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Overcoming MS Related Depression: Six Strategies

By : | 0 Comments | On : October 21, 2014 | Category : MS Diet Tips

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Being diagnosed with MS is a stressful, life changing event that carries with it the inevitable emotions of shock and disbelief. These feelings can then give way to anger and possibly denial. However, after a person has come to terms with being diagnosed and worked through these initial feelings, a certain hopelessness can kick in. It is hard to say goodbye to your ‘normal’ life and accept that this is the way it is going to be from now on. It’s demoralising to live with debilitating symptoms every day without seeing any signs of improvement. Being stuck in this negative emotional cycle can lead to depression.

Depression is a common symptom of MS. In fact, more than half of people with MS will be diagnosed with depression at some point in their illness. Another study found that one in four people with MS have unrecognised and undiagnosed symptoms of depression. This is dangerous because depression can make MS progress more quickly if left unchecked.

Dr. Jelinek states in his book ‘Overcoming MS’ that the single most important factor in determining the quality of life of people with MS is the presence or absence of depression, not disability or fatigue. Therefore, recognising and dealing with depression is of paramount importance for those with MS. The great thing is that just a few lifestyle changes can make all the difference but the first step is recognising this monster. (more…)


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Sugar & MS Symptoms: The Uncoated Truth

By : | 8 Comments | On : October 14, 2014 | Category : MS Diet Tips

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Who doesn’t love sugar? It’s sweet and delicious and gives us an instant boost of energy. Isn’t it amazing how even, newly weaned, babies will turn their noses up at their plain rice porridge in favour of their pot of fruit puree! We are almost wired to love this heavenly stuff. However, we now know that not all sugars are created equal. Some are fine to eat and others wreak havoc on our health. This is why it can be very confusing to be given an instruction to ‘avoid all sugar’.

Most sugars are simple carbohydrates, which means that they’re made up of one or two sugar molecules stuck together, making them easy to pull apart and digest. Complex carbohydrates, like those found in whole grains, legumes and many vegetables, are long chains of sugar molecules that must be broken apart during digestion. They offer a longer-lasting, more stable supple of energy. Naturally occurring fiber, protein and fat in many whole foods further slows the sugar-release process.

A rule of thumb is that the more processed and refined the carbohydrate, the faster it breaks down in the digestive system, and the bigger the sugar rush it delivers. That’s why refined flours, sugars and sugar syrups are such a hazard for our health.The body is beautifully designed to handle small amounts of sugar. However, refined sugars deliver a larger rush than our bodies were designed to handle.

 In this post, I’d like to distinguish between the healthier sugars which are allowed on the MS diet and those that will cause a decline in our condition. Firstly, let’s take a brief look at the various types of sugars found in nature. (more…)


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Increasing Raw Food in Your MS Diet

By : | 2 Comments | On : October 6, 2014 | Category : Uncategorized

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Food that has not been cooked is alive and is at the peak of its nutrient and enzyme providing potential. I have been including more and more raw food in my diet and have felt the huge difference it makes. I make sure that I have at least one raw ingredient in each meal. Breakfast is pretty much all raw. I gobble up a raw juice, fruit smoothie or fruit salad. A great way to start the day! Lunch could be raw zucchini noodles with raw pesto or a baked potato with salad. Dinner is often salmon accompanied by a big salad of baby spinach, rocket, cucumber, tomatoes and carrots.  Nuts are my ultimate raw snack. They’re so easy to grab as a quick bite when you’re starving! (more…)


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A Cooking Class Experience: Deliciously Ella & The MS Diet

By : | 4 Comments | On : August 16, 2014 | Category : Uncategorized

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I was overjoyed when I came across the Deliciously Ella food blog! Ella’s recipes are very much in agreement with the MS diet way of eating and she has such a fabulous collection. Her journey to health is similar to mine and the many other women who have recovered from MS. She embraced food and a new lifestyle to recover from Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, a heart condition that left her exhausted and in chronic pain. Medication didn’t help her condition so she turned to nutrition. She has fully recovered and now runs a high profile and creative and recipe blog to help others realise the healing power of food and start eating this way.

Understandably, I immediately identified with Ella because we have the same goals: keeping ourselves disease free and helping others do the same! So, I decided to attend one of her amazing cooking classes in London. It was a privilege to meet Ella and to learn some different ways of cooking and presenting the food that I love so much.

I would like to share a bit about this experience and tell you about the fabulous things we made. (more…)


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Raw MS Diet & Cacao Covered Nuts

By : | 4 Comments | On : June 12, 2014 | Category : Uncategorized

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This recipe was inspired by a week of eating only raw food. It is just a delicious treat and a break from the salads and smoothies. I feel fantastic when I’m eating this way. Raw food contains so many more enzymes and nutrients than cooked food and your body just soaks them up and uses them for healing. Before I share this recipe with you, I want to tell you about why embarked on this raw adventure. There were three main reasons. (more…)


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Turmeric: Can It Help Manage MS Symptoms?

By : | 14 Comments | On : May 26, 2014 | Category : Healing Foods

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Turmeric, to many of us, is just a spice that we keep at the back of our spice cupboards and add to curries every now and then. Few have discovered the real value of this bright and beautiful root!  In terms of flavour, it adds a lovely peppery, warm and slightly bitter flavour that compliments spicy dishes beautifully. It’s super for spicing up meals, but did you know that turmeric can actually help to improve your MS symptoms? Recent research has revealed that it has some potent healing qualities that can aid recovery in a number of conditions, including MS and cancer.

Eating it regularly also helps to prevent such illnesses from arising in the first place. Studies have found that communities which consume turmeric on a daily basis, such as those in India, have a very low incidence of MS. It is clear that this happy spice has neuroprotective and healing effects and can be highly beneficial for people with MS.

In this post, I would like to explore the specific benefits of turmeric for MS and explain how, including it in your MS diet it works to aid recovery. I am also going to delve into the wealth of research that has been recently conducted on turmeric as a health aid. Lastly, we’ll have a look at what forms of turmeric are best to use to receive it’s maximum benefits. (more…)


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