I haven’t given this a lot of thought so, writing as I contemplate, yet as I was laying down and resting my eyes from being on the computer so much lately and I began thinking about the various illnesses and diseases I’ve had throughout my life. (As you can see, I’m on the computer ~ again).
One of the first I can remember is getting the mumps. Now yes, most every child has gotten them yet, I get them ~ for the second time after my mother had signed me up for swim lessons. I did get to go in the water, but not with the other children. My thought on this ~ I was VERY shy and the mumps kept me out of doing a class. I learned to swim by watching what was going on in the class.
Next one ~ allergies to citrus especially grapefruit but then add strawberries and asparagus; two items I REALLY liked ~ then. We’d flown down to Florida for a 3 week vacation. I was SO miserable there! I slept on a cot in the front room of someone’s cottage and it was next to a train track so I was awakened every night. We lived on a cul-de-sac in Ct. so it was VERY quiet. PLUS, sleeping on the cot was SO uncomfortable AND, while down there, I got stung by a man-o-war. Think I didn’t have an emotional time?
Hayfever/asthma ~ When I was about 10 years old, my parents took my brother and I to a slaughter house where they purchased a 1/2 side of beef. Of course, bro and I were wandering the grounds and the door to the slaughterhouse was partially open and we looked in and saw the cows being tortured. The butcher’s saw us looking in and scared us away. Across the street was a wheat field. We chose to run through it. By the time we came out I was coughing, sneezing, eyes running. No trauma there, eh?
My father who was my heart died when I was 12 and I was gang-raped at 19. Any wonder I had issues with men, abandonment, etc?
By the time I was in my early 30′s I had asthma so bad it almost killed me. At the time I was lifting weights 4-5 hours a day, 5-7 days a week and also training in Kung-fu. My teacher was retiring. More man stuff, more health issues.
From the time I was 13 until I reached my mid-40′s, I had periods of suicidal depression.
I was allergic to cats, dogs and horses.
The reason I’m bringing this up is, whenever you’ve got something going on, check and see what’s going on emotionally. All of my emotional stuff manifested physically at some level.
Sure, a lot of the asthma and hay fever was resolved by diet change yet once I got a handle on my emotions ~ my fears, my guilt, etc., the rest of it dissolved.
Same thing most recently. I wrote previously about having problems with my heart. I realized I had some unconscious fears and when those were brought to the surface, the heart issue dissolved.
Very interesting how the mind works and how it manifests so many issues and how we’ve learned to cope with them ~ very often by stuffing them down with food.
Many years ago, I had the opposite problem which, I think may have been healthier at one level ~ I didn’t eat. One cannot digest emotions and food at the same time. On the other hand, I had so many emotions, I was pretty much starving myself.
Most recently though, I found myself gaining weight after having gotten married. A few reasons are, we went out and ate often and when I go out, I never even considered eating part and taking half home because my weight never bothered me. Any time I’d gained a few pounds, I’d up my work-outs and be back to my slim self in a few weeks.
Another thing I realized was, this being my first marriage, and never having had a REALLY good long-term relationship and, I guess, I scared the heck out of myself and subconsciously allowed myself to put the weight on as “protection”.
So, this again, was all emotional yet, I was “handling” it differently ~ eating, instead of not. What I found was that if I didn’t handle the emotional aspect of my weight gain, working out as I use to do, really didn’t make much of a difference.
That was a GREAT awakening for me! That was a time I understood how many women have tried over and over to eliminate weight by diet and exercise, very often to lose some yet, very often to gain it back because they’d not dealt with the cause, the underlying emotions, the habitual eating patterns! Whooooo!
As a natural health practitioner of 24 years, this realization is probably one of THE biggest I’ve ever had.
When I was growing up, we didn’t speak about the things we do now. If help was available, we didn’t know about it. Now, it’s out, it’s available, it’s amazingly simple and effective! I am SO excited to have created Tap Into Your Ideal Weight so now women can get to the cause of their weight issues and eliminate them!!! How cool is that?