AMUK Healthy Living Blog


Short Term Pain for Long Term Gain

Author : Hazel Econs
Related Conditions : Food Intolerance / non-allergic food hypersenstivity , Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I have loved the spirit the two Olympics have created.  The pride of being British, the wonderful achievements of the GB team and the success of Sir Seb Coe and his team in putting together a positive event with such accomplishment.

The glory, however, has to go to the athletes who have had to show such dedication, discipline and determination for years to train, mentally and physically prepare themselves and keep their goal firmly in front of them, letting nothing stand in the way.

The discipline with regard to their diet and fitness routine to achieve their amazing results is a wonderful example for us all.  If we want to achieve excellent results with our health and well-being we also sometimes have to make sacrifices and be disciplined.    

I heard two Paralympians being interviewed after winning their gold medals, when asked how they celebrated, one said with a pizza, the other said with a MacDonald’s!   For years they have had to deny themselves these small “pleasures” in order to achieve optimum health and fitness, without which they would not triumph.  

In our Clinics sometimes it is recommended for patients, with suspected food intolerances and Irritable bowel syndrome, to stop eating some common foods for a few weeks, as part of the diagnostic process.  We know many find it difficult and feel very hard done by.

However, for any of us to achieve our optimum well-being, particularly when we are suffering with very poor health, making some sacrifices for a short time is a small price to pay, if the results are as satisfying and rewarding as those of the athletes.


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