Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cells Healing The Body - 15 Minute Guided Meditation

Cells Healing The Body - 15 Minute Guided Meditation

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Socialcizing!


It can be difficult to keep in touch with friends/family when you're a vegan and they aren't.  Our societal culture have been built around food.


Special occasion?  
Eat.

Holiday? 
Eat.

Good news? 
Eat.

Bad news? 
Eat.



The first thing that comes to mind when people say "lets get together," is - "for brunch, lunch or dinner?"

This year I've taken it on as a personal challenge to break that cycle.  And I'm doing it in a way that benefits both me and my friends - not to mention my MS.

Exercise!

Or socialcize if you will - socializing while exercising.

I've been implementing socialcizing in various ways.

Getting groups of friends together by signing up as a team for various 5Ks around town.  I aim for at least one per month.  Some of us walk, some of us run - but we all get to hang out at some point.

Or, I'll drop in on one of my friend's yoga classes or invite a friend or two to my regular kickboxing class.

Even if it's just once, I've been checking out classes with a friend - cycling, Zumba, indoor rowing.  Anything that looks interesting - you never know what you'll gravitate towards until you try it.

For those who aren't that inclined to get out there and work it, I suggest a leisurely walk in a park.

When the weather turns, I'll take things inside - a nearby gym or rec center and more classes!

Exercise benefits MS tremendously.  The old advice was to do nothing while undergoing an attack, the new advice is move it or lose it - safely.  Whatever your current abilities, get out there - your future self thanks you. :)

Beating MS!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Who Is Your Health Advocate?

If you don't already know the answer to this question, you better put some thought into it.

A health advocate is someone that you take with you to your important doctor's appointments.  I don't mean standard exams, but rather the ones when you are receiving a diagnosis or treatment information - the appointments that have the potential to be overwhelming to the point where you don't get the information straight.

This is where your health advocate steps in - it's their job to take notes, ask questions, verify information and help you get your facts straight so that the doctor can get a clear picture of your situation.  Then after the appointment, you discuss what just occurred and most likely, you're going to find that you didn't hear or process all the information correctly.

This is normal, you're under a tremendous amount of stress and frankly overwhelmed.  It's also human nature to hear what we want to hear - that's why you need an impartial second party with you.

I myself have been in need of a health advocate and have been a health advocate for others.  I was grateful to have someone there for me and I was honored to be there for someone else.

Don't try to be stoic - you'll just end up hurting yourself in the end.  Make adding a health advocate to your wellness team a priority today.

Beating MS!





Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Train Your Brain!

http://www.lumosity.com/You've heard it before...I learned it when I was diagnosed - MS makes your brain shrink.  Scary thought.

"Problems in attention, memory, verbal fluency, and information processing can be common in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), with difficulties reported in finding the right words and keeping up in conversations, or trouble remembering routines at home or work. According to the researchers, these problems are thought to be associated with volume loss and atrophy in the brain’s grey matter."1

If only there was something we could do to stop this from happening.

Oh wait, there is!  Challenge your brain! Better yet, train your brain...

"Training your brain will increase the brain growth hormones your brain needs to repair damage, build new connections and grow more brain cells."  - The Wahls Protocol, Terry Wahls, M.D.

Lumosity is an online program consisting of games geared towards improving memory, attention, flexibility, speed of processing, and problem solving.  Scientists and game designers have combined talents to turn common cognitive and neuropsychological research tasks into fun, exciting games.

A training session only takes less than five minutes a day and is accessible via a computer, tablet or smartphone.  I love being able to do it anytime, anywhere, on any device.  Makes waiting for the doctor a lot more productive...

Many of the games adapt to a player’s ability level, ensuring that you are challenged to the full extent of your abilities.  But the best part, is that these games are fun!  The graphics and the sounds are awesome - it feels more like play than training.

While this is pay to play model, you can access three games a day for free!  Personally, I took the free version for a 30-day spin to ensure I would stay engaged. Then guess what, 25% coupons started coming my way.

I really enjoy the Lumosity games and make it a priority to train my brain daily as one more way that I Am Beating MS!


Beating MS!

Source: 1 http://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/2016/04/26/home-brain-training-program-ms-patients-reported-improve-cognitive-skills-29/