Gout really sucks. And about two months ago, after spending an excruciatingly painful night in bed with a badly swollen ankle, I visited my doctor the next morning, and was diagnosed with it.
It isn't a terminal illness, no doubt, but it definitely changed my life, especially my diet.
I now have to abstain from all my favourite foods: beer, durian, steak, duck noodles – the laundry list of high-purine dishes goes on. But enough of my lamenting.
The point here really is, I was suffering from another “disease” before I got gout – what psychologists call the Law of Self Exception, or the “It-Won’t-Happen-to-Me” syndrome.
My own father suffers from gout, and I have a few friends who have it too. But I tricked myself into thinking, “It won’t be a problem with me, for sure.”
And I admit that with that false sense of security, I was treating my body like a garbage can, eating what I liked and not worrying about the consequences – until now.
I forgot the basic tenet of nutritional science – "You are what you eat" – and paid a dear price for it, including having to put up with sniggers from my friends about how ironic it is for the editor of Men’s Health to suffer from gout. Funny, guys!
Well, just so you know, the March issue of Men’s Health is all about how to eat well (a must in this foodie’s paradise we live in, of course), but also eating right. There are stories on the best (and worst) hawker foods around, the latest superfoods that you must include in your diet, and the best local dishes and snacks that every runner should eat, courtesy of endurance runner Adrian Mok.
Bottom line: Don’t junk up your body like I did.