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Diet and Lifestyle to Help You Thrive with MS, Part 11 – How Do I Get All Those Veggies?

February 15, 2012

Another outstanding installment from health and wellness expert, Laurie Erdman:

I have shared with you my discovery of eating an alkaline diet to reduce inflammation and help me thrive with multiple sclerosis. If you have done any research since then you know that any kind of alkaline or anti-inflammatory diet is heavy on the vegetables. This is a really good thing.

The difficulty I discovered, when adopting this way of eating, is it can be a challenge to eat all those vegetables. Some MS diets recommend 9 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. Wow. As I trying to get my pH into an alkaline state (as measured in by my morning urine), it seemed that no matter how much kale or sweet potatoes I ate, I couldn’t hit my target range (6.4 – 7.2 as measured each morning). I was challenged to get enough vegetables.

When I was about ready to give up, I discovered green juice. Within days of starting regular juicing, I was consistently hitting my pH numbers. The green juice and the absence of acid producing foods allowed my body to restore itself to its desired state. But more exciting was the fact that I was full of energy. My mind fog lifted. I felt like I was working on all cylinders. That’s because I was. Every cell in my body became focused on healing the damage caused by multiple sclerosis. Since then, green juicing has become a regular part of my routine.

I found that drinking a daily green also ensures that your cells are operating properly. And cells that operate properly give you the energy to THRIVE!

Green juicing is also about prevention. Really, who wants to be sick? Being sick sucks and just because you have MS doesn’t mean you are immune to other conditions. So green juices are the perfect way to help protect you from a long list of ailments from auto-immune diseases and type-II diabetes, to cancer. Is it a guarantee that you won’t get these diseases? No — life has no guarantees. But juicing is about making that time we have on earth as vital and vibrant as possible.

Laurie Erdman is an energy creator and healing instigator. As Chronic Wellness Coaching’s Chief Wellness Hero, Laurie helps those suffering from fatigue and auto-immune conditions transform fatigue into fabulous, sick into super and lethargic into lively. Book Laurie as your organization’s next inspirational speaker or as your personal coach. She’ll help you Get Up & Go!
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Diet and Lifestyle to Help You Thrive with MS, Part 10 – Searching for Balance

February 7, 2012

We have another wonderful installment from the health and wellness guru, Laurie Erdman:

In my last installment, I wrote about the role of inflammation in multiple sclerosis. I promised to tell you how I determine which foods to eat and which foods to leave off your plate to reduce inflammation, while still enjoying meals.

While there are many approaches to determining which foods are pro or anti-inflammatory, I like a straightforward approach. I’ve never been a fan of pyramids. Honestly, not all fats or proteins are created equal, and pyramids don’t do a good job of covering that and other important nuances.

I prefer a chart. In particular, I prefer an acid-alkaline chart that gets down to the nitty gritty of the good and bad about numerous foods. It’s amazing the subtle differences between certain foods.

I first discovered an alkaline-acid approach to eating shortly after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It just made sense to me. Our bodies want to stay in balance. One measurement of balance is our pH. When our body is inundated with acid producing foods and thoughts (yes, stress is inflammatory), it goes in search of alkaline sources (typically stored in our bones and our tissues) to stay in balance. The result is inflammation.

As I explored so-called MS Diets, I realized most of them were built on eliminating acid-producing foods such as dairy, gluten and sugar. I prefer to use the pH charts to determine what foods to eat. For instance, kale, bok choy, limes, watermelon, sweet potato, miso, dandelion greens and seaweed provides a simple place to start to return your body balance.

When creating an anti-inflammatory diet for clients, I start by working them up to 80% of their foods being anti-inflammatory or alkaline producing. This helps rebuild mineral reserves, boost energy and reduce inflammation. I have found the longer a person has had multiple sclerosis and the farther progressed they are in their symptoms, the longer they should be eating 80% alkaline (Note: you don’t want to do 100%). For me, I was strictly 80% for 20 months before scaling back to 60 to 75% alkaline.

Before I close out this installment, let me say that each person is different. What works for me and many of my clients, might not work for you. However, until we have a cure, diet is one lever we have to improve our overall health, if not affect the MS. Eating alkaline foods is just the beginning.

Laurie Erdman is an energy creator and healing instigator. As Chronic Wellness Coaching’s Chief Wellness Hero, Laurie helps those suffering from fatigue and auto-immune conditions transform fatigue into fabulous, sick into super and lethargic into lively. Book Laurie as your organization’s next inspirational speaker or as your personal coach. She’ll help you Get Up & Go!
Follow Laurie on Twitter.

Check out our Blog!

February 2, 2012

We have a foundation blog where guest bloggers will share their MS stories and dispositions on life. Each has a unique and amazing story to tell, and we are happy to feature their encouraging words and stories! Also, we frequently post recent MS articles on the progress of research, nutrition, exercise, managing stress and pain, and much more! There are great resources to be found, and a wonderful MS community to share your experiences and stories with. Get useful information and get inspired!

If you would like to share any resourceful MS information with us or an inspiring story, email heather@erasems.org!

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Take Action - Van DiBernardo

February 2, 2012

Here is another incredible post from guest blogger, Van DiBernardo. He always has wonderful stories and inspirational dispositions to share on MS and the journey of life:

In the words of Stephen Hawking:

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus”. – Stephen Hawking

I used to design shoes for Donna Karan
I used to work in Italy, France, Spain, and Brasil
I used to dance until 4 in the morning
I used to never question the certainty of tomorrow
I used to rely on no one
I used to take life for granted

Today I am designing cooling garments
Today I work in Buffalo, NY
Today I can walk 3 blocks without tiring
Today I am certain of nothing except change
Today I rely on my family and friends
Today I am grateful for the life I’ve been granted.







Stephen Hawking explored the expanse of the universe from the confines of his wheelchair. He was brilliant beyond measure, considered himself “lucky”, and believed we should live to “seek the greatest value of our action”.





You don’t need to be rocket scientists to make actions of value. You only need to take an action that makes a difference in your own universe. That will be your first bonus. The rest will surely follow.

-Van DiBernardo

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