In my family, salt is THE spice. Pepper used to show up now and then, but since most of my family thought it was too hot, it didn’t really do much other than season my mashed potatoes (mixed with peas) when we had big, family dinners. I grew up in a meat & potatoes family where everything was bland. Most of my life anything that might have had a hint of flavour would be too hot and make me sick. Then, everything made me sick, no matter if bland or flavoured.
I struggled with food a lot. It just didn’t want to stay in my body. Tests and medicine and specialists, surrounded me. When I had to live with my in-laws for a year (after the fire) they would even make me my own spaghetti sauce in a tiny pot next to theirs. Mine didn’t have chili flakes in it. Or onions.
I grew up dreaming of ways I could remove my entire digestive tract and still keep living. This was my goal.
Then, waaaaay back in November 2007, my mum dragged me to some naturopath, mystery appointment that I was highly sceptical of. Just what was this BodyTalk thing? Why should I trust it? Well, I didn’t at first. I mean, that first appointment made me very curious and it was only while waiting for the next one that I realized that problems I should have been having were few and far between. When we had our next appointment in June 2008 I started seeing my practitioner every month. By November 2008 I realized that I hadn’t been sick, or in the hospital for a year with my normal ailments. Something was going on, I wasn’t sure what, but I wasn’t complaining. I have been seeing Mira on a monthly basis for three years now. Wow. Four years this November from that initial session.
I don’t know why it works. It just does. I have always been extra sensitive to things, so maybe that’s the reason it works on me. Plus, it’s just really calming and relaxing to see her for an hour or so each month. Mira is a fantastically, wonderful woman who loves what she does and cares about her patients.
Anyhow… with all the mojo that’s been going on through BodyTalk something has happened to me that I never thought would happen.
I can eat spicy food.
(Heck, just being able to eat FOOD is awesome.)
It’s a wonderful feeling. I have been slowly trying out new foods over the last year and a bit. I now get my Thai food medium spicy (the full-out one just hurts my mouth too much and that’s not fun at all), I can now eat jalapeño peppers in foods. I can ask for hot peppers on my Quiznos subs. My new favourite pizza is one from Boston Pizza called The Pepper. It’s like a taco on a pizza that comes with guacamole and sour cream to dip it in. It’s delicious! And it’s not spicy to me at all! It just has FLAVOUR.
Sure I have this mystery autoimmune pain thing that is very debilitating, but I have to remember how extra debilitating the stomach issues were. I’d be in so much pain I was certain some internal organ had exploded and I was bleeding internally and dying a horrible death.
And now? I can eat food that has flavour. Taste. Food is finally exciting! I still don’t like to cook, but I have been more interested in trying new things. Last month I bought my first issues of Clean Eating magazine, I had totally meant to write about it and tell you all about the new foods I was making, but then September got in the way of anything remotely happy (though I did get my driver’s license finally) and I didn’t write about it.
But that photo up there on the right? That’s chicken, cooked in chili powder and garlic, with JALAPEÑOS, people! The entire meal (save the avocado/sour cream thing) was full of delicious spice and flavour. Sure, we used the mildest form of hot pepper there was. I don’t like the feel of the hot, I just like the flavour (though this taught me I should just buy the pickled peppers, because they didn’t really taste much different than green pepper except they made my lip numb).
I have put cayenne pepper in the meals, chili flakes, pepper flakes, curry (though that’s not really spicy). I have tried hot sauce, I have started eating different foods that I normally would have be scared of.
The only time I have any digestive issues now is when I am super stressed and anxious. This is one of those times, but it’s nowhere near the intensity that it used to be before I started going to BodyTalk and now I know why I’m getting sick when I eat. I also know there are foods I just can’t eat because they don’t agree with me (onions, for example. I get violently ill when I eat them any time).
It’s nice to have food options now. It makes for easier meal decisions, healthier ones. I don’t only have to live off of white bread and mashed potatoes.