance.
I would like to add that we could also well be intolerant to other people, like I think I am intolerant to egocentric pricks and selfish people .
Signs of intolerance or that your body is rejecting something or can’t cope with something ( or someone !) :
- Bloating of the stomach
- Itching of the skin
- Redness of the skin
- Swelling of the skin or stomach
- Mouth ulcers
- Insomnia, trouble to sleep
- Weight lose
- Weight gain
- Nutrients deficiencies
- Mood swings
- Aches and pains in the body
- Unmotivated to do things / sluggish
- General sadness, depression feeling
Now pretty much all of us will suffer from some of those occasionally… and think it’s no biggy. I remember my lovely friend Diane who constantly felt like passing out or vomiting for more than a year (so we ruled out the pregnancy thing) but we were worried. A friend told her to stop gluten. She saw the doctors who laughed at her, saying that ” everyone is following the trend of no gluten but no one really suffers from it, it’s just a myth.” Well, myth or not, she gave it a go. Now she is in top form and after a year, she can re-introduce pizza and other delicacies every now and then.
#moderation is key.
Then there is my mum, who felt really tired, with body pains all over wondering what the eck was happening only to realise here was no medical issue, she was “simply” starting to go through depression.
If you feel like something isn’t right, then it is the first step.
Please…don’t keep popping pills trying to mask the pain. It is easy to say, and I personally have suffered from severe migraines to mysterious mouth ulcers for years before understanding no doctors would help me, only I could help myself. (Doctors just get paid and sell medication. Medication is a B.I.G business. I took cortisone, steroids, creams, stopped eating tomates and cheeses, coffee and nuts. It was all helping to relief the symptoms but nothing would cure.
I felt alone, misunderstood, helpless and just thought I would spend the rest of my life dealing with it.
I tried to find answers for myself and then I took a step back. I wrote my feelings down, I searched for the psychological aspect of things, I took a long look at myself. I stopped some old habits which I thought were healthy, I stopped caring too much about the boss which I thought was what ambition was, I stopped giving too much of my time to some of who just took it but didn’t give it back, which I thought that was friendship, I sat down and practised yoga by the sea alone. I ended a love relationship which I thought would always last. I moved countries. I followed my heart. I tried and failed some stuff. I made mistakes but I accept them. I grew up. I love myself more and give a little less to others. I use Ho’ponopono meditations. I ask for help if I need. I try not to repeat the same mistake twice and if I do, it’s ok.
It isn’t always about the food we feed our bodies, but it is also the thoughts we feed our minds, the relationships we maintain instead of letting go, the pressure we think we are handling well, the traumas we have experienced but haven’t really made peace with.
Your rational mind may try to convince you that you are doing fine, but you may actually not be at peace with yourself and your subconscious mind tries to alert you in the only other way it can.
Listen to the little voices. Acknowledge every aspects of your well-being. Your body could be intolerant to your favourite type of bread, or to your surroundings, to your lifestyle, to your boss or the attitude of some people around you. You think you can’t change that ? Hell you can. Open up, say what’s on your mind and whoever doesn’t like it, bin them out.
Now I am off to stop eating oats and bread for a while, and have some plums juice and tell my mum I love her.