jaykateri wrote:Would you happen to know some good foods that could be included in a diet ?
That will be sort of tricky for me as a bartender, but other than just needing to know what things taste like so i can give opinions, I don't drink at work other than a shot here or there when people have a birthday and want a shot with the bartender.
I'm a pretty picky eater when i do in fact eat at all (and ever since i've been home from the hospital - my appetite has gone completely down the drain :/
Jay–you may find it interesting to read through the Diet forum (diet-f9/
). There are threads there that pertain specifically to the Wahls diet, which I mentioned earlier; the Wahls diet is quite restrictive (too hard for me). However, many people find great help with the Wahls diet: there are 69 testimonials on her webpage (http://www.terrywahls.com/_blog/Testimo ... sclerosis/
) But there are many other diet recommendations there in the Diet forum.
In my opinion, the objective is to reduce the insulin level; there may be several diets that can bring this about. I think this is inadvertently the mechanism of the Wahls diet. The following may be common to all effective diets because they lower the insulin:
#1 Remove ALL trans fats from the diet.
#2 Remove all sugar (including beer, wine, etc. which have sugar), remove all artificial sweeteners-NO Splenda, including sugar alcohols (polyols) such as sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol, erythritol, lactitol, etc. (these sugar alcohols are "sweeter" than sugar), and remove white flour, white bread, white potatoes, white rice (which convert readily to glucose, a.k.a. blood sugar, in the body) from your diet. Raising the blood sugar level leads to an insulin spike.
#3 (as CaveMan suggested in a Paleo Diet discussion) Remove all processed foods..
#4 NO MSG
#5 Dr. William Davis in his book, Wheat Belly, recommends avoiding ALL wheat – refined and even whole wheat – not because of a gluten problem, but because of a problem with a protein called gliadin. He feels, "Today’s wheat may be dangerous because it greatly elevates blood sugar levels, leading to insulin spikes that cause chronic inflammation and excess belly fat (visceral fat)."
And if you cook, Jay, he has offered the recipe for his Wheat Belly Pizza (http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/wheat-belly-pizza
) on The Dr. Oz Show. The link will lead you to some of his other recipes.
Any diet (for diabetics, for example) which will reduce blood sugar will reduce the resulting insulin spike. Eat simpler, less processed foods; go easy on the fruit because it will stimulate insulin. The objective is to reduce that insulin.
You may find it helpful to substitute coconut flour, almond flour/meal, or flax meal/flour in your favorite recipes which are low in sugar – these flours have no carbohydrates and, of course, have no wheat flour.
#6 Recently I read that cucumber pickles, or any pickled vegetable (onions, cabbage, etc.) or apple cider/or white vinegar alone will reduce insulin production in the body. I have now started eating a pickle every day; I hope you like pickles, Jay.
#7 Add coconut oil to your daily menu – fry an egg in it for breakfast, cook with it, use it in salad dressing, or just stir a teaspoonful into your oatmeal. Coconut oil is a medium-chain fat and is readily used as fuel by the body.
My hypothesis: excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) plays a major role in MS, as developed in my initial post: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-discussion-f1/topic1878.html "Insulin – Could This Be the Key?"