Monthly Archive May 25, 2015

healthy eating

What I Wish I Knew 10 Yrs Ago

healthy eatingIf I knew what I know now 10 years ago, I would focus more on diet that I did! I have been reading recently in the journals about metabolic triggers for MS: fat and sugar metabolism. There has been the Swank diet and more recently the Wahl’s protocol and I am starting see more and more validity in portions of them.

– Vitamins, supplements – I have had my blood tested for VB12 and VD and both were low and have been monitored ..VitD I need to take 10,000IU per day to get my levels! CoQ10 60mg per day has shown benefit. Fish oils. Melatonin helps me sleep (because I have deficiency, doesn’t if you don’t) . I also take thyroid supplementation.
– Helpful drugs – drugs that help my neuropathic pain and depression – Cymbalta, but doesn’t work for everyone. I take daily Copaxone. The Avonex I was on for a few months knocked my thyroid
– Dr Annello-Dr. Reid -Out of Cambridge. Definitely my lifeline in all of this super helpful addition. Natural health and Dr so can get scripts and blood work as needed.
– Anti-Inflammation diet – Just learning more about this and it has removed my symptoms almost entirely this past 1.5 month. Eating more vegetables, much fewer carbs, turmeric, ginger…lots more can be said on this
– Exercise – trying to make it more a priority, shown to be helpful in all studies I read.. to do what you can when you can

-The blood test for food sensitivities; IgG test and it is pure brilliance.

Water is A Lifeline

Water is A Lifeline

Water is A LifelineOn days like yesterday and today when I drink a lot of water (8 cups a day), I feel much better. I am tracking how I feel based on water I drink but I am fairly convinced already that it is a direct correlation. Benefits of water:

  • curbs appetite
  • more energy
  • clearer thinking
  • in general feel better
  • need to hydrate when drinking coffee or wine

I was prompted to write based on today news item 12 Ways To Drink More Water Throughout The Day

Drink up!

turmeric

Get Turmeric into Your Daily Life

turmericToss with Roasted Veggies: this is a beauty because you can both roast turmeric to make it soft and full of flavour, or you can just sprinkle powdered turmeric all over your roast. Easy!

➞ Recipe: Simply add turmeric, chopped, to root vegetables when roasting, OR, sprinkle powdered turmeric over the veggies (or BOTH!)

Grate into Salads: this is my super-trick for practically anything (works especially well with broccoli – if your kids won’t eat broccoli, try grating it into stuff. They won’t notice and you can put heaps in!).

Love this post excerpt via Live Energized

dehydrate

Chai Granola

CHAI GRANOLA

gluten-free, grain-free, low glycemic indexspices

Soak 4 cups of nuts for about 8 hours (I use walnuts). Rinse and strain.

Add to a bowl with:

  • -1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • -1/2 cup almond meal flour
  • -1 cup applesauce with no added sugar
  • -20 drops of vanilla liquid stevia
  • -1/4 cup coconut sugar

In a separate bowl mix:dehydrate

  • -2 tbsp chia seed meal
  • -2 tsp cardamom (lower amount if it is really fresh)
  • -2 tsp cinnamon
  • -1 tsp ginger
  • -1/2 tsp sea salt

Combine the two bowls. Dehydrate (or bake in oven at lowest heat) at 115 degrees overnight, or until it’s dry and crunchy.

adapted from SpunkyCoconut

Ginger Elixir

Ginger Lemon/Lime Elixir

Ginger Elixir

  • -Juice ginger
  • -Fresh juice of lemons or limes
  • -Honey to sweeten
  • -Water to taste

 

This is our go-to drink. It is refreshing and anti-inflam. Great with ice cubes or hot water!