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Multiple sclerosis nutrition woes again….

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Yes, I’m trying to get healthy for summer.  And yes, this blog is a repeat, originally published spring of 2013.   But I figured it was ok as my menu issues continue…..

I swear that I really am taking this whole healthier diet thing seriously.  Yet, I just seem to falter at every turn.  And the most frustrating thing, (although with multiple sclerosis it is hard to list frustrations in order,) is that when I think I am on to something good, it gets proved to be wrong.

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Earlier in April I was munching away on an apple; supposedly a very healthy snack. I was telling myself how delicious it was and how many vitamins I was consuming when out of nowhere, I bit out a bite of the inside of my cheek.

It hurt, a lot, and the apple got a little bloody and so I gave up. I didn’t realize that my teeth were that sharp and that a healthy diet could be dangerous.

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And if I am being totally honest, I was totally lying.  It wasn’t delicious at all, before or after the blood.

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Luckily, my social media friends informed me that it was free cone day at our local Ben and Jerry’s.  Once the blood stopped, I headed there and the cold cone helped numb the area.  The servers were super friendly and said that customers could come back as many times as they wanted as long as they waited in line and weren’t too obnoxious about it.

The cold helped but I didn’t want to use my earlier healthy eating incident as an excuse to fall off my ‘get fit’ plan.

So I only went back three times.

Kidding. I suffered through my pain and only had one free cone. I paid for the other two.

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I take comfort in the fact that at least I start my day on a fiber filled, all things healthy note.  I have a favorite cereal that is pretty nutritious.

I hesitate to name it here in case someone is able to burst my bubble and tell me that Fruit Loops aren’t that good for you.

Kidding again; the cereal is not Fruit Loops.

After hearing a neurologist speak on the benefits of flax seeds (see my prior blog post Not Working It Out,) I bought some and started adding them to my cereal.  They provide extra crunch and make my breakfast extra filling.  And I was losing weight so I felt this was finally a good breakfast choice.

THEN, I was informed that the body does not really digest whole seeds and it is better to get your flax in the powder form!   There went my extra crunch and now my cereal is just powdery and gross.

It is enough to make an MS’er pull out her Fruit Loops coupons- at least there would be fruit.

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Finally, in the scope of consuming more veggies, I made a wonderful, good for you recipe.  It is a casserole made with kale, whole wheat pasta, onions, diced tomatoes and ground turkey.

The diehards might argue that any type of pasta is not really ideal and casseroles are not the best choice, but I have to find something edible and since there was a lot of good in this recipe, I felt it was a great compromise.  I had made it once before and loved it.

Unfortunately my MS brain got a little cocky in the kitchen and also got a little lazy about measuring things.  This time it came out way spicier than intended but still not bad.  Hey, crushed pepper is also good for you, right?

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I ate my dinner and had a ton left over so I gave some to my sister and her boyfriend for their dinner.  Then I watched the news.

Turns out a recent report found that A LOT of ground turkey contains antibiotic resistant bacteria, fecal bacteria and E-Coli!  I won’t tell you what fecal bacteria is, but if you want to be grossed out, look it up.

The news didn’t say which companies they tested or where they bought the ground turkey leaving you to wonder and panic all on your own.

To make matters worse, this report wasn’t even a recall but a warning.

What does that mean?

It means that it was up to my indecisive MS brain to decide how disgusting this news was and what to do with the rest of the casserole.

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It also said that if you heated the turkey to 165 degrees, you probably killed all the bacteria and E-Coli.  How the heck did I know how much I heated the turkey?

It was hot, I know that. I could tell when I dropped some on my foot after transferring it from the pan and my foot stung a bit.  Does turkey need to be 165 degrees before it stings?  Or does it sting at 150 degrees? 160?

The folks who make ground turkey came out with their own report where they stated that the results of the first report were misleading; but I have heard that they are all just a bunch of turkeys.

What is a committed MS’er to do?  What would you do?  And what if a pizza joint and a burger place where within a ten minute drive from you????

Yes, healthy eating with MS truly bites.  And as in the case with the apple, I say that literally!

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Looking for some fun, lighthearted reading for the summer?

Do you enjoy a book about the antics of someone crazier than you?

If so, might I suggest one of my favorites-

MS Madness!  A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis

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Lies, Lies, Lies, Yeah

The newest multiple sclerosis symptom

No friends, this is not a blog about lame 80’s music. And I am sorry if that song is now stuck in your head. Actually, that is a lie. Misery loves company and since it is stuck in my head, it might as well be stuck in yours too.

This is a blog describing how MS has turned me into a liar. Just when I thought MS symptoms couldn’t get any stranger, I started lying all over the place.

Often the more you talk, the more likely it is you might lie whether you mean to or not. And unfortunately for me, I am an extreme talker. This is not necessarily an MS symptom. I was just born this way.

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As a baby, my parents actually took me to a pediatrician as I NEVER cried and they thought that was weird. When I would wake in the morning, instead of crying for attention, I would talk away.

“Bah blah, goo goo bah bah, mme bbee bee nah, fro bah bah bah, goo mim ma me nah nah bah.”

This basically translated to, “hello, big people, I’m up and starving. Can I have fruit loops like my sisters instead of a boring bottle? Oh, and you won’t believe what’s in this diaper! Big people, hello? Where are you?”

 

As I aged, the nonstop talking continued. Even so, I tried to be an honest person. There was an occasional little fib here and there to spare hurt feelings. But usually I was smart enough to spare feelings in a way without lying.

“It’s not that that skirt looks bad exactly. It’s just that I think you can find something far more flattering than a size 2 on your lovely and voluptuous size 10 frame.”

But the older I got, (and now I know as I aged MS was starting to creep around my brain), keeping an ‘honesty is the best policy’ mindset became harder to maintain.

Coincidence? I think not.

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If someone told me something was a secret, you couldn’t waterboard it out of me no matter how hard you tried. But if you didn’t specifically use the word “secret,” I was an open book. My filter was gone and I lost the ability to think through what to say when, while I was talking nonstop.

This mostly involved covering up other people’s little fibs.

Person A “I told Person B such and such so as not to hurt her feelings.”

Person B “did you know that Person A thinks I am fantastic? What did he tell you about how fantastic I am?”

Or there was this example. Person A would tell me something. I would tell Person B. Person A would flip out that Person B knew what I knew and would ask me did I tell Person B?

“Ahhh, I don’t think so, I’m not sure.”

Or Person A would tell me something and then Person B would ask me what Person A said. I would get confused- should I sugarcoat Person A’s words? How do I do that?

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It became really traumatic and so I would end up saying, “Person A- Oh no, they didn’t tell me anything. Who is person A again?”

Allow me to state again that MS has destroyed any filter I may have. Don’t tell me anything you don’t want me to repeat. Trying to remember what not to say when just adds more stress to my already stressful day. Cognitive difficulties lead to my needing to lie. I don’t know anything.

The lying increased with the “how are you questions.” If I answered truthfully, perfectly healthy people would respond, “I know what you mean, I get that all the time.”

Or, with something like, “I know you say you don’t feel well, but you look fantastic,” which pretty much says to me that they think I am lying anyway and then I was even more confused.

I started just answering “I’m hanging in” which must be a total lie as I don’t even know what that means.

Then there are the other little lies I have noticed MS making.

The drug company, “are you ready for a refill of your injections?”

“Oh yes please, I can’t wait.”

Your friend, “that won’t be too much for you, will it?”

“Of course not.” Lies, lies, lies, yeah….

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Your doctor, “are you maintaining a healthy diet?”

“Absolutely.” Not exactly a lie if you put a tomato on your double cheeseburger.

The cool, casual acquaintance, “you look beat- you must have had an exciting night.”

“I did! It was a blast!”

And by exciting I mean I didn’t fall asleep until the very last commercial of the show I was watching. To me, that is exciting.

Little by little I was telling more and more lies and I only recently discovered this fact.

It has been a hot, humid, crazy, stressful month and I didn’t have any ideas for a new blog. I decided I would just post an old blog for this week.

And then I remembered that last week I had promised my readers a brand new blog. Reposting something old meant that I was lying to my beloved readers.

The very idea caused me to stress. I analyzed lying as a whole. I became increasingly fatigued. I couldn’t stop thinking about lying.

 

The lame Thompson Twins song (there were three of them by the way- twins was a total lie) came into my head. I started writing to try to get it out. And before I knew it, I had a new blog. So there you go.

Sometimes multiple sclerosis has a way of working itself out.

Of course that is a total lie but what would this blog post be without one or two?

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