Welcome to Defeating MS – My Journey

After learning I had Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), I was told by The MS Society and every doctor and health professional I have been in contact with in the United States and Canada, that the only treatment that “might” reduce the incidence of MS attacks are drugs. Diagnosed in 2004, I was given no other course or action that could guarantee a symptom-free future. All except one family doctor, Dr. Stephen Boyd in Brunswick, Maine who is a 7th Day Adventist, that experience is discussed on the research page under the section about Dr. Swank and in day three of my daily blog.

In 2015, I had been introduced to walking testimonies to the contrary. Doctors and Scientists afflicted with MS themselves or who had an affected loved one close to them. They are located throughout the world and have been doing their own independent research with dramatic results. It has been proven to me that not only will these holistic methods stop the progression of MS damage and attacks, but also, in most cases, even reverse the damage. I admit it took me two years to wrap my head around these ideas and accept that I must choose major lifestyle changes and commit.

After gathering information and books, seeing and meeting some of these people mentioned above and psychologically preparing myself to go to any length to follow these regimes, I am ready. This blog is to keep me motivated, targeted, to be informative about these solutions and to work to stay informed.

My physical commitment began March 27, 2017. I will keep a day-to-day blog detailing my successes, frustrations, physical gains and set backs, various moods and actions taken to attain these goals, which are:

  • To be symptom free and put this illness I have into remission
  • To share this information with you on a page of links to the people, websites and books worldwide so that you too can have a chance to at least consider the possibilities

I will also maintain on a monthly basis a page documenting my changing condition, moods, abilities, cognitive issues, mobility, etc.

“Bonne Sante!” means “Good Health!” in French.

The logo was created with a picture I took of an Amaryllis plant gifted to me by a friend for Christmas. It bloomed the most incredible flowers. The butterfly is from Corel Paint Shop Pro, a program I own.

Still Going Strong!

Its been awhile and I apologize for that. I have some catching up to do, I have had many gains and some rude awakenings. I want to review a few products that I’ve incorporated into my Wahls life. I spoke about them when I bought them, now I want to report to you how they worked out for me. I want to start with the ceramic frying pan I bought. Early on in my journey, I tossed out all my Teflon pans because they are bad for me, keeping only my stainless steel set and purchasing a small cast iron and a med/large ceramic frying pan. The ceramic pan I bought was a cheap one from the grocery store. If you can afford it, invest in the higher quality expensive pieces, because I did get what I paid for. I paid $40.00 for this pan a year ago, It was only after a few uses that the ceramic coating began to chip off. I still use the pan often, but I need to scrub it and when cooking use a lot of oil. Really, I need to replace it. Which I will do when I have the funds. Here is a picture of it new and now.

Next the Nutri Ninja Pro Blender (Ninja BL456). I have owned a Magic Bullet, which for this lifestyle is not good enough. The dream machine if you can pay for it is the Vitamix, which is up in the $500 plus range. Out of my reach. I have the next best thing from a Magic Bullet, the single serving Ninja Professional I own sells in the $100 to $130 range. This was a gift that keeps giving. Its a good one. The engine is a powerful one. I use it almost daily. I make coffee lattes, pureed vegetables, minced cauliflower for cauliflower rice, smoothies, and Tahini sauce. It does all these things well, but here are the cons: It isn’t made for heat, but I have it down to a science. When making my coffee lattes:

1 cup coffee, 1/4 cup coconut milk and whisk to cool down the coffee a little. Add whatever flavorings you want (such as vanilla, cinnamon, almond butter, organic cocoa and always a dash of Himalayan salt. If you can have it, levels 1 and 2 add a tsp of natural sugar) and screw the lid on. Turn upside down and count to 8, then turn up right and unscrew the lid to let the steam escape. Then blend, count to 8 and stop. Why do I have to do this. Because the steam will blow the top and hot latte will pour out. But, if you do the above, it won’t. The counting to 8 then immediately removing the lid both times is key. The other con is that the lid can be difficult to remove at times. It is a wide mouth that requires a full opening of your hand to grasp and turn. I don’t have a problem, but people with damaged hands will. What I do have a problem with is when it refuses to open, usually again, because of heat build up. I keep a stretch rubber physio elastic band to grasp the top and sides for leverage to remove the lid. Now aside from the full grasp which is not optional, the two cons listed are both because the Ninja is not made for heat. This is making do with what I have, which is better than not doing it at all. For what the Ninja is made for, it is excellent and that’s because of the blades and the engine. All in all, I am happy with it, its a tough little machine.

Nutri Ninja Blender

Next is the Spiralizer. I bought mine recently from Amazon.ca. The one I bought is called Spiral Slicer from SimpleTaste and it sells in the $30 range. I got mine from Amazon.ca. This has been on my wish list for a long time. It allows me to cut thin spiral shaped “noodles” out of zucchini, carrots, squash, whatever else you can think of. It does a good job, however a word of warning. The first two times I used it I sliced my finger. The blade is very, very sharp, it is out in the open and not shielded, very easy to brush your fingers over it when moving it. Below is a picture of the second cut I got. I no longer get cuts as I am ultra aware now of the hazard.

 

The last one I want to talk about is a new addition to the family. I am very excited about this. I have come to love Kombucha tea. I try to get at least one serving of fermented food in me a day. That might be fermented sauerkraut or Kombucha tea. I can’t always have the tea because it is so expensive to buy. Ideally, is to make your own, because it is literally, organic black or green tea, filtered water, 1 cup of organic cane sugar, the scoby and one cup of brewed organic Kombucha will make four liters of tea. You will need a scoby, I’ve named mine, they’re alive (Buddy one and Buddy two).  I am in the process of brewing my first batch….so exciting! The scoby is formed over time from brewing Kombucha, these scobies can be used for repeated brews and as other’s form over time you can keep them alive in a “Scoby Hotel (so cute)” and brew more tea or gift to friends for them to start their own brewing process. I bought a starter kit from Brew Your Bucha off of Amazon for $88. I bought a highly rated book on brewing Kombucha tea (picture below) by Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory of Kombucha Kamp and here I am finally brewing. I had looked into the company that wrote the book, Kombucha Kamp, but they are based in the US and I am in Canada, shipping was over $80, no good for me. I found Brew Your Bucha here in Canada and they are reasonably priced and upon reading many reviews, they are reputable. That’s important because you don’t want to buy a Scoby from a bad source. They are also wholly supportive. So far so good. My first batch will be finished in 9 to 30 days, depending on temperatures, warm faster, cold longer. Its summer and my apartment is warm, so I’m guessing 9 days. Once the first batch is done, bottled, and in the fridge, I will immediately begin the next batch, which will then give me four more liters in (probably) nine days. Here’s the brew set up and the book (which is excellent):

This lifestyle, though completely and totally foreign to me when I began in April of 2016 has become totally second nature. I won’t lie, it was a commitment that required ingenuity and patience to achieve. It is a more expensive way of eating, period, but there are ways to solve those problems. If you can easily afford it, then it will be a third easier for you.  I like many have had to think outside the box and patiently add this and then that. I’m still working on it, always will.

This is my latest milestone: I have always had to use dressing rooms with seating because I can’t stand and lift my left drop foot leg high enough and keep my balance (bad equilibrium) thereby making it impossible for me to get my left into a pair of pants while standing. Drum roll please…………I can now.

If your sick, do it, do it now, this works, it will give you a better life. Mine is not perfect, I am not cured, all my damage has not disappeared, but I read daily what others have to say on The Wahls Facebook page, some of whom have been at this four to eight years and they have all experienced continuous healing. So, it just keeps getting better. So far, that is proving to be true for me as well. This was lunch today, I am on Wahls level III at present which is a Ketosis diet.

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This is a pan fried in coconut oil bone in pork chop from a meat shop close to here (lucky me) owned and operated by the farm itself (cheapest way to buy healthy meats). All their meats are from pastured, no antibiotic, no hormones animals. I call it “clean meat”. Paired with pureed half and half mix of cauliflower and yams, full fat coconut milk, Ghee and Himalayan salt and pepper, the other side is red cabbage that has been steamed with coconut oil melted on top and salt and pepper, all organic. This was yummy! Truly, I don’t feel deprived because I have found satisfactorily and superior replacements for the more culturally traditional foods of my industrial culture. It is simply getting back to pure methods of eating. Its old world eating.

 

Bonne Sante

 

Status Update

Well I have slowed quite a bit on my blog. But, not on my commitment to sustaining the Wahls Protocol. I am still living this lifestyle and continuing to reap the rewards of it. My promise was to sustain the blog daily for the first year of my experience on the Protocol and I have done that. I will check in once in a while to tell of my continued commitment to the Protocol, which is enough for me. The most important information is up, that of the speed and dramatic changes that have occurred in just one year on the Protocol.

A lot is happening in my life at present. Our family has had the gift of a union with an older brother we didn’t know existed until just a few weeks ago. I flew to the states to meet him, my younger brother drove in from Ohio to Iowa/Illinois and we had a wonderful five days with him. All this came about in the mist of a cherished visit from my daughter and her aunt from Quebec. The events were back to back, five days with me here and then on a plane to Chicago to be picked up by my brother and driven three hours south. Two weeks that were a blur, a joyous one, but still, a blur. An event like the latter brings conversations with long lost and estranged family, much like a funeral will bring a lot of discussion about, so has this, to everyone’s benefit. A lot to process and traveling takes a lot out of me still.

I have spent the last four days keeping my routine to a bare minimum and sleeping a lot. I’m still tired. Obviously, fatigue is still a very real problem, maybe will always be. I still have MS and I still need to be respectful of it. My job search has taken a back seat to all of this. I had been optimistic of working full time once more, but at this time, I admit, its not possible. However, part time is viable. As soon as I feel my energy back to normal and my routine in place, I’ll revisit the work of job searching. In the mean time, I am maintaining between level’s one and two. I still workout at the gym four days a week swimming and circuit training. I still do my physio exercises for balance, gait and muscle training to take the brunt off what doesn’t work. The eating regime has become mostly second nature. I have goals I want to meet, such as learning to make Kombucha tea at home, getting kitchen supplies like a crock pot, spiralizer, food processor, etc. I have gotten into the habit of making bone broth on a monthly basis. It is so beneficial and good, that I will be sure to continue the practice. Wahls suggests having one cup of bone broth per day.

I stepped down from the third level which is a Nutritional Ketosis state. I needed the flexibility of the lower levels, which carry more options for foods. There is nothing wrong with the lower two levels, but there is a marked difference in my thinking ability. I have a significant amount of cognitive damage, which has improved with the two other levels. I have stepped down from this level twice and experienced the same thing. Some of my muddled thinking and pressured speech comes back. In a couple weeks, I will get back that level. One thing I do miss very much when I am on that level are fruits other than berries. That is tough to let go of.

That is where I am at, I hope all is well with all of you.

 

Bonne Sante

 

 

 

Resume Challenges

Writing up a resume with a history of disability is a tough one. I’ve literally been working months on rewriting and developing my resume and learning to deal with online platforms like Linkedin and Indeed, both of which have automated arranger’s that do not work for me. I am getting there. I feel I am two thirds of the way there. My wording needs to be more verb than noun, right now its more noun than verb. I’ve sought the help of friends over career centers for critique of my resume reincarnations. I went the career center route first and was pulled in twenty directions without assistance on my resume. Which, was what I most needed help with, given the challenges I have to present myself in a way on paper that will get me an interview, that is where I need help. Once in the interview, I’m not worried, presenting and selling are what I am best at.

To make it more difficult is the fact that I have a lot of experience and many skills that have been honed over the years of my life, but many not in the usual sense. I have many blank spots in my work history, not just the last disabled reasons. Starting with seven years as a feature dancer in an industry that one can’t mention on a resume or in an interview. I’m saying it here, stupidly probably, because I’m sick of constant omission. I had worked my way up to the top of that line, it was a better deal then. Kicked out of school in the 7th grade, I got my GED at the age of 33 in 1996 with a 6th grade education and didn’t need to study for it, I took it and passed. I worked as a Mental Health Technician on a locked crisis psych unit at a community hospital for seven years. In a time when you didn’t need a degree, it was heavy duty on the job training. It was a college education in and of itself, but I have no paper that says I can do the job.

I stayed home to raise my son in 1994 moving to Quebec in 1998. Aside from little part time jobs, I have no paid work history here till 2001. But, during this time, I founded and incorporated a 501c3 non profit, multifaceted, four-day festival that in its third year attracted 4,000 campers and attendees and became solvent. I created a successful seminar that involved two languages, two countries and speakers from New York, Quebec, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and New Brunswick, in the middle of no where Fort Kent, ME and revived a three day Convention. All events were successes, all events asked me to stay on or recreate them. The festival, started in 1995, is still running today. The other events were one time events. I have orchestrated many fundraisers, concerts, and dinners. But, all of them were unpaid, non profit events to support and promote a sober way of life. “Sober way of life” events vs “Drunk way of life” events, which one do you think I could easily put on my resume.

In 2001 I went to work at MBNA America, which has since closed its doors in the US and sold out to Bank of America. When I worked for them, they were the third largest credit card issuer in the world. They sold credit cards for over 300 businesses, institutions, banks, clubs, stores, etc. They were the first bank to do so. I worked as a telemarketer for them, three years. I was a sales coach and was frequently listened to by others struggling to sell certain cards or at all, to learn from my approach. My strongest cards were the cards for lawyers and the high end Quantum Card for the elite. I never once missed my commission. Then, I got sick in 2004.

On temporary disability,  after having an operation and hoping the two lesions I had in the brain were because of a compression on the neck that had been fixed, I set to work going to school to give my self more options for work. At this time I was a single mother of two ages five and fourteen. The plan was to go for a Bachelors in Business Sciences with a minor in writing to back up my organizing events experience and become a professional for profit event organizer.  I made it half way, with a 3.76 GPA, of which all of my business and writing classes were 4.0. I loved every minute of it, starting out the way I have in life, it was a dream come true, I loved school, always have. I had a bad MS attack cognitively and that knocked me out. But, I did successfully complete 64 credits, but I can’t get my transcripts. I was forced to file a bankruptcy on the government loans. I recently learned that one small one was over looked and nine years later has tripled. Till that’s paid off, I can’t get the transcripts, which would be nice to have, because they show my marks. Suffice it to say, I can’t pay that off till I have a job. That was 2009.

Several years to recuperate and then an attempt to build up my 26-year skill in jewelry making into a business. I opened an Etsy shop, organized and built up enough product for shows and entered the Fire Mountain Gems international contest against some of the best beaders in the world and won Gold. I was building and doing very well, but was progressively getting worse from MS and couldn’t keep it up. I took down the Etsy shop, I declined invitations to enter other contests and stopped the shows.

I worked for Suzie Q’s Beads, Buttons and Bijoux for 2 years, 2013 to 2015. I did well at her store. Here I sold high end costume jewelry, jewelry making supplies and taught patrons basic jewelry technique. I worked 11 to 15 hours per week. Suzie downsized and then closed her shop and I was let go. That one hurt, I very much loved working there and worked with a great team of people. Suzie told me that I was the best sales person she’d ever hired or known.

I have presented successfully in one form or another for non profit causes, my own art work, credit cards and services and a sober way of life for decades. I am a starter upper, I have vision for business and I am tenacious. I have overcome and healed a broken childhood, an alcohol problem (26 years sober), quit smoking, and most recently, put MS into remission and am reversing damage via the Wahls Protocol, which really does work. I am thoroughly trained in crisis intervention including giving Mental Health Status Exams, Intake, admissions, and suicide watches. I am proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Desk Top Publishing, and am becoming proficient in Excel. I am well versed in online platforms such as Word Press, Etsy, Facebook, and Instagram. I am a research hound, strong writer, and I can type 60 words a minute. I am 55 with a disease that most know as “unrecoverable” and complicating matters further I have mostly my word on my skills having no degrees and no certificates to prove it.

I do have many professional friends who will give me references.  My aerobics and gym Instructors, who watched first hand my transformation right before their eyes, will also give me references. One suggested I get certified and coach others, but after looking into it, its $1,200.00. Again, need a job to get a job.

Anyway, who wants to hire me?!

Line on up, I’m dying to hear from you…..have I got a deal for you!

 

Bonne Sante

 

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Its a question of patience, initiative and time.

I am diligently working on preparing myself for the workforce. I am career counseling with one center and will make an appointment with another tomorrow. The two centers have different strengths. I am utilizing an online site run by the Alberta government as well. My resume was a challenge to configure due to lapses in time making my resume look like hell in chronological order. Dealt with this by grouping my experience and listing them by years rather than specific dates. I finally called my university to inquire about the hold on my transcripts. I had to drop out in 2009 due to a MS attack and qualified for a government bankruptcy due to disability of my student loans. However, one small one was overlooked and that loan has now tripled due to nine years of fees and interest. Until that is paid, I can’t access my transcripts. I gave them my information and expect to be hounded by them soon to pay. Which will have to wait. Oh, the wreckage of Multiple Sclerosis!

I had thought to start right away on full time and actually applied for a full time job, than had a heart attack over it. I’ve been cautioned to start with volunteer, then part time first. Which, I am doing. I applied for a reasonable job and hope to hear from them. If I take on too much, too fast, I’ll lose track of my commitment to the Wahls Protocol, which is the reason I am able to work at all. Fatigue is the other problem, there are still days where I need to sleep and do nothing. How will that work with a full time job. My ultimate goal is to eventually and slowly build myself up into a full time job situation while successfully incorporating the Wahls Protocol into that schedule, thereby, if this goes well, allowing me to wean off of disability. Time will tell that story.

Time….I’ve been held back for so long, I am raring to get out there and do something! I am ambitious by nature. A self starter. Patience is needed or I can set myself back. Not the plan! This month, I want to get to a registry and learn what is required for me to get my license. That’s a priority. I have the use of a friend’s car to practice with once I get my Learner’s Permit. I am sure it will be like riding a bike, I drove for 25 years, but its been eight years and I will need to rebuild my confidence behind the wheel. In the mean time, I am anxious to begin a part time job, I am sick of being flat broke all the time due to the cost of the Wahls Protocol. I have debt to pay on, a driver’s license to obtain, citizenship to file for (I’m on a Landed Immigrant Status) and, eventually, a car to finance. I am getting there….one carefully stacked boulder at at time.

 

Bonne Sante

 

Note: The monthly symptoms page has been updated.

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One year on Wahls! Before and After photos.

 

 

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After three months on the Wahls Protocol. End of June, 2017
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Taken one week ago, one year on the Wahls Protocol, March, 2018

The before picture is with my, then, constant companions cane and leg brace at the gym. I’ve always exercised in some form or fashion. The healing is all due to the diet, along with increased exercise. I lost 40 lbs and my skin has a nice glow these days. Cane, leg brace and walker (the walker was becoming the new reality at the start of my journey on the Wahls Protocol), all are no longer needed. I walk strong, a little unsteady, but strong. Still have a limp, but not pronounced as it once was. My lower back was going, which was why I was needing the walker, unable to stand for more than five minutes at a time and falling down in my own home. My lower back will still weaken, but only after several hours of activity.

If I were more organized with this, it would be fun to make a life size cut out of the first picture and have someone film me dancing around it. My movement has improved that dramatically in one year. Today was, coincidentally, my first appointment with a career counseling agency. I said at the beginning of this journey that after one year on the Wahls Protocol I would be working. No, I don’t have a job yet, but I am sure that I am ready to try. Its been nine years.  All I can say is

Thank you DOCTOR WAHLS, MATT and DOCTOR ASHTON EMBRY, DOCTOR SWANK and EVERYONE on the DOCTOR WAHLS FACEBOOK GROUP and most importantly, MY FAMILY and FRIENDS for being so supportive! 

 

Bonne Sante!

 

 

 

A shift in attitude

Until I stop crying about the state of my affairs where I am consistently focused on what other people have or don’t have, I will go nowhere. Even if good breaks come, I won’t see them because I will be entrenched in the practice of someone else who has it better. Having Multiple Sclerosis is not what I had hoped for, but here we are. I must see past the “unfair’s” in order to cope my very best with what I’ve been dealt. For one thing, we never know what another’s “cross to bear” is. When practicing jealousy and self pity I then constantly compare with what I assume other’s have: more money, more opportunity, better upbringing, ready access to education, etc. I assume a lot. You never know what that person has been through or where they’ve been in their lives by the one day I stand with them feeling the “why them’s and not me’s”. And just consider the complete waste of time, energy and how ultimately destructive this is. Time and energy I could direct into working towards an abundant future as I seek my path of purpose, whatever that is. Even if its only the purpose of being the positive one in the room, the big smile that greeted you and made your day better.

I grew up in an unconventional way, outside mainstream society. It wasn’t easy to work out of that and learn all that I hadn’t had the chance to learn. When I think that that wasn’t fair, then I remember I’ve been given a gift from my experiences. That being the opportunity to live among people of many walks of life giving me a birds eye view of the human condition more than someone who has been sheltered all their lives, living in one place with little experience outside of their one culture. On the other hand the person who has been sheltered all their lives may find that they are satisfied with a simpler life and is a stable, steady person. Something that I’ve always had to work hard to be.

Sickness happens, I’ve been given a gift. The Wahls Protocol is my ticket out, but it has taken a commitment of mind, body and spirit. Having MS is a great deal of work all by its self. If I have to work that hard to deal with an affliction and someone hands me a tray of tools that I need only commit to the path to reap the rewards of health and well being, then really I have two choices. One is to continue being disabled in mind, body and spirit and hang onto my old ways of doing things, looking for the magic pill that will heal me without me having to change anything in my lifestyle and causing me to deal with the horrible fall out of another MS attack. Or, I can accept that I’d rather put that time, energy and effort into exercise, diet and a change of attitude that will bring me increased health and well being and no more MS attacks. I am human and stubborn, it took me two years to wrap my head around the fact that it is absolutely necessary for me to do this and become willing to go any lengths for it.

I’ve had to overcome a lot of adversity in my life, as I am sure others have too, and each time it has been the same process. Change or die. There is such a thing as death of spirit too. Doesn’t have to be a mortal death. The process was always enough pain from the conflict to finally cause a moment of defeat and throwing in the towel, thus opening my mind to a better way. Once I do that, there is no more warbling back and forth, I have accepted that this is it. Then I let go of all the “poor me’s” and “its not fair’s”. Of course, there is no hope till the kit of tools is revealed. Diagnosed in 2004, I was not made aware of this till 2014. That said, it is not your fault if you’ve not been shown a way out, but once you have been shown a way that works. Then its your responsibility to give it all you’ve got. To “play the Hell out it”.

I love the quote above from Sheryl Strayed who is the author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail her memoir of her own overcoming journey. A movie adaptation from the book was made called Wild (released 2014) featuring Reese Witherspoon. This is another practice of mine, I am always on the look out for others who rise above their difficulties. I fill my life with them. Instead of filling my heart with the sickest people’s antics, I choose to instead fill it with people getting well. On the 27th this month I am celebrating one year on the Wahls Protocol and will post my before and after pictures. Thank you Dr. Wahls!

Bonne Sante

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Quote from the book: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

By Sheryl Strayer

Maybe having a cold is a reason to celebrate?!

I have a cold. Big deal right? Granted, I do get colds once in a while, but literally, I can count the times I’ve had a cold or the flu, together, on one hand since 2004 (the year of the onslaught of my disease). I asked my Neurologist about this once and he explained that he’s heard the same from others with MS that he works with. He explained, “Your immune system is hyped up.” That made sense to me and was what I also suspected. It is my antibodies attacking my own body because somewhere along the line, the lines of transmission were crossed and the antibodies mistook my myelin as a foreign threat to the system and they attack. Since my myelin is always there, my antibodies are always on guard. Weird, huh? A benefit of having MS. Of course, I’ll take the cold or flu over a MS attack any day.

So, I’m thinking, but certainly could be wrong, that this cold may be a sign that my immune system has relaxed a bit. Is it a sign of healing or the odd cold I would’ve gotten anyway? One will only know as time goes by. Before I sickened with MS, I traditionally got one cold and one flu most years. We’ll see how that goes in years to come. I’d be interested in posing this question to everyone on the Wahls Protocol Facebook page, we have members following longer then me. As well, I’m curious to know if other autoimmune illnesses experience this phenomenon. A two part question then. It is a diverse group of autoimmune illness sufferer’s treating their respective diseases with the Protocol. The perfect place to ask a question like that.

No exercise this week, a bummer. But, I’m sure that my classmates appreciated me not putting my body with its accompanying cold in a body of water with them. I will resume Sunday. I am feeling better today. Its hard to eat when everything tastes like metal, yuk. I had cold seed porridge with blueberries and coconut milk for the first meal and banger’s and mashed cauliflower and carrot for dinner. Didn’t get the greens in today, but that’s okay, we’ll catch up when I get my appetite and taste buds back. For now, I’m off to rest some more.

 

Bonne Sante

 

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A discussion about three major autoimmune diets.

I’m excited to share a podcast that I was invited to participant in to represent the Wahls Protocol and my experience utilizing it. Podcast: https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com/2018/03/13/dizzycast-ep-3-a-dietary-dizzy/

The podcast introduces the diets for MS (really all autoimmune illnesses will benefit from these diets). They are The Wahls Protocol, Dr. Swank’s and Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS). The podcast was conducted by Heather of “Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS” Blog. Heather is from England, has MS and follows the OMS diet. Her blog has been voted one of the best 50 MS blogs worldwide. My interview is first, followed by interviews with Jen, Robert, and Heather on their experiences with Swank and OMS (the latter being a variation that has roots in the Swank diet). All in all, I think it was an excellent introduction to these three methods. I appreciate Heather’s inclusion of the Wahls Protocol, even though she follows OMS. I was thrilled to take part in it. I believe it is important to offer information on all these methods and the Autoimmune Wellness’ method (AIP). No one during this interview touched on AIP, but it is equally as good as the others, in the vein of Dr. Wahls. I did talk about Dr. Ashton Embry’s work being the roots of Dr. Wahls’ Protocol. And, important to remember is that all of these diets owe their beginnings to Dr. Swank, who realized a connection between MS and diet in the 1950’s.

Because I believe that there is more than one way to skin a cat, I have looked into each of these till I found the one that suited me best, which for me was the Wahls Protocol, others may fare better on Dr. Swanks, OMS, MS hope’s, or AIP. I heartily encourage anyone considering pursuing one of these, to look at them all, which is why I have links to each on my page research, websites and books   You’ll find that there are similarities between all these, feel free to research each with an open mind. I hope that you’ll take the time to listen and pass it on. If you care too, I’d love to hear what you thought.

 

Bonne Sante

A few favorite meals

These are some of my favorite recipes suitable for Wahls level III and nutritional ketosis.

Chicken fingers with mushroom saute

Chicken fingers:

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts, each breast cut into three strips
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Coconut oil for frying

Mix coconut milk with salt in a shallow wide mouthed bowl like a pasta bowl. In a second bowl, mix flour, thyme, parsley, and nutritional yeast together. Dredge chicken fingers in coconut milk first then flour mixture. Fry in oil over medium heat about five minutes each side. Cut biggest one half to be sure cooked through.

Mushroom Saute:

  • 1 lb sliced white mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped fine
  • 1/2 tbsp parsley
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Ghee

Melt Ghee, add garlic for a moment, then add mushrooms and seasonings. Saute till mushrooms are browned. Serve over chicken fingers.

 

Shrimp, Avocado, Tomato and Garlic salad

2 or 3 as a meal, serves 4 to 6 as a side dish

  • 1 lb cooked medium shrimp cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 avocado chunked into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 small tomatoes cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1/4 small onion diced fine
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)

Mix all ingredients together.

 

Sauteed Asparagus and Garlic

  • 1 lb Asparagus
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced thin
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tbsp parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • Ghee for sauteing
  • Fresh Lemon

Snap each Asparagus spear and throw out tough ends. Cut into 11/2 inch pieces. Heat the pan, add the Ghee and melt, add the garlic for a moment, then add asparagus, basil, parsley and salt and pepper. Saute till asparagus is bright green and semi tender and the garlic is lightly browned. Serve with fresh lemon wedges to be squeezed over the asparagus.

 

Sauteed Sweet Potatoes with Onions and Brussels Sprouts

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes or yams, cut into 1-inch pieces with skin on
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 onion coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 lb Brussels Sprouts cup in half
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, reduced
  • salt and pepper

Put the balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer, let cook down while making the rest of the dish, check every so often to be sure it doesn’t over cook, it should be syrupy, but still a little runny.

Cook bacon and set aside on paper towels. Leave grease in pan.

Saute sweet potatoes for ten minutes in bacon grease, then add onions. Saute another 10 to 12 minutes and add Brussels sprouts. Cover and turn down to a simmer, adding additional coconut oil or ghee if needed. Simmer 6 minutes. Toss with bacon ripped into 1-inch pieces, salt and pepper. Serve then drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar.

 

My favorite mixed greens salad

  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen (defrosted) berries, mixed or individual
  • 1/2 avocado, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red cabbage
  • favorite nuts, I like almonds or pan toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ground salt and pepper
  • 4 slices bacon on the side

Toss greens, berries, avocado, and red cabbage together. Add olive oil and toss, then add balsamic and salt and pepper. Toss well. Sprinkle with nuts or seeds. Serve with cooked bacon on the side.

 

Lattes

  • 1 cup favorite hot coffee
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper

I have a Ninja Professional blender, Vitamix, if you have one, its better with hot liquids. I have it down to a science with the Ninja, though. I put the coconut milk in first then add the coffee and whisk to help cool down the coffee a little. I add the cinnamon and salt and pepper. Then put the cover on and tip the blender cup upside down and count to five. Turn right side up again and unscrew the top immediately (you might need a jar opener (I use a piece of stretch elastic like physical therapists use), then I screw the cap back on and blend counting to 6. Stop and unscrew immediately.

I know this sounds like a lot of bother, but it works. If I don’t do this, one of two things happens. Getting the cover off is a nightmare, or the lid loosens while blending and sprays everywhere. The above exercise has become the most efficient for me and whereas I cannot afford a Vitamix, will continue to be the way I do this. Yummy coffee, worth the ritual.

Mocha Nutty Latte

  • 1 cup favorite hot coffee
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 tbsp organic cacao
  • 1/2 tbsp almond butter or less if you prefer
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp real vanilla extract

Same as above. Sometimes I add cinnamon to this too.

 

I love the recipe in the Wahls book, Cooking for Life. Pork Chop Skillet.

Love Yum Yum Paleo’s Asian Fried Riced Cauliflower.

 

These are a few favorite meals

 

Bonne Sante