Hi! My name is Kathy and I used to just love eating. Anything. Then I learned how to cook, and I liked doing that too. Now I literally live to cook healthy (or vice versa, maybe). Not “count your calories and drink diet soda” healthy – I tried that on and off for decades.
I cook now as according to the Wahls Protocol as my budget permits. Dr. Wahls went from a wheelchair back to marathons; I wanted to travel a similar path.
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008. Hindsight reveals that my first disease symptoms appeared before puberty, so turns out MS has been an active/inactive part of my life for more than twenty years. My normal, for most of my memory, has been rife with weird and painful physical happenstance – this made receiving the Dx more of a relief than a sentence. My mantra has been “there’s never been a better time to have MS!” Time and science are proving me right, and I couldn’t be happier.
Two years ago, this video, “Minding Your Mitochondria” was the impetus for changing everything I knew (or thought I knew) about food.
My diet has changed, and weight falling off is now just a happy side effect. I entered into the changes slowly, but became progressively more into giving it my all when 30 days gluten-free saw me lose need for my cane and walking medication. The disease isn’t gone, and I still live with symptoms… but a year ago, my neurologist suggested I get ready to spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Unacceptable.
I’m driving this car now.*
There are still missteps on this diet; occasionally — brace yourself — I might eat a little cheese or a little sugar. I might eat something not recommended (never anything with gluten now that I know what a big deal that stuff is for me). In no way am I a perfect person. I know this, my wife (bless her incredibly supportive heart!) knows this, and many others in a list too long for blogging to bear will know this. But damnit, I’m honest and I’m trying. Most importantly, I’m walking. 🙂
PLEASE TAKE UNDER ADVISEMENT THAT ALL POSTS PRIOR TO 2015 WILL PROBABLY NOT BE WAHLS-COMPLIANT. They might be, but heads up.
*Except in the summer. I can’t drive safely in the summer because the sun does not take any of my preservative actions into account. It only takes a few seconds of exposure for my right eye to blind, words to begin slurring, and fine motor skills to vanish. Most of that makes safely operating a motor-car unfeasible. While kind of a pain, it only makes the good changes seem that much more profound. Thank goodness my wife prefers to be behind the wheel!