Health, by definition, can be a state of being or a person’s condition, whether physical or mental. If we went by the dictionary’s definition of healthy, it would be anyone free from illness or injury. However, in this day and age, we know that there are many different ways to view and maintain health and to also be a healthier person. The stigmas around physical and mental health need to end. We need to normalize the conversations around chronic illness, chronic pain, mental illness and mental health.
Let’s Talk About Health
I am in no way, shape or form, an expert on physical or mental health. I do, however, live with conditions that walk a jagged line between both. My life has been a constant struggle to live with, and to understand, my health my depression, anxiety, Complex PTSD (due to childhood trauma), PCOS, anemia, dental deterioration and Fibromyalgia.
After becoming a parent, I also added trying to understand and accept autism, depression, ADHD and bi-polar through another person’s perspective.
Yes, this list seems daunting and yes, it is often too much for me to take. I wish more than anything that there was more understanding, more support and less stigma/judgment surrounding it all.
I never worried about my physical health, other than my weight, until I was a teenager. I had always been overweight and, with the traumas of my childhood, my obesity just escalated, as did my severe decline in mental health.
Living with Chronic Illnesses:
I was diagnosed with PCOS at 15, Anemia at 30 and Fibromyalgia at 35. My physical health has been deteriorating faster and faster, it seems.
Trying to Make Healthy Choices:
I have been overweight my ENTIRE life and I have also been on and off diets since I was a kid. Yes, diets as a kid. In the 80’s, it wasn’t uncommon for parents or doctors to put obese kids on calorie-restricting diets.
We now know, that calorie-restriction isn’t as healthy as we thought and kids definitely shouldn’t be put on diets or body-shamed.
The key to living a healthier is eating better and treating your whole self well. There are 3 main diets that a lot of dietitians, doctors and people who have success with recommend: Keto, Paleo and The Whole 30.
With the ok of my doctor and some research of my own, I have decide to try the Keto Diet: High-Fat (good fat) and low carb/no sugar.