Sunday

Living with MS: In a Nutshell

Such a great memory from a couple of years ago.  Worthy of reposting!

The little things with MS add up quickly. Here are a few notes from my trip to Texas in a nutshell to remind myself that I can thrive with MS:
  • Weather - 70F is about the perfect weather for MS
  • Family - quality time necessary for healthy living
  • Friends - how do we live without them?
  • Relaxed schedules - going with the flow and learning to float...
  • Good eats - healthy, and not so healthy! Sometimes it's just about the taste.
  • Good drinks - from juicing to water to local brewery, No Label, fun to explore!
  • Activities: TV, film, photography, hiking, golfing and more. Got my Canon 400mm lens back from shop. Watch out birds!
Here I am trying to play golf after 20 years of not trying. Haha. Had a good coach. But boy was I sore the next day!

  • New movies/shows - started watching Heartland. The simple things in life...
  • Good conversation - in person and online. Being present.
  • Exploration: Lady Bird Johnson wildflower center. Love this place! Visual. Physical. Peaceful. Beautiful. - having an open mind and enjoying all there is in life!

Some photos I took along the way:
Cardinal at LBJ wildflower center
"Texas...where nature and culture meet"
"Healthy living with MS...where nature and culture meet"
Let's do this!

Thursday

Juicing and Chia Pudding for our Health

2 Ways to Eat for Wellness 

After a few crazy months of eating anything and everything I'm taking a couple weeks to turn it all around. 

First of all let's alkalize this body and get this gut working like a Porsche! 

Spent the morning Juicing and making chia pudding which are two of my faves. 

Time to put my gut into gear. 

#takethatms 


I made about seven jars of juice, some with greens and carrots, some with beets and lemons. 



Morning Juice
1/2 beet
1/2 lemon
1/2 cucumber
1/4 small watermelon 
1 apple

Cooling Off Juice
1 carrot
1 apple
1/2 cucumber 
1 handful mung bean sprouts
2 celery 
1/2 lemon 

Booster juice:
2 carrots
1/2 orange 
1 small piece ginger 
2 celery 
Handful parsley 
1/2 cucumber 

Best to make juice fresh every time. But this can be difficult and time consuming. I will sometimes make a few bottles at once and drink them within 24-36 hours. 

Chia pudding and hemp milk for those vitamin Ds


Chia Pudding 

1/2 C hemp milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds 

Place in mason jar or any container, shake and chill for a few hours or overnight. 

Toppings: 
Maple syrup
Honey
Nuts
Fruit

Be creative and enjoy the goodness! 

Tuesday

Tips for making it safely through the day

Here some tips to help us survive MS on a daily basis.  Trust me they work!

These might seem small and silly but attention to these details can save you from a bump, a bruise or a stressful moment, none of which we want in our lives.  

1.     Knife on the cutting board.   Always face the blade the same way – either inward toward the center of the board or outward, away from the center of the board.  This way the practice of putting it in the same place can help reduce accidental cuts from moving hands too quickly in the cooking area.


2.     Close the cupboards.   Every time you grab a cup out of the kitchen cupboard or the hairbrush, shut the drawer or door.  Ever knocked your noggin on a door that wasn’t shut?  When one it moving too fast and not paying attention it’s easy to smack something.  Take the time to closes things up.


3.     Put things where they belong.  First, have a place for important things like keys, phone, purse, sunglasses, water bottle.  Get in the practice of always placing things back in their place.  When we are rushed it’s easy to forget where we’ve left things – by always placing things back in the same place this little trick can save an exorbitant amount of stress when it comes down to it.



4.     Close the Drain.  Ever dropped something due to clumsy fingers?  Like earrings, hearing aids, contacts, etc., getting in the habit of simply closing the bathroom sink drain can help avoid a disaster in the future. 


Small habits these are but practices that can help avoid stressful situations in the future are ones worth acquiring. 

Practice everyday.  Increase your awareness, take your time with each habit, breathe deep and bring intention to what you are doing.   After some three weeks or so this practice will start to become habit.  

Good for you!   

What are some of the smallest habits you have picked up to help you get through the day?