Cyn Kohls
Happy 2015!  I have only one resolution - to get back on Dr Wahls program 100%. Today being January  4th h and all is well! I have been successful forthe first 3 days and today looks good also.  I am just starting to go through the cleanse phase, change diet will do that.  It isn't a pleasant feeling, like I am  sick, but it will have many more positive effects than negative.






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Oh my,  what a morning.   I am sitting in my car; in a parking lot, looking for something to pass two hours, waiting for my son. I want to be inside watching my son instead of being here.   However, the segway is acting weird!  I went too start it and the pads were sticking and the little feet were blinking. So, I reached down and lifted the pad off the sensor and the little feet stop blinking. Then, the problem started. .. the right side started going crazy - making all kinds of noise and only stopping if I held the pad off.  Since I have to have the pad on when I ride it I figured I better not chance it. Besides I can not take the pad off and I believe it is a sensor problem not a pad problem.  I am not getting on it, I am sitting here instead.   One hour goes by and I think time and sunshine have fixed the problem.   I go out to try it again.   This time I think I won't put the lift all the way down - save me the time in the cold.   Luckily I do stand behind the segway and not to the side - where I was.   Ok,  I start the segway and it turns on with the alarm and the little feet going crazy again. I lift the pad and it stops. Then everything seems normal, I think YA. Then NO. The right wheel is engaged and it starts to spin the segway.   Oh no - it is not on the ground!  I do not have good strength or balance and I can not get this thing stopped!  The segway is pushing me and it won't turn off - because it can't while engaged!    Ahhh, I panic a bit, my heart rate goes up and I wish that this is not my life. I can see this thing getting off the lift and going crazy, hitting cars, traveling around reeking havoc.  I see myself on the ground not being able to do anything to stop this.   So, I lean down - put my shoulder into the right wheel - use one hand to lift up the pad and the other hand to turn off the segway.  It won't turn off!  Now I have to use my body, my shoulder, my right hand just to keep this thing on the lift.   I use my left to lift the pad while pressing the off button. It works,  The segway is off!  It jumps back in place, taking me with it. However, I catch my balance and I am so thankful that it is over without any damage done!  Wow,  I am sitting in the car waiting - enjoying the radio,  Click and Clack brothers,  and enjoying the nothingness.

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Copied from Dr Wahls facebook page

"Terry Wahls MD

For those who wonder why the MS doctors have not embraced diet as a treatment strategies - Read THE TIPPING POINT - How little things can make a big difference. New ideas spread gradually. You can be an early adopter or a later adopter. It took 200 years for the NAVIES of the world to give vitamin C rich foods to prevent Scurvy which decimated the sailors for centuries. It took 30 years for the idea of helicobacter pylori infections as the primary cause for stomach ulcers. Medicine usually takes 30 to 50 years for clinical ideas to spread. I am giving the public the chance to skip the 30 to 50 years while we do the science. You can be an early adopter and start making dietary changes now to improve your health and reverse chronic disease problems -- or you can wait the 30 to 50 years and be a late adopter. Both are valid choices. It will depend on which makes the most sense to you. Are you an innovator, early adopter, late adopter, or a resistor?"
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As with most things in life there are conflicting ideas, research, papers, doctors opinions, personal opinions on diet and MS.  I just re-read the article in Momentum, the National MS society magazine, on page 50 Diet and MS,  I would like to say that I am pleasantly surprised by the writers at Momentum, but I can not!  They refer to the idea of diet effecting MS as "so called" MS diets and say that they do not "demonstrate any improvements in MS related relapses or disability over a one year period."  They site a study from Oregon Health and Science University and say that it was inconclusive.  They do say it helped with fatigue, a major part of MS.  However, I want to comment on this particular diet and fatigue.  This is a vegan diet low in fat.  This diet focus was on consuming starches, potatoes, corn, rice, beans, pasta, oats, fruits and vegetables.  Protein coming from beans, lentils, some nuts and soy.  Having no dairy and no meat.  I agree with the no dairy, our bodies were not made to consume and process dairy.  There are studies out now that show dairy actually takes calcium from our bones... contributes to many health problems.  One area it hurts is our guts.  I believe this diet studied hurts our "guts" quite a bit.  We need our microbiome to be healthy in order to keep the body functioning well.  The idea of vegan or vegetarian is half ok with me.  Starches, potatoes, and grains (all grains) sit in the gut and block nutrients.  Grain, Legumes, and Soy are so GM that they need to be sprayed heavily with chemicals just to get them to grow.  Theses GMOs and chemicals block nutrients from being absorbed also they do not have nutrients to begin with because they are so modified.As far as not eating meat - well, I believe we need amino acids and nutrients only found in meat for our health and well being.  I believe our bodies were designed by nature (God) with everything we need to be omnivores (check out Dale's you tube video at "Are Humans Designed To Eat Meat?") The article also states that there have not been rigorous controlled studies.  I've been apart of a study for the past two years.  It is run by doctors at the University of Iowa and it has been rigorous and controlled... The article has been published and Dr Wahls has written a book that is available for your reading.  This article and the diet they talk about say that there was an improvement with fatigue only.  They also say that the participants lost weight.  The man they interviewed lost 65lbs.  That is a lot of weight, no wonder his fatigue has gotten better.  I don't know about you but I see the connection there.  I do believe that diet plays a major role in MS and all autoimmune disease.   I myself can tell that Dr. Wahls' program has merit.  I am living proof.  My fatigue level has improved along with "brain fog", motor skills, reaction time, thought process, attitude, mental state, even my walking (not great now but I was doing better before my concussion from the doors at Office Max).  So, I do believe that everyone should eat the "Wahls" way.  basically, No grains, No dairy, No legumes, limited starchy vegetables, Yes fruits, Yes vegetables, and YES meat.  check her out on line and even buy her book.  Her lifestyle eating has changed my life and it will change yours.
I still want to trust the MS societies - but I really don't.  I think the drug companies are to influential there.

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Well, it is Saturday, the diet has not gone will this week - I'll start again tomorrow :).

It has been a week of ups and downs.  I love being with my son, he does not seem to mind that I am not doing anything other than watching and listening.  Good thing he is at that stage where he says, "watch this", "hey, did you see that?"  whew, it can get to be too much - but it is something I can do.  Really, I only do not enjoy watching his video playing - which he seems to think is amazing :).  He is diving and playing basketball, as well as piano (which he does not want to do), and I enjoy watching those things.  He does dance around and sing to his music with headphones on and I find that fun to watch.  I do not get asked to watch that however, then and he will stop and give me "heck" for spying him.  I find that fun too. It helps that he is into Eminem and Pitbull right now - I like that music also.

It is Sunday, a day of church and Christmas activities, I will worry about the diet tomorrow - start the week on Monday.

The "ups and downs" are my husband and I - it has been tough on him since Jan. 6th also.  If you have been reading you know that physically my life has gone downhill. However hard that is for both of us it is harder changing or giving up a plan (dream).  We both saw such improvements that we honestly thought I would be walking (at least with a cane)...  Now I have to start over again and we have to reassess the plan...  it is such a long haul and hard work...  I guess I really have nothing better planned so I might as well get busy :).
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Wednesday

Morning: Iced green tea, avocado with garlic, olives, onion, peppers.  It is already afternoon and still no "green" drink.

Afternoon, nothing
 Dinner, turkey pot pie - for me minus the pie

after dinner - the day went to hell, on all accounts.
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Tuesday - My first day back at eating the way I know I should for my health!

breakfast - already I do not want to eat anything - or drink anything I should say - but I will.
     Well, I had good intentions - I just could not bring myself into the kitchen for breakfast.  I found
     other things to do - so no breakfast for me, just iced green tea.
lunch - alright, I made it into the kitchen and managed to have my breakfast for lunch!  I made green
     juice with carrot, chia seeds, turmeric, kelp, spirulina, and flax oil.   This is my regular breakfast
     drink, a good way to have some of the greens I need daily.  I usually have kale, romaine, beet and
     beet greens, celery, lemon, ginger... anything and everything that I would put in a salad.

For some reason this drink gave me an upset stomach and made me pee a lot!  Probably because I have not been eating well.  So I had a snack before dinner

snack - home made turkey soup with tomato, onion, celery, and carrot.  Bone broth cures almost anything :).  I did cheat with 6 saltines :(,  they did help settle my stomach however, they are grains and eating grains is not what I want to be doing!!

OK, dinner was spaghetti with meat sauce.  The sauce was good, and I could eat that not the noodles, no grains.  I had a little, not hungry...  Then after everyone was down for the night I was hungry and had peanut butter...

So, a half and half day.  Oh, I have every hope to do better tomorrow :)





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