Enjoy what is

Decreasing stress is one of the components of the Dr. Wahls Protocol. Stress is known to be a catalyst for illness. My own experience proves that. I was under a great deal of duress building up to becoming sick. Life happens, sometimes it isn’t pleasant. I’m stating the obvious, but its important to look at the truth of that. I have learned over the years due to a different illness I have that relies on the practice of gratitude to stay in remission, how to live in the moment, to look at my part in relationships and mistakes, to do spot check inventories, to make gratitude lists and to enjoy what is. Like anything these habits require a commitment and daily practice. I have had years of successfully applying these practices to my life and I’ve had times when I let them go and let old negative habits creep back in to the detriment of my serenity.  It was during those times that I got sick and running scared, made bad decisions that made the situation ten times worse then it had to be.

How to practice serenity is to be grateful for everything. To remind myself to live in the moment. I like these statements, “God will only give you what you can handle in one day.” and “I have all the money I need provided I die at 12 midnight tonight.” That doesn’t mean that I don’t plan for this or that. It means, I make the appointment, research the information, jot down the idea, then let it go, putting it out of my mind till its time to deal with it. This takes practice and is sometimes easier said then done. However, like anything, practice makes it easier to do, then the rewards flood in from the practice.

Sometimes to get down to a free flowing serene state, I must look at unpleasant truths about myself, especially if the same set of calamities or repeated mistakes happen over and over again. That’s usually a sure fire sign that the fault is mine. Somewhere, there are deep rooted issues that must be unearthed, amends made, myself and others to be forgiven and then, if the work is earnest and sincere then peace for this situation or relationship happens. Other people are usually necessary to help with this, such as support groups, advisers, counseling, religious practices for some people, etc. Food for thought, the smartest and most powerful people on Earth have advisers, the more responsibility they have the more advisers they have. It is, paradoxically, not a sign of weakness, but of strength to seek advice and assistance.

Meditation is the practice of being in the moment. To be aware of all five senses, to quiet the mind, concentrate on breathing, build a deeper communion with a Higher Power if one so chooses, or to feel a deeper connection with the Earth with sounds of nature and thoughts of ancient trees and pathways thru the woods or how the Earth feels on your hands when you plant something. We can do quick, in the moment meditations with everyday mundane activities, like concentrating on the warm sensation of sudsy water as I clean the plate, listening for the sound of clacking silverware when I drag the bottom of the sink for silverware to clean. Or we can do long prepared meditations. Set the scene, a favorite spot in our home that we create the space for. Burn incense maybe, light candles, play serene music or sounds (I like the ocean) or listen to a guided meditation. Exercise and jewelry making are both deep sources of meditation for me. I am completely focused when I create, colors, sewing, the feel of beads in my hands, or exercise, I’m off in my own world. When exercising, I am completely riveted on the teacher, the movement I’m doing, the feel of the water, the weights in my hands, the flexing of the targeted muscles, my breathing. When I do these things, I am not thinking about the bills I need to pay in two weeks, or the appointments I have tomorrow or even in two hours, I am completely in the moment. This is one of the reasons I love doing these two activities. Anxiety, fear of the unknown, causes the body to do certain things, increases heart rate, gasping for breath, racing thoughts of fears and over dwelling on negatives. Meditation is the practice of clearing the mind, deep thoughtful breathing, bringing one’s thinking back to the present moment and the realization that one is safe in that moment. Many fears are of bogeymen that are not happening right now and in most cases may never happen. And if there is a difficult loss occurring, job, family, health, then the practice of these above can make them easier to handle, more manageable by making it possible to take the situation(s) piece meal.

To enjoy what is are all these practices, that is the goal for me. That and humor. A sense of humor can cut stress in half and help keep a heart light. There is always two ways to look at any situation. Most of the time there is something good to consider even when it feels unfair. Here’s a silly joke:

Four men from Boston meet every Sunday to play cards. Clancy, Taylor, John and Ian have known each other for decades. John is the upbeat positive chap in the group. No matter what anyone says he always answers, “It could be worse.” This always rubs Clancy the wrong way. One Sunday, only Clancy, John and Ian show up. Ian, visibly upset, breaks the news to Clancy and John that Taylor is in jail after coming home Saturday night and finding his wife in bed with another man, he shot and killed them both. To which, John says, “It could be worse.” Clancy yells back, “That’s the last straw! You drive me nuts, how could it be worse John, two people are dead and our good friend is in jail, how could it be worse, you tell me that?!” John replied, “It could be worse because he could’ve come home on Friday when I was there.”

It could be worse.

 

Bonne Sante

Dr. Wahls Second Webinar

Hello All,

I did attend the webinar yesterday and I do have the recorded link for you here:

Dr. Wahls Expert Series Webinar 2

This one was about balancing hormones. Interesting for me whereas I am on Premarin, off and on (mostly on) six years. I haven’t worried about cancer because I’m on them due to a total hysterectomy. Therefore, less in me that can get cancer. I am checked annually for breast cancer and I have no family history of it. But, they brought up other points. So, check out the Webinar. Also, we had Diane V Capaldi (Paleo Boss Lady) as the intro speaker. There is no cost for these, they are free.

I am working at returning to Wahls Paleo Plus Level III (Nutritional Ketosis). I stocked back up on full fat coconut milk and bit the financial bullet and bought my digestives. They will help me with the rebounding eating styles that requires readjustments. I don’t buy an exorbitantly high priced one. I buy Digest Basic by Enzymedica from my local natural market, $20.00 for 90 caps, then I limit them, one cap per meal so, two per day, which lasts me 45 days.  But, it did put me $18 over my $40 monthly budget for supplements. Ahem……..long sigh……., so hard to balance finances with this. I do think it was wise to get them though. Once in the swing of Ketosis, I hope to find away to use Liquid Magnesium Glycinate ($40 a month) again, because it was a big help in keeping me out of the ketosis flu. Somehow next month, I am going to get very creative and strict with my finances. January is when I will begin. Right now, I am back fasting and am mostly eating the third level, except for leftover food from level II, that being, dried cranberries, banana’s, gluten free flour, gluten free spaghetti (two servings left).  I won’t replenish these after I’ve used them up. I’m planning on January to give me a little more leeway through the Christmas season all the while adding in ketosis habits.

Hope all is well and all are ready for the Christmas month!

 

Bonne Sante

 

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The Sleepy’s

I had a wonderful exercise session today. I skipped Sunday and Monday to give myself some recuperation time following the event I worked on Saturday. I don’t cancel exercise too often. It felt good to be moving, to feel the endorphin’s rising and my mood lifting as it always does. My walking gets better weekly and sometimes daily along with my memory. It was nice to have someone not remember my name and me remember there’s! That’s a switch.

Tonight, I listened to a live webinar from Dr. Wahls. They will send a recorded version tomorrow. I’ll talk more about it then. I am working my way back into Level III. I was only off ten days or so. I really missed Level III. It is that big of a difference for me. I am going through the “sleepy’s” again, which happens to me as I adjust to the third level. Dr. Wahls does level III ten months a year and level II two months. I figure that is probably good to give the body a break from Ketosis thereby allowing foods your not able to eat on level III, not because they are bad, because to maintain ketosis, there are foods that must be avoided. I was only on level III three months. I made tremendous gains while on it. I want that level of healing and that level worked best for me, though all the levels have healed.

Tonight’s a short one. The sleepy’s remember.

 

Bonne Sante

Catch 22

I applied for a part time customer service position for a non profit recreational center whose mission is to enable the disabled to live in adapted housing, empower gainful employment and advocate a social, viable and visible life. I was so moved by this that I thought it a good idea to mention the fact that I am disabled in my cover letter. Where as I am not worried about explaining my quickly improving situation in a face to face interview, I regret stating it, however brief in my cover letter.  If I don’t hear from them by the 19th, then I know I’ve been passed up. Ordinarily, I would never put that in a cover letter, I would reserve it for the interview. Who knows, I might be surprised and get an invite for an interview despite that.

Next month, I’ve decided to go back to Wahls Paleo (level II), Wahls Paleo Plus (level III) is proving to be too inflexible for my financial situation right now. It is true, that I eat less and only two meals a day, which should make for a lesser monthly grocery bill, yet I have found the bill to be the same. What is happening is that I am in and out of Ketosis due to lack of this and lack of that. Which can’t happen on this level. I’ve decided that I need the flexibility and the increase in food choices of the second level, for now. All the levels are Wahls compliant. I am compliant no matter which level I choose to do and I have experienced dramatic healing on all levels, besides, I miss fruit. I can’t stand smoothies without sweet fruit in them. There, decision made.

Why do I have to wait till next month, because I have $20 for the rest of the month and have to wait till then to replenish groceries. This is a very honest blog of my experience on the Wahls Protocol, good and bad. It is expensive. It can be made less expensive by buying in bulk, buying whole slaughtered pastured animals and using a large freezer, putting a garden into your back yard, investing in expensive equipment to make your own Kombucca teas and a Vitamix to make your own nut butters and other foods. The things that make it cheaper in the long run, cost a lot of money up front. My Doctor strongly suggested that I wait till all my rehabilitation is finished before I seek employment, because as he stated and I know to be true as well is that I will need all my energy to complete the numerous appointments, homework and the opportunity to gain that much more strength before I strike out. Hense, a catch 22.

Catch 22

A requirement that cannot be met until a prerequisite requirement is met, however, the prerequisite cannot be obtained until the original requirement is met.

 – Urban Dictionary

My greatest asset is my tenacity, which will see me through this. In the mean time, my walking, stamina, moving, thinking and talking are getting better everyday.

Marching forth!

 

Bonne Sante

 

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The next phase is upon me!

Dr. Wahls celebrated 10 years on her Protocol yesterday. She had a wonderful talk with updates of where she and her team are with everything including research. See her live video here: Terry Wahls 10th Anniversary video talk

Things ramped up today. I began physio today, which was great. I had the consultation several weeks ago. I was given three exercises then to start for my drop foot leg and its hip flexor paralysis. One of the exercises I couldn’t do at all. That was the first one the physical therapist had me show him. Physio, “Is that your drop foot leg?” Me, “Yes.” Physio, “So you’ve been doing the exercise, that’s better than I expected.” I think, two things, I am faithful with my exercise, I have worked the exercises into my regular exercise routine. I am directed to do these exercises everyday, but my routine is just four days a week in the gym, that’s when I do them, four days a week. The reason I am further along then the what the exercise would do is because of the Wahls Protocol diet. Everyday, I am stronger in some way and exercise and physio are only two factions of it. Two important parts, but it is the whole shebang that makes the bigger difference. For example, I have never stopped exercising, exercising is a big part of my life, it did not by its self stop the progression of MS. However, as apart of the eating lifestyle of whole foods, targeted supplements, less toxic environment, physio, e-stim, and exercise, all combined is arresting this dreaded disease.

So how are things ramping up? Well physio for one. I will go every two weeks for a total of nine visits. Today I had a call to make the appointment with the MS psychiatrist, which was set in December. When I got home, I had a letter from the Optimist program who will be helping me with rehab for a possible return to full time work. And yesterday, I applied for a part time job. They may never call me, but I applied. It seemed like a job that was a perfect fit. It was customer service which is varied responsibilities for a company that is a non profit whose mission is to help the disabled live life to their fullest potential. The customer service is for their recreation center which has a large swimming area featuring a salt water pool. And, they are fifteen minutes away by bus.

Why am I considering part time work when I have a big job ahead of me to further rehabilitate before trying for a full time job? Because I just don’t make enough money to support the Wahls protocol and live. The first four months, I have a credit line that I borrowed $200 from every month. That’s maxed three months now. I have not made any payments on the line since I began the Protocol and I am $200 short every month. Although, on the credit line, I am not required to make payments as long as I pay its interest, which I do, but that is not good for your credit rating. I am paying my bills and I am sticking to the bare minimum for the diet, some months I get supplements and some months I don’t. Its becoming stressful. In my world there are no mistakes, I feel that I could handle a part time job. I will need a lot of energy to get through all the rehabilitation and homework that comes with it along with keeping up the Wahls Protocol. But, I am talking part time, not full time. If it is meant to be, it will fall into place and it will be okay, and if it isn’t meant to be and I have to wait, then I have to wait and I’ll get by and it’ll still be okay. That’s my take on this. In the mean time, I can take this a day a time and remember that today, I have all the money I need provided I die at 12 midnight tonight.

 

Bonne Sante

 

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Support = Strength

My neurology appointment went well, I do have a Doctor I like. They, my Doctor and his nurse, are very familiar with Dr. Wahls Protocol, asking questions like what level are you on, have you been strict in adhering to it. My Doctor put me on the waiting list for the Optimus Program and on a list for the MS psychiatrist. The point of each is to help me figure out if I can work, what I can do and what I cannot do and to help me psychologically deal with my fears over the risks of attempting full time work. I believe in the Protocol, but it is not a one hundred percent cure for MS. What it is is something I can manage my illness with. In some cases it has reversed some of the damage on MRI’s, but in no one’s case are they fully restored, except in cases early on in the disease process and beginning the diet then, physically these people fare the best, but still are not cured. They need to stay on the Protocol, for even a short time off it, the MS symptoms are back. My Doctor was adamant that I am not ready to try to work yet, he wants to see me complete the physio and Optimus program before I try. I agree, I explained that five months is what I am thinking. He said maybe longer. It will take two to four months to be excepted into the program and to see the Psychiatrist. I start nine weeks of physio Monday for my leg. Really excited about that. He said that I will need all my energy for rehabilitation. I agree with that too. I am still considering a simple part time job, maybe eight to ten hours a week to help offset the cost of the Protocol.

This is a big job working to heal as much as I can and then testing whether full time work is realistic. As I said, it may never be, and if it is, then it has to be the right job. School is a possibility, to gain a certificate in something. I have a lot of skills and experience, but no certificate or finished degree. I’m not going to worry about that right now. I am going to finish my resume and look into a simple local part time job. And I am going to continue to work hard at rehabilitation. It felt good to not have to argue with my Doctor about what I am trying to do. My MS Clinic is a leader in MS research and clinical studies. I asked if my Doctor was involved with the University of Calgary’s MS research studies. He said no. Just the same, I offered, “If they ever do a clinical study of the Wahls Protocol, I’ll volunteer for that.”, said with a Cheshire Cat grin. I am on track and moving forward. To feel that I can pursue purpose and goals fills me with happiness. I will do the most of what I can do, I’m just not sure what that is yet. I am grateful for the support. Let the healing continue!

 

Bonne Sante

Let the chips fall where they may

Good news for me today! I got word that my physical therapy for my left leg, gait and balance is approved. I’ll call the physio place that I am approved for tomorrow and set up the next appointment. I’m approved for roughly nine or ten visits, which is what was recommended. I took the opportunity to ask my disability worker if I could meet with her in two months for a face to face visit to discuss my plan to go back to work in five months. This Friday, I see my Neurologist, who I saw not long before I started the Wahls Protocol. He does know that I have been following this and they know that I’ve discontinued my MS drug. I want to ask for help with counseling and preparation to work. I need all the help I can get with this.

Yesterday, I had a pretty good test of my stamina. This is how I fared. I went to the gym per usual with the usual schedule of one hour swimming, shower, rest thirty minutes, then thirty minutes circuit training with weights. What was unusual was a visit with friends who picked me up at the Leisure Centre. We had lunch and decided to go to a “Maker’s Fair”. Which was a very interesting fair of art and science. It did require a lot of walking on top of working out that morning. I did weaken dramatically after an hour and a half, where I was teetering a lot and was visibly struggling. After two hours, I was light headed and nauseous. That was my cue to rest, whether I liked it or not. I sat in the foyer on the stairs and cooled off, the other problem was the hot spots at the last location I was moving through. I let my friends know where I was. One came back and helped me up a flight of stairs to a lounge to have coffee. We sat in a nice spot, they had picnic tables overlooking the event. We sat, sipped coffee and chatted while we watched the Fair from above. It was nice of her to stop to keep me company for an entire hour. I did revive my leg enough to be able to continue on. I spent another hour walking the event and stood in one place for an extra half hour at a very interesting booth we went for a second time to see. All told, I was at the event from approximately 12:30 till its end and 15 minutes past that, 5:15. Leaving the event, I needed my friends, to give me an arm on each side to climb a slightly elevated hill. I was tired. Got home, ate dinner, wrote my blog and cancelled my exercise for this morning. Where I am stronger is my stamina before fatigue happens, is noticeably stronger by all who know me. But, fatigue does still happen.

The assistance I needed for the uphill climbs on stairs and slanted hill were because of fatigue. This is exactly what I need to take into account when considering employment possibilities. Hence, no walking the whole shift with a job that can afford me to sit when my body demands it: This will be criteria number one. The second issue, I left home at 7 am to swim at 8 am. I got home at 6:30 pm and knew that I would need to cancel exercise in the morning. This will not be an option for back to back days at work. Will need to closely regard this. Does this mean that working full time is out of the question. No! Just means that my combination of duties will need to be what I’ve known, a combination of varied action that allows me to walk, and sit intermittently. A friend suggested a stay at home job. That could work too. I could do that as well. I’m good with computers, writing, and telephone work. I’m also self disciplined and could organize my time at home and be efficient. As I traverse the waters of what I can I do, I will ultimately leave the final outcome of what my job will end up being up to my Higher Power. My job is to do everything I can to prepare myself and then let the chips fall where they may.

I wonder where they will fall…………….hmmmmmm.

 

Bonne Sante

 

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New/Old Concepts Reunited

Eons ago, it feels like, I worked at a Fish restaurant called Fishland. In the kitchen, sometimes my duties were to prep before we opened. While the cooks prepped the chicken for landlubbers, I made homemade tarter sauce, which was simply equal amounts of relish and mayonnaise. We had two dishwashers from Jamaica. They exclaimed, when the cooks threw out the chicken bones, skin, fat, and innards, “Why are you throwing out half the chicken? That’s all good!” I thought, but its just the bones, icky innards and everyone knows that the skin and fat are bad for you. All these years later, here I am, learning that we were wrong and they were right.

Interesting to me, in the early 90’s I worked with a nurse who’s daughter was in the Peace Corp in Africa (I don’t remember where). Alice would go to Africa for a month every year to be with her daughter. She told us about an odd (to all of us) cultural situation her first time visiting this place in Africa. Out to the best restaurant in the area, Alice ordered Filet Mignon, which turned out to be the cheapest cut of meat on the menu, because, the more fat was in it, the more it was worth and the better it was, Filet Mignon is one of the leanest cuts.

My grandmother was from Calabria, Italy, she immigrated through Ellis Island around 1920 to Worcester, MA. This was her tomato sauce or as my father called it, gravy not sauce.

  • 2-28 oz can tomatoes, 4 cans tomato paste, 8 cans water
  • Chopped garlic and fresh parsley
  • Olive oil to lightly fry garlic before adding the other ingredients (fat)
  • Oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, and bay leaves, salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (preferably Reggiano)

Meatballs (she didn’t brown them, just dropped them in) (fat)

  • 1 lb ground pork (fat)
  • 1 lb fatty hamburger (fat)
  • 2 eggs (fat)
  • fresh parsley, garlic and Parmesan cheese (fat)
  • 1 tbsp fennel seed
  • Bread crumbs or soaked and torn up stale bread, the same volume as the ground meat
  • salt and pepper

Italian sausage (these would’ve been handmade from D’errico’s Market) browned drain the fat. (fat)

Pig Skin Braciole: Stuffed with Parmesan cheese, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper, rolled up and tied with string. We kids fought over this, much like the salt pork in homemade baked beans. (fat)

Simmer, uncovered four to six hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with fresh Italian bread and more Parmesan cheese.

My mother made this every Sunday for my father. My grandmother taught her, so she could cook it. My mother was Irish, she loved my father’s mother. I never got to know her, I have vague memories of her, she died when I was five years old. We called her Nonny. Note all the (fat) in this. My father showed me a slice of Capicola, he called it “Gabagool”, he pointed out the ribbed fat. This was from D’errico’s, so it had huge slabs of fat through it. He explained to me, that the more fat, the better it is.

That’s what my father taught me, that and that organ meat was everyone’s favorites in the family as children. Then society taught me this:

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This is the Dr. Wahls pyramid that I am learning to follow:

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In her book she has three levels of diet. Wahls, Wahls Paleo and Wahls Paleo Plus. The last listed is a Nutritional Ketosis or Hunter Gatherer diet. Each one has its own pyramid. In each chapter is a wealth of research, and information about each food and its benefits along with the science of each level and why this heals more than that. Most important to note is that this in no way takes the place of the book. I wouldn’t be able to adequately follow this diet without the book, which is inexpensive to purchase on Amazon. It is a reference guide that I turn to over and over and have had to reread to completely understand all these new/old concepts, depending on how you want to look at it.

My Dad would’ve loved this diet, except for the no Italian bread, no cheese and no “macaroni” part. I get homesick sometimes, lately I’m talking a lot about Massachusetts and thinking about my family. Most are long gone. Ugh, a blue note. I don’t want to end in a downer. Whenever I share my grandmother’s sauce, I honor her memory and I relive half my life eating that sauce. I could have it on the Wahls Protocol. I have to omit the cheese and I would need to substitute the bread crumbs for maybe ground hemp hearts, or ground almonds, or ground flax seed. Something like that. On Wahls other two levels, gluten free bread is a suitable substitute. And on level’s I and II, gluten free pasta is okay, level III, no pasta. But, this sauce is so good, you don’t need it.

Mangia!

 

Bonne Sante

 

Picture of my father in the late 1930’s around four or five years old.

Wahls food pyramid taken from my copy of The Wahls Protocol “How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine by Terry Wahls, M.D.

A puzzle worth solving

It can be very complex being your own doctor. No longer do I blindly give over my life to the medical system while I take no part in learning how my body works.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been my own advocate since 2004 from the first time I fought that statement, “Its stress.” To the final time, this past winter, a MRI, once again, gave proof that it wasn’t just “stress”. Though I’ve said repeatedly how I wished it was just that. Of course, paradoxically, stress is a big contributor to disease. My worse physical attacks have been while under extreme duress. The difference I speak of here, is where my answers are coming from, namely other sciences and unconventional doctors. So, in a way, still from Doctors just not the normal route. These Doctors require, so that I can be most successful, that I know my body and the sciences that govern it of nutrition and environment.

I’ve followed the Wahls Protocol as closely as I can for it is very precise and extremely detailed. There is volumes to learn. I don’t want that to sound discouraging, it required that I put the same amount of energy that I had put into living disabled into a changed mindset of getting well. I just needed a route that could be effective. And this was it. No longer hopeless, I had hope. No longer did I have to sit idly by and be a victim. I could actually do something about this and not wait for the day I would be bedridden. As I follow this, there is always something else to work on. For example, I’m still largely adjusting to living on a Nutritious Ketosis diet. The most recent issue, which I’ve blogged about as it was ongoing, was feelings of depression and overwhelming sleepiness. After a couple weeks of this, I finally found an article which I gave a link to on that particular day on my blog. The answer was that I wasn’t eating enough fat for my body’s energy needs on the Ketosis diet and I wasn’t eating enough protein, the bare minimum was all I was having. Since increasing both, my energy is increasing, my depression has dissipated and the sleepiness has completely lifted. So, that was it. It required me to do research, find what I was missing nutritionally, thanks to Dr. Wahls and my willingness to learn forming a base knowledge of Ketosis from which to start from, having read Wahls book several times, articles on the net, other’s experiences on the Wahls Facebook group, I found my answer.

At present, I am working on figuring out why I am losing so much hair. I have thick hair and woe to the person who lives with me, they gotta deal with that too. I’ve always lost a lot of hair and incredibly, my hair remains thick. But, this, is too much and unusual, and coming right from the roots. My intuition says it is the Ketosis diet, I am lax on a few things as I had mentioned in a previous blog, one of which is bone broth, another seaweed and still another organ meat. I feel the answer probably lies with one of these, or a supplement I need to take, like Q10. I will research what could cause hair loss nutritionally, then go from there. No longer is it a call to the Doctor, or just do nothing at all. I am my own Doctor and I am responsible to find the answers. The good news? The answers are out there! If its there, being the tenacious sort that I am, I’ll find it.

I do crosswords daily. Its one of my cognitive exercises and something I enjoy doing. I was intimidated by crosswords for years, I’d try one every now and then, and unless it was super easy, I’d give up after a minute or two. See, on a harder puzzle, I would suspect the answer, but have no confidence in my choice, then give up. Until I lived with a friend for two years who is an avid crossword enthusiast. You know the type, does the Sunday New York Times puzzle, one of the those. I started doing some of the medium puzzles lying around the house in books that had the answers in the back, and I began to realize that those answers I suspected, were nine out of ten times correct, but weren’t proven yet by the “crossword”. I changed my attitude. I filled in the word with what I felt was probably it even if I couldn’t prove it yet, and I began solving crossword puzzles. I’m still not great, but I do the medium ones with ease now and can do half of some hard ones.

This is like that, trust your intelligence, trust your intuition, do the foot work and you’ll reap the rewards. You just have to want it bad enough.

 

Bonne Sante

 

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Strange foods can make good bedfellows

Yesterday, I assessed my progress on the Protocol using a grading system. Today, I need to adjust my grade from a B to a B- because I forgot about Bone broth. Which I should be making from scratch using bones from pastured, free range, no hormones, no antibiotics animals to make this weekly and freeze in jars, to be consumed a cup a day, at least. Suffice it say that I have not done this, yet. I don’t own a crock pot, bone broth slow cooks for hours and hours. I need to get one. I did do one thing, I have powdered bone broth. It might not be ideal, but better than what I am doing, which is nothing. So, this will be added to my “get on it!” list. I have tried the powder in stir fry’s several times, very tasty, but have not tried it as a broth to drink yet. The powdered broth:

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And, I went out and sought answers to the seaweed dilemma. I was going to buy capsules, but I just can’t afford them. 160 Hawaiian Spiralina capsules for $44, at four capsules a day, that’s only 40 days worth. I am trying these Kelp noodles, $8.00:

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And these snacks, $2.50:

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I bought one package, it says a package is one serving, but I think I can eat less than that to have my daily serving, maybe even four servings. I’ll let you know how these seaweed products go. I’ll be honest, the noodles scare me. I’m going to try the chicken stir fry this weekend and the seasnax tomorrow.

I received a wonderful affirmation to what I am doing on the Wahls Protocol this morning. I renewed my gym membership. I have a low income pass called Fair Entry that is automatically renewed annually because I am on disability. I learned today that it needed to be renewed. I explained, I’m on AISH, it should be automatic, which it was. The woman asked, “But your so fit? You look better than some born in 1975.” In between those two statements, I explained what I’m doing and where I started. I was born in November, 1962. What a nice thing to hear, six months ago no one batted an eye at my age and the “fit” comment, I’ve been getting a lot lately.

I’ve had lots of unusual visits with friends. Two of them, one from yesterday and one from today are healthy people who have been living and eating this way for years, and it shows. The other has just begun to learn four months ago. The conversations were having are so inspiring, learning from them, sharing what I’m learning. Two of these people haven’t seen me since before I started the Protocol. Both, last saw me with a walker. Gratitude, doesn’t begin to cover how I feel about all this. So, I gotta slurp down some seaweed noodles, I’ll experience a new food. Adventure, gotta keep my mind open.

 

Bonne Sante