I’ve Moved!

I’ve taken my journey to a new address on the world-wide-web. If you are interested in staying up-to-date, please visit me at SimplyWholly.com

I will no longer be maintaing this blog.

I wish you all continued success, positivity, mental, physical and spiritual wellness!

Be well, Lisa

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And so it begins…

On 1/7/15 I was diagnosed with Relapsing and Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and this blog was born. The intent of this blog is to be an outlet for me to express myself as well as a respite for others that may need some camaraderie and inspiration.

I have chosen “farm” over “pharma” (for now). I know the wonders and power of modern medicine and I certainly do not argue its place. However, I also know the power of the mind-body connection and the impact that nutrition plays in our daily lives to support that.

I don’t believe in coincidences and without going into too much detail, let me say that this diagnosis isn’t shocking given the speed and trajectory of my life. While the diagnosis may be a rude awakening, it’s more importantly an opportunity for a fresh start. A chance to take control of my life and really start to put myself, faith, family and friends where they belong – at the top of my priorities. My life depends on it. I’ll be fighting this fight with a heavy dose God, greens and garland pose.

I am ecstatic to be able to share this journey with you. And hope to hear from you as well.

“Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.”  – Deepak Chopra

Perspectacles

Today I’m wearing my perspectacles as I sit at Dana Farber Cancer Center. My diagnosis pales in comparison to the many beautiful adults and children that are fighting for their lives here.

That includes my mom who has been battling Stage IV Melanoma for the last 4 years!  That alone has been it’s own miracle.

While her cancer is terminal, we come in for scans every three months to monitor the disease’s progression. So far, it’s been “stable”.

Hopeful for another “stable” report today and continued health. She doesn’t have a single ache or pain yet although cancer has invaded her whole body.

And because life can’t help itself but to throw more at you, when we walked in my phone rang and I learned that my beloved Godfather (her brother) was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The journey begins for another.

So whenever you are feeling low, remember to put on your perspectacles. Life can be so harsh but is much, much more beautiful if you stop and absorb each and every moment.

Daily Mantras

As part of my commitment to whole living, I focus on keeping my mind, body and soul healthy. Mantras have become a part of that practice.

Here are my daily mantras. I repeat them at the start of my day and any time throughout when I need to recenter myself. Enjoy!

  1. I choose to be present*
  2. My heart is open**
  3. Everything is unfolding for my highest purpose***
  4. I give it to God and I release control of it****

*I have a terrible (and normal) habit of skipping ahead and/or worrying about things that simply don’t need my attention at that moment. For example, instead of enjoying the quiet of my sweet baby in my arms, my mind starts racing about all the chores I am not doing. Or the one that my husband hates…Instead of relaxing together for a couple hours before bed, I try to catch-up on work (face in my Mac) or I am “Face-Spacing” as he calls it!

**I visualize there being a big, beautiful door that is open on my chest with glowing rays from the son pouring down and warming its wood. I am open for business life!

***This is faith. Pure and simple. Whether you are comfortable with God, the universe, your angels – whatever. The faith that what is meant to be for you will be and that it is pure and good. While this is my #3 mantra it may be my most important

****For this control freak, this right here has been a huge obstacle. Even now I am constantly trying to find ways that I can control my MS experience, my health, the progression of the disease, my career, my family life, my money – need I say more?! After that first acknowledgement that I have no control over this whatsoever and restating #3 many times over, I have no surrendered to the plan for me. It’s a wonderful, bright, incredible journey and I have not a clue what comes next! The freedom from control has been so liberating. 

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Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease Found In Patients As Young As 20

Link to full article on Yahoo!: Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease Found In Patients As Young As 20

Quick Summary. 

Alzheimer’s disease may not be just for grandparents to worry about: New groundbreaking new research from Northwestern University has found that amyloid protein — a hallmark of the devastating disease — starts accumulating in brain neurons of people as young as 20 years old…

…So what does this mean for you? First, know this: “In this study, we didn’t have a huge number of brains,” says Geula. “And this doesn’t mean that because young people have a measure of amyloids that everyone is going to get Alzheimer’s. It’s not an alarm.”…

…But there are susceptibility factors (that science knows a lot about) — and protective factors (that science doesn’t know as much about) — when it comes to Alzheimer’s, Geula says. “We have known for a while that if we want effective therapy for Alzheimer’s, we have to start early. What these findings suggest is the earlier the better.”…

1. Kick bad habits—stat.

2. Clean up your diet.

3. Work it out.

4. Better your brain.

My Takeaway.

There is no downside to this anti-inflammatory, low-stress, high positivity lifestyle that I am committed to. If anything, this finding only reinforces the benefits of really committing to your life by focusing on the health of your whole self: food, fitness and mind-set.

Is your food causing inflammation?

Another thoughtful piece from Seta Health!

Seta Health

One of my teachers at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Dr Andrew Weil, referred to inflammation as the “silent killer” and while the word “inflammation” made me think at the time of the type of visible redness that can be seen on the skin when its irritated. I soon learned that he was speaking of chronic low-level inflammation. The type of inflammation that is responsible for chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and obesity.

If inflammation is the common factor in all these major illnesses including autoimmune disease, what the heck was causing it and what could be done to stop it?

Inflammation is caused by many factors in our lives. The first of which is diet. To start with, any food or drink that spikes our blood sugar and sends it back down on a roller coaster ride results in inflammation in our bodies. In most peoples diets…

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