Not sure what to do to get your health back on track?
After being diagnosed with MG, before I started my journey towards health, I was in that same boat. After years of learning, researching on my own and throwing in tons of trial and error, I was able to put it all together and understand what I needed to do and where I needed to start. So with this post, I want to briefly share some of the basic key things that really helped me to start on my personal journey towards better health.
1. Vitamins and Minerals
Many people I talk to with MG and people struggling with their health in general all seem to have one thing in common…they all have (or had) some degree of vitamin and/or mineral deficiency. I suggest you take the time and get a full work up on yourself to find out if your body is lacking or low on anything it needs to function properly. Your doctor should be able to help you with this. For example, I was extremely low in Vitamin D and even lower in Iron. Both are crucial for a healthy functioning system. I still take Vitamin D3 daily and supplement with gentle Iron to ensure I stay at optimum levels.
2. Smoothies (green smoothies)
I try to incorporate one green smoothie into my meal plan daily. Regardless of where your overall nutrition is currently at, adding a smoothie to your daily routine will boost your health by increasing your intake of healthy (and essential) vitamins and minerals. My favorite lately has been helpful. Try it out for yourself. It will hydrate you, give you a much needed dose of potassium (which helps muscle function) and spinach (which has anti-inflammatory benefits).
Mean Green Banana Smoothie:
1-1.5 frozen bananas, 1-2 cups water or nut milk and 2-3 handfuls of organic baby spinach.
3. Your overall diet and nutrition
Take a look at your overall nutrition. What do you typically put in your body? You have to realize that your body will function equal to the quality of foods you are putting into it. Your body is going to have a harder time functioning at its best if you aren’t giving it the best. Processed, chemically created or chemically washed/sprayed/dyed foods are examples of foods NOT to eat. In contrast, eating a diet full of organic whole foods is a great way to start eating for improved health.
4. Listen to your body
Listen to your body. Your body will tell you whats going on if you pay attention to it. If something hurts or bothers you, don’t ignore it. Find out what is causing you pain and why. This is a great example in the case of food allergies. If you don’t feel very well after eating a meal, or you have a constant suffy nose, or get a headache, or your tummy is bloated, pay attention. You may have a mild food allergy which should not be ignored. Ignoring your body’s SOS call can put the body under unnecessary stress that can lead to a host of other ailments. Pay attention and tend to your body. It is truly the one place you’ll always live.
5. Listen to your mind
The same goes for listening to your mind. Listen to your thoughts. What are they telling you? What are your gut instincts? Whatever they are, listen to them. Don’t ignore them. When you get good at listening to your body, listening to your mind will be a breeze. In addition, try practicing positive self-talk. Many people don’t realize that they are internally their own worst critic. Shift your thoughts from negative to positive. If something is hard tell yourself “this is easy, I can do this”. You’d be surprised how this helps. Remember, your body will respond to the thoughts you feed it.
And those are a few things that helped me move towards health. Remember, any action creates an equal or opposite reaction. May as well make it a positive action towards improved health for yourself. Better health begins and ends with your willingness to try, fail (at times) yet wisely move forward. Don’t ever give up.