The obvious way may not be the only way

 

When I came across the video below, it truly touched me.

When I was first diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (and awhile before my actual diagnosis), weakness got in the way of so many things I wanted to do. Holding up my arms and using my hands to successfully put a bit of makeup on, brush my teeth or put my hair up into a ponytail was not easily doable – along with other daily life tasks such as walking any distance or chewing my food well. I felt like my weakness had unexpectedly taken so many things away from me that I unknowingly took for granted most of my life prior to the onset of symptoms.

Sitting here now looking back at that time, little did I know, my weakness didn’t take anything away from me at all…it actually forced me into taking a close look at myself, my health and overall lifestyle and to go about things in all aspects of my life differently.

 
 

Over the years I was encouraged, by my stubbornness and internal strength, to adapt and to do things differently. I realized that if I wanted to continue enjoying the little and big things life has to offer, I needed to understand that the obvious route might not be for me (and that is not only ok but it’s both a blessing and a lesson wrapped into one). It’s ok to do things differently, to do things in whatever way works best for you.




 

So, as Jordan Bone wisely states in this video, “If something is standing in your way, maybe it means trying a different way, explore your options. The obvious route might not always be for you” and I couldn’t agree more. 

Such wise words from an incredibly beautiful soul, inside and out.

Check out her YouTube Channel | Jordan’s Beautiful Life

 

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Doctors said he’d never walk again, watch what he did | Man heals himself

Inspiration for your day.

Question everything and never give up!

 

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Watch this amazingly inspirational video and remember again why its so important to keep pushing to become better and even on your worst days, never give up.


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How To: Improve immune system health with good ’emotional hygiene’

 

In this TED Talk, Psychologist Guy Winch shares how psychological injury can lead to poor immune system function. Like physical aches and pains, mental injuries are important to care for and pay attention to.  These types of  “injuries” may come from mental traumas caused by failure, rejection, and especially chronic loneliness. As Winch explains, loneliness and other psychological injuries can be harmful to your physical health. 

Don’t forget to take steps to heal your mind as well as your body.

Guy Winch: The case for emotional hygiene | Youtube

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Myasthenia Gravis: Health and wellness then vs now

Then 

In the past I have spent numerous stays in the hospital, have had IVIG treatments, been on numerous immune suppressive medications (including prednisone), seen more than a dozen doctors and many times still was unable to walk any distance and was defiantly not healthy. Spending most of my time resting or in bed, many times I was not able to get the fresh sunlight on my skin except when it hit my skin through my window.



 

“To get your body healthy you must start by addressing your diet, nutrient deficiencies and lifestyle all while nourishing the mind.”

 

Now

Fast forward to now, I eat clean and nourish my body and mind daily. I took the steps to understand how to even do that in the first place because let me tell you, with doctors trying to give you this medication or that, many of which for me caused additional symptoms, you may feel lost and not even know where to turn.  Learning how to address your body is the most important thing to work towards healing. I practice a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of it all. I also thankfully was blessed to have been educated by Dr. Tallman who is the first and only doctor who ever took the time to raise my awareness of the affect food has on our health.

 

“It’s up to you to believe it and take the steps to make it happen.”

 

I continued to slowly educate myself from there so I could further understand the various steps to take to work towards getting healthy again. Plus,  if I happened to slip out of my healing journey I would know how to easily get back. I am still continuously working towards getting healthier. What is the absolute best out of it all though, is that now I can do so many of the things I previously would only dream of and along the way, have discovered tools and lived so many first hand experiences that I am finally able to share and help others along their own journey.

I encourage you

Fight for your health. It has been a long journey and is a continuing lifestyle process but whatever you do, do not give up. A healthier version of your current self is possible. As I always say and strongly believe, it’s up to you to believe it and take the steps to make it happen.

 

 




 

*I forever thank you for taking the time Dr. Tallman. You are not just a doctor, you are a shining example of a human being.

 

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Healthy Start Guide – 5 tips to get your health back on track

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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.

OR TRY THESE SMOOTHIE RECIPES HERE

 

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.

 

We are all here for one another so please Reach out or contact me if you need.

 

 



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9 Tips for Addressing Autoimmune Disease

 

While gathering information on a question someone had recently asked me (regarding the dangers of modern refined white flour consumption), I came across this awesome list (below) created by Dr. Hyman. In his post Autoimmune disease: Stop Your Body’s Self Attack, he shares information all which I believe and have seen to be true for me and my Myasthenia Gravis symptoms.

Over the years while taking time to experiment and learn the various things that affect me, I have realized that the two key factors that affect and create greater symptoms are stress (mental and physical) and the diet. They both play such a significant role in overall wellness.




 

I personally take vitamin D, liquid EPA/DHA and probiotics (almost) daily as well as practice stress-reducing activities (read about them here and here). Its time to figure out what is causing your body to mishap and take kind and knowledgable action to help yourself now.

 

If you have an autoimmune disorder and aren’t sure where to start OR want a few other pointers on the steps to take to work towards getting your body back on track, I recommend taking a peek at the steps listed below. In addition, if you have any questions you’d like to ask please contact me here or in the O+A.

 

9 Tips for Addressing Autoimmune Disease

  • Read The Autoimmune Epidemic This book will tell you why we have this problem, and how to fix it.
  • Find a functional medicine doctor who can help you address autoimmunity.
  • Get tested for mercury and other heavy metals.
  • Get tested for celiac disease (an autoimmune reaction to wheat and other gluten-containing grains), which causes over 60 autoimmune diseases. And consider eliminating other inflammatory foods from your diet such as dairy, eggs, corn and animal fats for a few weeks to see if it makes a different your symptoms.
  • Take immune-balancing nutrients and supplements, including vitamin D, essential fats (like EPA/DHA and GLA), and probiotics.
  • Practice deep relaxation daily through yoga, meditation, biofeedback, or anything that reverses the stress response.
  • Practice the precautionary principle, which says that we should avoid anything with the potential for harm. In the US, something has to be proven harmful before it is taken off the market. In Europe, something has to be proven safe before it is allowed on the market. This is also known as “better safe than sorry.”
  • Learn how to boost your body’s own detoxification system.
  • By addressing the root causes of autoimmune disease, you can start feeling better and getting well today.

 

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