Health & Lifestyle

I am a very healthy woman in mid-life - except for a few minor challenges:

  1. Multiple Sclerosis
  2. Fibromyaligia
  3. Spondylolisthesis &
  4. Chronic spinal pain
otherwise, picture of health!

My goal is to celebrate my 100th birthday in 2063 in the healthiest body I can manage and as I approach the half-way point, I work hard to achieve this.

I have embraced most of the current dietary recommendations for multiple sclerosis - loads of fish, omega 3 fatty acids, leafy greens and almost no saturated fats. Additionally, I now follow a mostly raw food meal plan and the philiospohy of clean eating - or as I heard Richard Stubbs describe it aptly on the radio - food with a low HI: Human Interference! However, there is no point becoming a healthy centenarian without joy, so I will indulge in "sometimes" foods on social occasions and in situations where others are preparing the meals.

I don't "do" sport. Never have, never will! But I do love yoga and have been taking classes on and off for more than a decade. And a couple of years ago, I followed up on my self-promise to finally learn to swim correctly, which evolved to water aerobics classes, which I love! And whenever I can, I walk the beach with my dog, which is good for my mind, body and spirit.

I have returned to supplementing my diet - I had to cut back on these when I was out of paid work for six years and simply could not afford them. I take a daily multi vitamin, plus fish oil, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and iron. These are my back-up plan: mostly I should get what I need from the food I eat, however that is not always possible. The fish oil and vitamin D are recognised as important in MS management and the others are important for my ageing female body. So food first, supplement just in case.

I was on immunosuppresant drugs for four years in the early 2000s, however my body reacted badly on an ongoing basis, so I chose to withdraw from the treatment. I have regular chiropractic treatment and have also added in myotherapy, both of which address all of my mutiple challenges and keep this body able to do all I ask of it (or recovere when I ask too much!)