Living With Intention And Awareness
For quite a long time, I used to believe some of my headaches were due to me not eating.
I practice intermittent fasting for a while now, because of the dozens of health benefits it has. Meaning I have only one solid meal per day, typically between 4-5 pm, and then the rest of the day I only consume liquids. However, sometimes during the day, I’d get headaches, which as a result of feeling hungry at the same time, I associated with not eating.
This morning I decided to test that. I woke up with a headache, which I’m almost sure is a result of the very eventful day I had yesterday. It was one of those days when your character is tested. And, though it took me quite some mental power, I like to think I handled things well.
But, again, because I was hungry, I said maybe that’s why. So I decided to break the fast and eat something now to see what happens.
I’m happy to report that it’s been over 15 minutes since I had my meal and the headache is still there!
This is one of those moments where Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman would say: “Myth busted!”
The conclusion is food or eating does NOT cure your headaches.
On the other hand, something that does cure them is taking your mind off things and cooling down–taking a break. That is why eating sometimes helps. It’s not the food, it’s the process of detaching from life’s demands for a brief moment.
So many people eat whenever they get a headache because of the same flawed association I had. But if we stop for a moment every day, live with a bit more intention, and become a bit more aware of what’s actually going on within and around us, I’m sure we would all reach better conclusions and become a bit wiser every day.
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