Multiple Sclerosis… and ME

Read about life with MS and fundraising for National MS Society! See how you can share and help with the movement!

I was diagnosed with MS back in 2015 at the young age of 24.   I struggled for a solid year with numbness, loss of vision, balance issues along with a long list of other problems.  Finally I found the answer.. Multiple Sclerosis which is an auto immune disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.   MS is very unpredictable and effects everyone diagnosed different.  The cause of MS is still unknown but much ground breaking research is being done today and growing rapidly.

I volunteered with the MS Society when I first moved to Colorado back in 2013.  I had a friend who’s mother had been struggling with MS so I went to support her and many others.   I was inspired by the pure fight in many of these people, and the support from their friends and family and was just awed at such a great Society and cause that I wanted to keep helping.  Every year after, I would participate in the walk MS, until one day my participation status changed.  I went from being someone that knew a person with MS, to being the one people know with MS.

The National MS Society gave me an outlet for dealing with my MS diagnosis.  I started my own Walk MS team and ran with it.  I loved being able to talk about my MS and not being scared or having it be a “crutch” for me.  I liked letting people know that yes… I have MS, but MS does NOT have me.  It gave me power and pushed me through the first few motions and the tough times.

I’ve raised over $30,000 dollars with my team, Janel’s Myelin Security.  What does the name mean?? Well.. I wanted a name with a real “punch” With MS, the white blood cells start attacking our own bodies on the inside and destroy the myelin that is the coating to the nerves in the body.   My walk MS team, my friends and family and the many that I meet and ask to join my team are now essentially my Myelin protectors.. or Myelin Security. 🙂

Do you have or know someone living with MS?  Do you want to be apart of a team that helps so many people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis? OR do you enjoy raising money for a non profit and would like to donate your time?  Check out my Janel’s Myelin Security WALK MS TEAM PAGE and join us!

**Since living in Germany, I haven’t found a way to be a major contributor to the MS community. BUT I plan on changing that!  With the world being so connected through technology, I am starting a movement with raising funds for this next year through the internet.  Share my page to anyone and everyone!  LETS fight MS for the many people who struggle with getting out of bed because of this chronic illness or for the ones that aren’t able to walk and put on clothes today. WE can make tomorrow a better day for everyone.  #breakthroughMS #MSWarrior #strongertogheter

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Falling head over heals for this…. Kale salad!

#KALEyeahhh!! This salad hits the spot on a beautiful fall day when you are craving something juicy, light and filling!

The highlights of this salad are the Kale, the Apples & Cranberries as well as the crunchy pecans! Oh and the dressing… don’t forget the dressing!! With the sweet and crunchy aspects in the salad you get a full flavor impact from the dressing that plays on the sweet with the balsamic vinegar and the Dijon mustard brings the sharp and strong flavor to balance out all the sweet. Yummm!

The salad:

  • Two handfuls of Kale
  • Tablespoon of chopped pecans
  • 1/4 of an Apple (sliced thin)
  • Tablespoon of chopped dried Cranberries (dried and no sugar added)
  • Tablespoon chopped red onion
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 4oz Grilled Chicken

Toss all together in a bowl and then toss again once you add the dressing 🙂

The Dressing: (makes two servings)

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1tsp honey
  • Couple shakes of Mrs. Dash (garlic and herb)

Smoothie Bowls.. get in my belly!

Get in on the Smoothie Bowl hype now by trying one of these delicious mixtures!

I LOVE.. love love love love, Smoothie Bowls!  I will eat these for breakfast, lunch and even dinner on nights where I don’t feel like making an extravagant meal.  They are so easy, and super delicious, not to mention nutritious too!  If you are looking for something delicious, easy and quick to whip up, try one of these smoothies bowls!

When I make my smoothie bowls I ALWAYS add frozen cauliflower, its an easy way to get some vegetables in your diet and it makes the smoothies so much smoother!  I know it sounds super weird, but just try it and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Also, another great supplement that I have been adding to all my smoothies lately is collagen powder.  Collagen powder helps to add important amino acids you might be missing in your diet. When using collagen powder you are benefiting body in these ways:

  • supporting hair, skin and nails
  • for joint health
  • to encourage skin elasticity and reduce the signs of aging
  • improving digestion
  • as a protein source

 

MatchaCado Smoothie (Avocado + Matcha)IMG_7250

BASE: 1 Cup Almond Milk, or any kind of milk you prefer.  I also use Coconut water + Almond milk.

  • 1/4 Avocado (if you add a frozen 1/4, it makes it creamier)
  • 2 Tsp, matcha powder
  • 1/2 cup Cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Frozen Pineapple
  • 1 Scoop protein powder, I used Vanilla.  My protein of choice is Tone it Up protein, which is plant based.
  • 1 Scoop Collagen Powder, there are many out there!  Just make sure to find one that will blend easily into your smoothies.

Blend all together and enjoy! If it is too thick and it is not blending, go ahead and add a bit more milk.

Create your own MASTERPIECE and add toppings such as, more Avocado, Nuts/Seeds, Honey, Matcha, Granola, Fruit!  The eyes are the way to the heart!

**One main reason I really like to put my smoothies in a bowl is because you are able to trick your mind that you are having a full meal.  Its the spoon to mouth movement that helps me get that “full” dinner effect. Even though it is a smoothie, it has all the macro nutrients (fat, carbohydrates, protein) in the ingredients needed for a full meal 🙂

PBB Coffee+Cauliflower (Peanut Butter Banana)

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  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • Half Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Cauliflower
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein
  • 1 TBSP Peanut Butter Powder or a Tablespoon or real peanut butter
  • 4-5 Frozen Coffee Cubes

Blend all ingredients in a blender and enjoy as a smoothie bowl! 🙂

Time for those wonderful toppings! I like to add coconut, pumpkin seeds, granola, cinnamon.  So many options, I guess you will have to keep trying more smoothie bowls to try them all out!
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Be on the look out for more smoothies bowls coming shortly, I’m gonna go chow down on mine! 😉