Wahls diet, 5 month update
MS has been hammering me since 1998 and nothing seems to slow it down. On
4/20/2011 I finally decided to go 100% on the Wahls diet. This is my 5-month
Dr Wahls' story is compelling. (see www.terrywahls.org
) In 2007 she wasn't too
far physically from where I am today. She changed her diet and by 2008 she could
walk and ride her bike! That will get the complete attention of someone like me!
(she did other things in addition to diet changes, like eletronic muscle
stimulation, meditation - but she thinks diet played the primary role in her
(and, she was never as bad as I am now)
My version of the Wahls diet:
Lots of veggies, esp. sulfur-rich and leafy greens and bright colors.
Small amount of fruit, some grain (but no gluten!)(I do quinoa and rice), small
amounts of meat (chicken, turkey, or seafood)(I avoid beef and pork).
ZERO gluten, dairy, sugar, yeast, legumes, red meat, processed food.
I think the first 2 on this list are the important ones, and #3 (sugar) isn't
Low starch; I do eat some grapes or blueberries or corn on occasion. But never a
potato or potato chips.
On day 62 I began including a commercial daily green drink; we use Green Magma.
Wahls is sort of the Swank diet (the first recommended MS diet) of today, except
I'd say it trades an emphasis on low-fat for an emphasis on veggies.
Wahls = Paleo-diet + anti-inflamatory diet + extra veggies.
I started on this 100% on 4/20... Before, I was 90% on the diet - it isn't far
from how I ate normally... but if you walked in with a pizza before 4/20 and
offered me a slice, I'd have one. Today - no thanks.
For me, the hardest things to totally give up were pizza, bacon, and cheese.
Pretty much everything else was EZ; I don't have a sweet tooth. In the old days,
I'd eat sweets occasionally but I never crave them.
My wonderful wife Janelle is on board with the diet (she ought to be; she found
it and directed me to it!) and the food prep - out of necessity; I can't do it.
VVV new stuff VVV
No physical change; I'm still 100% on the diet as defined above.
I was being a bit flip last month in saying I'd eat a bacon cheeseburger if I
don't see an effect after 13 months... I'd be better off going more paleo,
eliminating non-paleo stuff from my diet like rice and tomatos. Aaah, no salsa!
And I do love salsa!
There was a Q raised last month whether non-gluten grains are in the Wahls
Yes and no; there are several recipes in Wahls' book that include rice or
tomatos, (although neither is paleo) & she doesn't explicitly discuss it in the
She is also available as a Facebook contact and I've seen her say online that
if no gluten/no dairy doesn't give the desired results, go more paleo.
I have read a bunch online re: people going paleo (or at least no gluten/no
dairy) and improving a variety of health concerns. As great as it is to read
these success stories, it feels hollow 'til it happens to ME!
2 drink updates & a question:
*) You can make a decent Sprite-like beverage by adding stevia to sparkling
water - add a bit of lemon or lime & it's pretty good! Check the ingredient list
of the sparkling water; ideally there's only one thing on it!
*) The only other semi-unusual thing I do -when I'm not drinking my usual
beverage, water - is I make a cup of hot tea & let it sit out for 2-3 hourwaters
*) I've seen TV commercials for a lactose-free milk... Has anyone tried it? Does
it circumvent the "no dairy" rule?
-Gastronaut Dave, over and out