Apr 172013
 

Paleo Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

Paleo Diet and Multiple Sclerosis-   The diet I follow isn’t a ‘diet’ in the sense that I am attempting to lose unwanted pounds (can be found on the ‘diet‘ page) . My diet is a style of eating which is a choice based on what I believe will give me these best chance of beating MS. My choice isn’t based on faith, religion, or a whim; it is based on the research I have done into the research of others, who have convinced me that the way most western people eat is completely wrong. In addition, most of our common beliefs regarding food are erroneous and even dangerous.

(For full information on diet, visit the diet page by clicking here)

I believe the diet I follow can not only help those with Multiple Sclerosis, but many other people with a variety of conditions- even seemingly healthy people would benefit by changing their notions about food. 

My diet (which you can find on the diet page) is based on the now popular ‘Paleo Diet‘ which may seem like another fad diet. However, when you consider the contents of these diets are comprised of the food consumed by man for most of human history, calling them a ‘fad’ seems dubious, if not ridiculous. In addition, my diet has been heavily influenced by the ‘Paleo-like’ MS diet presented on Ashton Embry’s Direct-MS website.  The basics of these diets are the fruit of the work of many, but in recent years these concepts were brought into focus primarily due to the work of Dr. Loren Cordain. You can watch a lecture given by Dr. Cordain below:

The basics of the diet is a high lean-protein (animal) and fruit and vegetable based diet which is grain and dairy free.  It is a diet based on what our ancestors would have ate. Another excellent movie on the subject and one I highly recommend is ‘In Search of the Perfect Human Diet‘. A movie you will have to buy or rent, but it is worth it. There were four points in the movie which were really hard to ignore:

  1. The GI tracts or gastrointestinal tracts of humans are the same as other carnivores and not like those of herbivores. For example, like lions, humans have a single stomach where herbivores, like cows, have multiple stomachs in order to process low nutrient density in plant based foods (sorry vegetarians). 
  2. An interview in the movie with an archeologist whose entire area of study is the diet of ancient man. He takes bone samples from ancient human fossils from which he measures certain isotopes to determine what these people ate. What he has discovered is that all ancient peoples ate a animal protein based diet supplemented by foods like nuts, seeds, and vegetables. He states there are no vegetarians or vegans in the archeological record.
  3. An interview with Dr. Cordain in the movie set on a football field. He uses the field as a visual guide for the evolutionary history of the human diet. Our modern grain and corn based diet represents about a 1/4 inch of the entire field and our modern diet coincides with the rise of modern diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and even multiple sclerosis.
  4. Another interview in a grocery store where they show why most of the food in the store is not suitable from human consumption.

More recently, the story of Dr. Terry Wahl’s remarkable recovery from progressive MS using diet has brought this style of eating into focus for those with MS. Her diet is far more strict than mine and she does a far better job of explaining the diet. The video below is Dr. Wahl’s ‘Ted Talk.’

It is the combination of the information presented by Dr. Cordain, out lined on Ashton Embrey’s Direct-MS website, films like ‘In Search of the Perfect Human Diet’, and Dr. Wahl’s story which have convinced me that the Paleo Diet makes sense and is what people should be eating. I did not intend this post as an attack on vegetarians or vegans, but the evidence suggests that those diets are incorrect and even dangerous (if not augmented by proper supplementation)- especially for those who live with MS.

(For full information on diet, visit the diet page by clicking here)

Vegetarian versus Omnivores- which one is right? (blog post, click here)

The Problem with Corn

Corn is a domesticated grass which isn’t ideal for humans. Corn is changed into high fructose corn syrup which is the main source of sugar for most people (and contained in almost everything). The problem is that it is a very dangerous substance for humans and can lead to a wide variety of health issues. The movie/lecture below given by Robert H. Lustig, MD, gives an excellent overview of why you should be aware of the problems with corn and high fructose corn syrup.

 

So now that I have told you not to eat anything in your fridge, go out and grab a bison steak and have a great day.

 

*Below is my diet from last evening and today (so far). I will continue to include what I am eating for anyone who is struggling to figure out what to eat. 

Last night’s dinner:

  • Large turkey breast seasoned with pepper, onion, and garlic. Fat trimmed off.
  • mashed yams (yams, almond milk, dash of salt, black pepper, garlic)
  • 32 ounces of water
  • bowl of almond butter, honey, and raisins for desert

Breakfast

  • One hand-full of almonds, one hand-full of raisins, sprinkle of sunflower seeds (shelled), sprinkle of flax seeds, sprinkle of cinnamon- all mixed in a bowl and served with rice milk (like any breakfast cereal)
  • 2 eggs fried in coconut oil and seasoned with turmeric and black pepper
  • 32 ounces of water
  • 8 ounces of prune juice (you’ve got to keep things moving)

Lunch

  • Beef meat sauce (lean ground beef from local source and butcher)
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • 16 ounces of water

Exercise today:

No exercise today. Recovering from the MS Eater yesterday.

 

Until next time,

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Sean
I am a 36 year old husband and father who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. MS doesn't own me, I own it. I have run three half marathons since my diagnosis and completed the Leduc to Camrose MS Bike tour twice. I'm also an avid hockey fan and I blog about my favorite team, the Edmonton Oilers, over at Oilers Addict.com. I can be reached anytime via the contact page. Be well.
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