|Morning Musings Directory|
|Season 4 – Autumn 2020|
|Series 4 – I Am Who I Am|
|Thursday 04th November 2020 – Walk Time 35 Mins|
|Have any of your priorities with regards LIFE changed significantly during 2020 and if so, what and how?|
Priorities with regards LIFE
Life Priorities and Changes – Observation 1
I managed to get out this morning for a lovely walk albeit in reflection and with one of the questions l asked of my readership only yesterday in 12 Bloggerz! November 2020 and l shall address my answers in the next few episodes.
I have not been very well for the last couple of weeks on and off. It’s nothing major like flu or Covid related. It’s my stomach disorder which is causing me issues, and whilst not a major medical concern, it’s pretty debilitating for me physically as it slows me down.
However, as a problem, l have had THIS whatever THIS ultimately is since 1994, so it is a 26 year historical problem. I have issues with my gut – l think there are many reasons and as the years have passed me by further ageing this problem, some of the reasons have profoundly and significantly impacted my health and my life.
It doesn’t matter what l try to do to alleviate it either [and l have tried probably close to 150 – 170 different combinations that were supposed to work and help identify the problem but all have failed], because when you then combine my intolerances with my dietary restrictions and natural rememdies – [l try to avoid chemical solutions [not that they work either] as they contaminate your body further, and that doesn’t appeal], but natural remedies are failing to assist as well.
This seagull was one of perhaps half a dozen dancing on the spot. When their feet pummel the ground they are arousing worms to the surface who think it’s raining and then the gulls snatch the snacks up!
But the end results are at times chronic stomach cramps and crippling my ability to walk upright and countless investments in toilet tissue!! I have tried over the years various medically advised diets – but what it apparently really boils down to is this …
…. my body and my digestive system seemingly hates 1] food and 2] me eating food. This can make my eating rituals and cooking for my diet, very hard. In the last couple of weeks, l have had to streamline my diet down further to try and again highlight which ingredients are causing me serious issues?
Prior to the first lockdown in March, l was eating a healthy amount of tinned fish – but my stomach now rejects that and l have in the cupboard maybe a dozen tins of anchovies, pilchards and herrings that make me feel physically ill and as such l can no longer digest them. I am still okay with tuna and salmon but with the other fish types, l think it’s not so much the fish product but what they are canned in and with – as in oils and waters and this is what is upsetting my stomach.
One of my distinct Life Priorities and Changes for 2020 was to endeavour to improve my health through increased fitness levels so as to combat the stomach problem itself by physically improving my health. Not using any natural or chemical assistance … and l am living that. But of course l do also have additional issues with my mouth and teeth and chewing correctly and l think that one of the main issues with my stomach is the shape of my mouth internally and this induces malabsorption which in turn l believe is causing a variant strain of internal malnutrition and potentially opening up a distinct pathway for Coeliac disease.
I can’t get this potential diagnosis verified medically, it’s ‘gut instinct’ if you wish. My mother has diverticulitis and it is a hereditary condition, yet this too is often ignored by doctors when l tell them. But l am NOT a medically trained doctor and so, ‘what do l know?’
What l do know is that eating sensibly and exercising healthily to improve one’s wellbeing and mindset shouldn’t kill anyone. So l am trying where l can to ensure that l do eat properly and with regularity and entertain myself with exercise options.
I can no longer have smoothies, really ironic, l have had two only and they have floored me – l experimented with a third by reducing down and even with a plain yoghurt and not having more than one fruit in a very small quantity that were warm and yet still the mixture kills my stomach which might be that l am developing a problem with fructose which might further mean that l am the victim also of fructose intolerance or fructose malabsorption.
I try to exercise on the indoor bike twice daily and my last time was 24 minutes or 12 minutes per ride] on Tuesday, but a day of unsettled stomach yesterday meant l have to be wise and not ride the bike. I was able to walk though and like this morning at 10 – 10.30am – the weather was indeed truly beautiful – it’s still wonderfully sunny now as l type at half two in the afternoon.
But l had a rough day yesterday, really rough and only contented myself with a morning walk and took it easy. Luckily my motivation is still pretty high. Afterall … it’s not like l am an amateur to this problem – 2020 is its 26th year as a unwelcome resident with me.
On the good side to this change , l haven’t put anymore weight on and still weigh in at just below 13 stone, but my muscle mass is quite impressive even if l say so myself.
It wasn’t just the stomach disorder that encouraged and motivated me to seek a fitter me – there were other reasons … but l’ll discuss those another time, another day.
For the time being, l hope that you, like me – enjoy the photos from this morning’s walk in reflection. There were literally perhaps 30 squirrels out and about on the walk today and the one at the top was above my head chuntering away as l stood beneath her and took her photograph. We are promised good weather for the next few days – which will be excellent and very welcomed and more so as we start a new lockdown from midnight tonight.
Anyway, just a touch base with y’all and l hope you enjoyed the walk and the photography – catch you next time.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard