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I started this blog because I wanted to share my thoughts on health and fitness. I wanted to share recipes that I have gathered through my years of cooking and also owning a café. I wanted to spread my knowledge about nutrition that I find so essential to preventive healthy living. (I believe that with better knowledge about nutrition and exercise we can prevent so many of our life style diseases.)
All of this is important. And all of this matters. And this would have been quite enough for me to write about, until October of last year. On the 1st of October I woke up and simply couldn’t get out of bed. My system had crashed. Simply shut down for recovery. Stress and my partial blindeness concerning my own needs had been overlooked for too long.
I had been working more or less non stop since August 2006 and at first I thought this was the reson for my crash. It seamed reasonable. After a couple of months I started to realise however that it had much more to do with my fear of vulnerability and thinking that self worth was measured by what we accomplish and how successful we are. All of this is what really stressed the system and made me move at an insane speed, but always with the handbrake firmly pulled. I write “made me move” not because I’m now “cured” and have it all figured out, but because I now try to move a lot slower and try to use the handbrake as little as possible.
Why am I writing this in a blog about health? Well, simply because I’ve realised over these few months, that no matter what we eat and how we exercise, if we are not willing to be vulnerable and ready to fail in what we are doing, if we don’t start loving ourselves unconditionally then we will not be healthy.
Health to me is about a holistic health. Being good to your self, means both taking care of your heart and your body.
It’s taken me three months of doing things I love, such as eating well and exercising, being vulnerable and open about what is going on and surrounding myself with people who are loving and and non-judgemental, to be back enough to start working part time, exercise full time and be happy. Thanks to great nutrition and the support of loving partner, friends and family I feel I’m finding my enery again.This is a very fast recovery and I am utterly grateful to have all of the needed components, mentioned above, to do that.
The other day I was having dinner with some friends and one of them mentioned a TEDtalk with Brené Brown about vulnerability. She later also gave a talk about shame. Please take a few minutes and listen to both of them. She explains it with great humour and intelligence.
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