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  • t_Berry

    I was disgnosed in 1997 with MS.  I'm looking for a good diet.  I want to know if anyone have a good idea for a better eating habit.  I want to know what's the best food that's good for people living with MS.  I don't drink a lot of sodas, I do love sweets and salty food.  Neither one is good.  I'm just trying to eat healthier. 

  • MS_Navigator_Robin
    Hi T Berry,

    Thanks for posting, and congratulations on making changes to your diet!  It's easier said than done - especially when your favorite foods are also the ones you're trying to stay away from!

    Research hasn't proven that there'san "MS Diet" but there are definitely some recommendations for healthy eating out there...our brochure Food for Thought: MS and Nutrition is a great place to start, and there are more articles you might find interesting on our Nutrition & Diet page.

    I hope you find lots of encouragement and other ideas on this discussion board, please keep us updated on your progress!   
  • sally
    HI t Berry
      I"ve had MS since 1989. Way back, my neurologist reccomended I stick with low fat and taking evening primrose caps. Initially I took 2 caps 3x a day. Now I take 2 caps once a day. THey are expensive.  At times I've gone off the low fat and my body and mind acts sluggish. I don't know if theres any scietific data out on diets. I also love my sweets and diary products. So once a week, I allow myself thoses treats.  
  • wilma
    hi t berry,

    i posted yesterday....what i did not mention is that in addition to MS i have severe osetoarthritus through out my body (already had one hip re-surfaced with titanium).  therefore, i am eating not only for my brain, but i have researched the foods to avoid, and include to help with inflammation....for instance ..i substitute avacado for bannna in recipes.  i was a real dairy lover...but when i started eating paleo (Dr Terry Wahls' Minding My Mitrochondria)...not only did my MS symptoms drastically improve and quickly, but my arthur is feeling a bit better too!  drawback to diet...i lost 3 pounds and can not afford to lose an ounce...but still eating this way.  PLEASE take 20 mins and watch her (dr Wahls' an MS sufferer herself) TEDX youtube.  although she eats strictly paleo (and her reasoning for eating this way just made total sense to me), in her book, which i ordered after about a week and noticing my improvements, she allows some grain.  due to my extreme thinness and needing to give myself the copaxone injection into fat, i have added the allowed grains back into my diet.  whatever you do, try to get off dairy and at least wheat...try it for a while and see how u feel...i lived with MS for anywhere between 10-35 years before being diagnosed...had 3 kids..am 55 years old, live alone and had to find a way to get myself seeing straight, walking straight and be able to drive myself places...for 6 months i could not ...until i got my diagnosis and told a friend who sent me the link to dr wahls; talk.  i wish you and all of us a healthy, happy life.
  • Pauline
    "The Zone" diet by Dr. Barry Sears is the best, in my opinion.  It keeps blood sugar level through out the day.  Blood sugar controls all hormones in the body.  And hormones control about everything.  This diet is great for anyone.  He has easier to follow books written later on, but this first one explains what proteins, fats, and carbohydrates do in our bodies, and how they interact with all kinds of things.  That diet helps calm moods, and reduce pain level and frequency, it helps one get to their correct weight (up or down), and gives us our best immune system possible.  (My mom had MS, and I have had it for about 30 years.)  This diet and Vit D (via 20 minutes of sun/day when I can, with no sunscreen on) has helped me tremendeously!  And do as much comfortable exercise as you can. 
  • arameth
    I was disgnosed in 1997 with MS.  I'm looking for a good diet.  I want to know if anyone have a good idea for a better eating habit.  I want to know what's the best food that's good for people living with MS.  I don't drink a lot of sodas, I do love sweets and salty food.  Neither one is good.  I'm just trying to eat healthier. 
    The best diet for me has been the adkins diet I was diagnosed in 1999 and I only need the occasional medical intervention. I don't know if its the diet but I haven't needed meds regularly since.
  • Rhiannon
    Hi Berry. I am in my late 20s and have had MS for 8 years.  A little over two years ago I started on the Best Bet Diet.  It recommends eliminating all gluten, dairy, legumes, and pork.  Also limiting your intake of grains to one cup per day, and avoiding refined statches such as corn and potatoes.  I have tailored it to my lifestyle and now mainly avoid dairy, gluten, soy and eggs (since I have a digestive allergy).  I am eating legumes, but in moderation.  I have seen marked improvement in my energy levels since two years when I wasn't on this diet.  Also my digestive health has greatly improved.  Since I was diagnosed I followed the Swank Diet, having low intakes of Sat. Fat of less than 15 grams per day.  I eat very few sweets, mainly since most contain gluten.   I do have the occasional gluten, dairy free sweet, but mostly I statisfy my cravings with fruit, gummy vitamins, and no more than one square of dark chocolate.  

    Here's a link to the best bet diet: http://www.direct-ms.org/bestbet.html

    And Here's a link to the swank diet: http://www.swankmsdiet.org/

    Best of luck to you!
  • katiek
    Hi, 
      I too was diagnosed with MS in 2005. I saw a woman named Ann Boroch on Montel one day a while back.  She too had MS and went on to getting PHD's and self education. She wrote a book called "Healing Multiple Sclerosis". Its about diet, detox & nutritional Makeover for total recovery.  It's really for any disease, autoimmune, she just connects with MS.  She has a pretty incredible story! You could consider this book...
    In love & light....Katie
  • Monica_T

    I suggest you watch this Ted Talk by a woman how went from a reclining wheelchair to apparently full mobility using diet:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc
     

  • kellystrawberry
    Hello t Berry...........funny....my Dad's name is Troy Berry.....Regarding the diet; I went to a Tibetan Doctor and he prescribed a diet that would work with my MS and also my dairy issues and as long as I follow it, I feel great. He also has me taking Glutathione every day and it's amazing! I don't have that "fuzzy brain" feeling!
  • wilma
    meat is good! fish is great!  seaweed is fabulous...please watch Dr Terry Wahls' TEDX talk Minding MY Mitrochondria...20 mins to watch her speak....i've already posted...and you can find more .  i was so surprised how easy it was for me to give up all dairy...LOVE CHEESE...all kinds..lol! but i have known about the unhealthy and dangerous effects of eating dairy when i started researching for my sister , who has survived stage 4 breast cancer
  • wilma
    YES!  i am brand new to this ..well, have had the MS apparently for many many years...BUT new to my daignosis and the copaxone..have posted a few mins ago to this sight...I LOVE THIS DIET and KNOW that it has helped...so happy to see another recommending it.  When i get a bit stronger and a bit caught up with life...lol..i hope to write to dr. wahls..wilma
  • wilma
    not only has this way of eating helped me tremendously but it  has also helped a friend of mine with lifelong ( and we r in our 50's!) asthma and allergies...after eating like this for only few days she was able to cut back on her meds.  dr wahls' diet just makes sense...to eat like humans were meant to eat and that INCLUDES meat...ummm!  i saw improvements in my symptoms within a week!  DRAWBACK: when i started i was 98lbs, lost 3...which i do not want to do..need some fat for the copaxone shot...BUT feel so strongly about my improvements by eating like this that i will continue to do so and hope to put some weight back on...happy foraging
  • Mustang

    I suggest you watch this Ted Talk by a woman how went from a reclining wheelchair to apparently full mobility using diet:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc
     

    Thank you for sharing the link. I have to translate it not only to my own language (Dutch) but also translate it into my daily life. But thanks again, I will find my way with this!
  • wilma
    this woman is a medical doctor in the US ...even my neurologist at MT SINAI MS CENTER, took notice when i asked her to please watch the TEDX talk...and so far, the 3 neurologists that i have seen all brushed aside other diets, including the swank diet.
  • meganfinch
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