First of all, I just want to say how much I appreciate the constant positive feedback I am receiving from ladies out there. I feel very privileged to be walking this journey with you and I am encouraged to continue my quest to help as many MS'ers with their diet as possible! Secondly, I wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone who took the time to complete a quick MS Diet For Women survey over the past week. If you missed it, never-mind, I'll quickly fill you in. I simply asked everyone on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and everyone on the newsletter, to complete a 2 min survey about what you really want to see from MS Diet For Women going forwards. I was overwhelmed by the positive response from almost 200 ladies!

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It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.                           - Jim Rohn

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The reason I sent out the survey is that I want to make sure we are headed in the right direction as a community. I have decided to start to create as many MS diet resources as I can - but as there are so many things I can work on, I want to be sure I am focusing my time on the things you really need. I didn't want to just go through the motions and do what I thought you needed. I wanted you to have your own say, as this is your community after all! So, I would like to share some of the results with you now, so that you can see how other women also feel.

MS Diet Resources

So, here is the list of resources I have envisioned, and what you thought about them:

ms diet survey results

As you can see, the most requested resource is simply an "MS diet foods checklist". Now, this information is broadly available already via the MS diet page, as well on Pinterest [visually], but I can understand why a quick checklist is needed. This is something I am happy to work on, so I'll definitely be doing that one soon!

The next most popular resource selected was "Weekly Meal Plan & Recipes", which I think everyone following the MS diet absolutely needs. Day to day life is already quite difficult dealing with MS on top of everything else, so having your meals planned out for you in advance frees you from the often arduous task of coming up with good food ideas yourself. This also received the highest score for "I really need this" category.

The third most requested resource happens to already be available! You can already signup for the encouragement and MS diet tips newsletter by filling in the form on the right side of this post (under 'Stay Motivated, Keep In Touch!' section at the top). As it happens, while I was writing this blog post, I received an email from Elena saying "It is so good to get these mails! Thank you!" - which makes me very happy to hear the ladies are getting value out of the newsletter.

What Do You Want More Of?

I was also very happy to see you are wanting more blog posts from me, as well as more MS diet resources, but great to see there is some interest in video content too [which I am thinking about doing in the months to come], as well as more interaction on social networks:

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Ranking Importance

You also ranked these items in this order of importance (on average):

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  • MS Diet Recipes
  • MS Diet Meal Plans
  • MS Diet Tips
  • MS Diet Supplements
  • Support and encouragement from Kim
  • Building relationships with other MS'ers via online community

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Survey Comments

I also wanted to share some of the wonderful comments I received from the survey responses, here are just a few which really stood out to me and that I would like to share with you, as well as my responses:

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I find the MS diet really helpful. I've added extra supplements to my diet and I really like how Kim explains what each supplement and vitamins help with what. As I think sometimes it can get a little mind boggling and very confusing. I'd just like to take this opportunity to say thank you, and I really enjoy the emails from Kim as I find them very supporting and keeps me going especially when having a tough week.

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Kim: This kind of comment really motivates me to produce great articles for you ladies! Thank you!

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I think your website is fantastic! What I'm most looking forward to the community forum where I can interact with women who really understand the daily struggles of living with MS. My worry at this point Kim is that you are going to make this a pay for use service...can you give me some more details on what this is going to look like? Thanks:)

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Kim: For those interested, I have put some designs of the online community on the members holding page, you can see more there. Also, there are unfortunately unavoidable costs associated with running an online community, but I am working hard to make this as affordable as possible - in no way do I want anyone excluded for financial reasons. I would also like to free up some of my time to be able to focus on more one-on-one interactions with everyone, which is where my heart really is. But, let's take things one step at a time - all the details will all be revealed soon [probably March]!

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Well done Kim. Before I heard of you I was already trying very hard to stick to the diet but now I'm more encouraged to know other people are doing it! I would say you should encourage people to have allergy tests.

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Kim: This is why the community is so important! We are all in this together! I am really looking forward to getting to know you all better in the online community, where we can all be a source of constant encouragement to each other!

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Love this concept. Sticking to this, however, is challenging. Life is busy and doesn't always allow to remain 100% committed. Please give us permission to have french fries once in a while! Also, diet is good but exercise is equally if not more important.

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Kim: Haha, I love this comment! I can confirm, french fries will never be added to the MS diet. Hehe.

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I emailed you about helping or contributing. There is a lot of information and some people may relate to more people's story or success with other diet information. You have a lot of info and are doing an awesome job! Would love to see a Visitor post from other's as well. Only the positive drug-free approach. There are plenty of sites for the ones on medication.

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Kim: I would love to have guest blogger write for the site! In fact, we already have a person lined up! Stay tuned!

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Would be great to hear other positive, success stories about keeping ms at bay and what we can all learn about it.

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Kim: Great idea! I try post these on Facebook when I can, if anyone has a good news story, please contact me, they are really encouraging to others.

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You are fabulous! I'm a nutritionist but needed somewhere I could go after diagnosis to get me on the right path! Well done!

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Kim: Very happy to be of help to other food-lovers!

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I'd manage the diet far more easily with two or three weekly meal plans which include a couple of daily snacks (a bit like what weightwatchers does). If someone's telling me what to eat daily I find it easier to stick to.

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Kim: Exactly what I had in mind! 

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your website has helped me to deal with my MS, and discover ways to keep my relapses under control...

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Kim: Absolutely my pleasure! This is what MS Diet For Women is all about!

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Lots of recipes please and do and don't. This is all new and your stuff is helpful. Thank you and God Bless you for your time. I felt really scared until I found your stuff. Thanks.

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Kim: Thank you for this honest comment. I know exactly how that dread about MS feels, which is why I now do what I do! 

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We can read so much on the Internet and not know if its really true. Therefore if u have some medical references or research that u relied on, maybe include that in the footnotes.

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Kim: This is a very valid suggestion - you are right. I will start to include more research studies and links in future. I am glad you are pushing me to show you evidence, rather than just trust what I say. Well done.

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I love for myself that your site is for women but I feel bad for my young male friend who was just diagnosed that there is no resource for him and he is put off by the fact that your site is labeled JUST for women. I wish there was a male counterpart, or you had a section titled MS diet for everyone.

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Kim: Actually, [pretty much] all the info I provide can be applied to men as well. The site is not only for women, men are welcome to use all the information on the site but I wanted to create a place specifically for women to connect with other women. Physically, MS affects men and women similarly with a few differences because of our different physiology. Some topics you just don’t really want to discuss with men. My dream is to build a community of women like me, who face the same challenges as I do. Many of us are mothers and wives and have to deal with these challenges as well us our disease. It’s good to be able to build strong friendships with other women so that we can be there for each other.

Looking Forward 

I am honored to be a part of this community. Once again, thank you for your feedback. Finally, I want to leave you with this good news story I received last week from Anna [shared with her permission] - this is why I am a believer:

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"Love your website – well done you! Having being only diagnosed in the last six months I have also changed my diet (very similar to yours) and excluded gluten and dairy (I am intolerant). Since being diagnosed I have almost been on a mission to rid myself of ms or atleast keep it at bay through a lot of research and sheer determination. I can now say following a super healthy lifestyle and not stressing over the little things in life has made such a difference to how I feel. I feel better now than before ms made an appearance so I believe it certainly helps and in some ways maybe ms is a blessing in disguise as often we can take so much for granted. I think it is great you are helping others and spreading so much hope and positivity." - Anna

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I am very excited about the things to come in the next month, I just know we are going to see breakthroughs like this far more often!

Love and nutrients,

kim ms diet