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.
I am sure that most MS sufferers have been told by their doctor that they should adopt the Mediterranean Diet to help ease their symptoms, external ones or internal. It was pretty much the first thing my doctor said to me. At first, I was like: 'Oh ok, that is doable. I like fish as… Continue reading The Mediterranean Diet
So, it happened. The dreaded phone call. 'Is that Sarah? We are ringing to let you know your medication will be delivered on Monday.' I was right in the middle of making lunch *dramatic eye roll* During the first week of January, after a few long chats with Doctors, Nurses and my family, I… Continue reading The Medication Game
Welcome to Manchester Spirit, thanks for stopping by. On the 10th of October 2017, my world fell apart. The doctor turned his computer screen around to show me the pictures of my brain MRI and said 'You have MS.' It was just like it happens in films, everything seemed to slow down. I could see the doctor was talking but I couldn't hear what he was saying. It was like I had been winded, like I couldn't breath. I just stared at him blankly. 'Do you have any questions? Is there anything you want to ask?' he prompted me. I knew as soon as I opened my mouth I would cry so I just shook my head and turned to my mum, who looked as shell shocked as I felt. I stood up to leave because I didn't know what else to do, I just knew I needed to leave. And pretend this conversation had never happened.