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Old 09-24-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
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Swank Diet

I was diagnosed with MS about 18 months ago. Other than random mental fog, I've been fairly symptom free for over a year (currently using Avonex and happy with it).

I've slowly gained weight and i'm not sure if it is the disease, the Avonex, or just my age. I'm 49.

I have been working out and trying to eat better - i've lost 13 lbs since the beginning of August. I'm happy with my current level of exercise, and my improved diet - BUT - wondering if I should be looking at the Swank diet. I've read a little, and it seems like a drastic change that will be hard to maintain.

Does anyone have any success or failure stories related to the Swank diet? I'm curious.

 
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:08 AM   #2
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Re: Swank Diet

Weight gain is a concern for most people who are limited by a chronic disease. Medicine/medications can add to the weight gain.

The fact that you are losing weight and eating right should be good news. I have found that if you eat meat which is not inflammatory (I avoid red meat, dark meat, and processed meats) and avoid foods which cause you problems, you are going to do well. I cut back on my sugar, but I do use dark chocolate to combat head pain.

You can also increase your consumption of healthy vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. I eat plenty of fish and nuts for my omega fat intake.

I use to power lift until 2002 and I use to be more active. Going to a more disabled phase, I have had to cut back on my food intake as well as to cut back as my body ages.

I have had to cut some foods from my diet due to choking issues and other problems with digesting certain foods.

I think that if your diet is working for you and you are losing weight in a healthy manner, then keep on keeping on!
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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Re: Swank Diet

I'm doing the swank diet and I am NOT someone who ever was a health nut or ate well due to travel for work and life. That said I've not found it difficult. It's a little tough at first thinking how to give up what you love but heck if it keeps me healthy--it's worth the switch I think. It took about 30 days to adjust but I'm doing great on it now. I've lost 25 pounds...and 30 more to say this about it. Lol. Food is supposed to be fuel. . I can tell when I eat something I'm allergic to as well. I'm doing the best bet diet with it. It's crazy but it seems to work. I'll report more later.

 
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:48 AM   #4
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Re: Swank Diet

Thank you both.
It is difficult to change eating habits - primarily because I never know who will be eating dinner at my house. After working all day, i get home and start thinking about dinner - there may be just me and my husband, or we could have any combination of our 4 adult children and their significant others. Planning is difficult and i usually end up with the easiest/fast option. I've shifted to opting for the healthiest choices available at local restaurants and fast food places.

I would like to make weekly menus and shop for groceries accordingly, but with the inconsistencies of eaters and tastes, it's all i can do to manage on the fly.

 
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:54 AM   #5
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Re: Swank Diet

Speaking as a guy, when I am hungry, it all tastes good! I remember my dad complained once and my mom took his plate off the table while we continued to eat. He never complained again!
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:49 PM   #6
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Re: Swank Diet

just to add alittle more to this, the SWANK diet, was invented by a doctor over 25 years ago.....its actually the basis of the heart healthy diet which the American Heart Association uses. Its extreme and its unproven to seriously help MS patients. What does help, is eliminating the fats and sugars and increasing the Omegas and vegtable/ fruit intake.

When you have MS, its hard enough, especially if you are on injectables, to limit things which you love. Sometimes, we have to, out of necessity- but any neurologist and any MS specialist will tell you, eat whatever you want, but eat it in moderation. You shouldnt have to cut out all sugar or all red meat if you eat it in small amounts....you can subsitute beef for Buffalo, which is still red meat, but much lower in cholesterol and fat. You can eat dark chocolate instead of Hostess Ding Dongs, because the dark chocolate actually has been proven to have some health benefits. As long as you are making strides towards exercising and limiting bad calories, why deprive yourself of anything and go extreme? There is absolutely no proof that the SWANK diet or any other diet will help MS.....the benefits are in the lowering of bad fats, lower cholesterol and taking in less calories. IF this is what you want, think about joining a healthy weight reduction program where you count calories and fat grams...its so much easier to stick to than an extreme diet like SWANK. BUt, then again, if reducing all your daily fat and sugar, and elminiating all meat and cholesterol is your goal....then the SWANK diet may be right for you..

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Old 09-24-2012, 06:17 PM   #7
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I'd do what you can do..it's all about you for the diet. Having read Swanks research...I'd say it's worth trying it. That said, if you can't...and you are struggling then just do what you can do. My reasoning is that I want to have the best life possible...and food isn't as important as time/fun with my loved ones. That's a choice for me...and the research is compelling enough (including the research and stories in the best bet diet)...it's compelling enough to give it a go. (for me)...

Just know that a lot of people--especially women are easily able to sacrifice themselves for others...and for the kids...but putting your health ahead of convenient dinners...it might be something for you down the road. I know what I'd want for my mom....i am sure they would support you if you ever chose to try it.

Don't feel bad though. You have a crazy disease and you need not feel guilty about a diet for sure!!!!!!

Best of luck. Let me know if you want to see how the diet is working for me down the road. I'm innumerable lesions RRMS...spinal and brain...prognosis isn't good...but right now I just have a minor tingle now and then. Just diagnosed a few months ago but had many episodes all my life...minor numbness/parasthesias/that sort of thing. Who knows?!?!

 
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:59 AM   #8
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Re: Swank Diet

Thank you. I might read up on it a little more. I will take from it what I can, as far as reducing fat and sugars. I'm not a huge red meat eater, nor do I have a real sweet tooth. I've pretty much eliminated the biggest problems in my diet - potato chips and french fries.

I love fresh fruit and veggies, I just need to have them on hand when I want a snack. My favorite snack is trail mix - and I can no longer find my favorite mix of just nuts and seeds! I don't want chocolate or raisins in my trail mix - just nuts and seeds.

Thank you for your suggestions and I will do more reading.

 
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Re: Swank Diet

If you like your favorite nuts and seeds, I would encourage you to mix your own while limiting your intake due to their caloric values. I have mixed nuts which I eat which are in the top 10 for omega values.

Here is a "10 list" you can follow for healthy Omega nuts:

Almonds
Cashews
Macadamias
Walnuts
Pistachios
Brazils
Peanuts (not a true nut, actually a legume)
Pecans (eaten as a whole not as pecan pie!)
Hazelnuts
Chestnuts

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Old 09-25-2012, 09:06 AM   #10
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Re: Swank Diet

OK - Almond Joy, White chocolate macadamia nut cookies, pecan pie and Nutella - I'm on my way to the store...

No, really. Thank you.

 
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:00 PM   #11
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Re: Swank Diet

I'm on the swank diet, I have been for over 3 years now! I followed it strictly for a few years and have seen great results. It's really helped with my ms! I still follow it now about 95% of the time and its still working great for me!

I enjoy the healthy eating and the tasty food. If you're in the US then you're really lucky for the choice of fat free foods and in the UK the choice isn't too bad either!

 
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