These Are The Foods I Eat (And Avoid) To Manage My MS

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These Are The Foods I Eat (And Avoid) To Manage My MS

June 7, 2018 by: Lindsay Bileau

It wasn't easy to hear my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. But I've come to see what I thought was a curse, turn into a blessing. I have never been more health conscious and more in tune with my body in my entire life—and I can thank my confused immune system for that.

I was diagnosed with MS in February of 2016. Before my diagnosis, I was thin but not in a super-healthy way. I lived off of small amounts of all the wrong foods and paid no attention to proper sleep, but other than that, my body felt OK. I got MRIs done to investigate years of chronic lower back pain, and they ended up finding my multiple sclerosis instead. I had one lesion on my spine and several on my brain. At the time, I was a little more tired than usual but couldn’t recall ever having any of the related symptoms. I refused medication because to me, the negative side effects from taking them far outweighed how I was actually feeling.

It wasn’t until that summer that I started feeling the extreme fatigue, heat-related tingling and numbness, and after a particularly stressful workday, I developed optic neuritis. That summer, my husband also asked me if I wanted to go vegan with him. For moral reasons, I jumped right on board. Cutting those products out felt good mentally and physically, so much so that I wondered what else my diet could do for my health, especially in terms of my MS.

The foods that help me control my MS.

A quick Google search of "vegan and MS" turned up the Swank Diet and the Overcoming MS (OMS) Diet. In essence, these are particular diets for MS, which stem from a 50-plus-year study by Dr. Swank, of patients following a low-saturated-fat diet (less than 15 grams per day). These patients saw a 95 percent success rate in halting disease progression. I ordered the book from Amazon and started the very next day.