Progress, Diet and Humility


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Out of the blue came this recognition: THE PROGRESSION OF CATHY’S MS SEEMS TO HAVE STOPPED PROGRESSING!

I am so used to being in the center of the storm and feeling the worry and watchfulness about which direction some new symptom would choose for it’s entry.

But for months now I been a’ sittin’ here expectant-like and no one’s showin’ up at the door.

Being in a state of ‘on guard’ for so long with all my weaponry neatly tied together on my back just in case..

I seem to have forgotten all together what it feels like to put the weight down.

The cause of this stasis are my dietary changes as I have made no other alterations in my regime.

My primary doctor has healed herself back from death’s door and she knows of which she speaks as she certainly did 10 years ago on our first meeting following my diagnosis.

She preached diet, diet, diet…

“Vegetables are your friends,” she tells me.

I thought: “Just give me a g-ddamned pill and let’s call it a day.”

I was in no mood for depriving myself of comfort food in the middle of a crisis.

Sooooooo… 10 years into this partnership with PPMS, I changed my diet.

This refinement has come in small increments.

Drop dairy.

Then wheat.

Then sugar.

This clean and health-fostering diet of mine has taken years to slip into it’s solid gear so I know it works.

I eat no grains. Pretty much just vegetables, fruit and good protein.

The dropping of all grains was the last change I made after looking at this.

And it clearly is the next step for me.

I do fall prey to an occasional cup of coffee or my favorite chicken mole’ wrapped in corn tortillas meal.

But I pay.

And pay hard the following day.

Like I can’t walk.

And so… 10 years following my doctor’s advice I am taking it.

And here to tell you that dietary changes and the miracles they foster are real and available to everyone, challenged by illness or not.

Here are a few favorite support sites I have in my arsenal:

SPECIFIC CARBOHYDRATE DIET; SCD
GREEN SMOOTHIES

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2 Responses to “Progress, Diet and Humility”

  1. Pam on September 30th, 2010

    Cathy,
    Really enjoyed reading this blog today. I have just ordered the SCD book and Recipe book as I feel that not only would I benefit from this diet, but Sam as well. He has had digestive problems since birth. He has been working with an acupuncturist for a year now and there have been major improvements but I have sensed in the past month a need to tweak his diet somehow. Reading your story today was just what I needed to know. Thank you.
    XO,
    Pam

  2. Elisa on October 3rd, 2010

    Thanks Cathy…about to start a new diet and found this inspiring!

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