Holiday How-To: Manage your stress and keep it all together

 

Happy holidays :) I haven’t been posting much as I’m sure you all know how life gets, or at least feels, around the holiday time. Its funny though, the same reason I haven’t been posting just happens to be the reason for this post today.

 

Managing MG and Stress

Managing my MG and stress (especially around the holiday time) is super important to keeping myself up and running when need be for family gatherings and such. I don’t know about you but when I get stressed I loose my appetite, have a hard time turning my mind ‘off’, have a tough time sleeping, become increasingly forgetful and am simply exhausted overall. Not someone you’d enjoy hanging around for very long, if ever, at all. So, below I’m going to share some things that have helped keep my mind, body and MG on track during these amazingly beautiful yet occasionally stressful times.

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Appetite

When I’m stressed I don’t feel like eating much or I simply forget to eat all together! Over the years I have realized that eating at regular times no matter what, is crucial to keeping strong especially when you have MG or any other autoimmune disorder for that matter. It seems like such a simple rule to follow but surprisingly many people (I used to be one) don’t eat at regular times every day. So heres what I do:

  1. Upon waking I eat a banana + drink a glass of water…even if I have to set it on my nightstand before I go to bed, it’s the first thing I do. Bananas are packed with potassium (super important for muscle function) and healthy carbs to kickstart your energy for the day and water/hydration is key to more functions of the body than we realize.
  2.  GREEN SMOOTHIE! Yes, every morning I make a green smoothie. Get those nutrients first thing in the morning. When I don’t want to eat food, but know I have to, green smoothies are key. Great for those of you who have a hard time chewing too. Use the recipe at the bottom of the page.
  3. After you’ve started your day with a banana and smoothie, naturally you’ll be hungry a few hours later. If you’re not, schedule time to eat regardless. After my morning smoothie I typically make sure to eat at around 1pm 5pm and 8pm. 

 

Quiet-time/Yoga/Meditation

When you’re feeling stressed and exhausted its tough to even think of taking time out for yourself but you have to.

Wether you choose to take 10 minutes to sit or lay with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing (give square breathing a try), sit on the floor and stretch or follow a mild yoga routine (I really like to use the app ‘YOGA Studio‘ on my phone in the comfort of the living room floor) or simply throw your headphones in, turn on some soothing sounds and zone out, you must take that time out to center your mind again. Remember the goal is to stay healthy, sane and happy here ;) and this will very much help.

 

Sleep

Ahhhhh. Sleep, one of my favorite things of the day. Did you know that the body repairs and restores itself only during sleep? Restorative sleep is one of the most important things people with MG or any other autoimmune disorder can give to themselves.

When its hard to sleep because well, life…here are 5 things I do to get that deep sleep we all need.

  1. Lavender oil + epsom salt. Bath time! A little soak in a mildly warm bath of this mixture will gently help soothe and get you ready for sleep. I use 1 cup epsom salt and 10 drops lavender oil.
  2. Tea time. Chamomile tea helps to relax me before bed (or anytime during the day, actually).
  3. Lavender oil dabbed on your wrists, temples and a little on your pillow will help you ease off to sleep. Lavender is a calming, anxiety relieving essential oil.
  4. Meditation music (I love love love the Omvana app) or I listen to rainforest or calming rainstorm sounds. Many sleep sounds you can find on youtube.
  5. Breathe. Square breathing and deep breathing will put you to sleep in no time. Faster than counting loads of those furry sheep anyway ;)

 

Todays Smoothie Recipe

try it out :)

1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen peach slices

1 handful of spinach

1 scoop protein powder (I like Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Protein)

2 Cups liquid (water, coconut water, almond milk)

1 tbsp fish oil (I like to use Carlson The Very Finest Fish Oil Liquid Omega-3)

 

 

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Creamy Banana Avocado Green Smoothie – Diabetic-Friendly

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Creamy Banana Avocado Green Smoothie (Diabetic-Friendly)

Diabetic-friendly green smoothies to help with Myasthenia Gravis do exist! This one is a simple, yet delicious addition to your daily routine. Packed with fiber, potassium, healthy fats and tons of nutrients, this green smoothie will help keep your muscles going strong and blood sugars steady.

You will need:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 2 cups whole strawberries
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ice (if you wish)

Directions:

  • Add all of the ingredients into the blender.
  • Blend on high until all of the spinach has broken down.
  • Pour into a glass

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Good Morning Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

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Good Morning Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

You will need:

  • 2 cups organic spinach
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup frozen organic wild blueberries
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seed

Directions:

  • Add all of the ingredients into the blender
  • Blend on high until both spinach and blueberries have broken down
  • Pour into a glass and enjoy!

 

Why is this green smoothie so great?

It has been blended down making all of the raw nutrients accessible, easily digestible and immediately available to your body.

 

Spinach: Reduces systemic inflammation and is especially good for inflammation in the gut.

Banana: High in Potassium, an essential mineral and a major electrolyte found in the human body. It plays an important role in electrolyte regulation, nerve function, muscle control, and blood pressure.

Coconut water: Refuels and rehydrates – coconut water maintains the body’s fluid levels and its potassium content helps maintain water pressure within cells and blood. Also improves nervous system functioning and nerve transmission.

Blueberries: Naturally sweet and low on the glycemic index. These berries contain more antioxidants than any other berry you can eat. The anti-oxidants of blueberries have system-wide effects, improves cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and may improve blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon: Improves blood sugar control. Lowers the glycemic impact of food consumed with the spice.

Flax Seed: Excellent source of anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acids and is anti-inflammatory. Full of fiber and cancer fighting ligands. Adds bulk to help keep you full longer.

 



 

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Green Smoothies Help Myasthenia Gravis

Green Smoothies Help Myasthenia Gravis Symptoms

Green smoothies (and green juices) have helped keep my Myasthenia Gravis symptoms at bay and may very well have the ability to do the same for you too. I started making (and drinking) these super drinks a little over a year ago. I was doing the best I could after deciding to stop my monthly IVIG treatments but still had MG symptoms. I wasn’t able to walk any type of distance, I experienced daily double vision and had general weakness and fatigue plus a serious lack of energy daily.

Fast forward to now, a little over a year later and the symptoms I experience, especially the lack of energy and daily general exhaustion and fatigue have noticeably improved. I took a leap of faith and tried making these drinks, along with eating better, in hopes of helping my Myasthenia Gravis in one way or another. Well, because of these dietary changes, I am better in the best ways I could have hoped for (next to being totally MG-free anyway). I’m happy to take the noticeable boost in health as it has been a long road of ups and downs trying everything to feel better. Plus, I am equally as happy to share my experience with you because in the best case scenario, some of your MG symptoms improve and at the worst case scenario, you get on the road to being healthier than you were before.

Many reasons why these drinks are powerful will be listed below. Read on and please, for your own health, drink up.

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Green Smoothies vs. Green Juices

Both are great options for a health boost. If choosing between the two, I would rather make a green smoothie on daily basis, and I do! I also add a green juice to my routine once a week and would defiantly recommend it.

  • Green Smoothie: Blended dark leafy greens with other vegetables or fruit with a liquid and ice.
  • Green Juice: Dark leafy green and other veggies and fruits go through a physical juicing machine, which pulls the fiber away from the starch/sugar.

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How Do Green Smoothies Help Myasthenia Gravis?

Packed with energy producing nutrients, vitamins and minerals, a green smoothie is far better than your average cup of joe any day. These nutritious drinks will provide you with energy, nutrients, antioxidants and phytonutrients to fight disease and boost your body to its optimum health and healing ability. Listed below are just a few of the benefits green smoothies have to offer.

1. Easily Digestible Nutrients

They’re blended so because it’s already party broken down for your body, it’s much easier for your body to digest and absorb all of those vitamins, nutrients and minerals immediately, without taking up much of your body’s energy to do so. You’ll feel full and satisfied from the natural fiber and can save your energy for things that really matter during your day.

2. Vitamin & Antioxidant Packed

Most green smoothies are made with some kind of dark leafy greens. Kale or spinach are two greens most often used. This gives you a huge hit of vitamins and antioxidants like folic acid, B-vitamins, iron, and vitamin D and K, all of which reduce homocystine levels in your blood (which slows the aging, inflammation and the disease processes in the body).

Green smoothies are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Not only are you giving your body the best defenses for disease, but you are ingesting a variety of natural substances that are essential for optimum health and fitness.

3. Trace Minerals

Green smoothies have an insane amount of absorbable trace minerals that you can’t get in many other places, like:

  • calcium: much more absorbable as leafy green vegetables than any dairy product
  • magnesium: needed for ATP to produce energy in our mitochondria
  • manganese: for a healthy nervous system and cells
  • potassium: helps maintain hydration, helps keep body in an alkaline state to fight disease and inflammation better
  • selenium: an antioxidant that prevents cancer, liver detoxification and healthy thyroid function

4. Beta Carotene + Chlorophyll

Green smoothies also have high amounts of beta carotene, which have vibrantly colored antioxidants called carotenoids that give your skin a healthy glow because of their rich color. Think of your healthiest, most vegetable-loving friend, and how their skin literally glows. This is why. No beauty or anti-aging product will do what food naturally can.

Plus, green smoothies are rich with chlorophyll which some natural health experts say, enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body.

5Alkalizing

Fruits and vegetables are alkaline foods and many natural health experts claim that consuming these foods helps maintain a proper alkaline balance in the body.

6. Naturally Energy Boosting

Smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system. Since you are eating natural, whole foods in the most optimum form for your digestion and nutrient absorption, you will have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day.

7. Detoxification + Elimination

With all those vitamins and minerals, you also get amazing fiber to help speed the process up of getting any toxins out of your body in a fast and natural way. This is always a good thing, and can impact your energy. If you are sluggish and weighed down by toxins in your gut, it can make your Myasthenia Gravis flare up. A daily dose of green solves all of this.

8. Simple + Easy + Delicious

Green Smoothies take less than 5 minutes to make which is amazing for people with Myasthenia Gravis. We need to get the most nutrition with the least amount of physical prep work. Green smoothies will do that. Plus, It feels good, tastes good, and works hard for you from the inside out.

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Green Smoothie A Day Keeps Myasthenia Gravis At Bay

I hope you start adding a green smoothie to your daily routine like I do. It takes consistency and being an active participant in bettering your health (and as always, listening to the treatment guidance from your neuro) to obtain better health. But regardless, the numerous health (and beauty) benefits these powerful little drinks provide our body is in my opinion very important. Also, when you feel like your ready to take on additional health boosting practices, buy a juicer and add a green juice into your routine.

[Read about my favorite blender here]

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[Find some delicious green smoothie recipes to try out for yourself  share with your loved ones here]

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And if you have any smoothie recipes, please do comment below or send in an email!

We would all love to hear!

 

 

Source:

www.drfuhrman.com – Autoimmune Nutrition

www.drfuhrman.com – Nutrient Density 

www.mindbodygreen.com

 

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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.

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