On January 1, 2023, I announced this year as the year of change. I mentioned that I realized that in order to have my full recovery, I needed to change, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Today, we will address physical change.
Physical change. Doing…not thinking. If you have been reading this blog for a while and never have begun doing the Recipe, then you are “thinking, not doing.” Change means turning it around the other way. That is where we start.
Let’s take a look at the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. It provides many things for physical change. Please do with me the first exercise, Medical Qigong for the Liver:
Okay! Now that is doing!! I heard some of you say, “I can’t.” Part of change is removing “I can’t” from your vocabulary. When I posted this video six months ago, I added, “If you need to do it slower, please do it at your pace. Also, you can do it in a chair. Finally, when I had Parkinson’s, my balance was so poor to the back that I did not bend backwards when doing this Medical Qigong. That improvisation did not prevent my full recovery.”
Watch the video, and improvise if you need to. This is the year of change. Physical change means doing the best you can and accepting that your best is good enough.
Physical change: What are you eating? If you look at the Recipe, Cause number 2 that I have listed as what brings symptoms to the surface says, “Phlegm-fire agitating wind, which is caused by dietary considerations such as consumption of too much greasy, fried or sweet foods” I would also add dairy to the list as all of these food create phlegm (mucus, inflammation) in the body. That increases internal heat (fire), and it sets off worse tremors and other symptoms (agitating wind).
I have heard from a number of people this week that eating holiday sugar cookies, cakes, etc. has sent their Parkinson’s symptoms into an extremely high level of misery, and that by eliminating the sugary sweets, their symptoms have reduced.
As I mentioned in my January 1st blog post, “I saw Parkinson’s as a symptom that my life had gotten out of balance physically, mentally, and spiritually. So, I needed to change back to my authentic self in what I was doing, what I was thinking, and how I was feeling.”
Change is not easy. However, if you make healthy changes and do them relentlessly, then the healthy changes become the rule of your life and you are able to heal your life and your Parkinson’s.
Okay! Who is willing to make these two healthy changes?
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Count me in 200% for the changes , thank you Howard . I’m again ready to fire this year up towards my full recovery 😀😀😀😀
This experience already has been an amazing transformational process and I am obviously not there yet… But I’m game. Count me in!
Yes, I am ready.
Hello Mr Howard and fellow warriors.. Happy New Year to you all 🎆.Count me in also ., I am ready to make these two healthy changes. God Bless.🙏🏼👍🏼🙏🏼
I’m with you, Howard!!!
I’m giving up sugar and all unhealthy toxic foods that clog up my overwhelmed liver and weaken my stressed-out adrenals. That means no alcohol, sweets, chocolate, ice-cream, cake, cream, and red meat… I’ve set my goal for 10 days to see if I can get free of weak, creaky joints and deep fatigue. It’s been a wonderful festive period with my daughter’s wedding on 16 Dec and no end of Christmas goodies, but I’m putting my foot down this week and logging my progress. I keep up the qigong more or less and want to share a helpful tip. To help me keep count when doing the Medical Qigong for the Liver, I keep a tiny bowl with 10 beans. At the start I spill the beans at my feet and place the bowl there too. Every time I touch my toes, I place one bean back in the bowl. It rests my mind and keeps me focussed. Thank you, Howard, for the prompt to give up sugar.
I am not sure what to do because there are so many things I need to change, but one of the things that holds me back is my attitude to days when I have a bad night, with no sleep, and as there are many nights like this, I need to be able to let go of negativity, and just get on and do the recipe, so that will be my main aim this year, I WILL LET GO OF NEGATIVITY.
Happy New Year!!
Thanks Howard. I am with you and my fellow warriors all the way. I continue with the recipe and am concentrating on improving my positive attitude and love.
Yes I definitely noticed a difference when I indulged in sweets and strayed away from my usual healthier diet. Back to more veggies, less processed foods and juicing – I AM WORTH IT!!!!!!
I’m pretty good at eschewing the chewies and I don’t eat fried food. But dairy… that’s my downfall. Can’t imagine having anything other for breakfast than cereal with milk and I eat cheese and yogurt every day, so it would be a tough call to give them up. Not really a smashed-avocado-on-toast person but I do my best to have a healthy diet, so I’m pledging to make a change by looking at some non-dairy alternatives to splash over my granola since I’ve already posted my statement of intent to recover from Parkinson’s this year. I know there’s no healing without the doing. So, yeah, I commit to change. Thanks, Howard
“Relentlessly recovering” — that’s a good phrase for me to hold for unfolding the path of recovery. I’ll make these physical and dietary changes too. Thank you Howard, and encouragement to all fellow warriors for the year of change.
Re: dairy free. I use a plant -based milk which is lovely.
I think you just gave me the answer as to why it seemed I had increase tremor and was miserable. Holiday sweets!!!! Not like I used to, but more than what I have been having over the last 4 months. Thank you.
Easier said than done “I need to really to believe in myself and stop sabotaging myself with self-judging.”
Love to all
Thank you Howard for your continued commitment, I pledge to be the change I need to see in me for my full recovery.