How does one become interested in nutrition and health? It’s easy. All you need to do is ruin your own health and the rest will follow. And that’s my story in a nutshell. How did it I do it?
Imagine an innocent, shy kid entering high school, not many friends, interested in computer games, and only spending time in my family circle. I was totally oblivious to the crazy life change that was about to happen during the following years.
To this day I’m not sure how I ended up in the “bad kids” group. Maybe it was my unfulfilled need to belong or my passion for computer games that served as a bridge between the innocent and the wicked, but I crossed fairly quickly. On the other side I found alcohol, drugs, sleepless nights, and friendships for life.
This alone might not be enough to ruin someone’s health, of course. After all, the statistics on marijuana and alcohol use among teens are not suggesting I was an exception. But I was not exactly taking it easy. What started as an occasional night out turned into a lifestyle. I was also not getting on very well with my parents who, understandably, weren’t really sympathetic to my new way of life. I had to sneak out in the middle of the night when I wanted to join the party, I felt like a rebel, and I liked it.
It was when we started going to music festivals and experimenting with ecstasy that it got quite bad. All the unfavorable things I did to my body combined with a chronic lack of sleep were starting to take a toll. I was feeling nervous often, my short term memory wasn’t the best, and I always looked pale as ghost. Several times I really thought I was about to die because of what I now know were heart palpitations, and dangerously low blood pressure.
I think it was back then that I really started thinking about the value of life. My health issues allowed me to see what I was really doing. After that it wasn’t even an effort on my part. It felt like my body or something within me decided it was time for a change. And so I did. I stopped doing drugs, smoking weed, drinking alcohol, and going to parties. I started doing sports again, and became interested in my nutrition. It felt good. Moving to Prague to study at a university certainly helped. But little did I know that my journey was only beginning.