This is probably the most commonly asked question I get, “What foods do I eat daily and the ratios”. The second biggest question I get, “Aren’t you hungry?”. I believe once you read what I eat to control my MS, what amounts and why, the second question will be answered! (Hint: no)
Based on a paleo and ketogenic lifestyle.
What I Eat To Control My MS
So I am going to breakdown what I eat – 1. daily, 2. weekly, 3. supplements, 4. drinks, 5. sweets & treats, and 6. occasionally. I will try to be as complete as possible. You should be able to match up my lists here to my farmacy runs I post on my Facebook page weekly and then, of course, my daily eats I post there as well. My standard grocery lists should be in line with this as well.
This all started in 2014 after my diagnosis, I read Wahls Protocol and implemented the 3rd level, Wahls Paleo Plus. My goal was to avoid taking any drugs to manage my MS. To date, I have been 100% successful at controlling and yes, even reversing my MS symptoms with food only. I stayed on WPP for the first year pretty strictly, as I was really sick and it scared the shit out me. Once I had my MS symptoms under control and I was high functioning on a regular basis, I began experimenting with foods that worked for me. I was tuned into my body more than I ever had been. I was listening and tweaking what worked for me within the parameters of the Wahls Protocol. I was a clean whole food eating machine and was excited to see where I could take it!
There were a few learning curves along the way, pushing my body too far. See, I had cleaned my body out on a cellular level at this point, so any deviation could set me off. That meant, no going out to dinner, no eating at friends houses or parties. Travel was impossible at this point, as I had to prepare and carry all my own foods wherever we went. It became exhausting and really quit undoable if I wanted to have a life. So I learned to have a bite here and there of things I normally did not, like a nice cheese, or hand cut fries and even bread! I will go into this more when I talk about “treats”. So let’s get started.
What I Eat Daily
This is absolute unless I am fasting for some reason. This combination of real, whole foods and good fats keeps me full all day long. I eat 2 times a day generally with a small snack if needed. You can read more about my fasting here
I am 5’5″ and size 4/6. If you are larger or smaller you may need to adjust the ratios. It’s important to know I do not have sugar spikes, highs or lows, I remain quite even throughout the day.
I buy all organic food, always. This is my medicine and the toxic load from GMO and pesticides is just not doable for me.
Yes, this is a lot of veggies and I eat 75-80% raw.
2-3 cups leafy greens – I switch them up daily and rotate them around
1 cup colored veggies
1 cup sulfur veggies – these are brussels, onions, cauliflower, garlic, peppers etc
1 cup berries – sometimes I only do about 1/2 cup
1/2 – 1 cup good fats – full-fat coconut milk (I should buy stock in this) – 1 Tbls of the following when cooking or preparing meals; grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, EVOO, avocado, bacon fat, etc.
1/2 fermented foods – pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, olives
1/4 cup raw nuts – raw cashew or almond butter, cheese, soaked nuts (pumpkin, walnut, pecan, sunflower, almonds, cashews)
4-6 oz meat – wild caught fish, grass fed beef, pasture raised chicken, uncured meats free from nitrates and nitrites. Again, I vary this daily throughout the week.
I cook with fresh and dried herbs and spices – this is very important to include for flavor and health
Things I Try to Eat Weekly
Wild caught canned oysters or clams in EVOO or Raw Oysters as I live in Charleston SC and they are damn good! I also have read if you don’t eat liver or organs this is a good option. I do not do liver.
Pasture Raised organic eggs
What I Drink Daily
2 cups of organic coffee daily with full fat coconut milk and cinnamon – frothing this up in your blender cup makes it extra special if you want to. Also adding 1/2 tsp MCT oil to second cup. I always drink organic fresh ground coffee. This is more of a vehicle for the fats than the caffeine, decaf is just fine for me.
Water – 64 oz minimum. I use the Big Berkey water filter and highly recommend it. I even have the travel Berkey I take whenever I leave home. I am a water snob and refuse to buy bottled water for many reasons.
Kombucha – I use in my smoothies, drink a small glass or mix with my cocktails. I only drink ones with a low sugar content, as many have high sugar contents. I prefer GT’s Kombucha and Healthade. I also like a few local ones like One Love.
Bone Broth – I make soups and drink straight. All organic grass fed and pasture raised. I make my own as well as buy some to keep on hand in the freezer.
What I drink Occasionally
Health shots that have things like lemon juice, ginger juice, apple cider vinegar etc – can buy when traveling or make at home much cheaper.
Gut Shot from Farmhouse Culture
Almost never but when I do – Alcohols I will drink – dry red wine or champagne, gin, potato vodka, tequila – I typically will mix with kombucha and sparkling water to avoid sugary mixers.
I am not a fan of supplements unless absolutely necessary. This is my opinion, as I like to get everything I need naturally and as close to nature as possible. Anything processed generally does not do well for me. Note, I list a few spices here as well as they are crucial to our health.
Spirulina – 1 tsp 4 times a week in my smoothie
Vitamin D – ONLY if I can’t get outside for 15 mins or more (ask your doc for how much you should take)
Collagen – this is questionable for me. I like to get mine from bone broth mainly but will use it some, but always get from grass fed or wild caught sources
Turmeric or Curcumin – daily, I cook with curry a lot and use turmeric in my smoothie somedays
Cinnamon – use in my smoothies and coffee, but don’t over do it
Sweets and Travel Treats
80-90% dark chocolate – of course, its awesome dipped in almond butter and cinnamon
Dates – I use for a sweetener if making something special but very rarely
Raw Honey – I will use in hot tea or treats sometimes but only like 1 tsp
Packaged bars – lara bars, Mighty Beef bars, Chomp Sticks, Nut Butter Packets
Back to what I said earlier about testing foods that work for me, I will include a few of them here. I only eat these items here and there or I will get my body off track and it takes days to get back on, just not worth it to me long term.
Sourdough bread – TRUE fermented, properly made sourdough bread. My Whole Foods makes theirs daily and works great for me. It is not gluten free, but after studying about it I found most of the gluten is eaten away during the fermentation. If you are allergic to gluten I wouldn’t do it.
Sprouted bread and tortillas – again not gluten free but I believe have a lot of nutritional value. I tend to buy Foods For Life and real fermented sourdough bread.
Coconut or Almond Flour Wraps and Tortilla Chips from Siete Foods.
Fresh citrus fruits and apple
Hand Cut french fries – oven baked or when we go out (such a treat!)
Just eat Real Whole Foods!
Love & Be Well,