Why are you doing this blog?
My friend, Lady, suggested that I write about my diet change when I told her I wanted to be healthier and manage my MS. I stewed on this idea for a while and thought it would be a great idea. While I am not doing anything particularly revolutionary, if I can chronicle my journey, maybe I’ll see a positive difference between where I started and where I am. And if I can share some of that inspiration with others, so much the better.
Why did you choose those particular diet changes?
The diet drops I’ve chosen do seem rather arbitrary, but there is a method to my madness. I have made those particular choices based on life experiences, personal research, and anecdotal evidence from others.
- Alcohol: personal prohibition and a chance to kick myself into high gear for the diet changes. Most big diet shifts eliminate alcohol and because I will be eating less alcohol absorbing foods in the weeks to come, it is a good place to start.
- Sugarcane: sugar is the current bad guy in Western diet and feeds the bad bacteria in our gut flora. Like many highly refined foods, sugar is addictive and bad for us in excess. Unfortunately, with the way foods are processed and packaged, it’s impossible not to consume in excess.
- Red Meat: this is less for MS reasons and more because I have issues with high-cholesterol. Since I am cleaning up my eating for my MS health, I figured I could also work on lowering my cholesterol. Additionally, I have noticed that when I ate vegan for extended periods of time that I had extra energy without needing caffeine supplementation, so I am looking at it as a second way to gain more natural energy.
- Fried Foods: this is also for the issues I’ve had with high cholesterol and a psychological dependance I have with eating unhealthy foods when I am not feeling well physically or emotionally. This is also meant to help rebalance my gut flora.
- Dairy: in initial studies, dairy has a protein that that MS attacks before and during flare ups. Dairy is a known inflammatory food and by dropping it I have the potential of overcoming the following: fatigue, mental fog, weight issues, and flare-ups.
- All other Meats
I have MS and I hate it when people say ‘you should try this diet to cure your MS’ or ‘a friend of a friend changed their diet and solved all their MS issues.’ What makes your blog any different from those claims?
I am not advocating that this diet will cure or solve anyone’s MS/issues. I am doing this for me and documenting my experiences and results to share with others. This is supplementation to pharmaceutical help (though I am currently not taking anything due to breastfeeding), not a replacement. I don’t actually anticipate the changes I am making to make an appreciable difference to my MS, but the process of getting healthier is going to make a difference on my overall well-being.
I have RRMS, so I don’t know how this lifestyle will affect someone with SPMS or PPMS. I do recommend that readers take what is reasonable for them to do and try it out. Exercise may not be feasible, but being more mindful over what is consumed might be. If completely cutting out sugar is impossible, moving towards consuming a little less might be possible. Moderation and mindfulness is key and taking small steps can go a long way.
Ultimately, this is what is working for me and I would never push this lifestyle change on anyone. MS is hard enough, there is no reason to add any stress to the mix if what I am writing about doesn’t work for you.