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Fell Off the Wagon, and it Hurt!

So I’m doing good, eating healthy (no dairy or gluten) and feeling great when along comes “that time of month” and with it, cravings. They are incredibly hard to resist. Brownies were consumed, pizza a few times, cheese here and there, coffee in the evenings, and even ice cream! My body simply cannot handle such foods any longer. I get a painful headache and become very sensitive to noise & light. The headache does not go away, even after taking Ibuprofen or Aleve. They would have done the trick before my diagnosis. Or, more accurately, before my first (and only, so far) episode in February.

It’s really quite easy to make up excuses… too easy! Next month, I’ll have to resist the cravings. Once I give in to one, it makes it that much easier to give in to another, and then another, and then another. And then I find myself in pain. There’s no question about it now, what I eat affects my MS. The week before I felt the best I’ve felt in a really long time. I had more energy, was happier, more motivated, and I really want to return to that state of being. Right now, I’m lethargic, my head hurts like heck, I’m unmotivated and would simply prefer to be lying in bed than doing anything else.

That’s unacceptable. Especially to my family. It’s not fair that they have to suffer along with me because I’ve been eating poorly. It’s not fair to my employer either. Missing time at work because I don’t feel well could have been prevented had I not gave in to my cravings.

The human body is truly amazing. If you listen and pay attention, your body will let you know what it needs and doesn’t need. Although my experience thus far isn’t an official scientific study, it’s enough proof for me that what we eat has so much more to do with the health and condition of our bodies than we know. Doesn’t it just make sense? Garbage in, garbage out. Right?

Oh, and I really have to make the point that this is not exclusive to people with MS, or any other illness or disease. This is true for anyone and everyone. If you are reading this and have not been diagnosed with an illness or disease, try cutting dairy or gluten from your diet and see what happens. I’d start with just one or the other and commit to giving it up for a week. Be your own scientific study and learn how to listen to your body!


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