Inflammation is the culprit in ANY disease today. Let that sink in. So you may not have MS, ok, maybe you have had a headache, arthritis, joint pain, or even cancer. All of that and more stems from inflammation in the body. Once we learn to reduce and hopefully eliminate inflammation in our bodies, we then can begin to enjoy these beautiful resilient bodies that were given to us.
Is there any such thing as an MS Diet? I have found what I believe to be a very successful approach to healing my body on a cellular level while reversing my MS symptoms. Are you wondering where to start? I am sharing my journey with real whole food, clean eating, and MS in hopes of helping you begin your journey today. Basically, that means I have cut out all things processed and “food-like”that line grocery store shelves today. If it comes in a box or a can, its processed and more than likely has preservatives. Of course there are always exceptions to every rule, you will see that in my grocery shopping.
An MS Diet is really no different than simply clean eating a plethora of whole foods that come directly from nature. I consume a highly modified paleo diet that Dr Wahls has studied and proven to work, with a few modifications that work for my body. I try not to complicate my life anymore and this lifestyle really is quite simple to incorporate with a few changes. I continue to tweak and modify my lifestyle of Real Whole Food and know it is the key to my health and anyone else looking to cut processed food and live a clean healthy life! You can see what I eat daily here.
Starting anything is easy when we are all hot and ready for change, it is after a few weeks when we begin to miss our old habits and start to slip back. Food is so addictive and the hold it has over us can be quite strong. Missing our old foods can cause us to easily slide back into old habits. Always ask yourself…. is it worth it? Does eating processed “food” help me in any way or is it going to make me feel better tomorrow? Bet the answer is always going to be no. To me, it is just not worth it. Processed “foods” vs. My Life…..My Life always wins hands down.
Transform your thinking first – Begin thinking about all of the food you CAN have and what you are CHOOSING to eat. Also, instead of an MS Diet, let us think about it as a clean living Lifestyle choice, anyone can benefit from the power of real whole food. Your mind is a powerful thing, use it to your advantage. Think positive and shed any negative in your life. I know I can eat anything I want at any time, I chose this lifestyle because of how it makes me feel from the inside out. I believe once you get your mind on board the rest will follow.
I certainly do not do everything perfectly but I sure do my best every single day!
~Read Dr. Terry Wahls book as a start. It will overwhelm you probably and be way too much to digest in the beginning. Do not get discouraged, I can help you. It is just a good starting point.
~Make a quick reference note for yourself listing your daily food intake
This is what mine looked like (level 3): 2 cups leafy greens, 1 cup sulfur, 1 cup color, 1 cup berries, 4-8 oz meat, 1 cup full fat coconut milk, fermented food, handful sprouted nuts
I also added this in my phone under notes and would refer to it often, especially when shopping. I still have this note in my phone and probably always will
~Gather a support group around you. Let them know what you are doing. Even online support groups and social networks are an awesome way to build a team around you. I started with my family and slowly branched out as I became more comfortable. I also started a facebook page that I share my daily eats on
~Start a journal. Write down everything you eat. I mean everything! You will need this as a reference if you start to feel better or worse. Personally, I take pictures of everything I eat
~Get yourself a blender if you do not have one yet! At the moment I am using the Ninja Pro 900 watt. When I wear this beast out I may get the bigger version
Start making smoothies and packing them with tons of veg and fruit, this is a great way to get your body primed and ready for the transition you are starting. Remember, it took years to get where you are, give your body some time to transition
~Go outside every day and get some Vitamin d, your body needs it and it will help you immensely. 15-20 mins will do to start
~Say good-bye to gluten, dairy and sugar in all forms, cry if you must but this is important as it causes inflammation
~Begin researching and exploring your town for good food sources; grocery stores, farms, butchers, CSA’s, maybe you can grow a garden
~Clean your body and house out of processed junk (boxed, canned, and bagged foods) as soon as you can. If there are other family members that still eat items you choose not to, keep plenty of food options for you around. Beware: Processed foods are everywhere, even lurking in seasonings
~Incorporate pasture raised grass fed meats and organic veggies as much as possible. My sons hunt so I am fortunate to have venison in my freezer along with ¼ grass-fed cow
~Continue to study real food, become a student of what it is and how it can help you right now. If it can be picked, gathered or hunted…eat it
~Know that we all heal at different rates and will have different results so be patient with your body, it has been with you:)
~Refer back to your food journal and begin tweaking what you eat to fit your own body and needs. It is always nice to be able to look back and see how far you have come
~Start identifying triggers for you and why you make the food choices you do. Once you can identify you can improve
So…..MS Diet or Lifestyle?? The choice is up to you!
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