Quality of life

 I wrote the first four Paragraphs in ” italics“on Nov 19th.  I had probably been using the New Eden for at least 5 months.

        “I wanted to tell you about what I am using and the impact it has made in my life.  I had purchased a helmet to protect my head as I had continued to fall.  But I forgot to put it on before going to the hospital to visit a sister who had fallen and injured her back.  As I was stepping from the curb onto the sidewalk, I didn’t get my foot raised quite high enough, causing me to stumble. The thought flashed through my mind..(You didn’t put the helmet on and now you are going to face plant on the cement.)  But miraculously, I was able to move my feet quickly enough that I was enabled to recover my footing.  I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty dance, as several people came to make sure I was ok.  I attributed my rescue to be by the grace of God and the improved comprehensive nutrition of the New Eden product I had begun to consume. ”      

    “The next week, I was feeling so good, I was working outside and decided to pull a hose around to water an Angel Trumpet Bush… and as I was pulling hard, the hose snagged on something and it stopped me so suddenly that it caused me to fall backwards.  Thankfully, I had the helmet on, because I hit the cement statue of a child holding a fishing pole, so hard that I dislodged the pedestal from the soil and knocked the child off of the pedestal.  Although my shoulder was sore and where the cement had struck my spine was bruised and swollen,by the third day, the pain was all gone, the swelling had receded and it was as if it had never happened.  Again I thanked the Lord for leading me to this more comprehensive nutrition. ”        

As you probably know, people with Parkinson’s frequently cease to swing their arms as they walk.  Mine would just hang at my side.  But in about the last month I have noticed the swing has returned to my arms when I am going into a store or even around the house or going from house to car.   Again, the only thing I have added to my regime in the last little while is the more comprehensive nutrition. “

Also, my  voice has been terribly weak, and I have a friend who is hard of hearing,  When she called me on the phone this week, she said;  “You are speaking louder !  And I noticed that the last time we were together, I could hear you better !”  What can I say, but Thank you for the tool of more comprehensive nutrition.”   

On Jan 16th I added: The LuminAloe (see explanation in following paragraph) has recently been released.  John and I are about through our second tub of the product.  Since using it, I havent had any more falls, and my gag reflex has returned.  John serves in the temple every Thursday and his knee hurt so bad he had resorted to using the elevator more than not.  He reported to me that he went down two flights of stairs and was amazed that there was no knee pain.    I am looking forward to when I can cease to drool.”

The abreviated version:… Dr Reg McDaniel became acquainted with a product derived from Aloe and subsequently traveled all over the world, documenting how beneicial it was. When the FDA shut the company down, because some of the distributers were making claims that people were being healed, Dr. McDaniel improved the formula, creating a product known as New Eden, marketing it by word of mouth and radio. When his son, Reg Jr., partnered with an accomplished msrketing person, they Invited Dr. McDaniel to creat a new formulation. Dr. McDaniel, having continued his research knew of five additional ingredients he’d wanted to add. Thus was created the Q800+, named for the over 800 ailments that they have documented the previous products have reduced symptoms, by providing More Comprehensive Nutrition (MCN). But after the first batch was completed, thy have chosen from here on out they will call it by it’s primary ingredient… LuminAloe™ . Doctor McDaniel states: “This formula has a higher % of the LuminAloe™ than the previous products.” + “This last formula is themcn best yet.”

Jan 23rd

My husband has an abnormal blood clotting issue blockage in the deep veins in his legs. We have been told it is a genetic defect, which results in episodes of abnormal blood clotting. usually in the deep veins of the leg. But one of our sons who inheritrd the same defect has had clots form in his lungs. And there is always the fear of a clot breaking free and resuting in a stroke.

My husband has not used as much of the product as I have, because he wanted my cannister to last for me. But since receiving and consuming the Q800+/LuminAloe™ His blood tests have indicated his blood was too thin. So’ in two weeks and the second blood test was even thinner, the medical personnel had him reduce his medication which had been keeping his blood at a therapeutic level. Yea!! I’ll be so happy if we can get him weaned off of the prescription through More Comprehensive Nutrition.

Dr. McDaniel shares that even genetic abnormalties may be reversed because all of the nutrition coupled with the LuminAloe™ gets down to the cellular level and the DNA.

Two weeks earlier a lab drew my blood samples This past Tuesday I met with my PC Doctor to review the lab results. Before he had looked at the results, I told him I had begun using this new product. He asked me what it was, I explained a little bit and told him my arms have begun to swing again! This was a pretty big deal. Then, as he looked at the results, across the board all of the numbers had moved to the optimal range. When he got to cholesterol, he said “Wow! That Cholesterl Care I’ve had you taking must have really kicked in! Your bad cholesterol has gone way down… and your good colesterol has gone way up!” To which I responded, “Or it could be the more comprehensive nutrition I have been using, because you’ve had me on that product for quite awhile.” He proceeded to look at the rest of the report, and then said, “I’d like to know more about the supplement. If it can do that for you, maybe it can help some of my other patients!”

I have an appointment on Tuesday this next week, to share more information with him He is a wholeistic physician, who makes the products he recommends to his patients, available to them.

Comprehensive Nutrition

  I wanted to tell you about what I am using and the impact it has made in my life.  I had purchased a helmet to protect my head as I had continued to fall.  But I forgot to put it on before going to the hospital to visit a sister who had fallen and injured her back.  As I was stepping from the curb onto the sidewalk, I didn’t get my foot raised quite high enough, causing me to stumble. The thought flashed through my mind..(You didn’t put the helmet on and now you are going to face plant on the cement.)  But miraculously, I was able to move my feet quickly enough that I was enabled to recover my footing.  I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty dance, as several people came to make sure I was ok.  I attributed my rescue to be by the grace of God and the improved comprehensive nutrition of the New Eden product I had begun to consume.            The next week, I was feeling so good, I was working outside and decided to pull a hose around to water an Angel Trumpet Bush… and as I was pulling hard,when the hose snagged on something, it stopped me so suddenly that it caused me to fall backwards.  Thankfully, I had the helmet on, because I hit the cement statue of a child holding a fishing pole, so hard that I dislodged the pedestal from the soil and knocked the child off of the pedestal.  Although my shoulder was sore and where the cement had struck my spine was bruised and swollen,by the third day, the pain was all gone, the swelling had receded and it was as if it had never happened.  Again I thanked the Lord for leading me to this more comprehensive nutrition.          As you probably know, people with Parkinson’s frequently cease to swing their arms as they walk.  Mine would just hang at my side.  But in about the last month I have noticed the swing has returned to my arms when I am going into a store or even around the house or going from house to car.   Again, the only thing I have added to my regime in the last little while is the more comprehensive nutrition.          Also, my  voice has been terribly weak, and I have a friend who is hard of hearing,  When she called me on the phone this week, she said;  “You are speaking louder !  And I noticed that the last time we were together, I could hear you better !”  What can I say, but Thank you for the tool of more comprehensive nutrition. 

I received this letter today from Dr. McDaniel:

“The clinical benefits in Parkinson’s Disease was not  a fluke or an isolated brain function restoration event.  I attach the highest level of evidence based science we have had the research funds to conduct.  It was at the Miller School of Medinine in cooperation  with the Miami Jewish Health Service.  The Jewish facility if the largest retirement in-house operation on the East Coast and has 150 dementia patient beds and an out patient group in early Alzheimer’s disease patients, not ready for being institutionalized. They had done drug company Alzheimer’s research for over 20 years and were experts. All FAILED prior research efforts conducted in the past were designed to determine if a potential drug would SLOW the progression of dementia.   They had never had a patient improve memory and cognition.”

“The idea and intent of our plan to test more comprehensive nutrition met skepticism and cynicism to the point of being insulting and hostile by the investigative team. It was worth more than any earthly value to see and hear their responses to our outcome in 30 pilot patients that the medical school IRB demanded a pilot study be done with all our funds, to show if their was toxicity.  We had no toxicity what so ever with nutrition. But we got a bonus.  There was 69% benefit to memory and cognition restoration, to their astonishment. 46% improved memory and cognition and 23% did not progress. Thus both groups beat any study ever conducted.”

“The CD-14 monocytes with adult stem cell potential increased nearly 400%/ We drew blood on entry and exit a year later and froze the serum.  When the Brain Derived Neuro-Growth Factor assay became available; the BDNGF was elevated in the serum even though it was diluted with the entire blood volume.  We had an objective  mechanism  of action (MOA) for the clinical benefits. The adult stem cells migrated into the brain to replace the degenerated neurons and the BDNGF supports the differentiation of the stem cells to become neuros to increase memory and cognition function.”

“This is why we have had multiple anecdotal reports of benefit in cerebral palsy children and adults, Parkinson’s, strokes, Down’s Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol syndrome, seizures, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, olivary nucleus dementia, fragile X dementia in boys, brain trauma and retinal blindness.  Just to name a few top incidence conditions.”\  

Dr McDaniel sent me his desk top file  on studies in which brain function was documented to have improved.  I saved them on my computer, but have not included them in this post. Please reach out to me if you would like to see the documented data.

Hydrogen Peroxide

I have been aware of some of the benefits of 35% food grade hydrogen Peroxide.

My father had COPD for years, but after diffusing Hydrogen peroxide into hia bedroom every night, when he turned 90, he reported he no longer suffered from COPD . But a word of warning: I slept with a diffuser blowing hydrogen peroxide on my face, to help my cough and experienced an unexpected side effect. .. My Auburn hair was lightened and turned red!

Stabilized Oxygen This link is to where I previously shared much information about H2O2

I provided stabilized oxygen for our children every time they went camping with the scouts where the other camp participants brought nasty tasting tablets to purify their drinking water. It worked wonderfully and their camp mates were happy that I sent enough, so the children could share.

I know it isn’t a common suggestion for PwP, But I use 8 drops of 35% hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water every morning because I know the body is starved for clean oxygen. This doctor Marquis inspired me to go online and find a Nebulizer. Ours arrived today.

This is the Youtube link Dr. David Marquis tells about

Dr. David Marquis said:: “Inhaling a nebulized hydrogen peroxide/water mixture is one of my personal optimal whole health strategies, one I have utilized long before COVID took center stage. In this video, I demonstrate how easy it is to utilize a micro-nebulizer. Hydrogen peroxide has been effective as an antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic therapy for literally hundreds of years. Its many benefits, including its support of upper respiratory health and healing have also been extensively studied.””

“We are all unique, so if you are interested in utilizing this therapy, as always I encourage you to do your own research and consult your own healthcare practitioner if needed.”

” Disclaimer: The entire contents of this Video and YouTube Channel are based upon the opinions of Dr. David Marquis, unless otherwise noted. Videos are based upon the opinions of the respective author. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with your own health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Marquis. Dr. Marquis encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with your own health care professional. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your health care professional before using products”

I personally discovered the benefits of using a micro-nebulizer to inhale hydrogen peroxide and water after my lungs were scarred in my youth due to contracting walking pneumonia while doing missionary work in Japan. So, as you can imagine, I am very conscious of any subtle changes in my airways, to being potentially exposed to bacteria, a virus…and/or if I am starting to feel under-the-weather. When indicated I add inhaling nebulized hydrogen peroxide to my standard immune system support regimen.”

On a Quest…


   I have been on a quest to find healthy alternatives for therapy.  And I feel pretty confident that Ascend Sciences is going to be providing products that hold a lot of promise.  But I’d like to know what other people think of them, too, so I’d really appreciate it if you could look at it and listen to the links in this blog post and then let me know what you think.’

   I typed in a previous post about the microcurrent Frequencies that will be in the Curie™ Unit. I read a book called The Resonance Effect — Frequency Specific Microcurrent. She explained how there are different frequencies in the air which carry sound waves and light waves from  the station into your home… and  the key fob sends a frequency to unlock a person’s car…   Likewise our bodies have unique frequencies.  Additionally each cell has its own frequency, so like switching TV channel, the technology has been refined to introduce microcurrents into the body with specific frequencies enabling a person to find relief from pain and optimize their restoration to health.    

        Then I learned about a nutritional supplement that my body has responded to, very well, but it was pretty expensive. please listen to the interview]   Then a cool thing happened.  I learned that Dr. Reg McDaniel’s son (also Reg McDaniel Jr.).has pooled resources with his friends and is putting a new company together.  Dr. Reg McDaniel has made some changes to the formula making an even better version,  Q800+ TM . and with their five million dollar business plan allows them to obtain the key ingredients from the same providers that were in the original product at significantly lower rates.  Whereas Dr. McDaniels has been selling his product by word of mouth, through a radio show in Texas, Reg has a different marketing approach.  So I will be enabled to obtain my product for a much better price .. 

They are having zoom meetings every Thursday at 7o’clock in Utah (9 at night in FL)  If you are interested in knowing more and want to share this opportunity with someone else, go for it   To receive the zoom link, just go to the Pre Purchase page on the website and put in your name and email and submit it and you will receive a confirmation email. and you may expect an email the next Wednesday from Ascend Sciences inviting you to log into the zoom meeting on Thursday by clicking on the provided link.

.For an invitation to enroll, please email me and I will be glad to assist you grandma.connection@gmail.com . There is no fee for enrolling during pre-launch. After launch people will be required to pay $35. sign up fee.

At the last meeting I attended, Dr. McDaniel spoke about some of the ingredients in the Q800+  Very informative..  The product is slightly sweet and easy to consume.  The 800 is in reference to the fact that this product has been verified to improve over 800 deviations from normal. i.e. Optimal health.

Through Sarah’s eyes

There are links included in her letter. I’d encourage you to take time to view them. Most of them seemed to be YouTube – Ted talks.

IF I could turn back the clock and write a letter to every single one of my clients on the day they were diagnosed with Parkinson’s, this is what the letter would say.” (she is a physical therapist)

“Dearest Friend,

Today likely didn’t go the way you planned nor wanted it to go. Whether you’re feeling confused, frightened, angry, or apathetic, I want you to know I’m here for you. I know a new diagnosis of Parkinson’s can knock you for a loop, but consider this letter an invitation to a new chapter of your life – one that is much brighter than you may be imagining at this moment.

I think the tendency is for someone to say “I’m sorry” right about now, but I’m going to hold off on that lingo because I have a feeling you’re likely not looking for sympathy. Instead, I want to offer my support. Please don’t consider this a hand-out (I know you’re not looking for that either) – I just ask that you consider what I’m about to say with a brave and open heart. Many people that I care about have stood where you stand now with questions, looking for hope. I’ve learned a lot watching them go through this process and, while I won’t pretend to know all the answers, what follows is my best advice for the next chapter of your life…

#1 You are Not broken.

It may be your default to take this diagnosis as a sign that your body is broken or even revolting against you but your body is simply telling you it needs serious TLC. It’s likely been telling you this for a while but up until now it’s been easier to ignore than pay attention to. Today your body shouted loud enough for you to hear it so now begins the journey of listening and tuning in to what it’s telling you.  Your body is resilient and always seeking health and repair – you just need to give it what it’s asking for.

#2 Your Future has Not been decided for you.

There will be naysayers and fear mongers, but a diagnosis of Parkinson’s is just that – a diagnosis. It’s a label for a collection of symptoms, not your prognosis or a crystal-ball prediction of what your future holds. It’s okay to believe you’ll get better, not worse, and that you’ll never need a wheelchair. This isn’t denial if this belief is paired with deliberate action on your part to improve your health and maximize your vitality. Your future is in Your hands, no one else’s, and your attitude is everything.

#3 Don’t Hide.

Your instinct is likely to hide your diagnosis and pretend all is well. The thought of walking into a Parkinson’s support group may make you want to cry – after all, who wants to be face-to-face with a future they’d rather not confront? Luckily, Parkinson’s symptoms aren’t contagious! Joking aside, the Parkinson’s community is incredibly strong and supportive and is an amazing resource. Just because others present with certain symptoms doesn’t mean that’s your fate and learning from their experience is valuable beyond measure. Find a local support group, meet-up, or just another like-minded person with Parkinson’s (PWP) who can act as a confidant through this process. There are many online support groups and you’ll definitely be able to find one that matches your current situation and attitude. Seek out resources that build you up and have a positive impact. Remember, there is strength in numbers and no one can (or should) go at this alone. JOIN OUR TRIBE – SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER

#4 Start Exercising. Now.

The evidence is strong – regular exercise is neuroprotective (meaning it protects your brain) and promotes neurogenesis (meaning it helps develop new connections in your brain). The buzzword is “neuroplasticity” which means your brain is always molding and changing based on what you ask it to do. So, challenge it (mentally and physically) to change it for the better. The absorption and utilization of dopamine, the neurotransmitter that is lacking in Parkinson’s, is significantly boosted with a challenging and frequent exercise regime. The bottom line: You shouldn’t miss a day of exercise in the same way you wouldn’t miss a day of taking your medication. Yes, it’s that important! If you’re not an exerciser.. well, you are now!

#5 Small changes = Huge difference.

Observe your diet. We swallow food just like we swallow pills – why expect that one will have an affect on your symptoms and the other will not? Toxins come in many forms – pesticides, hormones, pollution, food additives and sugar, to name a few – and they burden your immune system and brain. Eat as organic and close to nature as you can afford. Explore supplements but realize you can’t supplement away a bad diet. (Healthy) fats are your friend. Find activities that calm your mind and fill your soul – do them daily. Meditate. Laugh. Prioritize sleep – this is where your brain heals and flushes out toxins. Treating your body like a temple will dramatically affect the way you move, think, and feel.

#6 Take Action Now, don’t wait.

You may feel you’re “not that bad”. Your symptoms are minimal and you feel you can pretend they don’t exist and for a while, yes, you’ll be able to go on as if nothing’s ever happened. Your urge to “stay normal” in the eyes of others for as long as possible is strong – I get it. However, when it comes to Parkinson’s there is no waiting, whether you have symptoms or not. Taking immediate action to uplevel your exercise program, manage your stress, regulate your sleep cycle, and overhaul your nutrition is crucial to preserving your precious brain and is the only option. Medication will help your symptoms and DBS may reduce your tremors, but these are simply masking the dysfunctions in your system, not fixing them. Very similar to the way money compounds in your bank account – not changing your habits now will only compound your problems down the line. Starting today, put yourself first and make your health and future your top priority.

#7 Find Acceptance to Dissolve Fear

Accepting where you are is different than surrendering – it inspires action instead of passivity. Embrace where you are in this moment. You may have heard the saying, “What you resist, persists”, so don’t push away your feelings. Instead, feel them fully. Cry.. Scream.. Laugh.. By being here, right now, you’ll find that you’re OK. Fear has no place here because you’re not in any immediate danger. The fear comes when you leave this moment and your mind floats into a fabricated future. Stay present and focus on what you can do in this moment. I believe in you. 

“There is something you must always remember: 
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

— Winnie the Pooh

With all my love and support,

Keto friendly

Lemon Chia Seed Berry Cheesecake

Enjoy this low(er) guilt dessert, with a delicious crust made of lemon, chia seed, and almond

Servingd: 8-10       Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes (20 minutes preparation, 55 minutes baking)

Lemon chia berry cheesecake slice
Lemon chia berry cheesecake

Ingredients:Crust:

  • 1 cup flour (can use whole-wheat, or oat flour instead)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 cup Pyure Stevia
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 egg
  • Coconut oil (or other oil, for pan)

Cheesecake & Fruit Topping:

  • 1/8 cup Pyure Stevia
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mixed berries
  • Honey/sugar/almonds/chocolate, to drizzle or sprinkle on top

Directions:

If using frozen berries, place them at room temperature to thaw 2-3 hours prior to making the cheesecake. You will also want the cream cheese and egg at room temperature.

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F, and grease a 9-inch pie pan with coconut oil. 
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, sweetener, almond slices, and zest of one lemon in a medium mixing bowl. Stir well.
  3. Add lemon juice, egg, and oil to the dry mixture. Work these ingredients in, forming a flaky dough.
  4. Add dough to the pie pan, and work into a crust lining the bottom and sides of the pan.
  5.  Bake for 20 minutes at 375°F, then allow the crust to cool slightly (5 minutes or more) before adding filling. Keep oven preheated to 375°F.

Filling (Cheesecake and Berry Topping)

  1. Combine sweetener, cream cheese, vanilla, and egg in a medium mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer or blender, mix until there is a smooth consistency. If you use frozen berries and have berry juice, the juice (up to 2-3 tablespoons) can be added to the cream cheese mixture.
  2. Add a thin layer of the cream cheese filling to the pre-made crust. 
  3. Pour chia seeds over the thin layer, creating a chia seed layer
  4. Add the rest of the cream cheese filling to the crust, then place in the oven
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at  375°F then reduce heat to 350°F and bake an additional 15 minutes. Check that the cheesecake is cooked through by testing with a knife or toothpick (it should come out clean). You’ll also see that the filling no longer wiggles when moving the pan if it’s cooked through.
  6. Arrange the berries on top of the cheesecake. These can be added as soon as the cheesecake is pulled out of the oven. 
  7. Drizzle honey (or sugar, almonds, chocolate) on top, as desired.
  8. Cool in a refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours.

I want to offer a disclaimer. I do not remember where I found this recipe, and I have not tried it yet, but I thought it sounded and looked spectacular. I found it in my drafts.

Avocado chocolate mousse

Try making your own naturally sweet, gut friendly, chocolate mousse at home following Heather Ann Wise’s recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados , ripe, peeled and pitted
  • 3/4 cup organic coconut milk (any dairy-free milk will work as well)
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Fresh berries
  • Cacao nibs
  • Chopped salted almonds

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Blend thoroughly until smooth.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour
  4. Garnish with berries, cacao nibs, and chopped nuts

This article is based on Heather’s book A Gut Feeling: Conquer Your Sweet Tooth by Tuning Into Your Microbiome.

About meal prep with PD

What follows was from a post by Sarah… of Invigorated

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Preparing a brain-boosting meal takes time and effort.
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Some people enjoy it, others would rather just dial up Chinese take-out.
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Even if you love cooking, stepping into the kitchen with PD can be daunting..
🔪 Chopping can be tough because of hand weakness or tremors.
🥘 Moving things around the kitchen requires mobility in tight spaces that freezing may not allow.
💤 Being on your feet for 30+ minutes takes energy which may be lacking due to fatigue.
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If this is you, know there are ways to adjust.
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Here are some tips to save time and energy:
🔹Use a slow cooker – Throw the ingredients in the pot, set the timer, and you have a full meal at the end of the day. 
🔹Cook enough for leftovers – Choose recipes that will keep well in the fridge for 2-3 days, or freeze for a quick go-to meal later. 
🔹Quick snacks – Commit to having basic healthy snacks (nut-based trail mix, apple and almond butter, peeled boiled eggs, seed-crackers and hummus) on hand that you can grab and go
🔹Invest in tools – Minimize cutting and chopping with tools to conserve energy and improve safety (think: an apple slicer, Ninja blender and chopper, etc.)
🔹Embrace the smoothie – Smoothies are easy to prepare quickly and can be full of nutrients. A basic recipe = Frozen fruits + veggies + non-dairy milk + plant-based protein.
🔹Use frozen veggies – They’re already chopped and easy to throw in a skillet to sauté (Pro tip: Avoid pre-seasoned and season at home). 
🔹Phone a friend – Ask a friend if they’d be interested in coming over once a week to cook a meal for you two (with enough for leftovers) and offer to buy the groceries.

A healthy body needs tender mercy

As I have looked for insights into how a person with Parkinson’s or any illness should eat, I found the article Eating “Healthy” Destroyed Me VERY insightful. In the article by Ema Hegberg (found at Medium… link to article is at the end of this post.) Ema said: “I was doing everything right but it felt so wrong

“It was a gloriously golden, warm September afternoon and I was crumpled up in the fetal position on my bedroom floor, ugly crying. I had nothing left in me. I was a twenty three years old, newly married, employed, financially alright, plant-based vegetarian, and for the six hundredth day in a row, I felt horrible.

I was supposed to be packing for a leisurely weekend camping trip but I could not muster up a shred of mental, physical or emotional energy to pack or prepare. In frantic texts to my new husband, I described myself as “drained,” “zapped,” “dried up.”

Somewhere in my exhausted tears there was frustration. This should not be happening to me. I had been a vegetarian for a decade; for the past five years, I had been eating a “clean,” plant-based diet. I took a B complex, I didn’t have anemia, I drank vegan protein shakes almost daily even though they made me cringe, I drank enough water, I slept well. I should be ok. Yet here I was, crying at 2pm because I felt like zombie.

And then a strange thing happened. I had not had animal protein in ten years and I hadn’t craved it in nearly as long, but suddenly my body instinctively called out for meat.

A few days later, I ate chicken. A week or so later, I had sausage. I was a carnivore again. Slowly, I regained strength.

When I gave myself permission to eat meat again, I started to look at all the many other foods I had demonized and just how sick I had become.


Meat had been the first thing I nixed.

After that, I whittled down the list of “safe” foods more and more.

I would allow no processed foods; everything had to be in a form that my great-grandmother would recognize. I had read that on a wellness blog somewhere;…………….

I wouldn’t eat granulated sugar, because sugar “lights up” your brain the same way cocaine does. (As it turns out, so does sex and laughter.) All sugar had to be “natural:” honey, maple, coconut.

I severely limited my dairy…………………………………..

Gluten was of course suspect. It seemed to be like the tobacco of our time; everyone was doing it but silently it was killing us…………

Eggs were questionable. ………………

I’d never picked up a coffee habit, which was good because coffee could shorten your life. Green tea was better. No sugar, no milk.

Vegetable oils were just downright bad. ………………………….. So I only ate olive oil uncooked. But that was ok because I had coconut oil, a gift from the gods.


What did this leave? What was “safe?” Fruits and vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts, coconut products, olive oil, oatmeal, buckwheat, lentils, quinoa, yoghurt, honey, maple syrup.


I can come up with that list very easily because that is pretty much all I ate for four years. Seldom did I “cheat.” It wasn’t worth it and I knew it. Eat one of the forbidden foods and I would kick myself for hours or days afterward. Psychosomatically, I would feel uglier and fatter after slipping up and eating something made with canola oil, or a small piece of dark chocolate with refined sugar.

This is what I ate everyday for four years:

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal or “overnight oats” with smidgen of coconut milk and smidgen of honey (maybe), topped with walnuts and a banana.
  • Snack One: Apple or banana.
  • Lunch: A very large salad of organic spring mix with beans or sprouts, dressed with olive oil only.
  • Snack Two: Fruit, raw fruit and nut bar, a spoonful of nut butter, or a homemade smoothie.
  • Dinner: Another salad the same as the first, or perhaps quinoa with lots of cooked vegetables.
  • “Dessert”: Another large bowl of oatmeal, nearly identical to the first. Perhaps refined sugar-free banana bread slathered with coconut oil.

And every day, after eating like this, I felt so righteous. I did yoga almost every night. Each day, I walked all over my college campus with a twenty pound backpack. I got eight hours of sleep. Frequently, people commented on my weight and how delightfully “skinny” I was (five foot seven, 125 pounds). I was doing everything right; I was being so very good.


About three years into being stringently a “clean” plant-based eater, I started to have severe chest and stomach pain.

It felt like the food I was eating would get stuck in my esophagus. ………………………………….. I stumbled onto some research about b12 deficiency in vegetarians — something no doctor had warned me about — so I started taking b12. The pains abated.

Then my energy levels plummeted.

…………….. I tried a naturopath, who if nothing else recommend an elimination diet to figure out what food sensitivities I had (because I must have at least one). …………………………..


What I now know:

Daily, for at least four years, I had a deficit of several hundred calories. This did not cause me to lose any weight because my body had gone into starvation mode. Functionally, I had no muscle. The only micro-nutrient I got all of my daily value of was fiber; everything else I lacked, but specifically I wasn’t getting enough protein. I got maybe a tenth of the protein I needed, and it was never a complete amino acid profile. My total cholesterol was, at its lowest, 113mg/dL. There is research to show that cholesterol as low as mine increases risk for depression, anxiety, suicide, cancer and heart problems.

Other curious things from this time: ……………………………….. All of these things have resolved since my eating got broader.


I was devoted to several. Their promises of health equated to enlightenment in my eyes, because I’d never felt fully well. (In retrospect, I’d been severely anxious since age five and had very low self esteem.) The bloggers —almost entirely white females — were beautiful, glowing, thin, confident and they accomplished great things. They published books, the jetted off to Bali and Spain, the wore amazing clothes and did yoga in the sunshine. I was a sad, quivering American teenager who was homeschooled and friendless. Wellness blogs played upon every insecurity I had.

I’d found myself in this place, in no small part, because of wellness bloggers.

…………….. I believe I had an eating disorder, just not the kind everyone talks about. Mine was called orthorexia, meaning I was eating “too well.”……….

Although I’ve nearly always had anxiety, my depression, I believe, was largely sparked by my “healthy” diet. While people praised how saintly an eater I was, my body was begging for more nutrients. ……….. When I started to eat meat again, my depression began to fade.

I remember every detail of the first time I ate a processed food again; I had Late July brand tortilla chips. A very kind new boyfriend (now husband) accepted my issues with food and patiently walked me through the stages of my guilt. The same day we had dried organic pineapple rings that were lightly sweetened with granulated sugar. It was a big day for me.

Reconditioning myself to be ok with the foods I’d categorized as “bad” has taken time and there are moments when my twisted perceptions of eating creep back in. Now I eat just about whatever I please. My diet is still composed of mostly fruit and vegetables, and I am the most clear headed I can recall being. For the first time, I have muscle and I can tan.

What the wellness bloggers portray is no longer what I’m after. Yes, they look lovely but I’ve no way of telling if they actually feel present and strong. That’s what I want now, and the only way I can get there is if I care for my body in a way that it understands. Deprivation is not its love language. It needs bounty; it needs grace.

https://medium.com/@emahegberg/eating-healthy-destroyed-me-ac0abc546445