Hello, I'm Kim. And welcome to MS Diet For Women! If you need to speak to me, please use the contact me page.
This site is specifically for women with multiple sclerosis who are determined to overcome their disease. Diet plays a significant role in reducing symptoms, relapses and ultimately disease progression. You will not only find information about the healing role of food in MS but also discover the importance of nutrient therapy (also called MS Nutrition), exercise and stress-relief. I also plan to keep you in formed of all relevant Multiple Sclerosis news I come across. I really want this site to be seen as Multiple Sclerosis support for women as I have a heart to help those like me and a healthy MS diet is the best way to start. I sincerely hope that the information contained in this site opens your eyes and minds to the reality of living symptom free for the rest of your life. The good news is that we can change the course of our disease by changing our lifestyles.
So many women around the world are achieving this after overcoming debilitating symptoms, which has inspired me so much, I wanted to create a site where women like me can connect, get quality information and become motivated to fight this disease together.
I really hope you get a lot out of the information, as well as the relationships you gain from this site. Please feel free to leave comments and contact me. I would love to connect with other women like me - it's all about MS and helping each other!
I'm in my mid thirties, a British South African currently living in London, UK and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in October 2010. My family and I were understandably shaken up by the diagnosis. Initially it felt like a death sentence but now, having come to terms with the unavoidable fact that I have MS, I am working hard to overcome it. Please see My Progress for more detail about my diagnosis, symptoms and progression.
I trained as a a professional psychological counsellor and have thoroughly enjoyed working with people and helping them through various challenges in their lives. A field that I am very interested in is Health Psychology which is exploring the impact of what is going in the body on the mind. I do feel that this training has increased my awareness of the psychological impact of MS and how the food we eat impacts the health of our minds.
"Diet and MS go hand-in-hand"
I have been married to an amazing man for seven years now. We have two children, my girl is almost 6 and my has just turned 4. They certainly do keep me busy but I thoroughly enjoy caring for them and seeing them grow and develop so beautifully!
I am a trained teacher and psychological counsellor but I have decided to be at home with my children while they are still young. This stage goes so quickly and you can never get it back. As well as being a stay at home Mom, I look after other children a few days a week to contribute to the family income. This has it's challenges but it allows me to be with me children so it's worth it.
Being a wife and Mom I have experienced, first hand, the difficulty of living with a chronic disease and trying to keep up with the demands of everyday life. I am often completely overwhelmed and feel as if I will never get through the myriad of tasks that are calling my name.
Ladies, I'm sure you can relate to the fact that there is very little time left over for YOU once you have seen to everyone else's needs and the demands of running a household. You also know that feeling of relief when you can finally sit down and do something for yourself. It could be reading your new and exciting book or watching your favourite TV programme. Whatever it is, rest is one of the keys to recovery from MS.
One of the main objectives of this website is to help you to achieve balance in your lives. I know how difficult it can be to find out what you need to know, especially after just getting diagnosed with MS. I want to provide a rich resource to other women MS sufferers, so that they are able to quickly get onto the right track to recovery. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of eating the foods to combat this disease (something I call a MS diet). I can't guarantee success for you in overcoming your disease, but I want to support you as much as I can to help you live symptom free for longer periods of time.
I will be focusing on these 4 major areas:
- eating correctly for your condition (something I call a MS Diet)
- stress reduction
"More women have MS than men"
It is a well known fact that MS strikes women at least twice as often as men, with far more signs of MS in women. The reason for this ratio is not yet known. The proportion of women living with multiple sclerosis jumped by 50 percent between the 1980s and the 1990s, while new cases of MS in men remained relatively the same. Another reason why I wanted to reach out to the MS women community.
My MS Diet
I have done a large amount of research over the past few years, and have paid a number of health consultants and medical experts to provide me with the tools to combat my disease. The biggest weapon I have is my diet and supplements and I want to share what I have learned with you so you too can work out the best plan for yourself.
I wholeheartedly believe that recovery from MS has to do with all of these areas working together, primarily focused around the right diet - an MS diet. I hope this site will be a pillar of knowledge and strength to you as you walk this journey to recovery and a long healthy life.
Join me on this quest to live symptom free!