“Don’t worry Lee. It all seems horrific now, but they will disappear in a few years time.”
I have just realised that I no longer have hay fever. I can’t tell you the last time I remember having the symptoms, but I can tell you – by my obvious lack of memory – that it was some time ago. Isn’t that strange? Well maybe not as strange as I may think.In the wonderful book Healing Back Pain by John E.Sarno there is a short chapter entitled ‘The Overactive Immune System – Allergy’ where Sarno covers the relationship between TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome) and hay fever. In this chapter Sarno pushes forward the notion that it is our repressed emotions that are resulting in the allergy of hay fever.
One of my goals for this year was to grow my understanding of food and nutrition. As I grow older, my thoughts always seem to be dominated by food, diets and health. I assume it is because I am more aware of my own mortality, and want to prolong the inevitable for as long as possible. I have just returned from a holiday with my 11-year old son, and was startled by the lack of food he eats, and the paltry choice of foodstuffs he will even entertain as a possibility to pass his endlessly moving lips. I spoke to my mother about this, and she assures me that I was no different when I was his age. Amazing, considering I will eat virtually anything today.
I am also finding that my social circle consists of more and more people who are interested in being fit and healthy. Maybe it’s the new fad of the 21st century? Maybe I am just getting old? Whatever the reason, at 37-years of age, I am still being told that I am a mere pup, and so I still have time on my hands to make a positive and lasting change. This book was recommended by my girlfriend, Liza Lim, who has been studying the liver as part of her massage and wellness work at her company Revive Touch, and I am so glad that I have read it.
I remember as a teenager crying to my Mum because these things just kept popping up all over my face, neck and back. I distinctly remember asking her how long this would go on for, and she told me that they would clear up naturally in a few years time. That was one piece of advice that my dear Mum didn’t get right, because at the age of 37 I still think I am going through puberty!
Fitness. If it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body – Cher
Ask anyone to lead you to the one place in the kitchen that contains the items that will make him or her gain weight, and they will be led into a containment housing food. This could be the fridge, the freezer, the larder or simply a cupboard containing bags of crisps. Either way when a person thinks about gaining weight they think about food.
I am on a seafood diet – I see food and I eat it
When I am not writing on the Needy Helper, I am traveling around the world writing about poker tournaments. As a live reporter I often work between 12-15hrs per day and it plays havoc with my eating habits. My first concern when I am on the tour is to eat as much free food as possible. The live reporting scene is not laden with big fat pay cheques and so you need to work hard to reduce your costs. Free food comes in two forms on the tour. The first time we see it is during breakfast, at the hotel, and the second time is when dinner is served. We often have a gap of 8-10hrs in between breakfast and dinner and both meals are served buffet style.
Remember your stomach can’t count
Irrespective of what your girlfriend may tell you, people do not go to sleep skinny and then wake up fat. Fattening oneself is a process that takes time. Weight gain is often recognized by the sight of your plumper face in a photograph, or the tight feeling when you try on your favourite pair of jeans. They both have the same thing in common, by this time it is too late, you have already piled on the pounds.
That’s rubbish Lee!
“We would watch a movie if people ate more corn,” said his Uncle.