Over on my Instagram account @manchesterspirit I have been doing the #AtoZofMS, posting a letter on each day of July, well, with some exceptions because it is me and I am forgetful! The aim of this was to create a comprehensive guide to MS, from the view point of helping someone who has just been… Continue reading The A to Z of MS – Part 1
I have been thinking for a while about doing one of those challenges you see so often on social media. Something based around posting everyday and MS obviously. I put it into Google and found the A to Z Challenge website: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2017/02/announcing-2017-blogging-from-to-z.html I know it was an April challenge but better late than never!! So I… Continue reading The A to Z of MS
This week's recipe is a yummy one! Before I changed to the Mediterranean diet, I had never eaten a lentil before in my life. Now, this is one of my favourite recipes! I cook gluten free pasta to have with this ragu which is not part of the diet recommended for MS warriors but I… Continue reading Lentil Ragu with Gluten-Free Pasta
So I went to see my amazing MS Nurse last week for my latest 3 month check up. I get so cross that the media in the UK constantly criticise the NHS. I know that sometimes wait times for appointments are long but having spent a lot of time going to hospital appointments in the… Continue reading Latest Medical Appointment
So this week saw the 1st anniversary of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, where 22 concert goers lost their lives and hundreds more were injured. As some of you will know, the name of this blog, Manchester Spirit, came from the strength and courage my home city showed in this time of extreme adversity.… Continue reading Being Kind To Yourself
The response to the last recipe I posted was so good that I am going to try doing another. Today's recipe is a Potato and Lentil Soup, based on a recipe I found in Casual Cooking's 'Gluten and Dairy Free For Me' cookbook. I LOVE this recipe book. It has so many recipes in it… Continue reading Potato and Lentil Soup
So the inevitable happened. My positive mental attitude towards my new diagnosis has slipped in the last few weeks and I have been finding the reality of it all a little difficult to deal with. Symptoms wise I am OK, no relapses since starting Copaxone injections, so I know I don't have an awful lot… Continue reading 6 months on…
This weekend, I had the pleasure of exploring the Vegan Life Live exhibition at Event City, Manchester. I had never been before so I was unsure what to expect. My new MS defeating diet is not vegan, but I was hoping to pick up some ideas that were dairy-free. I was most impressed that a lot of the products on offer were also gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I was in heaven!
So, I have not posted on here for a few weeks and now I can share with you why! 18 months ago, me and my 2 friends had a crazy idea that we should save up for the ultimate tourist trip to California. We wanted to do it all, Disneyland, Universal, Warner Brothers, San Francisco, the works! The planning was going well, we had got a great deal from the travel agents, even the Big Bang Theory were filming an episode while we would be there. We couldn't believe our luck. Then...you guessed it...6 months before we go, I get diagnosed with my little health niggle.
So, as I mentioned in my last post, I would like to share with you all some of the yummy things I have learnt to cook since starting the Mediterranean Diet. At the beginning I was so overwhelmed by it all, and I was very worried I would just be eating lettuce leaves from that point on. Which is not true. I don't even think I have eaten a lettuce leaf yet! So I would like to start with something easy. I found a recipe in a Marks and Spencer cookbook I bought ages ago, called Easy Salads. It is deconstructed Chicken Fajitas and Avocado Salsa. It is amazing! So tasty, with a citrus sauce on the chicken, and you can put it with whatever bits of salad you fancy. The recipe below is based on this Marks and Spencer recipe, with my little tips and adaptations added in there to make it MS friendly.