Supplements?

Even though I did occasionally have iron and Vitamin C supplements, until very recently I didn’t really believe they’d help. After all, we’re supposed to get all our nutrition from food. But think about it. Do we really eat the right foods all the time? Of course not. We eat what’s convenient, and that happens to be loads of carbs and unhealthy fats. Do we get all the Vitamins and trace minerals so essential for the right functioning of our body from the (at least 70%) junk that we eat everyday in the name of food? Even if we were to eat healthy, nutritious salads and dressings of olive or flax seed oil and omega 3 rich fish and fruits for dessert, we still wouldn’t be able to get the right quantities of vitamins and minerals that our body needs.

What option do we have then? Supplements, of course. But be warned. Supplements are NOT a substitute to healthy eating. I’ve known a few people who continue to eat junk because they feel they have a safety net from all the supplementation. Are you kidding me??? There’s no substitute to eating healthy and taking care of the body – not just for what we put into it but also for what we don’t. Eating fried junk not only gives us no nutrition but also takes away from the body by filling it with toxins. So of course we’re slightly better off by taking those supplements than not taking them at all, but honestly, is that the goal? I hope not. That doesn’t mean we can’t occasionally indulge in some sugary, fatty treat. Of course we can, just so long as we eat the right stuff most of the time. And supplement. Then we make our immune system and the internal organs stronger to deal with the occasional binge.

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Fatty liver and gallstones

One fine night in January 2015 my husband woke me up suddenly in the middle of the night, literally whining with pain in his abdomen. I’d never seen him in so much pain and started panicking big time. A trip to the ER revealed a fatty liver and stones in the gall bladder after a series of tests (mainly liver profile) and an Ultrasound.

Fatty liver and gall stones at 30 years of age is terrible. In the last year and a half since we moved to Dubai, my husband had gained 25 lbs (somehow everyone puts on weight in Dubai!!). But was a weight gain of 25 lbs sufficient to cause gall stones and a fatty liver? Apparently, because most of that weight gain was from refined carbs and sugary junk. Our Doc. asked my husband to go on a strict diet and exercise to lose weight. Needless to say, I was super worried. I partly blamed myself because I had gotten so busy with my work life that I barely cooked; most often we’d end up ordering in. Sure, hubby could have cooked as well. He usually came home earlier than I did but he doesn’t like to cook so rarely did. And when I came home from work dog tired, of course I didn’t have the energy to put together a decent meal. I was tired not from my work but due to my long commute but anyway.. bottom line is we had both of us since the last year and a half developed extremely unhealthy eating habits. While I put on quite a few pounds myself, it wasn’t as drastic as my husband. He ate chips, pastries, biscuits and of course pizzas, burgers, french fries, anything he could get his hands on.

So I started researching how to deal with a fatty liver and dug up the basics – avoiding refined carbs and sugar, eating lots of fruits and veggies and burning calories from exercise. Within a couple of months most of the weight was lost and the symptoms disappeared.  Fast forward 11 months. We’re now in Toronto and I’ve enrolled in a course in Natural Nutrition. I’ve made a conscious decision to make a career change towards health and nutrition because not only do I want to make healthier choices for my family, I want to share that knowledge with others. I’m thoroughly enjoying the course and have started this blog to share bytes of my learning.

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