DO WHAT YOU CAN!
Yes the shouty capitals were intentional. I do frequently need to retype whole paragraphs because I haven’t noticed caps lock was on, (such is my verbosity when in full flow) but not this time.
A study was published today that I have been following for about 18 months now. In a search for things that could help me and in a bid to try and understand what was going on inside of my body I was scouring the Internet. I stumbled upon the early stages of this information and found it intriguing, largely because I had never heard of such a link.
Basically these scientists has discovered a link between inflammation and depression. At the risk of being hypocritical I am referring to this study. Below is the link.
Armed with this new information my wife and I began a radical overhaul of our diet. The medication that I had been on was not helping and so I came off of it and focussed on changing my diet. Part of the motivational factor was removing the two stone that had accumulated on my personage, but mainly to improve health generally.
In the six months to the summer the weight dissipated and my general mental acuity improved. However, after the summer I plateud and became somewhat stuck. There I remained for some months. It took the, not too gentle nudging of my dear wife to precipitate forward motion again.
Rather than improve in these six months things had deteriorated again, I was sticking to the diet faithfully and weight was staying off but mentally it wasn’t good (that is a classic understatement).
I have spoken recently about my return to medication and the benefits that it has brought to all of our lives. I only return here today because of this breaking story and my personal experience with it. Only last week I spoke of the need for personalised tailoring with these issues so my experience will not be yours. We do however have some crossovers.
What is on my mind today is that there is always something that we can do. I have uttered the desperate cries of hopelessness in the last year, I have been fortunate to have a wife who suggested options and refused to settle in that pit.
I know that there will be things that will need to change in my life as a result of writing this, even as I type there are things coming to mind that I know I should be changing and doing.
I just wanted to encourage you today that there is always a way forward. I also realise that there are days you don’t want to, if you can just exist in those days you have at least achieved 24 hours of breathing, and that is not nothing.
Perhaps if I had known about the anti inflammatory foods my first lot of medication may have worked, who knows. It was all part of the journey, like finding out almost all contain lactose.
Below is another article with a list of foods that help reduce inflammation, they may not work for us all but I go on the principle that these things are with a shot.
Do what you can.