Does My Anosmia Allow Me A Healthier Lifestyle?
So, I would like to address something about my anosmia that a lot of people wrongfully assume. Most people I tell I can’t smell also believe that I cant taste or enjoy food. This is false.
I LOVE to eat. Pizza, mac n cheese, chips and salsa….all of these foods have been my bestest, favorite friends. I LOVE junk food!!! (quite interesting since I don’t have a big apetite for regular food). I like to indulge sometimes, because you know I love snacking. Almost every Friday I’ve had my movie and nacho fiesta fun day. I’d sit around pouring that yellow, gunky cheese and topping those crispy, delicious, tortilla chips with sliced jalapenos. Oh those are soooo good!
All of that was a lot of fun until I had my most recent health check up (or scare). The doctor asked me what type of foods I was mostly eating and once I told her about my hang outs with potato chips and crunchy rolled tacos, she rolled her eyes and was quick to point out my “pre-diabetic” status. “Whatttttt??? But I’m just a young girl??? what do you mean I’ll be doomed to a future that will inevitably replace my snacks with little insulin bottles? This was a major wake up call for me.
So, I decided to do a bit of research and I started learning more about “conscious, healthy” eating. I started off substituting the oil I used for cooking. That wasn’t so bad, and then I proceeded to add more fruits to my diet to curb my sugar cravings. I then added veggies as side dishes. Oh, have I been feeling great!!!
What’s been awesome about this journey is that I’ve also incorporated essential oils to my health regimen, and since then, I’ve been getting compliments about how “wonderful” I’ve been smelling lately. That to me, has been one of the extra perks of my lifestyle change; I’m not so anxious about whether or not I smell bad. Peppermint and lavender oils have also helped with masking the overall “pet” smell at my place (if you have anosmia and pets you know what I’m talking about) , and they’ve also allowed me to feel more relaxed. I am in love with life!
I’ve also reduced my daily caffeine intake and replaced my double shot extra pump mocha with yummy teas. I like to drink chamomile and green teas now. It’s always “Tea Time” for me!!! Cheers!
As an even bigger bonus, all of these changes have also inspired my GUY WHO CAN SMELL to make healthy lifestyle changes too. He’s even gone as far as incorporating healthier foods into his diet such as raw garlic. Garlic, which I’ve been told is really smelly (I learned to avoid having anything to do with it on dates). But because I’m anosmic and possess the superpower of not smelling even “bad” smells, I don’t mind at all! How cool is that???? (I wonder if his coworkers mind the smell though haha). I guess I may venture into eating garlic in the future as a test of love heehee! What do you all think? LOL. Til then, I guess I’ll stick to my teas and oils.
How about you? Have you made any strides to incorporate a healthier diet in your life? Let me know if you have any tips or recipes for me. As always, you can catch me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Girl Who Can’t Smell