It’s Go Time! Starting on the Wahls Protocol- After first being introduced to the story of Terry Wahls months ago, I became very interested in the story of an actual medical doctor using dietary strategies similar (but far stricter) to my own to reverse the effects of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and leave her wheelchair behind. A few weeks ago, I purchased her ebook and I have decided, starting today, to be faithful to her guidelines for 30 days. I’ll be posting updates on my progress and if I notice any meaningful changes.
For those who don’t know, a summary of the Wahls Protocol Diet could be summed up as:
- 3 cups of green leafy vegetables (daily)
- 3 cups of sulphur rich vegetables (daily)
- 3 cups of bright colour (peppers, berries, fruit) (daily)
- Grass fed meat (several times per week)
- Wild seafood (several times per week)
- Seaweed (at least once a week)
It is a very specific paleo type of diet. I should qualify this post by letting you know I have been following very similar, but less stringent guidelines since 2007, which I initially found on Direct-MS.org (who interestingly enough is helping to fund some of Dr. Wahls research).
The critics have said that dietary strategies in regards to MS are ‘pseud0-science’ and it hasn’t been proven in a scientific fashion. The latter is true, but the truth is that no medical authority has ever funded meaningful studies on dietary strategies with multiple sclerosis with same financial resources given to drug research. So the lack of scientific studies does not prove dietary strategies don’t work. What I find fascinating about Dr. Wahls is now you have an actual medical doctor who has multiple sclerosis and who has had amazing success in treating her own disease with dietary strategies! She is also in the process of producing the very studies the critics say are needed to prove validity.
My future reports about my progress while being strict to the Wahls Protocol will be far from scientific as they will only be my subjective reports on how I feel. However, this is my starting point:
- My feet are numb and have been for months. Kind of feels like they are permanently asleep, however, the numbness doesn’t effect my movement
- Random numbness down my legs, arms, and through my hands
- Some restless sleep, but overall pretty good
- I would rate my fitness level as above average. I ran 16km this past Saturday.
- Fatigue isn’t currently an issue, but it comes and goes
- My bowel functions normally, but I am prone to getting ‘backed up’.
- Some soreness in my neck
So, I have decided to give it a go. Here is what I have consumed so far today (as of 2pm):
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries mixed with cinnamon
- 1 cup of almonds
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup of coconut milk (mixed with above as my morning ‘cereal’)
- 1 banana
- 3 cups of steamed Kale
- 1 cup of steamed frozen broccoli
- 1 halibut fillet (baked)
- 3 glasses of water
Until next time,