Health and Nutrition

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I am by NO MEANS a nutritionist, however the subject interests me. I have been to countless lectures and classes dealing with fitness, food, and the importance of a healthy body, mind, and spirit. For the most part, everything I’ve learned has been geared toward the general public, so I’ve learned to modify and create an optimal plan for me. Each of you knows your body best, so modification is key in any healthy lifestyle plan!

Diet

Things I try to avoid:

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  • saturated fats (bye-bye delicious pizza)
  • red meat (sayonara yummy burger)
  • dairy (adieu my amazing brie)Health and nutrition
  • gluten (so long sausages, soy sauce, and soup)
  • processed foods (cheerio convenience)
  • soy (Godspeed edamame)
  • “diet” anything (my diet Dr. Pepper addiction had to come to an end)
  • tobacco ( I stopped smoking years ago, so this was the only one that was easy)
  • wheat (pasta, I’ll miss you most of all…)

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Things I try to incorporate:

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  • healthy fats (avocado, nuts, olive oil, fish)
  • light animal proteins (chicken breast, lean ground turkey
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  • almond/flax/coconut milk
  • nut butters (almond is my personal fave
  • fresh fruits
  • a TON of veggies

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It should be noted that I try. I am by no means perfect, and I screw up all the time. Ideally, most meals should be made at home, so that ingredients can be identified as free from all the stuff that I’m attempting to stay away from, but since that’s not a possibility all the time, mistakes are made.

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*this meal plan contains a small amount of wheat and gluten, but is dairy-free.

  • Find the recipe for mini vegetable egg cups here
  • By shake, btw, I’m referring to a vegan protein shake powder.
  • Find the recipe for chocolate shakeology pudding here (any vegan chocolate protein shake powder can be used in place of shakeology. I was on a Beachbody kick when I wrote up this particular plan)
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My special “tea”: Hot water, lemon, ginger, turmeric, and a dash of cayenne (for a kick)

This is NOT a diet. This is a life change. Trying to eliminate everything from your diet at once would be foolish and nearly impossible a task. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

 

Fitness

For the body:

I make going to the gym a daily habit. There are times (like today) that I don’t have it in me to run on the elliptical for more than 10 minutes, but that’s okay. It’s important to note, though, that the gym time that I put in is for stamina-building and strengthening my body, not for weight loss.

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Many evenings I participate in fitness classes (but only those where shoes are not required). Yoga and Pilates are my favorites, as they incorporate breathing techniques and self-reflection into the exercises, and they are easily adaptable for anyone who may need modifications.

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For the mind:

  • Meditation (I try, I really do, but it’s HARD to escape from your own mind. I find that guided meditations, like those here and here are nice and short and work best for me in the morning)
  • Acupuncture (If you’re in the area, this is a great place to go)
  • Massage therapy (I sound like such a little brat saying that I’m off to get yet ANOTHER massage, but it has really worked to improve circulation. Many places, such as Massage Envy, have monthly memberships with special rates.)
  • Psychotherapy (Yeah. I should probably go to that.)

 

Drugs and vitamins
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As much as these eastern-based treatments have been beneficial to my overall health, I still rely on the use of newer medications to help me on my journey, because, hey, why not stack the deck? I’ve been on a few MS meds, taken both orally and intravenously. I’ve had minimal side effects, knock wood. If you would like any further details please contact me.

 

  • Take a multi-vitamin. Just do it.
  • Because I no longer consume dairy, I take a probiotic.
  • Qivana’s all-natural products have done wonders for me. Please contact me, as I’d love to give you further information.

Doctors

  • Neurologist, obviously… Every 3 months.
  • General practitioner… Be sure that there’s appropriate communication between these two doctors. I see my GP every 6 months.
  • Specialists as determined by your neurologist and GP… Different medications require you to see different doctors as well. Skin health (dermatology), oral health (dentistry), and ocular health (ophthalmology), as well as others are all important components of overall health.

P.S. I recently read an article, “I Cured Myself of MS,” in which a man by the name of Dermot O’Connor insists that he “cured” himself of his Multiple Sclerosis by switching up his diet and exercise plan. People who were suffering from the disease had a lot to say about this, and it was mostly unfavorable. I personally believe that, though the message was a good one, by saying his MS was cured, it turned a lot of people off. I want it to be clear that I don’t believe that the methodologies that I implement are a cure. They have simply kept MY multiple sclerosis in check.

Here is some further reading on the benefits of nutrition and MS:

Donna McFarland: Diagnosed with MS; Food Became My Medicine

Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Diet: Fact or Fraud?

MS: Foods to Avoid

 

<3  Love and hugs and good health to all,

Kir