|Believing in yourself,|
|Determination to persevere and stick with the program until you succeed, and|
|Belief in a higher power — however and whatever that may be for you — outside of yourself. I consider this a key component. While I am not a religious person, I am a spiritual person, and I know that component has been important for me.|
I cannot overemphasize the power of the easy KIS (Keep It Simple) formula featured in Four Steps to Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis.
If I can do
it, I assure you that . . .
YOU CAN DO IT TOO!
Most people begin this program more concerned about the so-called Best Bet Diet for MS food plan. However they quickly learn that it is the synergism of each of the four steps — exercise, meditation, supplements, and a very healthy "clean" food plan, etc. — that is the unifying force in a healthy, self-healing lifestyle.
FROM THE FOOD AND RECIPE SECTION:
Four Steps to Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis includes substitutions, how to organize your kitchen, shopping lists, how to eat out, and how to travel while livingwith the BBD, as well as a very extensive recipe collection. Everything you need to succeed with the BBD.
Here's a favorite recipe from this collection:
Even if you think you don't care for salmon, you will love this. Coated in almond meal it acquires a somewhat toasted flavor, much like browned butter. Serve it with broccoli and you will have found a new favorite.
1/4 c. almond meal (grind in blender or food processor)
1/4 c. bread crumbs (gluten free - optional)
1/8 t. cumin
1/4 t. ground coriander (optional)
4 6-oz. salmon fillets, about 1-in. thick
2 t. lemon juice
salt and ground pepper to taste
lemon wedges for garnish
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Combine first 4 ingredients in shallow dish and set aside. Brush tops and sides of fish with lemon juice, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dredge top and sides, one fillet at a time, in almond mixture. Place skin side down on broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle any remaining crumb mixture evenly over fish; press gentle to adhere. Bake at 500 degrees for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges.
From the Meditation Section:
Step 1: Begin with several very deep, slow breaths. Inhale
deeply and exhale as slowly as possible. The breath is the key to relaxation,
as well as going within. Concentrate on breathing into the lower abdomen. As
you inhale just imagine you are inflating a balloon in your lower belly, then as
you exhale allow the balloon to deflate.
Step 2: With eyes closed relax your entire body by focusing your attention first on your face and head, then slowly progress to neck, shoulders, arms, chest, abdomen, upper back, lower back, hips, thighs, legs and finally feet.
Step 3: Then silently repeat a phrase or word (called a mantra) that is meaningful to you. The words "om" or "love" are a good way to begin. When your attention wanders, just bring it back to your mantra.
Make your initial goal about 15 minutes, with the ultimate goal 30 minutes each day.
MEDITATION IS AN IMPORTANT
TOOL. I HOPE EACH ONE OF YOU FIND THAT HEALING
PLACE INSIDE YOURSELF. IT IS WORTH
ALL THE EFFORT TO GET THERE.
EXCERPT FROM EXERCISE SECTION:
For years I
have maintained that it is impossible to prevent the natural tendency of MS to
progress without a commitment to regular, gentle exercise.
After personally trying many programs, for a number of years I have recommended Yoga that is modified for the person with limited mobility, and the gentle healing "movements" of Tai Chi/Qi Gong in the TAI CHI / QI GONG FOR SENIORS program.
Developed over hundreds of years ago in the ancient healing arts of china, Qi Gong is a series of simple and easy movements to heal your body and keep it well, and YOGA FOR MS is an easy to do yet powerful routine to keep your body strong. Yoga is especially effective at strengthening the core of your body and for maintaining strength in the legs.
IF YOUR GOAL IS TO MAINTAIN THE ABILITY TO WALK, THEN YOU NEED BOTH Qi GONG AND MODIFIED YOGA ROUTINES.
My experience is that Yoga builds core strength, while Qi Gong is a healing tool. I truly believe that I walk and maintain a normal life today because of the daily practice of Tai Chi/Qi Gong for the past 15 years, and Modified Yoga for about the last 13 years.
Don't miss the simple breathing exercise for insomnia. It really works.
In Four Steps to Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis you will learn which supplements DIRECTLY relate to MS. It includes a comprehensive guide that will answer all your questions.
INTERNAL GUIDANCE SYSTEM:
Four Steps introduces you to your body's very powerful Internal Guidance System (IGS), then takes you by the hand and leads you to not only recognizing but learning to use your IGS as a primary healing tool. From Four Steps:
I know that "energy medicine," that is, using the body’s own energy to heal itself, is a new concept to many. I truly believe that energy medicine is more important than what we know today as allopathic medicine. And it is my expectation that in the not too distant future it will be the most important form of medicine practiced.
EVERYONE’S body has this innate energy force, which is the source of all life, and which powers our personal IGS. It enters our body the instant we are born and breathe our first breath, and when it leaves our body, we call that death. As we learn to recognize and feel that energy, we will begin to develop a relationship with our IGS.
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