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October Update


No new symptoms, but I have a new neurologist now so I want to tell you about that.

Mom went with me to meet him and we both liked him. He would prefer me to be on meds, but at least he does believe that diet and lifestyle are helpful. He even had read Dr. Wahls’ book and had it in his office and he got it out to show me and he had taken notes in it and everything! I liked the office too. They had really good handouts, and he showed me a section of their website where they have educational videos, and they even have one or two about the Wahls diet! 🙂 And when I mentioned that I’m in a clinical trial, he asked me if it was the one that she just published, which it’s not, but that shows that he keeps up on this stuff! And even talking about the medications he gave me a LOT more information than my other neurologist. Apparently there are a lot of different kinds, including pills rather than injections. I’m still not planning to go that route, but I feel better about the meds after talking to him. He asked me to consider what I’d have to see on my MRI to convince me to try meds. He also said I could go off of them, or switch to a different one. So I’ll be having my MRI and some blood tests and then seeing him again later this month.

Other health related things:

I’m still using the lemon ginger tea (and occasionally my meds) for my migraines but with my last migraine I tried acupressure! It was the last day of my migraine before I thought of it, so I didn’t have much opportunity to try it, but I definitely plan to try it again next time. This article mentions some convincing studies.

What I am eating/cooking:

I visited an Indian grocery store and got some different plant foods! Lychees, tamarinds, a bitter melon, and a dosakai (similar to a lemon cucumber). Plus, Mom got rambutans at Costco, so we had quite a few unusual foods to try!

I cut back on gluten free bread recently. 🙂 Still eating it, but only 1 slice with my eggs instead of 2. I felt like my blood sugar wasn’t staying as level, and that was the only thing I could think of that seemed a likely culprit. I feel better now. 🙂

It’s not showing in my numbers for some reason, 😉 but I have been making my sulfur vegetables and greens more of a priority, and having them earlier in the day sometimes so I’m sure to get them in. I’ve also chopping my cabbage at least 40 minutes before I cook it and eating my cruciferous vegetables (mostly broccoli, but I also really like Normandy/California mix) with mustard powder on them to optimize my consumption of sulforaphane! Learn more here!

I’m up to 148 types of edible plants eaten since 12/12/20 (up from 143 in my last post). If you’re interested, here’s the list!

How I’m doing emotionally:

About the same. We just got a caregiver for Dad, and she’s great. 🙂 Not only is she helping out with him but she keeps volunteering to do chores around the house. She’s been coming for less than a week and she’s already cleaned our kitchen, one of our bathrooms, and done some laundry! So that helps 😉


Just a reminder of my special offer:

If I know you personally and you would like me to knit something for you (or your child), let me know! I’m not making any promises! Lol! I don’t like to do things that are too complicated, or that need to be too precise/fitted, but we can talk about it. 🙂

What I read/am reading this month (the highlights):

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown ~ I’ve heard this book mentioned a lot, but I didn’t realize it was a team from UW and that the boys mainly grew up in the state of Washington!

I realized (embarrassedly) that I didn’t include my September books last month, so here they are!

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr ~ A really interesting book that filled in some gaps in my understanding of history.

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder ~ This is an inspirational book about a man helping the underserved.

Fitness Goals:

I still haven’t been working out much other than walking, but I’m still on that step streak! As of today (11/10/21) it’s up to 68 days! (I’ve been gradually increasing my goal and now I’m up to 8,400/day.)

Monthly summary:

Walking17 mins18 mins20 mins! 🙂23 mins27 mins!18 mins15 mins20 mins24 mins29 mins36 mins
Dark Leafy Greens1.!1.61.7!1.11.12!1.81.7
Averages per month (a serving of leafy greens is 2 cups, all other servings are 1 cup each)

One thought on “October Update

  1. Always enjoy your updates Amanda.  Glad you have a new doctor that is suggesting some new ideas as well.Hope to see you at church tomorrow ….if the creek don’t rise!!!Love,Sheri


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