Can someone PLEASE tell me what a sick person looks like? I get so tired of people assuming that because I have a debilitating disease, I’m supposed to look a certain pre-defined way. Well, that’s just not the case. There’s no way to see that my immune system is attacking my nerves. Don’t get me wrong, I experience different issues each and every day, but I refuse to just get in a wheelchair because that’s where society thinks I should be.
Fashion on Steroids
There is one thing consistent with this disease, weight fluctuation. Bouts come and go, but it would be awesome if the steroid treatment didn’t come with swelling. I have to keep 3 different sizes of clothes in my closet, just so I have something to wear at all times. When you have a career to maintain, it wouldn’t look too professional to throw on jogging pants and a t-shirt.
Knowledge is Power
Since my diagnosis, it seems like I’m a sponge; I can’t learn enough. This is a strange little disease that I have. There’s no cause or cure, but a whole lot in between. Everyone should be proactive about their health. I’m always trying new things, but not before I first talk to my doctor. It seems that most people believe that the doctor has a pill for everything, that’s just NOT the case.
It’s All in Your Head
This disease is real; it’s not a figment of my imagination. However, I do believe that my determination has a huge impact on how I feel everyday. When I mix determination, exercise, and diet, I feel indestructible most of the time. Of course, some days are easier than others. I learned the hard way that wearing myself out, mentally or physically, can be worse than doing nothing at all. On my bad days, I still force myself to get up and walk, even if it’s only to the mailbox. Yoga always seems to relax me.
You Are What You Eat
It seems that my cookbook collection has done some collecting of its own, LOTS of dust. I don’t cook anymore, I only eat raw foods. With MS, it’s all about inflammation, so I decided to fight fire with fire. What better way to fight than with nature’s own anti-inflammatory: Fruits and Vegetables! Juicing removes fiber from the food, making it easier to digest. Check out this review for a great juicer: http://www.juicerfanatics.com/breville-compact-juice-fountain/. Use Coconut Water with the juices; it’s the planet’s most hydrating liquid.
By using this anti-inflammatory diet, I can expect:
1. my nerves to start healing
2. increase in energy
3. clearer thinking
4. improved sleep
5. symptom decrease
Now that I’ve tried juicing, I can’t imagine EVER going back to the food pyramid that I learned back in elementary school. I NEVER thought that I could feel this good again.
Like with anything else, there is good and bad. I am talking about the food that my body reacts to.
The GOOD foods that I need most to continue feeling like this new person are: Ginger, Turmeric, Sweet Potato, Wild Caught Salmon, Papaya, Shiitake Mushroom, Broccoli, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Blueberries, Peppers, and Chilies.
It’s so hard for me to say this, simply because these were once my favorites. That is, until my body put a screeching halt to them. The BAD foods that I must stay away from are: Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Margarine, Deep Fried Foods, Dairy Products, Red Meat, Artificial Food Additives (Ex: MSG), Wheat, Gluten, Alcohol, and Refined Grains.
At this point, I feel like a drug addict; I know that I was addicted to the wrong type of food. I just hope and pray that I can stay on this diet. It’s definitely worth the little suffering I’ve done without food.