I took antibiotics for an infected ingrown toenail at the end of September for 2 weeks. High dose. It was my first time taking antibiotics in probably about 15 years, I really try as best I can not to take anything if I don’t need it.
I actually can’t believe that even now, I’m still struggling with the shits. This is absolutely annoying and I am living in the scientifically more identified news explaining the gut-brain connection.
I feel like shit: literally and figuratively. I can see my anxiety worsen, I can see the OCD-tendencies that go along with high anxiety follow: skin picking, anger, sadness.
My run stitch isn’t really there, but I’m pretty much having to pop-a-squat on each run. It’s been on-going since the end of September, despite taking high dose of probiotics.
I’m also along with the anxiety, therefore eating foods that my highly anxious self is craving: the very foods that Ayurveda explains worsens the anxious state (rajasic, vata-heightening foods).
It’s such a mixed up coping cycle: the more I feel disconnected from my body, the more I crave disconnection.
It’s so crazy how much the effects of feeling bloated can have on my psyche. It’s like when I wake up and have tried to not eat too much the night before, and should be feeling hungry (like, I woke up middle of the night hungry), but instead am literally so full of shit that the hunger cues are off. I am curious about the evolutionary implications of this. I wonder, from a viewpoint of the survival, the primal needs, why hunger cues would leave when bloat comes on. Maybe it’s the body saying that eating at this time wouldn’t be wise because digestion is preoccupied with so much “shit”. That would make sense.
It’s really frustrating though. But I think from a soul-perspective that my body is choosing the one way to speak to me for me to actually listen and potentially change through my gut.
The thing is, my gut is directly relating to my stress-response and how I am breathing. This is related to how I hold my body, my thoracic cavity, and hips, and legs, ankles, feet. This physical manifestation of misaligned coping speaks consequently through body pains and compensations while running; which is another form of self-connect, and also self-disconnect. There’s no black and white. I both love running, but have a compulsive relationship with it. I am not yet fully in harmony with my body. FUCK.
When my gut is off, I want to eat more of the foods that I use to cope; the fillers that don’t actually nourish my body with its needs. Furthermore, this only exacerbates my mental state which impedes me from knowing where else in life I need nourishment. And the cycle continues.
The remedy is always reconnecting with myself. The best poops I had were in India when I ate “sattvic” foods; foods that induce a calm state of mind. This was also a period of time when I felt the most peaceful in my body than ever in my life.
Consciousness is both a blessing and a curse: it is just so FULL on. It’s certainly easier to bypass The Work and disconnect. But it’s definitely not without consequences, my gut can attest to that.
Shit, (wo)man, this is tough.