At the beginning of the year I discovered The Centre of Excellence, an company that offers an incredibly broad range of online courses that enable one to learn beyond the conventional classes that may be available.
With over 1,000 different ones available – from beginning a new skill, hobby or starting up in the business of your dreams, to history, animal care and teaching – they truly do seem to cater for all.
“The Centre of Excellence can help you to achieve your goals and get to where you want to be.”
If you can, please imagine/read this next bit whilst imagining those crackled, hue-y ‘memory’ scenes in movies…
* The very end of December saw my release – sorry, discharge! – from the Priory Hospital in Chelmsford, where I was being help – sorry, treated – as a result of my mental and physical health greatly deteriorating.
All joking aside, whilst they didn’t offer any help with regards to my way of thinking – with it basically being a place a was kept under-watch and fed – if it wasn’t for my admission mid-November things would more than likely have been very different today.
I’ve not ‘voiced’ this before, but, during one of my early reviews, my consultants words were: “Your body weight was so low on admission, you nearly died.”
He repeated this on several occasions thereafter, until I snapped I told him, well… I didn’t. I’m here. Stop keep reminding me of it, it’s not helpful!
Safe to say, he never said it to me again! 🙂 *
Okay – back to present day – well… January actually – so forward a little…
At the time, with my state of mind, consistent progress and desire to maintain my healthy approach to food – and life – I had great determination to go forward.
After exploring their website and various courses a little more, as well as keeping up to date with their Facebook Page, on January 27th,
I took a leap…
I decided to enrol on their Naturopath Diploma Course.
Being a fully accredited and certified course, I had started my journey into learning much more about what I held closest to me.
“The Naturopath Diploma Course is designed to give you a full understanding of the importance of real nutrition and the impact it can have on our body’s healing systems in combating ailments and diseases.
Naturopathic Nutrition is all about using our foods to heal and nourish the body the way nature intended. The course also teaches students how to manage and market their own naturopathy business.”
This truly did sound wonderful. Being able to take a look at the module content overview as well was comforting, as I could see the depth that the course would go – which, I thought was enough.
Having read the first few Modules, I was quite disheartened to be honest, at how basic and brief the information was – I felt I knew so much of it already. This put me off a little and I just seemed to abandon the course.
The following weeks were okay, but late February/Early March was when I realised I was going downhill…again!
(How can I keep allowing this to happen?!)
During the following weeks, I struggled hugely – one week basically having the same 3 meals each day… one day to the next… with each one being very restricted and to be honest… not even nice!
I mean, who puts ONE flipping Spinach Leaf on their meal?!
Then there was a good week and a half of a completely different approach (that is too painful to go further into) that had me on a very high Protein Diet – Chicken and Fish every day and… 80g of Spinach anyone?!
(Gosh, it was from one extreme to the next!)
With these recent dramatic dietary fluctuations – as well as my history of restricted intake – not to mention the physical and mental abuse I’ve caused myself, through self-harm, laxatives, excessive exercise, self-pressure, negative thinking….
I truly have put my body through so much, for so many years.
* To save you the (extra boring) detail… imagine… a high pitched slight squeaking and everything moving incredibly fast and…
Fast forward to present day! *
Well, it’s safe to say I will never, EVER, eat Spinach again!
Having done what I’ve done, for as long as I have, truly has taken a toll on my body – playing havoc with my thoughts, physical ability and digestion.
I can no longer eat, smell or even think about vegetables now without feeling very nauseous – with this also stretching to a few other foods, such as Pulses too!
Whilst this was still a clean, healthy approach in terms of ingredients, as of June 25th…
My diet it absolute heaven now!
Being made up of:
Cereals and Wholegrain’s – Basmati Rice, Puffed Rice, Shredded Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats, Spelt.
Fresh Fruits – ALL Berries, Peach, Kiwi, Plum, Apricot, Melon, Figs, Cherries… You name it! – but not… Avocado!
Dried Fruits – Raisins, Prunes, Dates, Coconut, Mango.
Nuts – Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Pecans, Almonds, Pistachios, Peanuts, Tiger Nuts, Hazelnuts.
Seeds – Chia, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Poppy.
Meat – Organic Free Range Chicken Breast. (Occasionally Tuna)
With every mouthful being fresh, healthy, natural, raw (meat aside) and including the foods I deprived myself from completely – Nuts & Seeds – I am no longer feeling cautious before, during or after eating.
I’m actually listening to myself, trusting my body, for the first time in… I truly don’t know how long!
I feel clean, refreshed and comforted that I’ve made the right choices for my health, my body and I’m proud of myself for doing so.
Not only that, but my body is responding back, with my digestion greatly improving too, after so very long.
(which, without too much information – well, NONE – is a huge relief!)
I’m not too sure why, but very recently returned to the course. It seemed to be around the same time I discovered other aspects to Naturopathy and many, many other things fell into place.
Memories, experiences, personality, characteristics, interests, behaviours, lifestyle, ailments, relationships, colours, numbers, objects, diet…
you name it – it is all connected.
Every part of my life – especially so of the last few years – is linked to: Ayurveda.
Translated simply as ‘knowledge of life’
“Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. Developed more than 3,000 years ago in India, it’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.”
… to which, my Ayurvedic type is: Vata Dosha
There truly is so much – too much – to say here about all the incredible connections that have and are still coming to light…
* Don’t worry…no imagination is needed this time…
If anyone may be interested, please do get in touch and I’d be more than happy to answer and questions and such.
Or…If you’d like to read more about Ayurveda in general, please do take a look at the brilliant websites I’ve mentioned at the end. *
At the end of June, I ventured further into one of the topics I’d been introduced to – Culinary Medicine – to which, in early July (8th),
I enrolled with The Culinary Medicine College on their accredited Diploma in Culinary Medicine.
This, along with the course on Naturopathy, I honestly believe and feel within me, that this is all fate.
An accumulation of my life has lead me to my future path on this beautiful journey and way of living.
Whilst I am still struggling badly with my recovery every single day, I find comfort, faith, reassurance and guidance from the meaning and practice of Ayurveda, which I hope will give me the strength to continue forward – one baby step at a time.
Just before I go, the following sentence about the expectations of practising Ayurvedic Medicine truly did touch me due to 4 words in particular…
“It requires nothing except that you commit your time and energy to your own supreme well-being. What is more it asks that you do this in as relaxed a manner as you like, step by baby step – a simple, friendly, and yes – fun way to be 100 percent healthy.”
Culinary Medicine, Naturopathy, Ayurveda and Myself – There truly is so much more to discover.
This is just the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
Until next time…
Please have a read of a few – or all – of the following. They truly are just a handful of websites/books and such available, but I found these quite informative and well written:
Accreditation’s for quotes, in order of appearance:
Krishan, S. Essential Ayurveda: What It Is and What It Can Do for You