One of the most common questions asked of me when I worked with Jr High students in Japan was, "What was my blood type?" I was really surprised and at the time I didn't even know my blood type! Why did they want to know? The teacher explained that they wanted to know a personality type based on my blood type. Like knowing your horoscope sign. They wanted to know the year I was born as well. In Japan they use the Chinese calendar. I'm a tiger.
There was a time when people looked down on those who wished to see their future in the stars. But now we can find a horoscope in most newspapers and magazines. I'm an Aquarius.
Ever built a bonfire on the beach? Danced under the full moon? Taken a midnight hike? No? You really should. It's so fun.
As I stated in my last post, I'm Gluten Free. I was so excited after I read all the books about the links to MS and food! I couldn't wait to talk to my doctor about it all. I even brought my books and cookbooks to our annual appointment.
Boy was I deflated quick enough. He didn't even let me finish my sentence. It's just somebody's hypothesis, he said. He didn't want to know how I felt after making dietary changes. Lifestyle changes. Didn't care to look at the books I had lugged in my bag. Didn't want to know that I actually felt the difference.
Each time I had a baby I made the goal to get that dreaded baby weight off before I had another one.
I did it. And I've had four babies. I used a few programs that worked for me. I jog, I have an elliptical machine, I have workout videos (no really! I still have the videos I used in high school! If it works...) & DVDs, I cut sweets (except chocolate), I eliminate simple carbs...
So when I read last summer that studies have started to suggest that gluten was a trigger for MS symptoms, it seemed like a no brainer! Well duh! I've always done better when I had cutout wheat!
A few days ago I started having pins and needles in my toes. The right side. It's always the right side.
For me, pins and needles is the precursor to something more.
I have also had them in my face. I've had that lovely sensation for the past year or so. This was actually what pushed me into going gluten free. So far, it's worked. But that's really all I've eliminated. Perhaps it's time to farther scrutinize my diet.
I started this blog at a time in my life when the world was being knocked out from under me. (More on that later!) I had been thinking about a new blog for ages. But I already had a blog! A good blog. That I love!
So this is why I've created my 2nd blog:
I didn't want to spread the topics too thin. Ranch Mama talks about life on the ranch from a city slicker's point of view. She talks about her kids. She talks about her travels.
But I am also a health nut. Who has multiple sclerosis. I needed a place to be that.
This is a place for me to record what I do. It's mostly for me. But I want to share with others so if I can help others, even if its just to say, "you aren't alone!" Then I will have done more than I could have dreamed.