Fighting Parkinson’s, and healthy eating…and loving yourself

You may look at today’s blog post title and ask yourself, “What do healthy eating and loving yourself have to do with each other?” Everything! Read on…

Changing one’s diet is a difficult topic for many people. I have had quite a few people tell me over the years that if they had to change their diet, they would not be doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. As a result, I will begin as I generally do when discussing healthy eating, with this quote from Margaret Mead:

“It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.” (This goes for women, too).

For a little assistance with healthy eating, Sally started an Instagram account a while back and she has been posting the very healthy food that we eat. You do not need an Instagram account to access the information.

Here is Sally’s Instagram account, with pictures and recipes:

If you have an Instagram account (or wish to get one, it is free), you can click and follow Sally, sallyseverydaykitchen, and you will get an update in your account every time she posts a new recipe.

Last weekend, Sally and I were watching again the very informative food documentary entitled, “Hungry for Change.” In this documentary, people healed themselves from many diseases, in large part, by changing what they were eating — the leap from unhealthy food to healthy food.

However, when it came down to the “why,” the “what got you to make the decision to change your diet and get on a healing path,” each had the same answer:


This is followed by a psychologist discussing the connection between self love and healing, including mentioning Louise Hay’s six powerful words:

I accept myself unconditionally right now.

I was able to find a 2 minute and 44 second You Tube clip with Dr. Northrup’s explanation of self love and health. Here is is for all of you:

How powerful is that!

Okay, everybody, let’s do this together for those who need a little support from their brothers and sisters around the world:

I accept myself unconditionally right now.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,


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14 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and healthy eating…and loving yourself

  1. Sharon says:

    Howard, thank you for all the hard work and research you do for these posts! We appreciate you so much!
    Sharon in North Carolina

  2. Chris Meyer says:

    I can attest to this. I now eat:

    Lots of salad, fresh or woked veggies, a little fruit, nuts, beans, whole grains, no meat (except occasional baked fish – I’m half Catholic), virtually no dairy (except feta on my Greek salads), I cut waaaay back on sugar, and I count cups of liquid to make sure I’m getting enough (6-7 cups minimum).


    My digestive and urinary tracts are all smiles, which I’ll bet indicates lots of other good things going on inside!

    Thanks, Howard, for introducing me to this healthy lifestyle change and encouraging me to take it on. I consider it a big part of my Recipe practice.

    Of course I still fart, but it smells better.

    Love to all,


  3. Jeff A says:

    Thanks, Howard. I appreciate the blog post. Eating right has opened up a new part of my life. It’s fun to find new foods and meals, some of my favorites are sweet potato brownies, eggplant meatballs, and plant-based pasta.

  4. Karen in Ireland says:

    Great post Howard, I so agree that diet effects us. Gluten makes me so bloated. Dairy causes so much mucus and sugar really aggravates the skin. I try and keep off all three. I still eat fish because my son does all the cooking and he loves fish and becoming a vegan takes dedication and commitment, but in fairness to him, he is always trying out new recipes for me. Sally’s recipes look amazing! Btw Dr. Northrup wrote a fabulous book called “Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom” which is so informative for women.
    Hope all my fellow warriors doing well and in a good headspace!
    Big Love To All.
    Karen xx ❤️

  5. Margaret says:

    Thank you, Howard. I love this. I have written this on index cards and put them up on the bathroom mirror and in the kitchen over the sink.
    When I first switched to a healthy diet, no sugar or dairy, my dentist noticed the difference in the health of my gums right away. If it makes this much difference in my gums, I know it’s doing the same for the rest of my body!!!

    • Chris Meyer says:

      Congratulations on making the connection between diet and gum health. I have the same experience. Dropping meat was also huge for me since meat fiber and gristle was the worst culprit for getting stuck between my teeth and festering against my gums. I’m so glad not to have that annoying problem anymore.

      – Chris

  6. Lori Bailey Cunningham says:

    Amen to Chris Mayer! When I first started Howard‘s recipe, I cleaned up my eating habits. I’ve always been a healthy eater but eliminating or cutting way back on meat and sugar and drinking enough H2O has made all the difference in the regularity department. Can we say hallelujah? Now, if things slow down, I usually know what the culprit is.

    It’s nice to have regularity under control because it frees up energy to deal with other things. Also, no more acid reflux! I sure don’t miss either of those PD symptoms. On to dropping the rest!

  7. Gerard says:

    Totally changed my diet, my wife still cooks meals with meat, but at the moment I don’t have a problem digestive wise, but it’s fresh fruit salad with coconut yogurt every morning, followed by a bowl of bran cereal and almond milk.
    Snacks are fruit or nut mix
    Lunch is usually a salad
    Dinner is what Jane cooks, I can’t complain, she cooks with love.
    Liquid intake is water, green tea and almond milk Cappuccinos, I use coconut sugar as a sweetener.
    No alcohol and try to not have sugar food, someone said diary so I’m steering clear of that also.

    It’s a new world, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good. ( No apologies for stealing song lyrics)

  8. David Cooper says:

    David says,
    After doing the Recipe for 9 months now, I have seen my diet change to almost completely vegetarian. I get Meals On Wheels from our local rest home. I get fish once a week if I’m lucky. I get my own breakfast and my dinner on Sunday night, which is usually a fasting day anyway. My IBS is virtually all gone, and that was a big one for me. Many many thanks Howard for all your wondrous positive insights.
    Roll on Full Recovery.

    • Chris Meyer says:

      Wow! Getting rid of irritable bowel syndrome must be wonderful. My digestive tract improved immensely too, but nothing like recovering from IBS. Congratulations, I’m very happy for you.

      – Chris

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