Okay, so before, I jumped on the Swank thing because Dr. Swank had talked about the veins narrowing back in the 1950s… but I didn’t take the time to go through all the different diets out there that are supposed to help people with multiple sclerosis to figure out which one is right for me.
I’m in love with http://www.direct-ms.org/ right now, just for existing. I could seriously hug the people who have put so much hard work into the site. Especially the http://www.direct-ms.org/recommendations.html
So – here are the options of what’s out there. This is what I’m lookin at.
The Swank Diet, which is very simple, and thus is the front-runner:
- Saturated fat should not exceed 15 grams per day.
- Unsaturated fat (oils) should be kept to 20-50 grams per day.
- No red meat for the first year. After the first year, 3 oz. of red meat is allowed once per week.
- Dairy products must contain 1% or less butterfat unless otherwise noted.
- No processed foods containing saturated fat.
- A good source of omega-3 along with a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement are recommended daily.
- There are no restrictions on wheat, gluten or dairy, but any foods that an MS sufferer is intolerant to should be avoided.
Best Bet, another diet, which I think may be overly restrictive:
- Avoid all dairy, grains, legumes, eggs and yeast.
- Avoid all allergenic foods which are identified by skin and ELISA tests.
- Avoid all red meat and margarine
- Eat fish and skinless breast of chicken and turkey, for protein fruits and vegetables for carbohydrates and micro-nutrients and extra virgin olive oil and unrefined sunflower oil for fats.
- Take as many of the 17 recommended supplements as your budget allows.
More as time and my patience allows…