It’s been a while… But considering that time is not fundamentally real, and everything around us is happening simultaneously, I was probably absent only for a tiny moment, a billionth of 0.0000000000000000247 second (or 247 zeptoseconds) — the period in which a single particle of light is passing through a molecule of hydrogen.
I didn’t write a word all that time, too. And it felt good. ‘Cheers’ for the freedom from the constant stress of writing!
Well, it all began when I got sick in November 2021. I’m not sure what it was but I had extreme pain in the solar plexus/gut. I couldn’t eat, and I lost about 3-4 kg in just two days. It made me realize it was time to take a complete break. During that time — from November 2021 to the end of February 2022 — all I did was read about health, particularly ‘the gut and microbiome’, chakras, new age healing, herbal medicine, and a lot of books where doctors with Ph.D.s claimed: “Follow us! Our diet is the best for your gut!” While scrolling through hundreds of healthy recipes, I lost 8 kg (about 18 pounds) and finally arrived at my average weight of 57.5 kg or 126 lbs (165cm). The weight shift happened with food changes only, without extra exercise (I’m still doing 20 min yoga each morning and walking at least 12-17k steps a day, but it was always my usual routine because I don’t drive). Of course, I tried the most wonderful diets for a week or two (as max, I wouldn’t recommend any diet for longer than a month unless it’s a necessary life choice or doctor’s recommendations).
Let me tell you how it went for me:
- I started with the Mosley method for two weeks,
- then I moved to Paleo for two weeks,
- then to Fiber Fueled diet for one week,
- then to Wahls Protocol for one week,
- then to the Blue Zones Kitchen for one week.
Believe it or not, all of them were not only healthy but very delicious too!
I decided to skip buying processed food (I even made nut milk). I didn’t eat anything canned or anything that contained sugar or its substitute (only for three weeks, though 😉😂; then I added maple syrup, berries, and fruits back into my daily diet).
In the very beginning, I also eliminated:
- Any kind of cereals and legumes (all foods that may contain lectins)
- Diary (any kind, even lactose-free)
- Nightshades veggies
- Any spices
I don’t use much salt in my cooking, so I had no trouble avoiding it. I cooked all three meals a day from scratch, and it involved an enormous amount of DIVERSE food per meal (up to 16 different foods per meal). Dammit, just imagine my shopping list! 😱And if anyone tells you that eating healthy is cheap, they’re probably lying.🤔☝️
Did I feel better with all the changes I’ve made? Yes, but all I did in those 3 to 4 months was reading, cooking, and cleaning after cooking 😒!
I usually eat very healthily, but when I’m writing I eat a lot of baked buns, cookies, chocolate… I don’t know why but the writing goes better when I eat something sweet. Plus, portion sizes get bigger and bigger or I’m snacking more often than necessary. So, in no time (let’s say 1-2 years), while cooking at home and from scratch, I was slowly… getting fatter. It might be only 100-200 grams every 2 weeks, but at the end of the year, voila: 6-8 kg.
Life is much simpler if you are a runner: you need only run 3-4 miles a day and do 100 sit-ups. But I never liked running and I prefer a good movie to 100 sit-ups. On the bright side, I found out that I can eat everything — dairy, gluten, eggs, meat — but in small portions. As you can see, the only thing I needed to do was to cut my meals to 3 a day and cut my sugar intake to 3 teaspoons per day.
I’m planning to get back to my writing in April 2022 because it seems I’ll get a chance to translate my new book into Swedish and send it to a publishing house (autumn 2022). I’m going to take a new pen name too, which I have no plans to reveal, haha 🤓😉! The future looks bright… The only things I have to stop eating during my writing sessions are snacks, especially the tons of sweets I was devouring before (I live near to a new bakery where they make incredibly delicious sourdough bread and yummy homemade buns with cardamom, nuts, and rhubarb!)
Just look at this mouth-watering picture!
What if our weak minds make us sick? What if the world around us, as well as our health, is only a projection of what we ARE THINKING? As someone once said, “Every time your mind shifts, your world shifts.” A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon one of Deepak Chopra’s old books, “Quantum Healing,” where he shared three well-known (but often forgotten) facts with us.
- Intelligence is present everywhere in our bodies. The living body is the best pharmacy ever devised: it produces painkillers, diuretics, sleeping pills, antibiotics, etc.
- Our inner intelligence is far superior to any we can try to substitute from the outside.
- The intelligence is more important than the actual matter of the body since, without it, that matter would be UNDIRECTED, FORMLESS, CHAOTIC. Intelligence makes the difference between a house designed by an architect and a pile of bricks.
When Deepak Chopra is talking about intelligence, he is referring to some kind of built-in genius or fund/knowledge inside of us, so-called ‘KNOW-HOW.’ So, what are we in reality? We are two things together: a piece of information + an amount of matter. And in those two, the data has a longer life span than the solid matter. It is more permanent than matter! Our body is just a place our memory/intelligence/DNA calls home. BUT it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care about it ☝️
Let’s jump back to the beginning of this post, where I said that everything — past, present, and future — is happening simultaneously. It means that all objects and events in the cosmic universe are interconnected and respond to one another’s state changes. Or what is even more challenging to understand is that the nature of reality is ‘nonlocal.’
What is The Nature of Reality? – (question of the month in the Philosophy Now magazine)
Sir Arthur Eddington wrote, “the stuff of the world is mind-stuff.” Just imagine that your mechanical body, as a form of intelligence, has a plausible place in nonlocal reality.
Of course, we can say that the body is made out of molecules/cells, but with equal justice, we could say it is made out of memories or experiences. Our self-image is not only scientific but fluid, changeable, alive. That means what a person eats and how they sleep, the thoughts that go through their head, all the sights, smells, sounds, textures deeply affect their well-being. YOUR BODY is a world! And your life is built up by your constant participation in it.
As is the human body, so is the cosmic body.
As is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind.
As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm.
Take care of your body, and you’ll take care of the Universe! Simple as that. We are in charge of TWO WORLDS: the little one inside and the big one around us.
You may wonder about the title of this blog post… After a number of endless ‘best ever’ diets I tried in the past months, I discovered the book “Cultivate Your Microbiome,” by Bridgette Shea, where she writes: “It doesn’t mean we have to follow the latest dietary trend, fad, foods to avoid to the letter. We are whacked around like Ping-Pong balls by those diets, not knowing which piece of information is right for us, or not recognizing that some information is best for just some individuals some of the time, or may or may not apply to us at all. We have to remember that when we decide to change, our biology changes too.”
We are humans, and we are often too hopeful and too naïve about panaceas. In our sudden enthusiasm, we can be misguided and waste our energy and time, or at worst, do harm to ourselves, all in the name of good health (or with best intentions)! Instead of blindly following the newest diet trend, we have to listen to our bodies and make thoughtful choices. Most people are disconnected from this process and, as a result, don’t know where to start.
Well, I believe nobody wants to become a Ping-Pong. That’s why the best thing we can do is to take (daily) small steps for a healthy gut and a clear mind! What we eat – we become… The problem is only, are we “willing to give up the things that make us sick?”😉
In my next post, I’ll continue to discuss this theme, based on the books “Spoon-Fed: Why Almost Everything We’ve Been Told About Food is Wrong” by Tim Spector; “Clean: The New Science of Skin,” by James Hamblin; “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer,” by Barbara Ehrenreich.