Before the pandemic, I was buying fresh fruits and vegetables, weekly. During the lockdown period, I continued to eat the foods my body needs. However, the past few months have been difficult. I feel anxious when buying groceries, due to a large percentage of the general public not adhering to the distance element of the social-distancing rules.
To mitigate these nerve-wracking trips to the supermarket, I used to leave out early to get to the store for opening time. However, I’m often required to log onto the intranet to complete work. Then I don’t like the busy shopping periods in the early evening. Which means I was frequently postponing the need to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
Last week Wednesday during my morning shower, I almost fainted. I had to sit down in my shower for a few minutes before having the strength to turn off the shower and return to my bedroom to lay down. Before that morning, I had experienced a great deal of stress. Which meant I hadn’t eaten Tuesday night and went to bed quite upset. I stayed indoors that day and slept, waking up late afternoon to eat something.
The next morning Thursday, I woke up with a lump on my neck and slight swelling around my neck, back and shoulders. I was lucky enough to get a face-to-face appointment with my GP. However, she was unable to confirm if this lump was a lymph-node or an effect of my thyroids.
Today, I had a blood test, which will check various elements and my iron count…my GP suspects the reason for my faint moments, could be down to my levels of iron being low. Although that does not explain the lump that’s appeared on my neck – a scan has been booked to help identify what this lump is.
I can’t stress enough the importance of eating to keep your body nourished and able to absorb what’s needed from the plant-based foods. And I admit, I’ve allowed external factors to interrupt my health journey. I’m currently at home resting up and building back up my intake of iron-rich foods. I’ve also received some great tips about anxiety and how to manage it when shopping for fruits and vegetables.
Food shopping would be so much easier if people kept their distance. I can’t fathom why then stand so close or browse the same shelves/fridges and reach right across your small space. It annoys me, but I’m not responsible for the actions of others. I’m only responsible for my actions.
I know many of you around the world are experiencing all kinds of unexpected scenarios, this pandemic has affected everyone in some way, shape or form. I hope we all continue to push through and beat Covid-19. So many lessons have been learnt in the past 6 months and I’ve no doubt there’s more to come.
Please, remember to eat well and take care of yourselves.