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Silver Linings

It’s so amazing sharing my journey of life with others. The fascination of my recovery is absorbed with open eyes and sometimes open mouthed amazement.

However underneath this silver lining is a challenge with the taste buds; a challenge of the convenience and a challenge of social merging. My partner strives on through with her support for this new lifestyle especially by currently doing some of the diet with me. The protocol logistics are totally satisfying, understanding and suitable. I enjoy the training programme, the lifestyle requirements, the scientific reasons, the knowledge of the rebuild and the results are totally amazing of course. However the food aspect is what sometimes becomes a trial. Yes sure, there are lots of Paleo recipes with totally yummy foods and treats, however adding the low-FODMAP aspect in to the mix often takes the delights out again. I try to believe that the low-FODMAP aspect of my food intake is indeed temporary. For however long I need to endure this tougher level it is still somewhat frustrating for me. I have a sweet tooth and the Wahls Paleo diet as a standalone diet works well fulfilling me with these needs. I have so enjoyed the meals and treats baked for me by loving and generous friends and family.

My successful way to ease my IBS is to cook the permitted low-FODMAP berries. It’s this simple! I eat the low and medium fodmap foods unless I know I have a digestive reaction to anything. After decades of the condition I now have it under control…albeit via a limited diet with specific processes. However this health boost is truly fantastic to live with whilst knowing that my gut is indeed healing.

As autumn sets upon us I find myself focusing more on food when I get cold. Due to lots of weight loss I imagine this winter to be an interesting new element to circumnavigate. Last winter, as my MS was rapidly declining, I was unable to acknowledge the cold until I was extremely cold. So for safety reasons the heating was left on most of the time. The winter before that I seem to recall I just sat in the cold. So…the lessons have been learnt and this winter I feel fortunate enough to be able to at least exercise to keep warm. I’m definitely needing to purchase more clothes. I saw some discounted double layered walking trousers in a well known outdoor shop recently however thought I’d get too warm in them. Hmmm…on second thoughts yes please!

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After a short amount of frustration with the limitations, I try to focus and recall the amazing distance that my health has come. I find it so mind baffling…in such a movie-style format. No matter how many chocolate treats and savoury cravings and delights I desire I always choose to refocus, regroup and metaphorically slap myself, in order to wade through the world of the majority…and find my world of quality; my world of minority meals; my world of life enhancement and my new world that welcomes me with open arms and a huge energitic smile.

I feel so so fortunate to have the opportunity to rebuild, to restart and to reconnect with my life. The journey worth enduring. The life worth exploring. Our health worthy of so much.


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Harmony

Hello… It’s been a fair while since I last wrote. A few reasons for this. My IBS adjusted to the Wahls diet negatively when I increased the sulfur amount. I went through many food tests at home to find this out. So life for me was still massively better however I needed to remain at home in reach of the bathroom. After many weeks I started on a Low-FODMAP diet which has eased the situation lots. I then got a cold and some weeks later am shaking the last of it off. I very rarely get colds and was sure glad I was on the Wahls Protocol for this one. Although I have stayed at home and had breaks from my training programme I have still felt remarkably well, all things considered. So I’m ever so thankful for this. I have felt okay about staying at home for these weeks…I guess it’s due to minimal challenges whilst my MS itself is treating me well. Soon I shall begin going out solo again…and with others.

So…it’s early in the morning, I’m sitting on our garden bench – a long time since I’ve been able to do this and I will say that the back of the bench is a bit hard for my somewhat boney back these days. Plus I’ve gotten use to the back of the wheelchair or lounging chairs.

I’m in a reflective mood as the last four months have been intense on top of a previously intense situation with our old home. Yesterday the lovely old Victorian farmhouse was sold to a newly wed young couple. We had some challenges living there; serial litigator neighbour; stairs with more random steps upstairs; poor public transport; rural and even further from my folks and family. So the surrealism of being off of the property ladder will sink in. The aforementioned has of course affected my health. I’m so happy that my body has bounced back…or forwards…by continuing to heal and to strive to be healthier.

Sometimes I want to go and eat something easy; regular; the same as others…and then I recall my health challenging me beyond belief and living in bed with continuous struggles. So of course the motivation is immense and I continue to live with the Wahls Protocol food in order to enjoy life.

I like that I am so often amazed and appreciative of my healing body. I love that my body is healing naturally without pharmaceutical ‘aid’. This sits so well with me and that in turn relaxes me. I’m enjoying my little meditation time – the calmness actually works for me these days. Perhaps now the brain messages have chilled out, and got in line in what feels like an orderly fashion, I have the ability to feel calmness.

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Be good to yourself…enjoy the moments around you.