What are some of the elements of a healthy “substitution” lifestyle?

July 24, 2017

I call it “Fuel for the Fire” – we put healthy food into our bodies in order to effectively exercise and live life to the fullest. Although we have conversed with many nutritionists over the years, both certified and otherwise, we learn everywhere (for example, a session at the World Parkinson Congress).

First, start slow and set dates to go to the next phase or go cold turkey (my decision).

Second, just keep moving forward and, even if you backtrack, just move forward from there.

Here is the “Substitutions” or “Replacements” as opposed to “Eliminations” “Lifestyle”: as opposed to “Diet”:

  1. Lots of Pure Spring Water instead of soda, diet soda, sports drinks, sugary drinks, nearly everything else.
  2. Always have Pre-made healthy food with you instead of going to fast food places due to lack of planning.
  3. Almond milk and high quality Vitamin D capsules instead of dairy milk.
  4. Baked instead of fried (NO FRIED FOOD).
  5. Eat more greens, organic vegetables, beans, nuts, & legumes.

This is a good start, but there is so much more to say.

I have also substituted Soy protein and seafood (plus high quality Omega3 capsules) for Animal protein. This takes tremendous self-discipline until you have watched enough documentaries on the way animals are treated and what meat does to your digestive system.

Finally, everyone has to cut back on sugar and its associated highs and lows. Again, watch documentaries on what happens in your body.

This is a great start.


We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.