The same old feelings

I am not sure how I feel today. The emotional ties of bringing stability to our lives, takes time and effort and can be an emotional strain, whilst I continue to deal with Cerebral Palsy. Keeping my family’s lives on track, means having to pull out the stops constantly. To think quickly on my feet and to put all that I deal with emotionally on hold. That isn’t easy.

I never really stop to think about what I deal with, not consciously anyway. I’m sure I would have very mixed thoughts if I did. I keep going back to having had no emotional support. It sometimes …

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21 Oct, 2010

Tips for better digestion

Any food that we eat goes through a digestion process, but poor nutrition often means poor digestion, poor digestion means poor absorption and poor absorption means chronic problems with digestion.

To improve digestion the following guidelines may be helpful:

  • Reduce your consumption of wheat and increase fibre in the form of oats, vegetables and fruit;
  • Eat live organic low fat yoghurt, or soya at least twice a week;
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20 Oct, 2010

Symptoms of digestion

Digestion and problems with digestion is something I was always going to have to deal with, because I have Cerebral Palsy and also because my father has always had problems with Digestion. I believe it runs in families. I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and I believe there is a link there too.

For many years I didn’t equate the problems fully and by the time I realised what my problems were, many years had passed. Questions that will help you work out whether you have these problems …

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19 Oct, 2010

Those mindful holidays

Holidays are important. They help us redress the balance where we need an emotional break. Times where we can leave what we know as normal behind and bring back perspective to our lives.

Imagine how good you’ll feel when you can re-live those precious moments, the peace and just somewhere to escape, particularly when the going gets tough. Remember a place that was special …

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18 Oct, 2010

Nutritional help for arthritis

The pain we experience with arthritis can sometimes come from the food that we eat. To identify and avoid allergens, we must first test for allergies. The most effective test is called an ‘IgG ELISA’ test that takes a finger-prick blood sample.

Then there is the usual elimination diet challenge, which allows us to look for likely culprit foods by process of elimination for a two-week period minimum, whilst noting any changes in either our physical …

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16 Oct, 2010

Cerebral Palsy & Arthritis

Because of problems with muscles and the way our joints work, arthritis is something else that I may have to deal with as part of my problems with Cerebral Palsy. Research shows that 4 in 10 people with Cerebral Palsy, have a disposition to the condition through wear and tear of muscles and joints.

Osteoarthritis is normally considered something older people get, but younger people can have it too. Apparently by …

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15 Oct, 2010

Dental problems

What should have been a routine trip to the dentist, turned out to be much more. I have written journals about my on-going problems around Cerebral Palsy, including reflux which I have had since the age of 28, brought about by Cerebral Palsy, being premature, a twin and child birth. Having Cerebral Palsy doesn’t help.

I believe I have Gastro-oesophageal Reflux disease, which affects the muscle connecting the Oesophagus to the stomach. When the Oesophageal sphincter is weak, it allows food and stomach acid …

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14 Oct, 2010

Foods for healthy bones

As a follow on from my journal yesterday when I talked about Osteoporosis and the problems I may face in my future, I am going to now look at the foods that could help prevent the condition. The idea is that we consume less animal proteins that contain saturated fats and consume more of the good fats such as nuts, seeds, pulses and grains.

We should also reduce full fat dairy products, to be replaced with low fat ones, or change to calcium-rich alternative milks like soya that are low in saturated fat. We know milk and milk products …

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13 Oct, 2010


We know that emotional and physical health are important and how the two are inextricably linked. Diet should and must play a pivotal role also, so that we stay well, not only for now, but for a future life not yet lived.

It’s a fact that as we age, we will be more prone to conditions such as Osteoporosis and Arthritis, but the link and connection I potentially have because of Cerebral Palsy, doesn’t mean …

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12 Oct, 2010