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I'd always thought I'd like to go organic, be a greenie and ‘do my bit’ for the environment and the world at large ... about when I move to Paris and paint all day. Then I was diagnosed with a distressing hormonal disorder and everything changed.
The thought has crossed my mind for a very long while that yes of course I would like to go organic, be a greenie and ‘do my bit’ for the environment and the world at large. It was a romantic notion, something akin to, “Yes I will become organic when I move to Paris and paint all day!”
But to be perfectly honest, I was just plain lazy and when it came down to it, I couldn’t really be bothered exploring the organic options out there. It seemed easier and cheaper to grab things at the supermarket that were far from green … in fact, even reading the labels on what I had been consuming was too much effort for this 26-year-old un-green girl.
Things changed drastically upon the discovery that I had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which in clear English (no medical jargon allowed in this blog) is this:
A hormonal disorder that has the symptoms of infertility, weight gain leading to obesity, irregular and painful periods, extra "manly" hormones, acne (looking as though you are going through puberty would explain that better), excessive hair growth where there shouldn’t be hair on women and finally depression (no wonder, with all the symptoms above).
Not exactly a disorder any hot young woman would desire to have.
Being diagnosed with PCOS turned out to have an upside. First up was the feeling of considerable relief that I wasn’t, after all, a crazy, hairy, fat, pimply woman-fast-turning-into-a-man.
The second positive for me was the realisation that my health and well being is my own personal responsibility, and that I was lucky I hadn’t been diagnosed with something more life-threatening.
So on that note, have decided to take my own health in my two capable hands and do my bit to heal my body a holistic way. Simply put, this means looking at every aspect of life and making improvements step by step.
To start with it’s about becoming aware of what I am putting in my body, and doing to my body. It’s about educating myself on the many green options we have available to us right here in Tamaki Makaurau.
There are secrets to good heath, but unfortunately too many of us don’t bother finding them out. Let alone putting them into daily practice. I invite you to join me on my own personal journey of self-discovery as I investigate what they are. After all, good health shouldn’t only be enjoyed by a group of selected few; and it’s not just for the beautiful, the young or the rich.
It is for us all and I intend to have it!