The Future is Now

New year celebration!

New year celebration!

The thing I love about blogging on WordPress and posting updates on Facebook is that, whether I like it or not, my life is on record. That is, parts of my life are on record.

Having a record comes in very handy as we come to the end of another year. I can travel back in time to view snippets of life’s moments. For instance, I see that I began 2012 in the same way I’m ending 2012: focused on diet.

In January 2012, I learned that Dr. Terry Wahls healed from MS through diet.

In February, I learned that Joe Cross healed from a rare autoimmune disease and lost 100 lbs through a change in diet.

In March, I learned that Anita Moorjani healed from stage four Lymphoma, although, diet had nothing to do with it. That experience, was a very out-of-the-ordinary occurrence. I’d say; a miracle.

During the year, I noticed that health challenges were up and down for me, as was sticking to a healthy eating program.

Still, through it all, I have come to the conclusion that the foods I eat affect the level of RA symptoms I experience and in fact, they affect how I feel generally.

Yet, because of an event that occurred the year prior; I learned In The End, Only Love Matters.

And so, I have learned not to stress myself out over the little stuff, like diet, health challenges, financial challenges, silly drivers, etc.

I learned that I must make the best of each day no matter what seems to be going on in the moment because how I think, feel and react to what is going on in the moment is creating my future.

“The future is Now;” when I heard Ti Caine say these words, a light bulb went on.

To me, this statement means; if you’re not changing what you’re thinking, doing,  how you’re feeling or reacting in the moment, chances are, you’ll be doing exactly the same things a year from now and you’ll wonder why your life is the same.

Been there; done that. And, still doing it, to a point.

Even though, I learned about Love and I learned about Gratitude, it’s in the moment-to-moment practice where it really counts.

So — by this time next year, I want to say, I’m the proud owner of a “clean” body (clean being detoxified of allergens and toxic substances), I increased my income by $400 a month and I increased my level of peace, joy and gratitude.

I guess, another way of saying “the future is Now” is: We create our future each and every moment.

If I want health, abundance, peace, joy and gratitude in future, I have to make the choice Now —  in each and every moment.

And so, this blog post amounts to my way of pondering, picturing and planning the best year ever.

Wishing everyone many blessings and thank you very much for visiting, reading and commenting on the blog.

May we love lots, laugh lots and live lots. And may 2013 be your best year ever!

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A day in a life with rheumatoid arthritis – Part 6

It’s been a while since I last blogged about my diet experiment. I thought it would be a fitting time to give an update since I have some news to report.

Back in October I geared up to try a new diet in an attempt to manage RA symptoms. Now, I have to tell you that it’s been a bumpy road. I started and stopped, started and stopped…..

The whole idea was to go off foods that have potential for sensitivity and consume a starch based diet consisting mostly of vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, grains, and starchy vegetables. Foods such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and meat are considered to cause sensitivity in some people, especially those with autoimmune disease. I found this particular diet information during my search for healing from RA (an autoimmune disease) on Dr. McDougall’s website. What impressed me the most were the testimonials, not only for RA, but a host of other chronic disease like Crohn’s (my father had Crohn’s, which is also an autoimmune disease).

I kept detailed notes about what I ate and noted my symptoms. Here’s what I found;

  • Significant reduction in joint pain and inflammation.
  • Elimination of heavy thick aching feeling in my whole body.
  • Greatly reduced number and severity of flare-ups.

I kid you not. I noticed such a difference in the level of my symptoms that I’m a believer now. I admit, I was skeptical that diet would effect my symptoms, but after going on and off, on and off for actually several months now, as I have been experimenting for quite some time with food sensitivities, I’m sold on the idea enough to continue further investigation into longer term effects.

a change in season

Here’s what I eat;

Fruit, vegetables, green leafy vegetables, some beans, quinoa, rice, salmon, a little cottage cheese sometimes and gluten-free baked goods. Also, I take vitamin supplements.

When I stick to the foods mentioned I feel much better.

In addition to the change in diet, I’ve also reduced the meds I take. Currently, I’m at 5mg prednisone daily and 17.5 mg methotrexate weekly. I still can’t get off the acid-blocker and stomach issues come and go. Haven’t figured out what the triggers for that are yet, other than the meds, if there are other triggers.

I’m happy that while diet may or may not be a cure for RA, I had a positive shift in the level of symptoms I experience. It’s been a long tedious process for me because it actually started a few years ago and I’ve dabbled with it since then. The events (click link to read background) of the past year helped to, shall we say, coerce me into getting serious.

Another indication that the change in diet is helpful and the meds are working will take place on January 13th when I have my 3-month Echo-cardiogram to check the pericarditis situation. Hopefully, all will be well.

During the holidays a video crossed my path that further supports the idea that chronic disease is affected by diet. Dr. Terry Wahls used diet to cure her MS and get out of her wheelchair. Please watch as she tells her story and looks at the science behind her amazing discovery.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only based solely on my personal experience with the exception of Dr. Wahls video. No medical advice is given or intended by the owner of this blog.

Gearing Up

So, I’m gearing up to ease into Dr. McDougall’s diet plan as I mentioned in a previous post. Last night, I printed 12 days of the McDougall meal plan. Today, I had a gander through the list of menu items. Mulling over my strategy, I determined that I would begin the program by focusing on one meal per day for the first week. So that means that I will follow the McDougall meal plan for breakfast this week. I’ll make a list of the groceries I need and pick them up over the weekend.  (To see what I’m referring to just click on the underlined links and it will take you to Dr. McDougall’s website.)

I completed the mindfulness program homework however, I felt like I rushed to get it done because it was a busy day so I’ll have to plan better next time.

I’m thinking I should post some markers so that I’ll be able to identify how a change in diet may help alleviate RA symptoms. With the RA meds I currently take, I still experience inflamed swollen joints to a greater or lesser degree. For instance, the other night I went to the tenants association dinner and when I stood up to leave, my left ankle was so painful and swollen that I limped home. Was it something I ate? I wish I knew. Hopefully, the change in diet will answer this question.

Inflammation and pain level seems to change daily and sometimes hourly. Gastrointestinal pain and discomfort is due to the meds even though I take the prescribed acid-blocker. It’s just downright frustrating.

Next week, I have an appointment with the Interventional Cardiologist. Did you know that there is a type of doctor called a Non-Invasive Cardiologist? I wonder what his treatment would have been for the pericarditis or would he have referred me to the Interventional Cardiologist. I’ll have to ask when I see him. I like the sound of the Non-Invasive Cardiologist.

Thanks for reading and blessings to all. May your day be filled with loveliness.

Ready, Set, Go: Change Your Life

I’ve been thinking. Thinking about ways to improve my health and well-being.

Over the years, I’ve accumulated a wealth of information (too bad it’s not money). You could say that I’m an information “junkie”. In fact, I think I have too much information. Maybe information overload is the reason for my feeling like I go round and round in circles when trying to make changes in my health and well-being. I seem to constantly chase the “shiny new object” that appears. Or I find some new expert to follow for a while. I think I need to learn to trust and listen to my own guidance system.

This weekend, I’ve decided to begin to make slow methodical changes in my diet. I’ve compiled some information about foods and supplements that help alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. I expect that new information will come to light as I go along so that I can tweak meal and snack preparation to gain optimal results. My goal is to have a whole food diet that is nutrient and mineral dense and that is recommended for the condition of RA.

In addition to diet, there are other areas that I’ll zero in on as I go on this journey. Areas such as; self-care, meditation, finances, fitness, career etc.

The plan for this week, starting Saturday, is to incorporate a daily serving of the following; 2 cloves garlic, 1 tbsp. ground black sesame seeds, carrots, kale, broccoli, chopped walnuts, acerola fruit. Then each week thereafter, all I need to do is change the vegetables, nuts and fruit to make sure I’m not getting into a food rut. I promised myself that I need to have these foods daily, no exception.

Also, since my blogging friend Kathy mentioned the benefits of deep breathing meditation, I’ve decided to try it out. I thought it would be good for me to start with five minutes every morning and work up from there.

The idea I’ve mentioned is contrary to my usual way of doing things. Usually, when I decide to make a change, I dive right in head first and do it ALL at once. The trouble is, it never lasts. I’m good for a week or two then I’m back into old habits before I realize it. Then another six months passes before I try something new again, only to have that go nowhere also.

This time, it will be different and I will use the blog to keep myself accountable by posting ALL about the experience. Would anyone like to join me?

The Road Ahead