Over the past few months there have been quite a few healthy changes to my lifestyle. What I’m finding is that I am less exhausted all of the time, yet I still need to sit down and take a break if I’m walking or attempting something strenuous, but overall my energy level seems to be responding well to the changes that have been made. MS still saps me of my strength throughout the day and some days are better than others but here is what I have been doing lately.
Drinking as much water as possible has helped in more ways than one. Every time I go near the kitchen I drink a full glass of water, thirsty or not. Typically I’m a coffee or juice kind of guy but since I’ve started taking in so much water I haven’t been searching for the needed energy boost. Drinking water will help your bowels function better. I know nobody likes to talk about it but I have spoken with plenty of people (with MS or not) that are not handling their business regularly, and water will help. If you don’t like boring old water try adding lemon, ginger or mint to hot water. Now that its nearly winter you know you’ve been looking forward to snuggling up with a warm mug of…water!
Eating breakfast has given me a boost as well. If I eat a few eggs with bacon and fruit I’m not starving in 15 minutes and I’m able to be more productive before lunch. I’m working on going Paleo with my diet but I’m not quite there yet, more on that in the future. Snacking on nuts and dried fruit has also helped keep me away from all of the processed junk food that we all know and love.
Finally exercising has been the biggest lift for me, going to PT twice a week and yoga once has really helped with my fatigue. When I say exercise I’m not talking about marathons and bench presses but 20 minutes on the Nustep and PT or MS yoga for 2 hours. Find your spot and go for it. I’m working on down the street to the corner and back in 10 minutes today, what’s your plan? Keep fighting!
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