Coconut Water

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Natures Gatorade

Coconut water is one of my many essentials I use throughout my day that always gets me through my week. I drink coconut water first thing in the morning!  It’s filled with tons of potassium and minerals your body needs and can use to function throughout the day . It will rehydrate you as you most likely haven’t had anything to drink during the night.

I drink coconut water in the morning followed by tons of regular filtered water throughout the day. If my energy is feeling low I sip on a half cup of coconut water and I can say that I notice a huge difference in my energy and physical ability.

You can read more awesome info about coconut water, “natures sport drink” HERE.

 

 

Energy Boosting Smoothie

So, this morning I made a really quick and simple yet super tasty energy boosting smoothie that I wanted to share!  Not only is is loaded with potassium, but its full of fiber, immune-boosting vitamins and minerals plus antioxidants!  I’m calling it my Banana and Pear Energy Boosting Smoothie.

You can read about the great benefits of bananas here and pears here if you’d like.  It’s always a great thing to be knowledgeable about and really know what your putting into your body.  This is especially important for people with MG or any other immune issues. What you eat can either hurt you, or greatly help you. Watch for my post on immune boosting Super Foods as well as my list of Foods To Avoid.

And now, I present you with the yummy treat!

 

Banana and Pear Energy Boosting Smoothie

Pear and Banana

 Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Pear
  • 1/2 frozen Banana
  • 1/2 cup water (or almond, coconut or hemp milk)
  • 1/2 cup Ice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Chia or ground flax seeds

Directions:

Chop the pear and banana into smaller chunks so it will blend easily. Throw it all into the blender and blend until smooth! So simple. :)

You can also be adventurous and add a hand full of raw spinach or kale to the mixture for an even greater immune boost! You wont even taste it, I promise.

Clean Eating Is The Best Diet For Myasthenia Gravis Patients

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Myasthenia Gravis and Diet: Better Health and Weightloss

Diet

Living with Myasthenia Gravis can be challenging at a times. The way I learned to nourish my body for better health while living with Myasthenia Gravis should not be categorized as a diet at all but an eating style; one which has helped get me back on track with my health. Along with other critical factors such as physical therapy, relaxation techniques and a few more lifestyle changes, nourishing my body has helped me feel healthier than I have in years.

Please remember that managing and improving your health while living with MG is an ongoing process. There is not a quick fix but by incorporating various important lifestyle upgrades, you have the potential to improve your current state of health. 

Dr. Andrew Thomas Weil, a holistic health doctor has touched on the importance of diet for people living with MG. The foods you eat are very important. I have experimented with these diet tips (along with my lifestyle upgrades) to find that they all work together and compliment each other creating your personal best health. 

I have shown myself there is hope and now I want to share with you. We all have the option to improve our health once we understand and listen to what our bodies need. So from here it is up to you. Below is a simple look into the diet and nutrition side of things. Remember, diet is only one aspect of the whole body picture.

If you would like to reach out and talk 1:1 you can always contact me

Eating a clean diet that is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and seeds, wild fish and organic grass fed meats that are unprocessed and chemical-free, is one of the best things you can do for your body. I truly believe an adapted clean eating style is one of the best ways to eat for people like myself with Myasthenia Gravis.  I say adapted, because for us, there are some foods that may be better left out of our diet, such as milk and dairy.

The Clean Eating Approach

Nourishing your body with whole, natural foods is important for people with Myasthenia Gravis. These include a wide variety of natural, unprocessed, chemical-free, hormone-free and preservative-free foods. Think fresh. As suggested by Dr. Weil, patients who suffer from Myasthenia Gravis (and all other autoimmune disorders) must eat a diet full of fresh organic fruits and vegetables while making sure to incorporate fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium.

Dr. Weil also recommends eliminating polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils, and all foods (such as deep-fried foods) that might contain trans-fatty acids. “Use extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat. Reduce protein intake to 10 percent of total calories; replace animal protein as much as possible with plant protein. Eliminate milk and milk products (substitute other calcium sources)”

Did you know? 

Eighty percent of our immune system is located in our stomach. If our immune system is in our stomach, we should be fueling our stomach and body with clean, healthy, chemical-free foods that promote a calm healthy environment while simultaneously nourishing the body. When you eat whole, unprocessed foods, you can suddenly eat more while having more energy, feel better, look better and even an added bonus…you will weigh less. This has happened to me and it has happened to others after their eating style changed from processed to more natural.

 To Get You Started

Here is the basic breakdown and my personal food list for the diet that has worked best in the longterm, for my Myasthenia Gravis. Overall, this is the plan I used to get myself where I am today.

  • Eat a clean diet (real foods, whole foods, pesticide-free)
  • Eliminate your dietary allergens (often dairy, nuts, soy, etc.)
  • Eliminate grains
  • Reduce your packaged/canned food intake to ultimately eliminate excess sodium (frozen is great and fresh is best)
  • Eat plenty of healthy fats
  • Eat plenty of leafy greens and rainbow veggies

Foods to include:

(unless you have an allergy or you feel sluggish after consumption)

PROTEIN

  • black beans
  • cannelini beans
  • pinto beans
  • chickpeas
  • wild caught low mercury fish
  • organic free-range eggs
  • organic free-range turkey and chicken
  • organic grass-fed beef
  • wild-caught salmon
  • raw almonds
  • raw macadamia nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • walnuts
  • almond butter/raw almond butter
  • Protein powder (be careful with this one they are not all created equal. ask your NMD)

 

VEGGIES/HERBS

  • kale
  • spinach
  • lettuces
  • watercress
  • cucumber
  • celery
  • onions
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • ginger root
  • turmeric root
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • squash (butternut, spaghetti, kabocha)
  • root vegetables (beet root, parsnip, carrot, rutabaga, turnip, sweet potato)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

CONDIMENTS/FLAVORINGS

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • extra virgin coconut oil
  • pepper
  • pink himalayan salt
  • turmeric
  • ginger
  • cinnamon
  • stevia
  • apple cider vinegar
  • miso

FRUITS

  • lemons/limes
  • mango
  • papaya
  • apples
  • bananas
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • avocado
  • all fresh berries
  • melons
  • pineapple

BEVERAGES

  • coconut water
  • spring water
  • almond milk
  • hemp milk
  • coconut milk

EXTRAS

  • Flax seed
  • Hemp seed
  • Chia seed
  • Goji berries
  • Cacao powder
  • Cacao nibs

Foods to avoid:

  • all white ‘stuff’ (usually what is in most refined foods, sweets and packaged goods)
  • refined sugar (not natural)
  • alcohol
  • fast food
  • fried food
  • junk food
  • soda
  • dairy/milk products
  • corn
  • most grains

 

 

 

Source:

http://www.drweil.com

Super Foods for Myasthenia Gravis?

Super foods are SO helpful for Myasthenia Gravis health and there are tons of them out there to choose from and enjoy every day.

“Super foods are a special category of foods found in nature”, as mentioned here on the site FoodMatters. Super foods are whole foods, foods that are unprocessed in their natural state. These foods have an extremely high nutrient profile and are calorie sparse yet nutrient dense (score!). Super foods have essential nutrients – nutrients that our body needs but cannot make on its own.  These foods are not only extremely healing to the body but also have the ability to prevent and fight against disease.

With these Super foods available to us all, why not add them into your diet? One of the many goals to fighting against any autoimmune disorder is to boost the immune system while boosting your energy.

Heres a list below of just a few of the amazing (and yummy) energy boosting and disease fighting super foods. Plus you can read more about it all here.

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SUPER FOODS 

1. Avocados

2. Blueberries

3. Tomatoes

4. Garlic

5. Spinach

6. Kale

7. Cherries

8. Hemp seed

9. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined)

10. Quinoa