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Boosting Your Body & Mind – Every Week!

By : | 0 Comments | On : January 27, 2015 | Category : MS Diet Tips

BOOST front page

I’m thrilled to announce that my brand new resource, BOOST, is now available! It has been quite an interesting, inspiring and often frustrating journey to get to this point. However, against all odds, it’s done and I’m delighted with the result. I actually started working on Boost when I realised that I needed to take a holistic approach to my MS. Yes, diet is important but it’s definitely not everything. There are a few other, absolutely essential, factors to consider when managing a complex condition like MS. One of them is your psychological and emotional well-being. The health of your mind has a direct effect on the well-being of your body. You could also say that the opposite is true. Healthy body = healthy mind. I’m sure you know that when you are feeling stressed, down or depressed, the last thing you feel like doing is preparing a superfood salad for yourself or going to the gym. However, it’s so much easier to form good habits when you have a positive outlook and are feeling motivated! BOOST is a tool that seeks to help with this.

The main purpose of BOOST is to encourage, motivate and inspire you to keep making the right decisions for your health. Every healthy choice you make brings you closer to establishing a habit which you will have for the rest of your life. These are engrained behaviours that could mean the difference between ending up in a wheelchair and living a completely normal life with minimal symptoms. Before we look at the practicalities of BOOST, I would briefly like to explore the topic of habits. (more…)


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Salt & MS Symptoms

By : | 0 Comments | On : January 23, 2015 | Category : Healing Foods

Sea salt

One of the ladies recently sent me an article on salt and autoimmune diseases and it struck me how important it is to give this ‘flavour enhancing’ mineral a little more consideration. I have to admit that I LOVE salt! It adds a huge dose of flavour and yumminess to raw and vegan meals that would otherwise be a little bland. I can’t even think of having a salad without a little herb or himalayan salt sprinkled over!

In the past I have definitely overdosed a bit on these little white crystals. My husband was often horrified at how salty my porridge tasted and just couldn’t stomach it. I, on the other hand was grossed out by his tasteless porridge. Yes, I was a bit addicted to salt and felt a bit insecure if I was eating my meal and didn’t have the salt cellar right next to me – just in case the flavour needed a slight adjustment! I realise, in hind site that this was an unhealthy habit. It was, perhaps, as unhealthy as eating too much sugar. (more…)


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Healing Foods: The Brilliant Beetroot

By : | 4 Comments | On : January 13, 2015 | Category : Uncategorized

Beet.

I just love this bright reddish-pink root! It’s beautiful. The humble beetroot certainly doesn’t get the fame and praise that it deserves. It is so AMAZING for our health and healing that it should be an MS diet staple. I have come to the conclusion that beetroot is as essential as supplements such as vitamin D and flaxseed oil and I eat it religiously – every day. It’s cheap, easily obtainable and delicious. I have been juicing it and adding the juice to my morning smoothie for a few months now and I really feel the boost it gives me. I like to say that I’m ‘supercharged’ after my beetroot smoothie because I certainly feel that way. I feel like I have been spring-boarded into my day with a go-go-go mentality! 

In this post, I’d like to focus on some of the outstanding benefits of beetroot and explore some ways of using it. (more…)


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MS Diet at Christmas: Time For Dessert

By : | 6 Comments | On : December 22, 2014 | Category : Uncategorized

Raw cacao tart

I have been very excited to write this particular post! Admittedly I have a very sweet tooth and find it very difficult, at this time of year, where there are piles of chocolates and sweet treats wherever I look. Just yesterday I was given two huge Lindt Santa chocolates and a massive tin of Quality Streets – two of my formerly favourite Christmas treats! I must admit that the temptation to have ‘just one bite’ does rise up in me, in the presence of such guilty pleasures. But could I stop at just one bite? I know myself and I seriously doubt it! Just one bite and that pleasure centre in my brain would come alive – begging for more until I finally give in and start guzzling. Remember that sugar is highly addictive!

However, the thought of feeling ill and symptomatic for the next few hours stops me from taking that bite. This is honestly what happens if I eat chocolate. My gut feels crampy, my mind feels stuffed with cotton wool, I’m exhausted and I just want to lie on the couch and not move for hours. I may even get some tingling in my legs. Too scary! Why would I do that to myself?  (more…)


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MS Diet at Christmas: A Magnificent Main

By : | 0 Comments | On : December 15, 2014 | Category : Healing Foods

Pecan pesto salmon

TEN more sleeps until the big day! My kids are already overexcited and I’m very happy to say that I have completed the vast majority of my Christmas shopping. I’ve tried to do most things in advance this year to avoid the inevitable stress and ‘overwhelm’ that seems to be part and parcel of the festive season. But, however much prepared I am, there is always something I have left off the list or forgotten and so I end up braving the crowds on Christmas eve anyway! These are the moments that I need to seek out a quiet closet in the house, sit inside with the door firmly closed and practise being ‘Mindful’. Creating opportunities for the ‘Relaxation Response’ to kick in during such a busy time is important in order to stay on top of your game and avoid tiredness.  (more…)


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MS Diet at Christmas: The Sweet Potato

By : | 0 Comments | On : December 9, 2014 | Category : Healing Foods

Raw sweet potatoes

Over the following three weeks, I will be focusing on getting you ready for the trickiest time of the year in terms of sticking to your MS diet. At Christmas time, it’s wonderful to get caught up in the whirlwind of fun festivities. My favourites are – putting up the tree, marvelling at the lights, visiting Christmas markets and, of course, spending precious time with family and friends.  Unfortunately, these events often involve a lot of food on our ‘Avoid’ list. Food is a big part of the celebrations at this time of year and usually consist of an oversupply of sugar, gluten and fat filled goodies – everything we desperately don’t want to put in our bodies. What is scary is that it can be easy to convince ourselves that we deserve a treat at Christmas and that we will be fine if we eat ‘just a little’ here and there. However, it always ends up being more than you planned on. Like it or not, you start heading in a direction you don’t really want to go in. (more…)


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