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January 2015

A Day in the MS Life Simply Wholly Eating

The Overcoming MS Recovery Program by Professor Jelinek

January 30, 2015

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)

 Meditation

  • 30 minutes daily

Exercise

  • 20-30 minutes around 5 times a week preferably outdoors (And I confess, this is NOT happening!)

Medication

  • 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.

Simply Wholly Living

Blizzards, beans and cake

January 27, 2015

We survived the Blizzard of 2015! With about 30″ of the white stuff it was quite a couple of days stuck in the house. And with my mother, my uncle, my husband, our 13-month old “spirited” son and 2 dogs, the cabin fever was very real! Very Real.

But it gave me plenty of time to map out some awesome recipes and add some more interest to my new eating lifestyle.

Here are a few of the recipe lineup for this week from Ivy and Andrew Larson’s Clean Cuisine recipe lineup. I have both of their books – Clean Cuisine as well as their recipe book and LOVE them.

Black Bean Burger
Apple Pumpkin and Black Bean Chill (I seriously cannot wait to make this! I love homemade, hearty soups)
Chocolate Cheesecake with Chocolate Frosting (Please God, I am just asking that this tastes amazing. That is all. Thank you.)

Source: Cleancuisineandmore.com

Hope these suggestions get you excited to try some new and really healthy. In the back of my mind, I thought that a strict adherence to an anti-inflammatory diet was going to end up being entirely boring and really cumbersome. Not true at all.
To be fair, I have always been a pretty clean eater – with the exception of my daily cookie (which is no exaggeration).
But, since a few days after my diagnosis, I have been 100% dedicated to this and thoroughly enjoying it.

Hey, I truly don’t have any proof that this will slow the progression of my MS. What I know for a fact, is that I don’t know a thing about what my MS may do. And the fact is neither do my Doctors. But what I DO KNOW, is that I can let the facts speak for themselves and reap the secondary benefits which so far include:

  1. 6lbs. lost
  2. A ton of energy (i am not fatigued at all. This is a huge improvement.)
  3. Better skin.
  4. Better hair.
  5. Better nails.
  6. A scalp that is getting healthier. I have been dealing with dry scalp since November 2013 while I was pregnant my son and then it got worse afterwards. It’s finally now getting better. Less itchy, etc. I have spent at least $100 on OTC products, expensive shampoos, scrubs, oil and conditioners and nothing. Until now.
  7. Oh and I am regular – another first! (TMI I know!)

I do believe that what I am doing is the right thing for me personally. I can feel it through every cell in my body and I am going to honor that and stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can for this little guy. I’m making every day count.