Hi! My name is Erin, and welcome to my blog! I’m going to use this space to share my personal experiences and the journey of my relationship with food. I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite restaurants, meals, and places that inspire me.
About five years ago, I found out that I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I was feeling fatigued, had horrible acne, mood swings, irregular periods and a difficult time managing my weight. During this time, I realized that my body was affected by the food I was eating in a way I had not experienced before. If I let myself get too hungry, I began to get shakey and so emotional, I would start uncontrollably crying over little things like not knowing what to eat. It felt like I was PMSing for that short period of time. After I ate, I would feel so exhausted that I could put my head down on a table at a restaurant and fall asleep. After visiting countless doctors and naturopaths, I learned that I had developed insulin resistance and pre-diabetes, a common health complication associated with PCOS.
Because so many of my symptoms seemed to be related to the foods that I was eating, I was also tested for allergies and intolerances. Unfortunately for me, there was a big list. I was told by my doctors to eliminate carbs and sugars from my diet because of the pre-diabetes. On top of that, I found out that I’m intolerant to many foods that are low in carbs and sugars, making the list of ‘allowed’ foods even shorter. As someone who has always loved food, I was absolutely devastated.
Despite my devastation at this new reality, I decided to commit myself to putting my health first and following this plan. One doctor gave me a small list of meal ideas to make with my new diet, which I followed strictly for about a week. I quickly became bored with the new meal plan and went straight back to my old eating habits.
Although I was back to my old habits, I continued to think about the way I was ‘supposed’ to eat. I began to make mental notes about how foods were making me feel. Some of the foods that doctors had told me to avoid didn’t make me feel bad in any way, while others were okay only in moderation. Some made me feel horrible. Additionally, I found that certain foods that were supposedly okay for me to eat were really upsetting my body. For example, dark chocolate was not an allergy or intolerance but I noticed that it always makes my throat feel like it is closing up.
Because of these experiences, I now realize how important it is to understand and listen to your own body. While nutritionists, doctors, dietitians and naturopaths are educated in their specialty and important in helping identify and solve health and dietary issues, nobody knows your own body better than you do. I now value and take care of my own health and wellbeing without relying solely on other people to tell me what to eat and what to avoid.
I am documenting my journey in figuring out the best ways for me to eat in order to make my body feel the best.
Follow along as I share experiences and tips that are working for me.