What happens when you do not eat enough? This is not a trick question. Your body shuts down, maybe not immediately and maybe not even noticeably in any foreseeable future. But the damage is being done, and your body is shutting down.
What Happens When You Do Not Eat Enough
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I know this because I have lived through this, and I am (sadly) living the rest of my life trying to undo the damage from this.
When we chatted over bone broth recently, I told you,
Lately, I’ve been caught up with the idea that things from my past have affected my current and future. That bothers me.
And this is exactly what I was referring to.
A past life of hobby restriction lead to a “healing life” of forced restriction; neither restrictions are any I’d wish upon anyone.
Stop and read that again. Hobby restriction can (and usually does) lead to forced restriction.
Hand-in-hand with taking me to a place of severe adrenal fatigue, SIBO, and an autoimmune condition went a digestive system that was completely out of whack and unable to tolerate or process anything. In order to get my gut to a place of healing, I had to focus real hard on starving gut bacteria vs. starving myself. If you think they are the same, I can promise you they are not. But both are a version of hell; I am convinced.
Chris Kresser recently published this post, “8 Signs You’re Not Eating Enough.”
Upon reading the article, I felt it deep in my gut to finally bring it to the surface.
For 15+ years I did not eat enough. The result of that ended with 6 of the mentioned “problems” from the post.
6 Signs You’re Not Eating Enough
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- Your weight isn’t budging
- You can’t get pregnant
- Your blood sugar is a roller coaster
- Your mood is totally unpredictable
- You’re chronically constipated
- You’re always cold
And for me, even more things happened.
While my gut issues and autoimmune (Colitis) might have been bound to surface, I firmly believe that the fire was ignited by a disordered past. After all, it takes a trigger to “turn on” an autoimmune condition (I had a few).
There was a reason my SIBO and all gut issues went into remission in the first place, but maybe even more important than that is the reason I continue to stay in remission and thrive. (It rocks!)
I cannot change my past, but what I hope is that my story – the stories I have told and the stories I am going to tell – will help someone else never find themselves on the road I travelled.
You will heal. I will help.