I wonder, why does health seems so complicated. Taking a note from my own personal health, I found out about 2 and a half years ago I have fibroids. At the time I had three which were relatively small. Fortunately, they did not effect my pregnancy, but I had to make a few decisions. I wasn’t familiar with what fibroids actually meant to my body. What I knew was that I had many friends and family who had surgeries to relieve themselves of pain, pressure, and the other symptoms that come along with having fibroids. After consulting my doctor she suggested that I do not have surgery because they can shrink be eating right. She suggested I take a holistic approach.
Even after my a second opinion, my male doctor said the same thing. Of course, I didn’t want to at first. Why? Because of the fried fish, French fries, cinnamon rolls, popcorn, pasta, and the list goes on. Now, I using eat pretty “healthy”. However, the minute I had to think about not eating what I needed, is the minute I realized how conditioned I was to my interpretation of “healthy eating”. After deciding not think about it and do it, it wasn’t as bad as I thought although I did give in at times. Like so many, I was fooled into thinking that I had to have certain foods prepared a certain way, I fooled myself into thinking that I couldn’t live without cinnamon rolls, but the truth is I can.
What my doctors meant by eating right is eating more raw leafy green vegetables that are high iron, potassium, folate, vitamin A, K, and C. This meant I had to put away the sauces, stir-fries, butter, salt, pepper, and seasoning rubs. Nowadays, I eat straight from my garden. The only thing I do is wash the greens off and eat them. So far, so good. This does require lots of focus and getting use to the taste. Among my favorites are collard greens, chard, beet roots and leaves, broccoli leaves, cabbage, and chunks of raw ginger. This days I don’t look for support, because I realized I am the support I need. Besides, it is difficult finding someone who voluntarily eats raw vegetables without detoxing, dieting, or experimenting as a vegan.
~ ShirMel Hayden