Two weeks ago I wrote this. At the time I was feeling really tired and in desperate need of a boost. So I got all health-obsessed to see how much difference it would make.
So how has it been?
“Boring” – according to my husband.
Regardless of his reaction, I have carried on (and added a few extra veggies to his plate too). Two weeks in and I am feeling great.
There has been very little “cutting out” and a lot of “adding in”, just as planned.
And as expected, my energy has soared.
I plan to do so much more over the next few weeks in terms of what I eat and how I live to stay well, and after years of searching for a miracle cure, I think I’ve finally found something that works for me and fits in with my family.
The following ideas are not rules (I love a list opportunity), as we are all different and have different needs, but these simple changes have made such a difference to me that I really wanted to share them:
How to boost energy levels and reduce inflammation
Have more early nights
Drink lots of water
Eat more fruit and vegetables
Drink less coffee
Eat and drink much less sugar
Eat less wheat products (especially white bread and pasta)
Eat and drink much less dairy (I don’t have much anyway, but some weeks I accidentally eat lots of cheese and then I get a horrible headache)
Eat more protein i.e. oily fish, eggs, nuts, seeds. Ideally some at each meal.
Eat smaller portions
Leave bigger gaps between eating to rest your digestive system.
Do more frequent exercise even if you feel like you are too tired (within MS-reason or your own physical limitations of course)
Do LOADS of yoga – and I don’t just mean the upside-down-crazy-core-conditioning-stuff (although this is also very important (again within your own physical limits) and I usually do this stuff first, which helps my brain concentrate on the restful bit). I mean every aspect of it. Make sure you include, in fact prioritise, the restorative and meditative side of yoga. (See yoga nidra network for some brilliant deep yogic relaxations which you can download from their site). Please always practise yoga safely, ideally with the guidance of a teacher.
Don’t worry too much if you have a couple of beers on a Saturday evening followed by some delicious chocolate during a slob-out on the sofa watching mindless telly then fall asleep 15 minutes into a film (now there’s an insight into my crazy social life!).
I hardly drink, but if I do have more than a couple of beers in a week, I feel so much more tired. This could well be due to my condition, my treatment, my age and all the yoga I do. Or maybe a combination of the lot. But I’m pretty sure that if you want to increase energy levels, keeping alcohol to a minimum is really important.
Yes I know I sound boring. In fact my husband thinks this angle could be the death of my blog (and maybe my friendships!) I’m sure those more sweary blogs will still appear on occasion. I do still have MS.
But for now, I will stick at the healthy stuff and keep you posted.
I am a yoga teacher after all. I should at least post one quinoa-related blog in 2017…