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    Old 12-24-2008, 06:15 PM   #1
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    Multiple Sclerosis eating restrictions

    As my doctors have been trying to diagnose me with MS, they keep talking about health diets. I was just wondering, for those of you with MS, what kinds of foods do you have to avoid?

     
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    Old 12-24-2008, 06:34 PM   #2
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    Re: Multiple Sclerosis eating restrictions

    I found the Swank diet. You can pull it up online. My mother also gave me a Swank Diet book that has recipes in it. I follow it fairly closely and I think it helps.

     
    Old 12-26-2008, 08:37 AM   #3
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    Re: Multiple Sclerosis eating restrictions

    I would echo Jayhawk's advice - I actually hadn't heard of Swank, but had heard a lot about red meat and dairy products and their contribution to inflammations in our CNS ... after I cut out all meat and most dairy, and stopped eating fried foods and pastry, and began taking a statin for high cholesterol, I lost 50 pounds gradually and have kept it off. When I eventually read here of the Swank "diet", I learned that what I'd done is what he recommends. Serendipity. People are less likely to question my choices now, because there is a name.

    No one can rely on a radical "diet" seen as temporary in nature. The changes I've made are permanent, and made of my own choice. Dr. Swank would agree that the change has to be permanent. I eat lots of fresh fruits, spinach, whole grain pastas and breads, beans, salads without cheese, no eggs (cholesterol) no white meat like chicken and turkey (cholesterol - eggs, remember?) and no artificial replacements for butter, sugar, salt, etc. If I can't safely eat the real stuff, I avoid the substitutes as well. It is easy to adjust to the real taste of vegetables without all that salt and butter. I have kept dark chocolate on my menu ... small amounts, and it's done no harm.

    And, despite the lack of meat, I've remained healthy enough that the Red Cross still solicits my blood donations. What a good feeling! I've given over 7 gallons to date. My number of pints (58) has finally caught up with my age

    Wishing you good luck in your search ... Sending prayers for you, and for us all, and especially for our troops overseas.
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    Old 12-26-2008, 10:47 AM   #4
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    Re: Multiple Sclerosis eating restrictions

    My MS specialist and Neurologist both tell me that nothing really makes a difference with MS and diet, but eat everything in moderation. Truthfully, after having this disease for this long, I have found that eating at least two servings of cold water fresh fish weekly, help with inflamation- and avoiding nightshade vegtables, tomatoes and certain things like eggplant also cut down on inflamation; but mostly I depend on supplements such as B, fish oil, Tumeric and lysine to help me with symtom control....there isnt anything that I avoid- just avoid things in quantity which you know arent good for you! I still eat red meat, but only once a week and try to eat things like Buffalo, low in cholesterol and fat- instead of fatty red meat. I eat alot of chicken and turkey and a ton of fruits and veggies....MS isnt a death sentence and you DO have to both exercise and sleep well (neither of which I get enough of) to stay at your best....but having to take needles is enough of a sacrafice for me- I still do my coffee and chocolate- and still eat cookies and cake- I just really REALLY try to limit them to once a week or less then a serving a day.
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    Old 12-26-2008, 02:49 PM   #5
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    Re: Multiple Sclerosis eating restrictions

    I try to stick as close as I can to a paleothic diet which excludes fatty meats, gluten, dairy and refined sugars. I stick to poultry and fish and rice and lots of veggies and fruits and nuts (not peanuts). When I eat like this, I feel a lot better and my MS symptoms are minimal.

     
    Old 12-26-2008, 11:02 PM   #6
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    Re: Multiple Sclerosis eating restrictions

    I did read something about a link bw candida and ms. And how a yeast free diet can help, but I'm not sure.

     
    Old 12-27-2008, 10:42 PM   #7
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    Re: Multiple Sclerosis eating restrictions

    really it all depends on the person because i have ms and i found that changing my diet and working out has helped me a whole lot. For some reason very fried foods and greasy things make me feel like i have a relapse and its crazy.
    the best thing i strongly recommend is green tea. it is honastly the best thing and i think it has helped me ..... anyway thats my two cents. try it it may work....
    good luck

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    Old 12-28-2008, 01:46 PM   #8
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    Re: Multiple Sclerosis eating restrictions

    Be very careful with Green Tea. Its not recommended for MS because it is an immunostimulant.
    Stimulating our immune systems is bad....we already have compromised immune systems...you have to find a balance. A cup or so a day, probably wont hurt you, however green tea with echinacea is really bad for you! Anything that stimulates the immune system is dangerous because the body is already attacking itself...
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    Old 12-30-2008, 01:06 AM   #9
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    Re: Multiple Sclerosis eating restrictions

    Seriously! lol that is crazy..... but ya i do not drink a whole lot just maybee an cup a day but fro some reason i feel wayyy better after drinking it llol anyway diet has helped me ......Good luck!
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    Old 12-30-2008, 07:40 AM   #10
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    Re: Multiple Sclerosis eating restrictions

    Thanks everyone for all the suggestions!

     
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