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.
Habits are marvellous things because they help us do the hundreds of little things that we need to remember every day. A habit is a routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously. We don't have to think about doing it, we just do it! Isn't great when you get into a good habit, such as taking your supplements or drinking enough water everyday! A habit decreases the chance of us forgetting to do something important. It can take a bit of time to get there but if we persevere, we will eventually turn a behaviour into a habit.
On average, it takes a person 66 days to establish a new habit. This is based on a study by Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London. This is pretty much 2 months of sticking, solidly, to your new habits. Sounds like a long time, doesn't it? However, in the big scheme of things it really is very little time. Nine weeks of hard work for a lifetime of reward? Sounds like a good deal to me! Habits are powerful behaviours which can change the course of our lives.
What are some of the habits that you want to establish? I encourage you to write them down and out them up somewhere you can see them everyday.
Here are some daily habits that I have stablished or am in the process of establishing:
- Drinking a big glass of water when I wake up.
- Taking my supplements every morning.
- Eating a nutritious breakfast of fruit and nuts.
- Drinking another glass of water before lunch.
- Eating a mostly raw salad for lunch.
- Resting in the middle of the day and have a 10 minute power nap if my schedule allows.
- Drinking another glass of water in the course of the afternoon.
- Starting the dinner making process early so that I'm not trying to do too much around the kids' bath and bedtime (which is a crazy and often tiring time).
- Eating a nutritious dinner as per the MS diet (salmon & veg, quinoa, sweet potato salad)
- Being in bed by 10pm with the light off by 10:30pm
Now some of these habits are fully integrated and established. For example taking my supplements is a completely automated habit for me now. However, others I'm still working on such as going to bed by 10:30! I figure that some habits will take longer than others and I am a work in progress! I'm grateful for the opportunity to put BOOST together each week as it allows me a constant reevaluation of my habits.
What does BOOST contain?
Let's get down to the nitty gritty! Each BOOST is creatively unique and is structured around a specific theme. For example, on one particular week we will be delving into the super foods and on another week, we will be focusing on simplifying our lives. Each week, you will receive the following:
- MS diet recipes: six brand new and delicious (covering breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks/treats)
- Supplement Guidance: current supplements will be elaborated on and new supplements introduced.
- Exercise Tips: fresh ideas for keeping fit and strong within your level of ability
- Stress Relief Strategies: learn to manage your stress effectively and creatively.
In my opinion, these are the four main ingredients for managing MS holistically and successfully.
Each section is compact and can be read through and absorbed quickly. Don't worry if you don't get through all the recipes and don't implement all the advice. BOOST is not meant to pressure you into doing a whole lot of extra things, it is just there as a resource if you feel you need to try something new and fresh. BOOST's main function is to serve as a weekly reminder to stay strong and keep persevering to establish the habits and goals you have set for yourself.
How do I get it?
You need to visit the Boost page and sign up. You will receive immediate access to Week 1 and a bonus resource - The Self Care Planner. You'll be able to download it and keep it on your mobile device for easy access, or print it and keep each week in a folder. Each successive BOOST will appear, in your profile, exactly 7 days after the previous one and you will also be notified of this by email in case you forget.
Summing it up:
Having MS is challenging and completely changing your lifestyle is a hard task! The MS diet is amazing but is often difficult to stick to 100%, especially when you still have a lot of 'junk' food surrounding you all the time. Often, all we need is a little encouragement and someone to say 'You can do this!' Because you can! This is kinda what BOOST does every week. You'll be reminded to keep persevering and then given the tools to do so. Hopefully this will result in you being Boosted to the next level of health and well-being. I am brimming with excitement about this new resource because I know it will make a difference in your life.
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions. I'll be glued to my email during the launch period and will get back to you straight away. Looking forward to hearing from you.