I’ve officially been living with MS for 20 years and I’ve made some interesting observations during this time. I know that everyone with multiple sclerosis is different so I’m just speaking on behalf of my own personal experiences.
Over the years I’ve noticed certain patterns – like I’d have very specific symptoms that always happened just before a relapse would occur. So whenever I start feeling these symptoms, I go through a checklist of inflammatory diet and lifestyle factors and I act immediately. This is how I’ve been able to stop these early warning signs from progressing into a relapse.
For anyone having trouble managing their stress levels, I want to share this quick and easy calming morning ritual. It’s so easy you can do it in the shower as part of your morning routine (a few extra minutes – tops!). I’ve been doing this over the past few months to help me deal with stress. This technique combines visualization techniques with positive affirmations. If you have 5 extra minutes in the morning, you have time to do this! I find this helps set the tone for the rest of my day.
This September 2021 is my 20 year MS-iversary and I’ve decided to open my vault of personal stories and share what life has been like for the past 20 years living with this illness – stories I’ve never told publicly before!
Some of the things I’ll be talking about in this video series:
how I was diagnosed with MS
tests I was given to diagnose MS
multiple sclerosis medications I’ve been on
being relapse-free for 10 years
how I eat to manage MS
funny, sad, embarrassing MS moments
different MS symptoms I’ve had
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In order to give your body the best chance of fighting off a cold or flu virus, it’s very important to be in tune with your body. Oftentimes, right before a cold or flu virus takes hold, you might feel more tired than usual. You might experience fatigue, or body aches and pain. Listen to the clues your body gives you!
In this video, I share strategies I’ve been using for the past ten years to ward off illness during cold and and flu season.
There are so many ways we can support the immune system and provide protection against catching a cold or flu. Reducing stress and eliminating certain things from your diet can have a huge impact on the body’s ability to stop a virus from taking hold of your body (backed by science). Before doing the things I share in this video, I used to get sick quite frequently. Growing up I had chronic throat infections (even into my early 30s) before changing my diet and lifestyle habits
But did you know, even if we’re exposed to a virus, there are 6 stages that are essential for that virus to replicate. If you act immediately and don’t delay, you can halt the process before it takes hold. But you have to be in tune with your body and recognize the first signs so you can take action as soon as possible. These days, even if I feel like I’m about to get sick, I immediately jump into action and my symptoms end up being very mild and only last a few days at most. Please stay safe and healthy!
In the video I made about how to beat fatigue and improve energy levels naturally, I touched upon the idea of “holding space” so I thought I’d expand on that idea. Holding space for ideas, belief systems, or unhealthy relationships where do we not feel understood or supported, can deplete us of life vitality and energy. Everything we think, eat, and experience can either give us energy or take it away. If you’re struggling with chronic fatigue, it’s important to pay attention to what makes you feel drained and depleted, and the thoughts, situations and experiences that uplift you.
Whenever I’m trying to make a decision about what I might need to cut out, eliminate or include in my life, I reflect on the following.
How does this make me feel? Heavy or light Inspired or discouraged Heard & understood or dismissed Uplifted or sunken Free to express or suppressed Expanded or contracted
Below is a daily affirmation I have been using to help improve my energy levels during the heaviness of the past year, where I have struggled off and on with feelings of unbearable hopelessness and fatigue.
There are many factors that can interfere with our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. When addressing any health concern, I always like to start with discussing what the body actually needs in terms of nutrients and lifestyle habits to promote balance, so I’ll talk about that first, then I’ll offer additional tips in the form of helpful supplements and herbs.
3 Important Sleep Habits that can Help Improve the Quality of Your Sleep: 1. Stick to a schedule 2. Limit your exposure to light at night 3. Keep your bedroom cool
Helpful Supplements Tart Cherry Juice: helps increase melatonin naturally (also helps reduce pain and inflammation) Available in capsule form as well. https://amzn.to/3g094Tn
Magnesium: A natural relaxant for both the body and mind. Regulates neurotransmitters like GABA https://amzn.to/3CJuFZR
Relaxation Blend by Sisu: Contains a great combination of magnesium, GABA and L-Theanine, which when used together helps promote relaxation so you can fall asleep easier and stay asleep. https://amzn.to/3m2Ofuj
Herbal Teas: Chamomile Nighty Night Tea (chamomile and passion flower) Valerian Root (for occasional use only)
* When taking supplements for sleep, 8 full hours of sleep is recommended to prevent drowsiness in the morning.
This is an excerpt from the full interview I did with Peggy about her experiences living with multiple sclerosis. Whenever I do these interviews, the conversation tends to last long after I’ve finished asking the initial questions so I usually keeping the camera recording in case anything interesting comes up.
At one point I asked her, “if there was a magic pill to cure MS, would you take it?” This is where the conversation became really interesting.
I met Peggy several years ago when she came to one of my health and nutrition lectures. She was diagnosed with MS in 2016 and has a lot of really insightful things to share about her journey living with multiple sclerosis! Her story is one of inspiring perseverance and determination to beat this disease.
The question about low fat diets comes up a lot when talking about multiple sclerosis. I admit, the topic can be really confusing because different sources often give completely different advice. In this video, I’ll explain the role of fat in the body, the benefits of “good” fats and what types of fat we should limit.
Steve was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004 at the age of 23. When I came across his YouTube channel where he talks about how he manages his MS with diet and lifestyle, I knew I had to hear his story! We ended up having an amazing conversation that lasted over 2 hours and in the process, I made a great new friend!