sorry to hear you're having a rough day
well done re the magnesium foods boost!
as for chlorella, personally i don't use it - just note the magnesium content, among other things. good catch on the pro-inflammatory aspect. found a couple of relevant articles:
Stimulation of cytokine production in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells by an aqueous Chlorella extracthttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17611933
Review: cytokines and the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosishttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8872892
glad you got all those tests organized! good call
as for the confusing diet issue - try to focus on what you can eat, not what you need to reduce (notice i did NOT say abstain from absolutely 100%)
here are some ideas, just based on what i have picked up and applied personally..
1) basically, eat the highest quality unprocessed whole foods that you can. that should automatically eradicate a lot of added salt, sugar, MSG etc.
2) stay hydrated - choose water or simple herbal teas like mint, before processed drinks.
eat the highest quality lean red meat you can find, keep it down to 1-2 servings per week. work in game meat like venison if possible. (these are rich in zinc)
lean chicken and turkey are good, and so are fish/sushi and shellfish. many shellfish are rich in zinc too.
choose high quality servings of fish, like wild salmon or halibut, 1-2x per week.
eat em up, lots and lots! raw, steamed, stir-fried, baked, yum! dark leafy greens like kale, swiss chard (boiled, 3min), spinach; dark salad veg like romaine; brightly coloured peppers and tomatoes; sweet potatoes and other root veg; onions, cabbage, and broccoli; mushrooms, go go go
fruit: eat em up! maybe not quite so much as the veggies, but they're still good. because of the sugar content you do have to keep an eye on the IF rating. some fruits are pro, some are anti, just make sure that overall you're decidedly on the anti-inflammatory side of the spectrum.personally, i'm not a big fruit eater. usually at best i will make a breakfast of frozen berry mix with some vanilla yogurt, sprinkled with anti-inflammatory nuts and seeds. i haven't had that in a while though.
nuts and seeds:
full of healthy fatty acids, protein, and minerals! i do things like top salads with raw sunflower seeds and whole flax seeds. you can put cashews into stir fries, etc etc. you do need to watch the phytate content with nuts, since phytates have the potential to bind up key minerals, but it's all about diversity and balance. there's good in those nuts too!
they're pro-inflammatory yes, but a good source of nutrition. i eat eggs all the time but instead of putting them in a pro-inflammatory context, like a white bread beakfast sandwich with ham and cheese for example, instead i pour beaten eggs over sauteed anti-inflammatory veg like onions, peppers, mushrooms, and spinach. i don't feel guilty about sprinkling on a little shredded cheese either
brown rice is fine, brown rice pasta too. things like quinoa would be fine. and oatmeal.
limit bread, and when you do eat it, try to choose sprouted whole grain breads to help reduce phytate content.
legumes: i eat these, but within reason. not too often and not huge servings of all legume.
dairy: you can still enjoy this but keep score and balance out the IF for the day. i'm not a huge dairy consumer anyway. i do enjoy milk in my tea and cream in my coffee. i put a pat of butter on steamed veg at dinner. as i just mentioned, i might put some cheese in my breakfast eggs (very small amount, but extra old cheddar but packs a big flavour punch!)
as for getting your calcium, here's a list of healthy sources - http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... nt&dbid=45
note the dark leafy greens in there - they are such great choices, for so many reasons!
at the end of the day, to restate, i think most of the things we're meant to avoid are things that deplete zinc, which is low in ms patients anyway. so, if you make sure your zinc status is optimal, as well as keeping score of your overall intakes with the IF score, IMHO you shouldn't be as susceptible to inflammatory responses associated with certain foods.
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com