In case you were wondering what I was actually eating and how I was supplementing, here is some info that you may find useful. I’m not following this to the T, but about 95%. I am still trying to figure out the right mix of vitamins for me. That will take time and more blood work. Since I depend on Doctor’s orders for the blood work, I won’t be able to check levels of stuff frequently. Unfortunately, paying for it out of pocket isn’t an option at this point.
If you want your own copy, you can download it here. The Overcoming MS Recovery Program is an evidence based guide to recovery and I have enjoyed following it immensely so far.
Diet and Supplements
- A plant-based wholefood diet plus seafood, with no saturated fat, as far as is practical
- Omega-3 fatty acid supplements: Start the diet by taking 20g (20mls or 20 caps) a day of standard strength fish oil & some flaxseed oil on your food, gradually replace the fish oil with flaxseed oil over 9 months. On days when oily fish is eaten, omit fish oil supplement. After 9 months you should be taking 20-40mls of flaxseed oil every day
- Optional B group vitamins or B12 supplement if needed
- Vitamin D: Sunlight 15 minutes daily 3-5 times a week as close to all over as practical
- Vitamin D3 supplement of at least 5 000IU daily, adjusted to blood level
- Aim to keep blood level of vitamin D high, that is between150-225nmol/L (may require up to 10 000IU daily)
- 30 minutes daily
- 20-30 minutes around 5 times a week preferably outdoors (And I confess, this is NOT happening!)
- In consultation with your doctor, if a wait and see approach is not appropriate, take one of the disease-modifying drugs (many may not need a drug, and drug selection should be carefully weighed against side effects)
- Steroids for any acute relapse that is distressing
- One of the more potent drugs if the disease is rapidly progressive
Foods That Should Not Be Eaten:
- Meat, including processed meat, salami, sausages, canned meat
- Eggs except for egg whites
- Dairy products; that is, avoid milk, cream, butter, ice cream and cheeses. Low fat milk or yogurt is not acceptable. Cow’s milk and dairy products are best avoided altogether as the protein is likely to be as much of a problem as the saturated fat, given recent evidence. Soy products or rice or oat milk are good substitutes.
- Any biscuits, pastries, cakes, muffins, doughnuts or shortening, unless fat-free
- Commercial baked goods
- Prepared mixes
- Snacks like chips, corn chips, party foods
- Margarine, shortening, lard, chocolate, coconut and palm oil. There is some debate about chocolate as it does have some good antioxidants, but most chocolate is also loaded with saturated fat, so it should be avoided. Cocoa, however, is a natural vegetable product with only a little saturated fat, and the occasional teaspoon in a glass of soy milk for example, as hot chocolate, is fine.
- Fried and deep fried foods except those fried without oil or with just a dash of olive oil. It is important not to heat oils if possible, and if you want to use just a little extra virgin olive oil, the most stable of the oils, it is a good idea to put a little water in with it when frying to keep its temperature down. Things like fish and chips deep fried in, say, sunflower oil, are bad, in that the oil changes its chemical structure when heated in this way, and tends to be left in the vat for days, with all sorts of unpredictable chemical changes happening to the fats.
- Most fast foods (burgers, fried chicken, etc.)
- Other fats and oils
Be realistic. Plan for a miracle.