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.