Swank diet discussion

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Re: Swank diet discussion

Postby jimmylegs » Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:53 pm

question: once the red meat is out of the picture, what do most people choose to ensure optimal dietary zinc on the swank diet?
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Re: Swank diet discussion

Postby Kronk » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:24 pm

LibbyA wrote:Kronk: you may have answered my question that I just posted to the forum. I'm newly diagnosed, just beginning the journey. Interested in the Swank diet. So, as long as you stay under 15 grams of saturated fat, you eat what you like? You mention the "forbidden list", by this do you mean red meat, regular cheese/milk, butter etc?


If your interested I would say just buy the book. It is not expensive and would be a good reference tool in future. There are a few other things to note in the diet which I do not follow. The forbidden list is made up of hydrogenated oils such as palm oil and some other highly inflammatory offenders... being that this diet is about 60 years old I think the main purpose of the list was to highlight some main problem foods for his patients. Now every food we buy has a nutrition label on it and we can track very well. One other resource that is valuable is the SwankMSDiet website. It was the first experience i had to the online communities and has recipes if your interested. My meals are rather simple, protein, carb, veg. I eat a lot of chicken, turkey, fish, and shrimp.

Jimmy, its entirely possible Zinc is overlooked. I eat a lot of seafood, along with limited quantities of almonds, walnuts, pecans, spinach daily. I have a pretty well rounded diet. That being said i did lose almost 40lbs (from a lean frame) in 5 months when starting Swank and Wahls so I was missing some of my nutritional requirements. Since I reduced the diet restrictions I feel and look much healthier.
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Re: Swank diet discussion

Postby jimmylegs » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:26 pm

thanks for the reply, k. glad you are feeling better lately :)
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Re: Swank diet discussion

Postby LibbyA » Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:41 am

Thanks so much Kronk for the reply. The book is on it's way and hopefully will arrive this week. I just feel like I need to make some kind (any kind!) of proactive move and the only thing I feel like I CAN control is my diet. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed right now with everything, so your response was extremely helpful. I'm so glad I found this forum. I'll wait for the book and if I have anymore questions, will post. :-D
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Re: Swank diet discussion

Postby ElliotB » Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:46 am

"once the red meat is out of the picture"

I think it is important to understand that you do not need to eliminate red meat from your diet, but rather you want to eliminate saturated fat. Meats you purchase at a supermarket are loaded with saturated fat because of the grain diet fed to the animals. 100% Grass fed meats are naturally low in fat, loaded with omega 3 fat and are as healthy for you as wild salmon and other wild fishes that are high in omega 3 fat, which are foods most experts agree are excellent for everyone, especially those of us with MS.
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Re: Swank diet discussion

Postby jimmylegs » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:21 am

I agree. if ppl eliminate red meat without realizing why they're doing it, or what's at stake, or ensuring their nutrient status is looked after, they can run into trouble. seafood can be a useful source of dietary zinc. and the best bet diet recommends INCREASING red meats (of the wild game persuasion).
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Re: Swank diet discussion

Postby erinc14 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:21 am

what does the swank diet entail ?
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