Lo, on the Very First Vegan Christmas

Lo, on the Very First Vegan Christmas

Only 347 shopping days to go!

So don’t dismiss this as a column about last Christmas (though that’s what it is!) but as possibly the first on the planet about the next one.

Luckily, I quite like nut roast. But it is very much “quite” like. I don’t like it enough to want seconds. Going for thirds used to also be a distinct possibility!

It’s the first Christmas ever that I didn’t overeat!

OK, my sprout intake was probably up, but that’s always been my favorite part of the traditional British Christmas lunch.

In the last few years, as MS took more and more of my capabilities away, part of me just gave up.

I like Cheese Footballs — a very British nibble snack that was big in the 60s. The taste memory of that decade when I was a kid has stayed with me. I presume you can buy them somewhere, but they only turn up in our shops during the festive season. Full of E numbers and undoubtedly terribly calorific, I’d begun eating vast quantities. Not this year.

I’m also pretty sure for the first time since my MS stopped me from walking that I might be losing weight. I can’t check, as there’s no way (certainly no safe way) for me to get on a pair of domestic scales. But I can now lean out of my powered wheelchair and pick up stuff off the floor with my hands rather than utilizing my varied array of grabbers.

I’m pretty sure it must be. I can maneuver my usually unmovable body much better. I even managed to actually lift my dead right leg in the shower the other day. I haven’t been able to wash the sole of my foot on my own for years.

Either I’ve suddenly gotten stronger or my leg is lighter.

I have no idea if veganism is doing anything else to help my MS. I went for it, as it seems to reduce inflammation. Anything that even does a hint of that is worth trying. I’ve also been working away at my microbiome for a number of years now. I obviously can no longer consume kefir — a cultured, fermented milk drink originally from the mountainous region that divides Asia and Europe — but the vegan diet changes the microbiome anyway. Also, anything fermented will aid in this. I’m half Austrian, so I actually like sauerkraut!

And for four miraculous days in a row, I delivered (without mechanical or pill help) my own enormous Yuletide logs.

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‘In 1982 John Connor was a stand up, sketch writer & journalist – crap at all three he decided whilst watching a man performing with a paper bag on his head that as nobody else was going to write about stand up he would’. ‘Comics’ Papermac 1990. In 2009 John Connor was diagnosed with MS. In 2017 John Connor still produces/directs his own live 27 year old resident topical comedy show at London’s Comedy Store – ‘The Cutting Edge’. He was also a leading UK Casting Director specialising in comedy – including one of the hippest shows ‘Black Books’ [double BAFTA winning Situation Comedy Award] & for at least a decade the biggest sitcom on British TV ‘My Family’. TV & MS was a step too far – and we know how hard any step can be. Luckily his satirical show was a built in part time job & with the election of Trump is now in the zeitgeist. John now writes “Fall Down Get Up Again” – an irreverent journey with MS.
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‘In 1982 John Connor was a stand up, sketch writer & journalist – crap at all three he decided whilst watching a man performing with a paper bag on his head that as nobody else was going to write about stand up he would’. ‘Comics’ Papermac 1990. In 2009 John Connor was diagnosed with MS. In 2017 John Connor still produces/directs his own live 27 year old resident topical comedy show at London’s Comedy Store – ‘The Cutting Edge’. He was also a leading UK Casting Director specialising in comedy – including one of the hippest shows ‘Black Books’ [double BAFTA winning Situation Comedy Award] & for at least a decade the biggest sitcom on British TV ‘My Family’. TV & MS was a step too far – and we know how hard any step can be. Luckily his satirical show was a built in part time job & with the election of Trump is now in the zeitgeist. John now writes “Fall Down Get Up Again” – an irreverent journey with MS.

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  1. John McCann says:

    Happy new year John and delighted to hear a noticable improvement in your various movements. Let us know if the weight loss or other improvement s continue. But most importantly keep writing and letting us into your world

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