My Fitness and Diet Routine
Jack Osbourne describes his lifestyle below. This is not intended as medical advice and is not meant to replace the guidance of your doctor. Please consult your doctor before starting on any diet or exercise routine.
When you are diagnosed with MS, it is often advised to start some kind of diet and/or fitness program. Over the past few years, people often ask me what my fitness and diet regimen is now that I have RRMS – and well, to be completely honest, I don’t really have a consistent “program” that I follow. For me, I’ve found the best routine has been to shift my thinking to make responsible choices more consistently (but not let the “rules” of fitness and diet overwhelm me).
On the diet front, I have tried everything from the Paleo diet, the Atkins diet, removing gluten, eating anything and everything, and even juicing – most of which are short-lived. I find it so hard to stick to a strict regimen! What I’ve found to be most beneficial (and realistic) is what I like to call the “Happy Diet.” It’s a diet of balance – it’s got all the right ingredients! Some days that means I prepare a healthy menu with some tasty grass fed beef, or some wild deer meat that I hunted over the winter, along with a side of organic vegetables and topped off with a cold pressed juice. Other days, it’s indulging in some pizza with a side of ice cream. I think following a strict diet takes the fun out of life and I want to be able to enjoy what the world has to offer me on and off the dinner table. I know this does not work for everyone, but the key for me is to be responsible.
As far as exercise goes, this has always been a tough one for me. I am not great about keeping up with workout routines; however, I like to be pretty active throughout the week. Sometimes it’s CrossFit/CardioFlex three times a week for a while. Sometimes I don’t go to the gym and just go surfing. Maybe I’ll go rock climbing. At this point in my disease, I know that I am truly blessed to not be massively affected physically. Whatever activity inspires me on a given week, I always make it a priority to stay active.
The phrase “seize the day” never had more meaning for me than it does now, so it is important for me to absolutely seize the day while I can. Although I’m fortunate now, I realize that I might not be able to be as active down the road, so I am enjoying myself as best I can. For me that’s the key, and something that keeps me motivated. For anyone else living with MS, my advice would be to work with your doctor and find some sort of physical activity (or a few different ones) that is fun and can yield results, that way you’re more likely to stick with it. MS is a disease that wants to stop me from moving, so I must not let it win – and I won’t let it win!