Please help! Comparing the different diets

A board to discuss various diet-centered approaches to treating or controlling Multiple Sclerosis, e.g., the Swank Diet

Postby jgkarob » Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:46 am

Yes, that's the same for all diets though. Low carb through to low fat - but with the added idiosyncracratic nature of MS. What works for me, won't for anyone else.
All we can do (if we are to be sensible) is say 'well, this worked for me' and see if it chimes within.
I have to eat a very low carbohydrate diet, or else I will have type 2 diabetes. It's as simple as that for me.
If I stay low-carb then my blood sugars stay within the acceptible level and so do my triglycerides.
I don't know enough about neurosciences to have a valid opinion, but all I can write is, for 5 years, I was housebound and now I'm not. It's down to environment and several other factors, as well as diet and drugs and exercise.

I'm sceptical about nearly everything. I don't believe that there's a cure for MS or that diet will help everyone. I dislike a certain geologist's writings intensely and I don't think that diet can stop MS. Yet, to my surprise it helped me. It creates a very strong cognitive dissonance, but I'm just going with it. Life isn't that clear cut.
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Postby jimmylegs » Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:09 am

yep it's key to review your past diet, and ideally to have current bloodwork done, to understand what a diet can or can not do for each individual.

the research has clearly shown the differences between 'healthy controls' and patients with anything from ms to cancer. so once you know your own status, you can work from there.

i don't buy into any particular ms diet except my own. i don't cut out food groups because cutting out food groups is how i got sick in the first place.

sometimes diet just won't be enough and if a patient is that out of whack nutritionally, then therapeutic supplementation would be needed.

there's no sense working on health restoration, with diet and/or supplementation, without monitoring the key/known/researched indicator nutrients you're working with.

only once we know the status of these indicators can we figure out what nutritional strategies are suited to each of us as individuals.
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Postby Kate925 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:54 am

jgkarob,

I'm eating close to a paleolithic diet now. I'd love to have the link to the paleo recipes.

Thanks.
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Postby jgkarob » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:05 am

With pleasure...

http://paleofood.com

I'm finding that the lowcarb newsletter from about.com is extremely useful, with a flax seed bread, which seems tempting.
I make my own flatbreads with ground almonds and they are little like Scottish drop scones.
I do have access to great almonds here, in Spain, far nicer than most, being the Marfona variety, which are plumper and with little bitterness.
I keep hens, so we aren't ever short of eggs, but I only make the pancakes every other week.

I have no hypoglycaemic lows and my blood glucose levels are acceptable, but I know that I'll always have to eat this way. Still, it works for me and I enjoy the diet, so it's not a problem. It's not a diet, until I have to go to someone's house for a meal and try to explain why I don't eat bread or pasta or even potatoes.
The easiest explanation is that I'm diabetic and have coeliac disease. Neither are exactly true, but that's the closest I can get.
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Kate925 wrote:jgkarob,

I'm eating close to a paleolithic diet now. I'd love to have the link to the paleo recipes.

Thanks.
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Postby Kate925 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:13 am

Thank you!
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