As I mentioned in the previous post, I went through a huge diet change in the past 2 months, which put everything into perspective and I would like to share my 'journey' with you since it might help someone who's having the same issue. I also believe this affects many people around the world but the lack of education in this topic can cause serious harm. I'm not against doctors but I would advise to everyone: pay attention your body because fixing a health problem with pills should come last!
How it started?: As some of you who's following me for a while now, know that I was living in England for 1,5 years. It was hard and I had to put up with a lot of negativity and problem which completely exhausted me and my body both on physical and on the mental side as well. I felt that something is not quite oke, after having serious breakdowns and anger issues. Also, whenever I had Food with milk but in a lactose free form I just felt completely shit, same with gluten and corn. Also I was keep eating chocolate, crisps, and I didn't really care if I had no proper for food a week. I know, now people think 'how stupid, how could she not eat anything apart from chocolate?' I used to work in an environment where you, as a person came second. Or third, or whatever at the end of the day, because hospitality is not about what you want, but about the demands of your guests. Sometimes I couldn't have food for 10 hours straight, or if I had food that was just a chocolate or a quick snack. Also, after 11 hours of work, who has time to go and do the shopping without car, when it's raining like fuck, and when all you want to do is to go to bed. Noone I guess. Or at least I didn't have any time for myself as a human. Slowly, it started to have an impact on my mental health, on my blood sugar level, on my hunger and then on my relationship. The whole crazy way of living consumed my body and my human relations.
How it developed? I got to the point where I started arguing with my boyfriend even for the tiniest thing, even if he chopped the onion too slow (no jokes) or if he didn't do something quick enough, if he wanted to do something else than what I have planned for us. I couldn't enjoy the time spent together, I constantly had anger issues, I blamed him 24/7 for every bad thing that happened to me and how much he doesn't understand me. Literally, I was just awful because I couldn't control my emotions.
On the other hand, I was also unhappy with the way I had to live together with my so-called 'best friend' & how she behaved, but I will leave that one to another blog post.
On the 23rd of January, I moved back to Budapest for a while for sure, and I had more time for myself. My mom found a very good endocrinologist and fortunately she had an empty slot for me to meet me. At that time I had no clue about all the allergies I have now, but after talking to her for almost 2 hours, she set up a very clear diagnosis. She also asked me to do several blood tests for her, including blood sugar and hormone labors since I have hair loss, crazy hunger issues and very painful periods which are the signs of several serious illnesses. It took me a whole month to get all the tests done and get an appointment with her. We found out that I have insuline resistance (IR), gluten, corn and dairy/casein intolerance. Obviously I knew about my lactose intolerance but it turns out that it developed into a complete dairy allergy, so now I am not allowed or able to consume any dairy even if it's lactose free. The other drawback is that everything which is gluten free has corn starch in it, which makes 90% of the food not OK for me. In the past 2 months I had to learn so much about myself and my own health that thinking back to my diet in the beginning of this year just leaves me utterly shocked.
The way I live now: Most people think this is the worst situation you can ever find yourself in! Not eating cheese? Not having an ice cream? Not having bread?
Well there's so much more ingredients in life that I would never thought of if I don't have this health issue. Also, the ingredients I use now are completely vegan (but I'm not vegan), gluten and corn free, E3395 free, dairy free and with such a high level of meat content (if I eat meat, and 99% of the time I eat only chicken or fish). I learned how to cook with these ingredients and what I can create with different flours (also let me tell you, baking and cooking with these ingredients make everything so much faster and knowing that they are all healthy is pure happiness). I no longer have sugar cravings since I cut it out from my diet completely and I use sweetener. 2 months before I was ready to kill for a bar of chocolate and now I don't even miss it. I can bake my own bread, I can use brown rice, I can pay attention to the amount of carbohydrate I take in. Everything just got so much better, and I feel so much better that I cannot recommend this enough. Sometimes we forget how important we are, not for others but for ourself. You have one health and one life and in this crazy, running world everyone forgets to look after themselves but it's just as much important as to make money.
The healthy balance: Obviously sometimes when I'm in a rush I have a bag of potato crisps or a small amount of dark chocolate but I never replace my main meals with these. I had to reduce the amount of fruit I have, so now I'm focusing on vegetables which are 10 times healthier, I use only sweetener and I make sure I have sweets with sweetener (eritrit) but not every day since it's stimulating those brain cells in your brain that are responsible for feeling satisfied after having sugary drink or food. I have only gluten and corn free pasta and bread but everything with a strict diet plan because of my IR. I also enjoy dairy free ice-creams in gluten free cones, I still eat a lot and I'm very happy with the results. I also take natural vitamins and food supplements to control my blood sugar level and my metabolism and I have small meals in every 2-3 hours, at least 5 times a day. I drink a lot of water (not tap water anymore) and I sleep enough. I have definitely a lower level of stress factors since I'm not working yet, but I encourage everyone to take a moment and decide what kind of life they want and how long they can tolerate the amount of stress and being a servant in a world where noone cares if you're not going to work, they will find someone else who can replace you from tomorrow.
Useful links: I leave these down here in case anyone needs them (mostly Hungarian, but if you need any help feel free to comment):1. Thank YOU for the amazing job you do, and for creating the one and only products that people with these allergies can freely enjoy: https://www.dietas-termekek-webshop.hu/egyeb_418/szafi_fitt_termekek_173
2. All the recipes that these amazing woman has: http://www.ehezesmentes-karcsusag-szafival-blog.hu/
3. The place where I shop if I want to buy Szafi products:http://www.asiacenter.hu/
4. My amazing endocrinologist:http://www.termeszetesegeszseg.hu/index.php/magamrol
5. Where I got all my tests done (very friendly and professional doctors):http://www.arkadegeszsegkozpont.hu/