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‘Redefining MS’: Why It Stands for More Than Just ‘Multiple Sclerosis’

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I know what you’re thinking: people with MS don’t seem to be very strong. Aren’t their bodies fatigued and weak? Aren’t some in wheelchairs? Don’t their eyes lose the ability to see? For some of us with the variety of symptoms known to MS, those assumptions are true. Some of us are physically slower. Some of us get dizzy, see spots or lose our vision entirely. Some MS warriors are in wheelchairs because of limited mobility. Some have spasms in the muscles beneath the surface of their skin and experience invisible symptoms no one can see. But all of the physical limitations that are part and parcel of the medical dictionaries’ definition of MS don’t capture the greater meaning of those two little letters.

MS is the title of a warrior. On the uniform of the soldier with multiple sclerosis is a badge of honor designating their mighty strength as a fighter. Because they are fighters. They have to be. They wouldn’t be here if they weren’t fighting like hell to hold on. To survive. To thrive in the midst of every obstacle, every encumbrance and every setback.

You see, MS is an everyday battle. The enemy is sneaky. He pops up when you least expect him to with new weapons and tactics that are shockingly clever and all-too often all-too devastating. The threat of a relapse is always right around the corner. A new set of symptoms lurks somewhere in the darkness like a land mine just waiting to detonate and destroy.

But mighty strength keeps the warrior fighting even when the enemy strikes. They fight with medicine, therapies and sheer will. They keep waking up and suiting up even when the odds are stacked against them and the future looks bleak. Physical attacks, emotional turmoil and bodily warfare are all in a day’s work for the mighty strong warrior.

What the medical books won’t tell you is that MS is a war to be fought, not a threat to be managed. Multiple sclerosis challenges the human spirit and attempts to strip its victim of peace and joy. But what the symptoms can take away physically, they can’t even touch spiritually. Out of spasms, muscular weakness, fatigue and vision loss comes something far more powerful than any textbook symptom of an MS autoimmune attack. A new kind of MS arrives to the fight: mighty strength. Weak bodies are infused with fierce spirits that won’t lose faith in the future or hope in tomorrow. The MS warrior looks the enemy in the eye and refuses to surrender

Multiple sclerosis isn’t a death sentence and it isn’t sure defeat. It is a challenge. MS is a catalyst for mighty strength and for the fighting spirit to flourish. So next time you meet someone with MS, remember who they are and what they are. They are a warrior – and a mighty strong one at that.

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Banting Diet – 7 Day Banting Meal Plan – Best Weight Loss Program

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If you’re thinking of going on the Banting diet then this 7 day Banting meal plan is just what you need.

It provides you with a guide as to the type of low-carb meals & food anyone who is Banting can eat for each meal for a whole week.

Not only are these low-carb, high fat meals Banting diet friendly, they are also gluten free which makes them even more healthy for you.

This 7-day Banting meal plan is very similar to the Paleo way of eating (see Paleo vs low-carb diet) which is essentially a low-carb, high fat diet that is also a strictly gluten free diet, however unlike the Tim Noakes & Banting diet it excludes all forms of diary.

1. Monday

  • Banting BreakfastBreakfast – 2 poached eggs with a few rashers of bacon & tomato
  • Lunch – A large salad with your favorite protein (chicken, steak, etc.) with some cottage cheese
  • Snack – Apple slices with almond butter
  • Dinner – Slow cooker pulled pork with fresh veggies such as spinach & pumpkin (contains less sugar than butternut) & finished off with a small tub of full cream Greek yoghurt if you’re still hungry.

2. Tuesday

  • Breakfast – A portion of fruit followed by bacon & eggs
  • Lunch – Blanched/sauteed veggies (pre-made and reheated)
  • Snack – Can of tuna
  • Dinner – Steak (grass fed) with some green leafy vegetables, cauliflower & broccoli

3. Wednesday

  • Roast ChickenBreakfast – Coconut milk smoothie or have banana pancakes (makes a change from having eggs everyday although you can have eggs & bacon if you prefer)
  • Lunch – Soup (reheated or in a thermos)
  • Snack – Greek yogurt
  • Dinner – Roast chicken (or BBQ free range chicken which you can get from Woolworths for your convenience)  with a Greek salad

4. Thursday

  • Grilled FishBreakfast – Mixed nuts & berries with coconut milk followed by a bowl of Greek yogurt
  • Lunch – BLT wrap with lettuce instead of bread wrap
  • Snack – Hard boiled eggs
  • Dinner – Grilled fish with spinach & pumpkin

5. Friday

  • Breakfast – Steak and eggs
  • Lunch – Cold cut meats and veggies (snack-like but filling)
  • Snack – Avocado – high in good fat that will refuel your energy reserves
  • Dinner – Grilled chicken breasts (free range) with fresh vegetables

6. Saturday

  • Breakfast – Eggs and sweet potato hash browns
  • Lunch – Sandwich with bell pepper slices instead of bread
  • Snack – Biltong (Jerky) & almonds (not too many if you’re looking to lose weight)
  • Dinner – Sun dried tomato bacon wrapped meatloaf

7. Sunday

  • Beef Stir FryBreakfast – Egg/veggie/meat scramble
  • Lunch – Dinner leftovers
  • Snack – Blueberries & almonds
  • Dinner – Beef (or chicken) & vegetable stir fry in olive oil (never use Sunflower oil or any vegetable oil)

Besides the diary, the Paleo diet is very similar to the Banting & the Tim Noakes LCHF diets which all emphasise low-carb eating to maximise your health benefits, help keep you slim & feel young.

Should You Include Dairy In Your Banting Diet Plan?

Dairy & BantingTim Noakes is a big fan of including milk & eating dairy in his “Banting diet” as long as it’s full cream & from grass fed cows.

There is however a downside, as he mentions in a podcast on Talkfeed regarding dairy & weight gain.

He says whilst his stance on dairy hasn’t changed, you are advised to reduce your dairy consumption of you cannot lose weight.

This came about after an uproar in the South African media after Jonno Proudfoot had changed the Dairy status from a “green” listed food to “orange” which means it can be consumed in moderation.

The conclusion we can draw from this is that according to Tim Noakes is that dairy is fine for those on the Banting diet but if you are specifically trying to lose weight you should only consume it in moderation.

Be Careful, It’s Easy To Revert To Your Old Eating Habits

Banting Meal

A Banting Meal that would make Tim Noakes proud. Grilled steak (grass fed), Pumpkin (organic), Spinach (organic), Butter (Unsalted & grass fed)

Whilst this meal plan provides you with an easy way to get started on the low-carb Banting way of eating, it’s really easy to get into a rut by preparing & eating the same meals over & over.

This situation creates boredom & “diet fatigue” which often causes people to revert to unhealthy convenience eating – let’s face it a tempting burger & chips looks far more appealing than chicken & veggies.

The best way to help you avoid slipping back into your old eating habits, is to have a comprehensive diet plan complemented with hundreds of tempting LCHF Banting/Paleo approved meal options & recipes to keep you going for at least a month or two to keep it interesting & exciting.

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To The Tired Single Mama, Here’s What Your Child Sees

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  • By Lindsey Light Single Mama, Writer, English Professor
  • I was stressed.

    About money.

    About getting to t-ball games and kindergarten meetings.

    About doing it all alone.

    My hair was going gray at a faster rate than normal, and I was without the money or car to remedy it. My usually bright and cheerful disposition turned solemn and sour. I was snapping at my kids more often. Did they listen to anything I said? I felt tired and weary and slightly crazy.

    And I felt like I was failing as a parent.

    July 4th rolled around, and the kids went to their dad’s for the day. I had walked into standing water in the kitchen the night before (water heater again?), so I knew I wouldn’t be much fun to be around anyway. I kissed them goodbye and took myself back upstairs to bed wondering if July 2016 was going to be just as bad.

    I slept for a few hours, cleaned, did a couple of loads of laundry, watched some grown up TV. Then I waited. When would they be home?

    I texted their dad, “Are the kids coming home soon? Too quiet here.”

    As tired as I get and as often as I wonder if I’m failing and as flustered as they make me sometimes, those babies are my world. And everything feels off when they aren’t with me.

    They finally returned home. I had their pajamas ready, and we turned on a movie and snuggled on the couch. My son asked if he could have a snack (all day, every day). I told him if he got something out of the pantry I would open it for him.

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    On his way to the kitchen, he stopped and said, “Mommy, you’re the best mommy.” He was so sweet and sincere. Tears welled up in my eyes.

    I hadn’t been my best self or parent the past month. I was weary. I was in survival mode. But that’s not what my son saw. And tired single mama, that’s not what your baby sees.

    She doesn’t see the gray hair and worry lines.

    He doesn’t see the home improvements you think need done or the bills from the ones you’ve checked off.

    She doesn’t see the tears you cry after bedtime while you pray you’re a better parent tomorrow.

    He doesn’t see the twenty pounds you would like to lose.

    She doesn’t see the floors that you need to sweep or the kitchen table with crafts all over or the dishes in the sink.

    Instead, they see a home where they can play and learn and be themselves. They see a place that they are safe and well cared for. More importantly, they see a person who is beautiful because she has made it her life work to give them the best life possible. While they cannot comprehend the dedication and sacrifice (can anyone really until she is a parent herself?), they know who is always there for them — from tucking them in to getting them ready for their first year of school. Not just the fun stuff, not just what is convenient or fits into a tidy box. But they see a strong person who is there for all the messy and wonderful parts of parenthood.

    Chin up, tired mama. They see the love. Most importantly, they feel it.

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    My son with autism started texting and it’s brilliant – Term Life

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    My son with autism started texting and it’s brilliant – Term Life

    My 13-year-old son Tate has autism. He also has 3 brothers and 3 sisters and an iPad with a texting app. Tate loves to text.

    Often we can hear clearly in the texts things he could not communicate orally. When conversing orally with Tate, there are delays while he processes and tries to catch up. There are distractions and we can totally lose him. We interfere with his processing by repeating questions or becoming impatient while we wait on him to process. We try to put words into his mouth and finish his sentences sometimes to speed him up. We often think we know what he is trying to communicate to us and we are not always correct.

    Tate’s written communication is not always easy to understand, especially if he is uninterested in what he is writing about (school work.) However, when Tate is focused and invested in what he wants to converse about, he nails it. Just as his favorite conversation topic is movies when he is speaking, movies are the number one thing he texts us about as well.

    Following are some of the best texts Tate has sent us.

    A Penny for Tate’s thoughts…

    This was one of the first texts Tate ever sent. It was sent to his oldest brother Titus. Tate came home from school sick. Tate’s science teacher had given him a penny they had used in an experiment. That was two years ago and the penny is still a favorite treasure. Notice how resourceful Tate can be. When he cannot spell the word “picture” to Titus’ satisfaction he switches to the word “photo.” This photo of the screenshots strung together is a little harder to read than the others. Stick with it. It’s worth it.

    Tate’s thoughts about the care he was receiving in my absence recently…

    Notice how Tate reassures me he’s okay in the first text. He does that when he’s stressed and he wants to reassure himself. A day or so later he texted me to tell me he was too busy to text me. By the end of the week he was hardly missing me. He did great. We’d only been apart that long the two times I travelled to Russia to adopt Sydney. He was 3. I think it was much harder on him back then. Tate’s sisters sure will be glad when he learns to spell their names correctly.

    Tate’s thoughts on justice, and my typos:

    What a little hypocrite. His spelling is so much worse than mine!

    And I’ll end with my personal favorite…

    It was so random and I loved how he thinks I’m clueless and need guidance in these things. HA!

    I have more texts saved but these are my favorites. I may update this post from time to time as I do his photography. If you’d like to see some of Tate’s photography…  If you’d like to see Tate’s “P I T C H U R S”, then here’s the link to that: The pictures from Tate’s camera.

    Read more from Lisa at her blog Quirks and Chaos here!

    he post above is by Lisa Smith, the mother of seven children, two with special needs. Her son Tate has autism. Lisa blogs about her experiences and can be found on Facebook at Quirks and Chaos or at quirks-and-chaos.blogspot.com. Read the original Tate’s Texts post here.

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    Mom Is Moved To Tears After Her Autistic Son Receives A Special Birthday Invitation

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    By Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle

    When parents first discover that their child is afflicted with an illness that will affect their interactions with others, it’s hard to imagine what life will be like for them. The parents learn to adapt their schedules and needs to fit those of the child’s, in hopes that life will be easier for him or her. Often, however, people outside this child’s family may not consider his or her needs in the same way.

    But as mom of three Tricia Klein found out, there are a few kind souls who are considerate of her child’s needs. Tricia’s son, Timothy, was diagnosed with nonverbal autism at 2 years old. Since then, she has helped her son overcome the daily challenges he faces. Though he struggles with interacting with others, he loves many of the same things other 7-year-old kids enjoy: he likes to play soccer, swim, and watch YouTube videos. But it isn’t uncommon that his mom has had to decline his invitations to parties because of his condition.

    But one day, a note from a mother whose son was in Timothy’s class changed that.

    Scroll down to find out what that mom said that moved Tricia to tears!

    Please SHARE to show your support for this amazing mom!

    Tricia Klein

    Tricia’s son, Timothy, was diagnosed with nonverbal autism. This diagnosis makes it hard for him to interact with others, especially in large groups. She would have to decline his classmates’ invitations to parties.

    But one of the mothers, whose son is friends with Timothy, decided to send Tricia a note, along with the invitation.

    The note read: “Carter sat beside Timothy at school and he always talks about him. I really hope he can come. We are renting a bounce castle that we can attach a small bounce slide at the bottom. We will also have water balloons and water guns. Maybe Timothy can come earlier in the day if it would too much with the whole class. Let me know so we can make it work.”

    The note moved Tricia to tears. To her, the final phrase “we can make it work” meant the world!

    Please SHARE if this mom’s note would have made you tear up, too!

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    Cancer treatment for Multiple Sclerosis MS patients gives ‘remarkable’ results

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    UK doctors in Sheffield say patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are showing “remarkable” improvements after receiving a treatment usually used for cancer.

    About 20 patients have received bone marrow transplants using their own stem cells. Some patients who were paralysed have been able to walk again.

    Prof Basil Sharrack, of Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: “To have a treatment which can potentially reverse disability is really a major achievement.”

    Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS, an incurable neurological condition. Most patients are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s.

    The disease causes the immune system to attack the lining of nerves in the brain and spinal cord. cells in freezer

    Image caption An MS patient’s stem cells being removed from the freezer prior to transplant

    Immune system ‘rebooted’

    The treatment – known as an autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) – aims to destroy the faulty immune system using chemotherapy.

    It is then rebuilt with stem cells harvested from the patient’s own blood. These cells are at such an early stage they’ve not developed the flaws that trigger MS.

    Prof John Snowden, consultant haematologist at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: “The immune system is being reset or rebooted back to a time point before it caused MS.”

    About 20 MS patients have been treated in Sheffield in the past three years. Prof Snowden added: “It’s clear we have made a big impact on patients’ lives, which is gratifying.”


    Multiple sclerosis

    In MS the protective layer surrounding nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord – known as myelin – becomes damaged. The immune system mistakenly attacks the myelin, causing scarring or sclerosis.

    The damaged myelin disrupts the nerve signals – rather like the short circuit caused by a frayed electrical cable. If the process of inflammation and scarring is not treated then eventually the condition can cause permanent neurodegeneration.


    The BBC’s Panorama programme was given exclusive access to several patients who have undergone the stem cell transplant.

    Steven Storey was diagnosed with MS in 2013 and, within a year, went from being an able-bodied athlete to needing a wheelchair and losing sensation in much of his body.

    He said: “I went from running marathons to needing 24-hour acute care. At one point I couldn’t even hold a spoon and feed myself.”

    Within a few days of the transplant he was able to move his toes, and after four months he could stand unaided.

    Steven still needs a wheelchair but is astounded at his progress: “It’s been incredible. I was in a dire place, but now I can swim and cycle and I am determined to walk.”

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    Holly Drewry was just 21 when she was diagnosed with MS and her condition deteriorated after she gave birth to her daughter Isla.

    She said “Within a couple of months I got worse and worse. I couldn’t dress or wash myself; I didn’t even have the strength to carry my daughter.”

    Holly needed a wheelchair before her transplant, but after the treatment she walked out of hospital.

    She said: “It’s been a miracle. I got my life and my independence back and the future is bright again in terms of being a mum and doing everything with Isla.”

    Two years on she has suffered no relapses and there is no evidence of active disease on her scans.

    Doctors describe her MS as dormant, but there is hope that the transplant might be a permanent fix.

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    Profs Basil Sharrack (left) & John Snowden – a clinical partnership of neurology and haematology

    Cost-effective

    The Royal Hallamshire Hospital – together with hospitals in the United States, Sweden and Brazil – is part of an international trial, MIST, which is assessing the long-term benefits of the stem cell transplant.

    All those on the trial have relapsing remitting MS, where patients experience attacks – or relapses – followed by periods of remission.

    The treatment involves intensive chemotherapy, so patients are warned that there are side-effects such as nausea and hair loss.

    Paul Kirkham, another MS patient, said he was glad to have had the transplant but added: “It does knock you. I’d rather have done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.”

    The transplant involves a one-off cost of around £30,000, which is comparable to the yearly cost of some MS treatments.

    Because the procedure involves no new drugs and instead re-purposes an existing therapy using the patient’s own cells, there is little profit incentive for drug companies to get involved.

    Prof Richard Burt, Northwestern University, Chicago carried out the first HSCT for MS as long ago as 1995 and is coordinating the international trial which began in 2006.

    He said: “There has been resistance to this in the pharma and academic world. This is not a technology you can patent and we have achieved this without industry backing.”

    A study published last year involving MS patients in Chicago showed significant reductions in neurological disability, and for some the improvements persisted for at least four years, although there was no comparative control group.

    The outcome of the more detailed MIST trial – which will report in a couple of years – could determine whether the stem cell transplant becomes a standard NHS treatment for many MS patients.

    Dr Emma Gray, head of clinical trials at UK’s MS Society , said: “Ongoing research suggests stem cell treatments such as HSCT could offer hope, and it’s clear that in the cases highlighted by Panorama they’ve had a life-changing impact.

    “However, trials have found that while HSCT may be able to stabilise or improve disability in some people with MS it may not be effective for all types of the condition.”

    Dr Gray said people should be aware it was an “aggressive treatment that comes with significant risks”, but called for more research into HSCT so there could be greater understanding of its safety and long term effectiveness.

    Panorama is broadcast on BBC One at 20:30 on Monday 18 January 2016.

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    Kreed Joshua, a YouTube Star with Nonverbal Autism, Has Passed Away -Term Life

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    Kreed Joshua, a YouTube Star with Nonverbal Autism, Has Passed Away -Term Life

    There is, perhaps, no grief more unbearable than that associated with the loss of a child. Sadly, that’s what the parents of Kreed Joshua, a nonspeaking young man with autism, are experiencing; he passed away on May 12, 2016. He was 18 years old.

    Even though life presented him with challenges, he was able to communicate through AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication). His journey with this was documented by a popular YouTube channel, Kreed’s World. Here’s one video, in which he explains his complex feelings on autism.

    On top of his autism, he battled nine illnesses and experienced intense pain; yet he faced life with incredible strength and resiliency. “But in the end his body just gave out and was suffering too much for too long,” his mom wrote in a Facebook post.

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    Our sweet boy Kreed Joshua fought a valiant fight.
    Friday night he was swinging high at the park, and by Sunday he had stopped breathing and was on life support. We worked tirelessly to help him and in the end it just was not enough. He is so complicated medically that the doctors could not figure out why he stopped walking in Feb and was in so much pain, or why he continually kept Hypoventilating causing his co2 to constantly rise sky high and why he couldn’t keep his oxygen levels high enough. It is so frustrating that a diagnosis didn’t come in time to save him. He will likely be diagnosed with a defect in the Mthfd1 gene which is super rare and which only 5 people in the world have, but even with a diagnosis not much is know about it, so it probably wouldn’t of even mattered. Doctors agreed at the end, that this rare metabolic condition was life ending and nothing would have helped him to breathe better. His body was beyond repair.
    We are so proud of our boy, he was always such a strong fighter and was usually so resilient with anything life threw at him, but in the end his body just gave out and was suffering too much for too long. And as his parents who put everything we had into him we are just so relieved for him that he doesn’t have to be in pain and suffer anymore. All Kreed ever wanted was to have fun and to feel joy and despite his medical issues he really lived life to the fullest! We will never forget his infectious, big as life personality and to die for dimples, he didn’t need to be verbal to be heard and seen and felt by everyone who knew him.
    If you want to do something in honor of Kreed then please live everyday to the fullest despite how yesterday was and what tomorrow might bring because that is how our Kreeders lived everyday of his life, he never missed a chance to experience the joy in life!
    Thank you all for following him and realizing what a special boy he was. He will be greatly missed and always loved! Nothing has ever hurt so bad physically and mentally in our life. To lose a child is like losing a part of your heart, especially a child who was never far from our side and consumed most of our days. We don’t even know what we will do with ourselves now, he was our life.
    Sept 9, 1997- May 12, 2016

    Kreed Joshua, a YouTube Star with Nonverbal Autism, Has Passed Away -Term Life

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    Grilled Steak Lettuce Tacos: low-carb, gluten-free, Paleo and Best Weight Loss program

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    Grilled sirloin steak “flaco” tacos uses lettuce instead of tortillas! The steak is seasoned with cumin and spices, then grilled and sliced thin, along with guacamole and pico de gallo – low-carb and super delicious!

    Grilled sirloin steak "flaco" tacos uses lettuce instead of tortillas! The steak is seasoned with cumin and spices, then grilled and sliced thin, along with guacamole and pico de gallo – low-carb and super delicious!

    This was inspired by tacos I recently oredered at a Tex-Mex restaurant in NYC. They were so good, I didn’t miss the tortilla so I set out to recreate them at home. They used iceburg lettuce which the cut on an angle and used several layers which I thought was smart, it was easier to hold and eat. You can of course use any lettuce you like. If you don’t have a grill, you can make the steak on a grill pan or even on a cast iron skillet. So simple and light, you can easily eat more that two if you don’t make a side. I made a Mexican Cauli-rice on the side which was enough to fill me up.

    Grilled sirloin steak "flaco" tacos uses lettuce instead of tortillas! The steak is seasoned with cumin and spices, then grilled and sliced thin, along with guacamole and pico de gallo – low-carb and super delicious!

    Grilled Steak Lettuce Tacos

    Grilled sirloin steak “flaco” tacos uses lettuce instead of tortillas! The steak is seasoned with cumin and spices, then grilled and sliced thin, along with guacamole and pico de gallo – low-carb and super delicious!

    Ingredients:

    For the Guac:

    • 4 oz (1 small haas) avocado
    • 1/4 cup diced tomato
    • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
    • 2 teaspoons lime juice
    • 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • fresh black pepper, to taste

    For the Pico De Gallo:

    • 1/2 cup diced tomato
    • 1/4 cup chopped onion
    • 1 tbsp minced jalapeno
    • 1 teaspoon lime juice
    • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

    For the Steak:

    • 1 lb thin sirloin steaks
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp ground cumin
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
    • pinch fresh ground pepper
    • 8 lettuce shells from 1 head

    Directions:

    1. Combine the salt, cumin, garlic powder, oregano and black pepper. Rub over the steak. 
    2. Mash the avocado in a small bowl with the tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper to taste. Set aside.
    3. Combine the pico de gallo ingredients; set aside.
    4. Heat a grill over high heat. Clean grates and spray with oil. Cook the steaks over high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until the steak is cooked to your liking. Set aside on a cutting board to rest 5 minutes before slicing. Slice into thin strips.
    5. To serve, fill each lettuce cups with 1 1/2 tbsp guacamole and top with steak and pico de gallo.

    Nutrition Information

    Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 2 tacos

    • Amount Per Serving:
    • Smart Points: 4
    • Points +: 7
    • Calories: 256
    • Total Fat: 14g
    • Saturated Fat: g
    • Cholesterol: 88mg
    • Sodium: 559mg
    • Carbohydrates: 7g
    • Fiber: 3g
    • Sugar: 0.5g
    • Protein: 25g

    Read more at http://www.skinnytaste.com/grilled-steak-lettuce-tacos/#11C7Gv5eOuygkqKy.99

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    Dollywood Is the First Theme Park in the World with a Calming Room for Kids with Autism – Term Life

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    Dollywood Is the First Theme Park in the World with a Calming Room for Kids with Autism – Term Life

    The room offers a quiet retreat from the park for guests with sensory issues.

    While this calming room may not sound like much, it could make a huge difference for kids like my autistic son and for our whole family. Normally, when my son gets overwhelmed, we seek out refuges in public spaces—be it some shade under a tree in a quiet corner of a park or a corner booth in a restaurant— but the idea of having a dedicated space for kids to work through sensory issues is so appealing. I would love to see more of these in many public spaces, and I applaud Dollywood for its vision and recognition of the need for such a space.

    Parents who have used the calming room are also singing its praises. According to notes they’ve written to Dollywood, they’re getting to stay at Dollywood longer, and their kids are having a better time.

    Although this is the first calming room of its kind at any theme park, others—notably Legoland—are beginning to follow Dollywood’s example.

    I’ve always loved Dollywood (it’s the closest theme park to my hometown in East Tennessee), but now I can’t wait to take both my kids there for an afternoon of fun at our own pace!

    Dollywood Is the First Theme Park in the World with a Calming Room for Kids with Autism – Term Life

    Source: www.parents.com

     

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