DL: What was and what was the biggest challenge in your workouts?
KA: Previously, she had an unsteady gait, numbness and tingling, and muscle weakness. Now that I’ve lived without symptoms, I have absolutely no challenges with my workouts, which is further proof that our body can heal and repair when we give it the right environment to do so.
DL: How did you choose a nutrition plan to fight MS?
KA: I have studied nutrition for over a decade and thoroughly investigated the foods and supplements that can help support and heal my body. With all this information in mind, I then found a healthy approach that worked for me and my food sensitivities.
DL: What is your current nutrition plan, and how has it evolved over the years?
KA: I used to be a junk food addict and never knew our diets could have such a big impact on my MS. My diet has evolved over the years to a more anti-inflammatory diet with an emphasis on eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, juicing regularly, and choosing organic chicken and wild fish. I eat red meat and dairy products. I also limit processed foods and those that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms). I try to think of everything I put in my body: Will it reduce inflammation or cause more inflammation? You really start to see food differently from this perspective.
DL: Were there times when you wanted to quit smoking or give up?
ka: In the first 13 years after my diagnosis, many times I felt frustrated, distraught, and depressed, because my quality of life was horrible. I honestly didn’t know there were ways to heal.
DL: How did you stay motivated to continue with your exercise and nutrition program?
KA: Having turned to natural ways to heal and repair my body, I have never looked back. I’m getting stronger and feeling better every day, so that motivated me to keep going this way and keep moving forward! Once I started seeing results and feeling better, there was nothing like it, so I would never want to go back to my old ways. I also stayed focused on and celebrated the successes I had every day, no matter how small.
DL: How has exercise and changing your diet changed your life?
KA: They saved my life. I went from being sick and having constant relapses, with no quality of life, to being healthy, strong and asymptomatic. It really is a way of life now.
DL: What fitness goals have you set for the future?
KA: My fitness goals are to get stronger by weightlifting, basketball, indoor rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, and even making time to go white water rafting. I believe in switching things up and finding fun activities to keep you fit and healthy.
DL: what do you think of MS Fitness Challenge message, That fitness, nutrition and mindset are important when managing MS?
KA: I think the MS Fitness challenge is important and can be a part of every MSer’s hack. This gives everyone a place to go, not only to see that we’re all in this together, but also to show that we can be proactive and take control of our bodies and our lives with MS. People at all stages of MS can find helpful resources to help them on their own journey.
DL: Do you have any advice for those who want to beat MS through fitness?
KA: yes! Everyone should take a deep breath and realize that this is a process. We know that the body is made to heal if we give it the right environment to do so. An MS diagnosis is simply the end result of something out of balance in the body, so we must focus on exercise, nutrition, and our mindset to get through this.
Also, after years of personal development with some of the world’s best inspiring and motivational leaders, I realized that we need to focus the laser beam on thinking the right way, so studying meditation, personal development, or engaging in prayer can continue. We are on the path to developing the right kind of behavior that will help us get through the tough spots on this path to recovery.