The MS Diet

221 Comments | August 12, 2012

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I have tried to synthesise the large volume of information I have researched over the past 2 years into a single page. This is it.

Reducing and even eliminating MS symptoms can be a reality. This page outlines how eating the right foods and can help significantly to improve Multiple Sclerosis symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease. I call this my MS diet. It has been compiled with the help of a number of medical doctors and experts, diet consultants, and months of intensive research. It has helped to keep me living an almost normal life. I hope it will be a help to you too.

My Inspiration

Ultimately, my real inspiration has been to help myself. As selfish as it sounds, this has spurred me on to read countless books, speak with numerous experts and medical professionals and spend hours on the Internet. But now, my passion is to share what I have learnt, and help other women with MS.

I have customised a MS diet for me, and you should too. I have used bits and pieces from various sources to put together a MS diet I believe that works. Yes, I am learning more everyday and will be updating things as I go along.

Why Is Diet Important To Multiple Sclerosis?

Food has the power to heal as well as to hurt. As people affected by MS, we need to focus on food that heals. Everything we put into our mouths ends up in our cells, the power houses of the factory that is our bodies.

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Certain foods will help the factory work more efficiently whereas other foods will slow down productivity and cause certain parts to malfunction. Such is the importance of the casual choices we make several times a day when we decide what to eat.

For people with MS, this decision is even more important than for the average person. There are certain foods that seem to cause an allergic reaction in the body and activate the immune system. An auto-immune attack follows which results in a variety of multiple sclerosis symptoms.

Before we discuss individual foods and how they impact our bodies, we must take a quick look at why the body reacts negatively towards certain food particles. Our stomach lining or gut is usually impermeable to food particles, preventing them from passing into the bloodstream. In a healthy gut, there are millions of microorganisms that help food to be properly digested and aid in keeping the stomach wall nice and healthy. However, it can become damaged through the use of substances such as antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, alcohol and tobacco.

Certain foods provoke an immune response

Sugar and refined food products are also implicated in the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. It can also be caused when the healthy bacteria in our stomach is taken over by unhealthy bacteria. This condition is often referred to as Candida. Unfortunately most of us have a leaky gut now and then so we should all be carefully listening to our bodies to find out what foods make us feel vibrant with health or leave us feeling sluggish and bloated. A healthy MS diet will help minimise this as far as possible.

Leaky Gut Syndrome – Activation of the Immune System

Our damaged stomach lining is now permeable and starts allowing tiny particles of undigested food into the bloodstream. The immune system mistakes the food particles for invaders and is activated to attack. When you eat that particular food again, the immune system remembers it as an invader and calls in the troops to begin an attack. A food sensitivity is thus created. Researchers have found that immune cells are first activated in the blood stream before they cross the blood brain barrier and do their damage in the nervous system. Just one tiny particle of food can cause this reaction so it’s best to completely eliminate foods that you know could possibly lead to a relapse. That small bite of something ‘naughty’ just isn’t worth it!

Is This A Cure For MS?

There isn’t concrete evidence that diet is a “cure” for MS – we all know there is no cure yet. Many doctors are still not convinced diet  helps at all to reduce MS symptoms and exacerbations [we'll forgive them for that!]. The difficulty is that everyone reacts differently to having Multiple Sclerosis. Just as some people are allergic to certain foods while others are not, following an MS diet correctly is not a guarantee that it will work for you. But, you only have something to gain by following it – your body will love you for it! Increasing your overall health is going to benefit you in ways you haven’t yet imagined. It might not “cure” you, but you will see drastic results and that I can promise. I believe that everyone has a great chance of managing their MS successfully through diet. Once you understand that the stomach and MS are linked, it is clear that a healthy gut can reduce MS symptoms. Reason enough for you to give it a chance and stick to it for the long run, until a real cure is found.

Just before we get into the MS diet details, remember, I’m not a doctor so please ensure you consult with a medical professional to see whats right for you – I’m just someone who wants to share what has worked for me!

A. Foods To Avoid – Dangerous for your MS Diet

MS nutrition is a vital element of the defence of body again Multiple Sclerosis. Food that causes a “flare up” of symptoms in me, may not necessarily do the same to someone else. It is, however advisable to cut out all of the following foods for at least three months. This is enough time for your body to rid itself of all traces of these foods and for your stomach lining to heal itself. It should also be sufficient time for you to see an improvement in your symptoms.

Some people are able to reintroduce a few of these foods after this period without experiencing a serious MS relapse. However, most people find that their symptoms start returning again and that they need to permanently exclude these foods from their Multiple Sclerosis diet. Every person is different and you need to listen carefully to your body and the way it is responding to what you are eating.

The following list is about every day foods that you might eat as part of your normal diet. I have specifically excluded supplements as I will be going into that in a lot more detail separately, so this page is primarily about foods you should and shouldn’t eat as part of your Multiple Sclerosis diet.

It appears that not all of the following foods have the same negative impact on every person with Multiple Sclerosis – if you are aware of any others, please leave a comment below.

1. Dairy/Cow’s Milk Products

Foods To Avoid:

Milk, butter, buttermilk, cheese, cottage cheese, ice-cream, cream, whey powder.

Researchers and nutritionists are becoming increasingly convinced that cow’s milk consumption has a role to play in the development and maintenance of MS. Researchers have found a high correlation between cow’s milk consumption and MS in many countries. Studies conducted in Germany and Canada have provided a possible reasons why this may be so. A number of cow’s milk proteins appear to be targeted by the immune cells of people with MS. The cow’s milk MS link is further reinforced by the finding that certain proteins in cow’s milk mimic part of the myelin sheath protein, the part of myelin thought to initiate the autoimmune reaction, so it really should be excluded from your MS diet.

MS Diet Alternatives:

Rice milk, almond milk (try to make sure that these products are 100% pure with no added oils, fats, flavour or other products), coconut milk and coconut cream. Soy products are also an option but eat them with caution because some people have a negative reaction to them.

2. Gluten and Wheat

Foods To Avoid:

Bread (white and brown), barley, bulgur, cous-cous, oats, pasta, biscuits, cakes, cookies, rye.

Gluten is a protein found in the above foods. In many people with multiple sclerosis, this protein provokes the activation of the immune system, causing it to attack. It is interesting to note that wheat is a staple food in most of the countries in which MS frequently occurs. However, in many of the tropical countries, where multiple sclerosis is virtually unheard of, it is not a crop that is commonly grown.

MS Diet Alternatives:

Rice cakes, corn thins, gluten-free bread, gluten free pasta, quinoa, brown/wild/basmati rice, sweet potatoes, potatoes (keep to a minimum as you ideal want a low blood-sugar level), corn on the cob, millet.

3. Saturated Fats

Foods To Avoid:

Red meat, butter, margarine, chocolate, lard, cheese.

Dr. Roy Swank, probably the most famous Multiple Sclerosis diet researcher in the field had quite a bit to say about saturated fat. He was given the opportunity to spend 5 years researching MS and discovered that diet affected MS prognosis. His findings later became ‘The Swank Diet‘. One of the main proponents of his MS diet is eliminating saturated fat. His theory is that people with MS do not process saturated fats effectively which leads to embolisms of these fats forming in the bloodstream. This eventually leads to a breach the blood brain barrier, allowing activated immune cells to cross and do their damage. In Dr. Swank’s longitudinal study of MS nutrition, the participants who were disciplined about saturated fat consumption saw the most dramatic improvements in their conditions.

However, Dr Terry Wahls, author and physician who has recovered from secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis, does allow some saturated fats through grass-fed meats and venison – but after reading The China Study by T Campbell, I am following a more vegetarian approach as I think this more healthy overall.

MS Diet Alternatives:

Salmon and other oily fish, Extra Virgin olive oil, coconut oil, flax seed oil, cocoa and coconut oil mixed with a natural sweetener (see recipes).

4. Heated Fats (in any form)

Foods To Avoid:

Crisps, deep fried chips/fries, baked goods, roasted nuts, roast potatoes.

Most fats change their molecular structure when they are heated at high temperatures. In this form, they cannot be absorbed by the body and instead do damage to the cells. When cooking, use a little coconut oil that is not easily damaged by heat.

MS Diet Alternatives:

Roasted vegetables sprinkled with olive oil once they are out of the oven, raw nuts, dehydrated nuts (using a dehydrater), popcorn (air popped in a popcorn maker and then tossed with olive oil).

Note on Margarine: Even though this product is not technically a saturated fat, it is an exceptionally unhealthy fat to eat. Margarine contains trans-fatty acids which are not easily absorbed by the body. In fact, research shows that trans-fatty acids increase inflammation in the body. Margarine also contains artificial colouring agents, or it would look like bicycle grease. This is not something you want to be putting into your body!

5. Caffeine

Foods To Avoid:

Coffee, chocolate, almost all “normal teas” including green tea, energy drinks.

Researchers have found evidence which suggests that caffeine may be bad for Multiple Sclerosis. The hormone adenosine is important for regulating the immune system and halting inflammatory reactions. It seems that caffeine can block the adenosine receptor and thus lower the effectiveness of adenosine for suppressing inflammation.

MS Diet Alternatives:

Decaffeinated coffee (this does still contain a small amount of caffeine so don’t over do it), herbal teas such peppermint tea, camomile tea and fruit infused teas (as long as all the additives are natural and comply).

6. Refined Foods (with high sugar levels)

Foods To Avoid:

Cakes, biscuits, sweets, table sugar.

The more refined sugar you consume, the more insulin your body has to produce to bring down your blood sugar levels. Prolonged levels of elevated insulin have been shown to contribute to inflammation. It also has a negative, deregulating effect on the immune system. Don’t even think about replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners. The sweetness of artificial sweeteners actually triggers the pancreas to secrete more insulin than regular table sugar does. Excessive sugar consumption is also one of the factors involved in candida overgrowth which leads to Leaky Gut Syndrome.

MS Diet Alternatives:

Dried fruit (especially dried mango and strawberries – my favourites), Xylitol (natural sweetener with no artificial products), Stevia, Agave nectar, honey, maple syrup.

There are many gluten, dairy and sugar free biscuits and cakes that can be bought at most major supermarkets. However, I wouldn’t recommend eating these products too often. You will find that most of them contain heated fats and trans fats and other artificial products.

7. Legumes

Foods To Potentially Avoid:

Acacia (and acacia gum), adzuki beans, alfalfa, black beans, black-eyed peas, broad beans (fava beans), butter beans, calico beans, canavalia beans (jack bean), cannellini beans, carob, cassia, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), edamame beans, field peas, great northern beans, green beans, green peas, guar gum, Italian beans, karaya gum, kidney beans, lentils, licorice, lima beans, locust beans, mung beans, navy beans, peanuts (that includes peanut oil and peanut butter), pinto beans, Red Bush (Rooibos), soy beans / lechtin (including soy oil, flour, black soy beans and tofu), split peas, string beans, talca gum, tamarind, tonka bean, tragancanth gum, urd flour, white beans.

There is a lot of confusion around what foods are actually legumes – you might be very surprised by some of the items in this list above, I was! Generally, legumes are the fruits or seeds of anything that comes in a pod. Legumes are great sources of energy and protein, but some nutritionists caution their MS patients about legumes, while others recommend them. Legumes are controversial foods and have been known to cause a reaction in some people with MS. Watch your symptoms carefully after eating legumes and obviously cut them out if you feel they are affecting you negatively. I have been absolutely fine with legumes in my MS diet, but after doing additional research, I have decided to eliminate them entirely from what I eat, just to be on the safe side. Some MS’ers are fine, which is why I say “potentially avoid” legumes. Not all beans are legumes, and not all legumes are beans, so make sure you are eating what you think you are eating. Also, cocoa, castor bean, vanilla bean, coffee bean, jumping bean and red bean are all not legumes! Here is a more comprehensive list of legumes if you want to clarify further (but I have not yet verified this list yet!).

Regarding green beans specifically, one of the main reasons legumes should be avoided is that they contain lectins which prevent our bodies from absorbing certain nutrients. However,  green beans contain mostly fibre and a very small amount of lectin. There are people,  who avoid legumes,  who are actually still eating green beans and finding that they don’t effect them. If you feel that they are still safe to eat, then try them for a while and see of they affect you at all. I personally avoid all legumes, just to be safe.

MS Diet Alternatives:

Quinoa, brown/wild/basmati rice (the unrefined the better), corn, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, teff, sorghum.

8. Chicken and Eggs

Foods To Avoid:

Chicken, eggs.

I have not included chicken and eggs in this MS diet plan. Some professionals advise against them because of their saturated fat content. Others are happy for their patients to have 1-2 servings a week. If you must have eggs, only eat the whites as the yolks contain a large amount of saturated fat. This is a case where you need to decide what works for your body. Test them out and if your symptoms worsen then exclude them. Personally, I have decided to give these up.

MS Diet Alternatives:

Fish, nuts, quinoa and other vegetarian proteins.

9. Citrus Fruit

Foods To Potentially Avoid:

Clementines, lemons, oranges, tangerines.

I have discovered for myself that I dont react well to citrus fruits – they directly affect my MS symptoms. This is common with some MS’ers, so if thats you, its best to avoid them entirely.

MS Diet Alternatives:

Any other fruit.

B. Foods To Embrace – A New Way Of Eating

After reading about all the foods that could be harming you, I’m sure you are thinking, ‘Well, what can I eat then?’. The fabulous news is that there are so many delicious and satisfying foods that will leave you feeling so good that you will wonder why you didn’t start eating this way sooner.

Excluding all of the above foods from your diet will take a complete overhaul of your current lifestyle, meal plans and shopping list. It really is an all or nothing commitment if you want to get to the point where you are symptom free.

MS Diet Essential Nutrients

The main aim of this way of eating is to get as many nutrients as you can from a variety of food sources. It is also to consume foods that have an anti-inflammatory effect on your body. All the foods mentioned below will help to calm the inflammation associated with MS Symptoms. Supplements are great but don’t work half as well as getting what you need from food.

Dr. Terry Wahls, as mentioned before (a medical doctor with MS) has seen a remarkable improvement in her symptoms with a daily dose of three platefuls of fruit and vegetables (9 cups) that deliver specific nutrients to the body. She believes there are key minerals and vitamins that are capable of treating Multiple Sclerosis. These need to be delivered consistently and in high quantities.

But what are the most important nutrients for people with MS? The top nutrients needed to help improve your MS diet are listed below:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Magnesium
  • Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids
  • Zinc

Targeting these nutrients is very important, but it’s not always easy to know how to include them in your diet. For this reason, I’ve put together recipes specifically targeting these nutrients – I hope they make it much easier for you to focus on getting them into your diet.

The following ‘way of eating’ is the result of much research and conversations with professional doctors and nutritionists. The success stories that I have come across have confirmed many of the diet prescriptions given to me. Mary-Ann Shearer, a well known nutritionist, has witnessed countless miracles of people who have literally been on their last legs with disease and have been restored to full health through eating nutritious, unprocessed foods. My MS diet is also largely based on findings by Dr Roy Swank as well as Dr Terry Wahls [The Wahls Foundation], who I have mentioned already.

Avoid junk food at all costs

You don’t have to be a neuro-scientist to figure out that that if the body gets what it needs, it functions perfectly and can recover from any set back. Basically, you need a diet that is high in raw fruit and vegetables and supplies all the necessary nutrients. Refined junk foods must be avoided at all costs as they will rob the body of nutrients. These are the foods to ENJOY:

1. Fruit

Fruit has been referred to by many as the most perfect food. Raw fruit gives the body exactly what it needs to function at its best. Fruit has a stabilising effect on blood sugar levels. This should reduce or even eradicate cravings for refined sugar. Try to eat ‘in-season’ fruit whenever you can. It will taste much more delicious and have a greater amount of nutrients. See the chart on seasonal fruit below. My favourites are mango, strawberries, grapes and cherries. If I could have a fruit salad with those ingredients every any of the year, I would!

Summer Fruit:

Apricots, bananas, cherries, grapes, litchis, mangoes, peaches, nectarines, pineapples, plums, prunes, strawberries and all other berries, watermelon.

Winter Fruit:

Apples, bananas, grapefruit, guavas, papaya’s, pears, pinapples.

Nutrients and Healing activity: Try to eat as many brightly coloured fruits as you can. The brighter or deeper the colour, the more nutrients and antioxidants the fruit will have. Antioxidants are vitally important as they terminate harmful free radicals which can give rise to disease. It is especially important that people with MS consume as many antioxidants as possible. Some important antioxidants are betacarotene and vitamins A,C and E. 

Servings per day: at least 5 but as many as you want!

Serving ideas: fruit salad, smoothie, extracted raw juice, freeze fruit to keep it from going bad and then use it in a smoothie (useful with fruit such as raspberries and strawberries that don’t keep for too long).

2. Green vegetables

Green vegetables are high in vital nutrients and contain high amounts of chlorophyll, and sulphur. They are considered the main contingent of the MS Diet.

Broccoli, spinach, kale, dark romaine, collard greens, seaweed, parsley, artichokes, asparagus.

Nutrients and Healing Activity: Green vegetables are rich in vitamins B, A, C, K and minerals. Kale has the most nutrition per calorie of any plant. Broccoli is high in fibre and is potently packed with vitamin C. It also contains potassium, iron and vitamin K. Spinach is essential for blood clotting and bone healing. It is also known to decrease inflammation in the body and is a good source of iron. One cup of spinach provides nearly twice the amount of vitamin K you need daily. Green vegetables also keep the immune system healthy and functioning properly. These green veggies are true superfoods and it is essential that you consume them on a daily basis.

Servings per day: 3 cups of green vegetables (cup = 250ml).

I know this seems like a huge amount but you can start small and build it up.

Serving ideas: steamed, raw salad, green smoothie, extracted green juice, soups.

3. Brightly Coloured Vegetables

I like to call these the happy vegetables. They are tasty and nutritious! They also come in a large variety of shapes and sizes and are really easy to dice and throw into a salad.

Carrots, sweet potato, peppers, tomatoes, beets, avocado, butternut, purple cabbage, sweet corn.

Nutrients and healing activity: Full of antioxidants, they are essential foods to consume on a daily basis. Eating the variety presented above will give you another huge dose of the vitamins needed to fight Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. These include, beta-carotene, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, and vitamin C.

Servings per day:3 cups (cup = 250ml).

Serving suggestions: steamed, baked, grilled, soups, raw salad with dips, veggie smoothie, extracted juice (carrots are particularly tasty when juiced).

4. White Vegetables

White vegetables are great tasting and help complement other dishes.

Cauliflower, cabbage, onions, garlic, ginger, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes (keep to a minimum as you ideal want a low blood-sugar level), shallots, turnips.

Nutrients and healing activity: These vegetables contain nutrients such as beta-glucans and lignans that provide powerful immune boosting activity. They are also rich in sulfur which is important for overall brain functioning and toxin removal. Sulfur is required for taurine synthesis. Taurine is essential for proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, our muscles, and the central nervous system. Sulfur is also required for the manufacture of glutathione, an essential antioxidant.

Servings per day: 1 cup.

Serving ideas: steamed, baked or grilled, salads, soups.

5. Non-glutenous Grains

Rich in protein and “clean” energy, these grains are far better than starches and pasta.

Brown/wild/basmati rice (the more unrefined the better), corn, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, teff, sorghum.

Nutrients and healing activity: These grains are completely gluten free and have a low glycemic index so will keep your blood sugar levels stable and decrease cravings for unhealthy foods. They are also full of essential nutrients. Quinoa, for instance, is a complete protein (contains all the essential amino acids) and is also a good source of minerals, including magnesium, iron, and selenium. It also contains B-complex vitamins, including folate, and vitamin E. Brown rice contains B-complex vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9) and vitamin K. Try avoid normal rice as this will affect your blood-sugar levels (aim for low GI).

Servings per day: Great as an accompaniment for any meal or as a snack. At least 2-3 servings a day to keep your strength and energy up.

Serving ideas: steamed, boiled, pan fried with vegetables, salad of mixed grains and vegetables, rice cakes, corn thins, popcorn (air popped).

6. Oily Fish

Oil (the “omega’s”) helps keep the nervous system running as it should. Fish rich in fatty acids are the best way to consume these vital nutrients.

Salmon, herring, lake trout.

Nutrients and healing activity: These fish have the highest omega-3 content per 3.5 grams. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are absolutely vital for people with MS as they are needed to help build up and repair the damaged myelin sheath. They may also work to decrease certain immune reactions and reduce inflammatory responses. Small studies have shown that people who consumed a diet rich in omega 3 oils had an improved relapse rate, slower disease progression and improved MS symptoms.

Servings per week: 2-3 per week (not recommended to be eaten everyday because of possible mercury content).

Serving ideas: baked with spices, pan fried, steamed, casserole with vegetables.

7. Nuts and Seeds

Adding nuts and seeds to any dish can increase its nutrient value significant. Great tasting and full of energy, they are great snacks.

Almonds, cashews, pecans, brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds.

Nutrients and healing activity: Nuts and seeds are rich sources of protein and essential fats. They also contain those beautiful vitamin Bs and other essential minerals like vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. Please see the post on Nuts and Seeds for more detailed information about nutrients specific to each of them.

Servings per day: Because these foods are packed with protein and high in healthy oils, you only need a handful per day to get a serving from the protein group. However, if you feel that you need to eat more than this to improve your energy levels then go for it! The nuts and seeds that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids (flaxseed, walnut, chia and pumpkin seeds) can actually improve metabolism. I snack on nuts and seeds throughout the day as I find they keep my blood sugar levels stable and my energy levels high.

Serving suggestions: blended in smoothies, sprinkled over salads, mixed together in a snack box, added to a vegetable dish (never heat nuts at high temperatures).

Note: Some people have difficulty digesting nuts and seeds and in this case, soaking them overnight initiates the sprouting process and improves digestibility.

8. Essential condiments

I recommend adding the following condiments to your ms diet – each adds value to your nutrient in-take, and will make a significant difference to your weekly food consumption.

Extra Virgin olive oil, herb salt, fresh herbs such as rocket, homemade basil pesto, olives, sun dried tomatoes, marmite, cashew mayonnaise (see Recipes).

These are the condiments/foods that will add flavour and tastiness to any dish. They will be essential to your enjoyment of this way of eating. There is hardly a dish I eat that is not accompanied by a generous dash of olive oil and a few delicious olives. All of the above condiments can be found in the recipe section. For the purpose of this post, I am going to focus on the benefits and serving suggestions for EV olive oil.

Nutrients and healing activity: It is important that you choose EV olive oil over normal olive oil. In the oil extraction process, it doesn’t get heated and thus retains all its essential fats and nutrients. It is high in omega 9 fatty acids. Importantly for people with MS, it has strong anti-inflammatory properties and contains vital antioxidants like vitamin E and beta-carotene.

Servings per day: As much as you like! Let your body lead you on this. You may start to feel that it is becoming too rich for you and that’s when you know that your body has what it needs.

Serving suggestions: EV olive oil can be used with every single dish you eat. It should never be heated but can be mixed with a dish once it has been cooked. It tastes just as good and your body will love it in this pure, uncooked state.

Sprinkle over popcorn after it has been popped, dollop over baked vegetables when they have come out of the oven, throw over a freshly prepare salad, add to cooked vegetables, spread onto rice cakes that have been buttered with marmite (a personal favourite of mine).

9. Water

Water is a key ingredient for the body to operate at its best. Water is needed at every level, especially for neuron activity and brain functionality.

Purified water.
Nutrients and healing activity: Servings per day: 2 litres (68 oz). Serving suggestions: Try to consume a large glass of water every hour, rather than a whole lot at once.

Updates To The MS Diet:

20 Feb 2013 - Green tea is to be avoided due to high caffeine levels in most varieties (section A5: Caffeine). Energy drinks contain creative ingredients, especially caffeine, and should also be avoided (section A5: Caffeine).

14 Mar 2013 - Have clarified legumes (section A7: Legumes) as foods to “potentially avoid” as these are fine for some MS’ers – I still avoid them to be sure. I have also added citrus fruit to the list of foods to “potentially avoid”, as they do affect me and other MS’ers (section A9: Citrus Fruit).

MS Diet Conclusion

I realize that it’s difficult for you to even consider giving up these foods. They are engrained in the staple diets of every westernised nation. For many of you, these foods form the majority of what you eat on a daily basis. I’m sure you are thinking that you might just starve, giving up all these foods! It is, however, possible to avoid these foods and still eat delicious and filling meals. If you are worried about losing weight, don’t be! You will lose a bit of weight at the start while your body adjusts to this new way of life. However, you will find your perfect weight after a few months and maintain it. With all the olive oil, nuts and salmon, there is enough calories to keep you at a healthy weight.

There were so many times in my first few weeks of following this way of eating that I said to myself, ‘I can’t believe I haven’t been eating like this all my life!’. There were equally difficult days when I craved my favourite foods from my ‘pre MS diet’. However, these cravings didn’t last too long once replaced with a healthier alternative. So don’t give up, each good day of eating is a step towards healthy MS nutrition. Try not to make too many changes to your MS diet too often.

And that’s it! Remember that this is a change in lifestyle and not a quick fix diet. It is likely that you will need to eat this way for the rest of your life. However, when you start reaping the benefits, you’ll say ‘Bring it on!’ everyday. Yes, of course there will be days where you don’t eat well but tomorrow is always another day and you will get back on the wagon and keep persevering. Enjoy every morsel of this delicious, healing food!

Please let me know how you are finding this way of eating, and what your MS diet consists of. Your feedback is valuable to all those who visit the site. Also, if you have found any new and creative recipes please submit so we can all use them! If you have questions, try reading the MS Diet FAQ [frequently asked questions] page first.

You can also see a visual list of all the items mentioned above if you visit my Pinterst page “boards”:

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Kim was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in October 2010. She is in her thirties, married and has two beautiful children. Kim is passionate about helping others with MS by sharing what she learns about the disease with her fellow MS sufferers. She loves to discover new recipes that are both tasty and help to treat her condition. She is currently living a normal life - her mission is to help others do the same. Read more about Kim...
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Over the years I have developed many tools I use to help me keep living well, slow my MS progression and reduce my MS symptoms. I am confident in them, because they work for me… in fact, if I didn’t have MS, I would still live this way. You can get MS diet meal plans, recipes, fasting guides, or even one-on-one coaching on the Resources page.

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  1. posted by Kim on August 21, 2012

    I would love to get some feedback from everyone on what food they have found useful to help beat MS – submit a comment below!

    • posted by Andrea on June 13, 2013

      Kim….I eat alot of cashews…but just found out they are legumes! : (

      Andrea

      PS Still never heard back from you about the zinc being overstimulating to the immune system…or not.

      • posted by Kim on June 13, 2013

        Hi Andrea

        Sorry about the delay in my response. I have done a little research and it seems that the opinions out there are divided on what cashews actually are. It seems to be a hot topic of debate. Most are saying that it is not a nut or a legume but a seed. Very interesting! I think this is a case of, try them out and see how your body reacts to them. If all seems to be fine, then keep enjoying them.

        As for zinc, I have never heard that it can overstimulate the immune system. It is important for the proper functioning of the immune system and will make sure it does what it is supposed to. What have you experienced?

        Kim

    • posted by Mallory on July 1, 2013

      Hi! Before I found your website, I had come to the conclusion through MUCH research that such a diet would benefit me. I did really well for a while, but then I got stupid and thought “I could have a little of this” or “well, it’s a special occasion.” Boy, was I wrong. The biggest and worst thing that happens to me in the “MS hug.” It is so painful and lasts for days. I’ve read that not every has that happen, and if you don’t, know that you are very lucky! I’m going to try very hard to stick to this diet. I miss cheese and beans the most. Non-dairy cheese is not good. LOL

      • posted by Kim on July 2, 2013

        Hi Mallory!

        Yes, it is so worth it to stick to the diet. Really helps to manage symptoms more effectively. I have heard that the MS hug is horrible! You are a very brave lady. Every time you are tempted to eat something you shouldn’t, just remember that feeling and it will help you stay on course. Really hope you are well at the moment!

    • posted by Alice on August 13, 2013

      Cows Milk mimics the protein in the myelin sheath? So does Copaxone.
      I do not eat much Dairy, but I do a bit…that statement was kind of silly. So, I am guessing you hate DMDs as well?

      • posted by Kim on August 15, 2013

        Hi Alice
        Yes! I won’t go near them. I have actually never tried them but from hearing so many horror stories about them, I know they are not the route I want to take to keep myself well. It’s very interesting what you said about Copaxone. Is this how it is supposed to help?

    • posted by Tamara Andrews on August 22, 2013

      Hi Kim, Thank so much for your positive website and MS diet info. I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago but have struggled with symptoms for 25 years. After a week hospitalization and 2000 iu’s of steroids daily when I was first diagnosed I was overwhelmed to say the least! I was on copaxone for 1 1/2 yrs and suddenly had a severe allergic reaction and was hospitalized again. A team of neurologists strongly disagreed with my decisision to not use any ms meds. I have always used supplements and researched homeopathic alternatives. I have studied Dr. Roy Swank and Dr. Terry Wahls and did some of the diet suggestions as I was overwhelmed by the scientific information and my mind not working correctly. After reading your website and finding it so easy to use and understand (even when I am exhausted) I am 100% on board with the ms diet!!!! I spent 3 hours at a Whole foods grocery yesterday morning and already within 24 hours my stomach is not bloated and the swelling in my face and legs are less! Thank you sooooo much for your well written easy to use ms diet information! I feel as though I am supported by a a lot of other women just like me and I feel a sense of accountability to “ms diet for women” as it helps me have the will power to make it a natural part of my life. I just have a huge learning curve! But I know together we can do it!! God bless you and your gifts!!

      • posted by Kim on August 27, 2013

        Hi Tamara! Really glad that you have found the website useful and that you are motivated to start this way of life! It sounds like you have had a difficult time with meds so hopefully food is going to be your treatment now. It is actually amazing what just one day on the diet can do for you. I’m glad that you are feeling better already. This is a lifelong commitment that you have to make and there will be days that you eat the wrong foods but don’t let that demotivate you. Get back on the wagon again as soon as you can. We are all here to support you so keep up the great work! It is really going to pay off! Kim

    • posted by kathy on September 27, 2013

      Thank you for your post. I have had MS since last year. I am 58 and have just started on Gilenya. My appetite is limited but i’m sure glad you posted all the foods to avoid. Giving up most foods won’t be a problem. Nice to know there are alternatives for the things I do eat.

      • posted by Kim on October 2, 2013

        Hi Kathy! How is it all going with the meds? Are you experiencing any side effects? You sound like such a positive person with such a good attitude towards all of this. Hope you are feeling great on the diet!

    • posted by Maureen on October 14, 2013

      Just recently diagnosed and looking forward to having you’re input and help on this diet.
      I need the guidance right now,I was trying myself to cut out the wrong things long before I was properly diagnosed but I’m seeing now that I wasn’t totally on the right track!

      • posted by Kim on October 15, 2013

        Hi Maureen! Thanks for your comment. Being recently diagnosed, you must still be sorting through all this new information and trying to come to terms with it all. I’m glad that you are motivated to make the changes. If you can be disciplined and really stick to it then you will notice a big difference in the way you feel. Keep us updated on how you feel!

    • posted by hanan on November 9, 2013

      hi Kim,
      my sister was on interpheron every other day, for nearly 3 months. now, her doctor asked to stop it as her liver enzymes was high… they will study her case and may give her oral medication instead. i am really scared of what will happen to her..please advice me…God bless you our angel xxx
      hanna

      • posted by Kim on November 9, 2013

        Hi Hanna! Thanks for getting in touch. You sound very worried about your sister. Medication has so many side effects so it is wonderful if MS can be treated with diet, exercise and stress reduction. If she can do this for a while before going onto any any medication, her liver enzymes will surely go down to normal levels. What does she think of this?

    • posted by Michelle on March 11, 2014

      Ash Wednesday I decided I was going to try to eat better for my health and MS. Now day 7 I’m thinking more clearly, sleeping better, have more energy – just overall GOOD. My drop foot – no changes. Balance and eye sight are much improved. Cravings – only coffee, I was drinking 4 cups w/ almond milk (unsweetend) & Stevia, last 7 days none. So far great start, I’m hoping to stick with it.

    • posted by Ruby on April 14, 2014

      I have had MS since I was 18 and am now 43 and have 5 kids. I take prenatal pills ( I am not pregnant) and a B complex vitamin daily. I wanted to encourage you and tell you not to forget the power of healing through God. If He heals you or takes you through it always turn to Him in prayer and supplication. God bless you. email me if you want to chat

      • posted by Kim on April 23, 2014

        Hi Ruby! Thank you for the encouraging comment. You sound very strong in your faith. That’s a great place to be. Wow, you have 5 kids. That’s amazing. they must really keep you busy! Do you find it difficult to juggle their varying needs? How are your symptoms?

  2. posted by R on October 19, 2012

    Thanks for the info. Please check – you have buckwheat listed under the category of containing gluten and it does not. You have hummus listed as a recommended condiment – it is made with garbanzo beans – a legume that you suggest not eating. Coffee with caffeine has recently been shown to improve MS symptoms – please check your data.

    • posted by Kim on October 19, 2012

      Thank you for your comment R, very glad to see your level of detail! You do have an eagle eye!

      Yes, buckwheat shouldn’t have been there [typo]. I have recently decided to avoid all legumes, so hummus is now also removed from the condiment section [that one slipped by me].

      Still not convinced about coffee myself [adenosine receptor blocker], so will need to do some more research on that. What findings have you read about?

      Thanks for your help pointing out those errors, and thanks for the comment!

  3. posted by Mary on October 25, 2012

    Thank you, you’ve provided a wonderful lot of information here, Kim. I am confused though that you list green beans as a food to avoid within the legumes category and yet you have it listed as a food to embrace under the green vegetables category. Can you clarify which list it is most appropriate for, thanks.

    • posted by Kim on October 26, 2012

      Hi Mary!

      Thanks for your comment and noting the discrepancy in the lists. I have actually only decided to exclude legumes in the past 2 weeks and deleted them from the foods to avoid list. Green beans must have slipped through the cracks, sorry about that!

      Green beans are controversial legumes though. One of the main reasons legumes should be avoided is that they contain lectins which prevent our bodies from absorbing certain nutrients. However, green beans contain mostly fibre and a very small amount of lectin. There are people, who avoid legumes, who are actually still eating green beans and finding that they don’t effect them. If you feel that they are still safe to eat then try them for a while and see of they affect you at all.

      How long have you been on the diet for?

      Kim

  4. posted by Joanna on October 31, 2012

    Hi! I was diagnosed 9 years ago, when I was 25. I started eating Paleo (ish) about 2.5 years ago. Never had any relapses (yay!). I understand staying away from *grain* fed meat… but *grass* fed meat is actually high in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to decrease inflammation. I guess I don’t understand why autoimmune people should stay away from saturated fats.

    • posted by Kim on November 2, 2012

      Great questions Joanna! Its also wonderful to hear you have taken charge of your diet and have already seen wonderful results! Saturated fats are known to increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier, allowing immune cells to attack the nervous system. Saturated fats can also interfere with the conversion of essential fatty acids, which can lead to further inflammation. Thanks so much for the comment, and all the best!

  5. posted by RRmS on November 5, 2012

    Great article and very resourceful. I follow most of this and so far so good, allow some gluten and very limited dairy (once a week for each, tops). I strictly follow the saturated fat and know I have a great deal more of energy from my changes in diet.

    Only correction I would have is that I do not believe that Roy Swank had MS. Guy that wrote a book on him does, Sid Barron(spelling?), but Not Dr Swank. Some people do not follow this protocol of low sat fat and have had success – I read where someone mentioned grass fed meats – should read more about Dr Wahls if have not to this point. Pretty remarkable story she has about her recovery from being in a wheelchair with a progressive form.

    • posted by Kim on November 5, 2012

      Thank you so much, I just love it when ladies say this page is useful! Thanks so much for highlighting that, I’ve tweaked the page now to elaborate further on Dr Swank and Dr Wahls. I appreciate your input – this all helps to improve the quality of this page! Have you read The China Study? Overall I have chosen to avoid meat altogether, but can understand grass-fed venison might be ok. Thanks again for getting in touch!

  6. posted by Megan on December 2, 2012

    Hi Kim! I absolutely LOVE your site! I recently have begun being pro-active about my MS by refining the way I eat. I have been following the Swank diet and have seen fantastic results. I love your combination of the existing diets and am going to try mixing things up a bit by following your method. Though I’m sure I’ll have some questions along the way. ;) Warmest regards.

    • posted by Kim on December 4, 2012

      Hi Megan, thanks so much for your positive comment! It really makes my day when I hear ladies are loving the site and it is really helping them. Yes, my MS diet has been slightly adapted from the Swank diet, firstly to taylor it for myself, and secondly, based on my own additional research I have done over the past few years. I am so glad you are on board and have taken a stand to fight, we are in this together! I would love you to ask any questions you have, please feel free to contact me. Please keep me updated with your progress!

  7. posted by Nickie on December 12, 2012

    I started yesterday and I am doing a herbel cleanse, only eating fruits and veggies !!! Praying all goes well.. REally would love some more recipes !!! Thank You Kim for your motivation to help others …

    • posted by Kim on December 12, 2012

      Hi Nickie! Thank you for your kind comment, I am super-psyched to help other ladies with MS, so its awesome to hear you are moving forward in the right direction! Well done! I know the recipes are a bit thin on the site at the moment, hoping to have more out soon!

  8. posted by Karin on December 18, 2012

    Kim
    I noticed green beans are on the avoid list and on the shopping list. Can you tell me which it is. I would think that they would be ok.

    Thanks
    Karin

    • posted by Kim on December 18, 2012

      Hi Karin! In an earlier comment on this page, I noted that green beans are controversial, but I can see I have caused some confusion. Some people are ok with them, others are not. I have removed them from the grocery list (and sent you an updated version). I personally avoid all legumes, but you could give them a try and see if they affect you. Thanks for helping to refine things for us all! Kim

  9. posted by Yvette on December 22, 2012

    What are some optional beverages as I get tired of drinking water all the time. Would fresh lemonade be okay sweetened with Stevia?

    • posted by Kim on December 23, 2012

      Hi Yvette

      I hear you! The more variety the better. I absolutely LOVE raw juices. Get yourself a juicer and get the Juice Master recipe book. This will give you loads of ideas for amazingly tasty but nutritious drinks.

      My favourite is apple, carrot and ginger.

      Your lemonade idea sounds good. I often have very diluted 100% fruit juice (store bought).

      Hope this helps!

      Kim

  10. posted by Janice on January 27, 2013

    Your diet doesn’t limit nuts and ev olive oil. Dr Swank and others feel it is important to limit saturated fat to less than 20 mg a day. Do you not agree?

    • posted by Kim on January 27, 2013

      Hi Janice

      Thanks for your comment! I completely agree that saturated fat should be limited. Olive oil is actually a monounsaturated fat which means that it is much healthier for us. Nuts are also mainly monounsaturated fats which is great news!

      I use olive oil generously on my salads and veggies because it is anti-inflammatory in nature and it makes everything taste so good!

      The only saturated fat I promote is coconut oil because it is from a vegetable source. The body can make use of it much more effectively than, for example, saturated fat from red meat which just does damage really. I don’t have coconut milk too often though. Maybe 1-2 times a week.

      Hope to chat to you again soon.

      Kim

  11. posted by abby gail layton on January 27, 2013

    Dear Kim,

    what an amazing job you have done. Thank you so much for putting it all together in such a simple and exacting manner. Your information is tops.I have been on a candida/alkaline diet for many years. A few things i can eat in moderation, raw chocolate in a coconut base, and raw goat cheese in small amounts. cooked chocolate makes me very sick, but carob makes me sicker than raw chocolate. And cooked cheese, and I am on the ground, but raw, and goat, and i am healthy as can be. I also use a magnesium spray, by Ancient Minerals that completely quells spascisticy and leg cramps. It also helps with the MS hug. I take rhodiola rosea for fatigue, and it really helps a lot. 500 mg after breakfast, and the same after lunch. It will keep you awake if you take it any later in the day. thanks again for such a helpful site.

    • posted by Kim on January 30, 2013

      Thank you for the comment Abby, I am thrilled when I get such positive comments about the site! <3

      Very interesting that carob makes you feel worse than chocolate! ;)

      Thank you for your supplement tips too!

  12. posted by abby gail layton on January 27, 2013

    oh, and i soak all nuts and most seeds. It really helps me to digest them easier. and a wonderful beverage is coconut water. good energizer too.

    oh, and yes, without an MS diet, I am almost wheelchair bound. with it, i thrive.

    It is also good to get tested for food allergies from a naturopath, although they change so get tested every 5 years.

    Chia seeds, ground, and added to coconut water with smoothy is the most helpful addition to my gut healing.

    healthy oils are the greatest help for strength, no seed oils, no cooked oils.

    again, good job.

  13. posted by Alahnna on January 30, 2013

    This is fantastic! I was also diagnosed in 2010 and am approaching a 3-year relapse free anniversary of that diagnosis.

    • posted by Kim on January 30, 2013

      Wow, that is a wonderful achievement Alahnna! Well done! What would you say helped you stay relapse free for so long? Diet? Meds? Genetics? Other?

      • posted by Alahnna on January 31, 2013

        Oops, I forgot to mention that! I have chosen to treat my MS with diet. The very first book I read was The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book. Your site is encouraging in that it confirms & supports what I have learned.

      • posted by Kim on January 31, 2013

        Hehe, even better Alahnna! ;)

  14. posted by Catherine on February 3, 2013

    Kim,

    What are your thoughts on vinegar as a condiment? I’ve read distilled vinegar should be avoided (and I read your thoughts on balsamic) but apple cider vinegar is recommended for individuals with MS. Do you agree with this statement?

    Also, do you recommend staying away from fermented foods?

    Thanks!

    • posted by Kim on February 8, 2013

      Hi Catherine

      I don’t use vinegar as a condiment at all. It is too hard on the stomach and can increase the likelihood of leaky gut.

      Apple cider seems to be good for overall health but there doesn’t seems to be any concrete evidence that it can actually be a remedy for MS. I would probably avoid it but if you feel that it is helping, in small amounts, then give it a go but just be very aware of how are symptoms are doing.

      Fermented foods are often good for stomach health but because they are fermented, they could actually end up being toxic to the body so I would also avoid them. Which fermented foods are you thinking of trying?

      Kim

  15. posted by Steph on February 9, 2013

    Hi Kim,
    Wow am I glad I found your web-site! I was just diagnosed in May of 2012. I knew drugs were not for me and like you I dove deep into research. I love your site and find it to be just what I need to get re-motivated to clean up my diet. I have found huge results with the diet! I think the colder weather here in CO is helping me feel great even though I am not following the MS diet as strictly as I should. But, with your help and motivation and your awesome positive outlook I am cleaning it up and getting ready for the summer heat and recommitted to heal my MS! Does anyone else find the heat to trigger your MS?

    Thanks Kim for your time and dedication to helping others. I love it!

    • posted by Kim on February 13, 2013

      It is my absolute pleasure! Thanks for the very sweet comment Steph! I love it! Its all a process, as long as you going forwards with a committed heart, thats great! We’re all in this together! Hot and cold seems to affect all MS’ers differently, we had quite a long discussion on the facebook page a while back. Keep us updated!

  16. posted by Sarah on February 12, 2013

    Hello Kim-

    Are you on any meds? How do you feel about red wine for ms diet? As it is thought to have anti- inflammatory qualities.

    Anyone’s input would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • posted by Kim on February 13, 2013

      No meds to date Sarah, plan is to keep it that way. ;)

      Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of any alcohol (see FAQ 33 for more details) as it affects many sensitive areas of the body, which then works against all the effort I put with my MS diet. There are benefits to wine, like stress reduction, anti-oxidants, etc, but the side-effects far out-weigh the benefits in my opinion. But, everyone needs to decide for themselves what their MS diet will consist of. Hope that helps. ;)

  17. posted by Katie Bedney on February 13, 2013

    My mother is the one with M.S., but becasue she is chair bound I am the one who does all the cooking. Can you direct me to other websites that contain recpies? I also cook for my dad and brother, both of which are avid meat eaters.

    • posted by Kim on February 15, 2013

      Hi Katie

      Thanks for your message. What a wonderful daughter you are, looking after your Mum! There are not many websites that do gluten, dairy and sugar free recipes. You could check out cleancuisine.com. They don’t exclude gluten and dairy though.

      However, I am putting together a programme containing daily meal plans with recipes for each day. It will be available next month some time. I will definitely let you know as soon as it is ready.

      To make things easier, you could make the same meal for everyone, such as steamed or baked vegetables and rice and then just add some thing extra for the men. A big juicy steak?

      You are a saint. Keep up the amazing work!

      Kim

    • posted by Michelle on March 3, 2013

      Hi Katie, foodbabe.com might be good for you as well.

  18. posted by Stacie on February 28, 2013

    Have just been diagnosed with MS 3 weeks ago and have my next MRI and Neurologist appt next week. Have already made changes to my diet after reading the book ‘Taking control of Multiple Sclerosis” and finding your website. Thought it was best to get a headstart before any more symptoms present themselves. My though process is what have I got to lose-it won’t do me any harm. Must say that after only 1 1/2 weeks I already feel that I am not as tired. Thanks for the site I think it will be a godsend. Finding recipes for this new eating is my challenge as I am not the best cook but determined to change that so I can stick with it.

    • posted by Kim on February 28, 2013

      Very happy to hear you are starting to see a change Stacie, well done! Keep going and keep us updated!

      • posted by margaret on June 22, 2013

        I have PPMS. Everyone talks about RMS. Does anyone have this kind and what are they doing. Had this for about 13 years.. no let up. Bigs problem is walking.

      • posted by Kim on June 24, 2013

        Hi Margaret

        PPMS is tough to have and I know that there are many other women looking for others with this type. I can recommend joining the community to connect with other women who have this type. Loads of people with PPMS have found success with the diet.

  19. posted by Jane on March 6, 2013

    Hi Kim I was just currently diagnosed a few weeks ago started with optic neuritis but still have not regained vision in my right eye which is the hardest thing right now :) . But I am Having some new symptoms over the past 10 days. Had few more MRI done Friday waiting on results… As you and everyone on here has or is going through the initial news is mind boggling .! Decisions do meds or hope holistic and change in diet is the right thing or combination of both??? I am so hoping that finding your page will be a blessing I have already changed some of my diet and added lots of vitamins I will continue to follow your MS diet. Thank you for allowing me access to great ideas for change. Jane

    • posted by Kim on March 6, 2013

      Hi Jane and welcome! Yes, it can be quite a shock after diagnosis, I am glad to hear the site has helped you! Choosing to take meds is a very difficult decision. Dont feel bad if you need to, the goal is always to not have to, for some that takes longer than others. Just bear in mind, drugs have their own impact on your body, which is why I wont take them unless I need to. Thank you for reaching out! Kim

  20. posted by maria wright on March 6, 2013

    Your website is great, I have always been a healthy eater and exercise a lot, but back in january this year I was dianogsed with MS, I was so shocked and still can not beleive it, this is my second attack after a 5 year gap, so I thought it would not return but it did. I am almost back to normal, I dont take any meds, and have always beleived that eating healthy helps and glad to find someone that agrees with me, so I have continued with it, even healthier now. I saw that you say to avoid green tea because of the caffine, I drink the tettley de cafe version that is nicer anyway not so bitter, and with a squeeze of lemon juice. So glad I have found this website. Thanks

    • posted by Kim on March 7, 2013

      Hi Maria! Thanks for sharing your story. It is such a shock when you are diagnosed but it sounds as if you are coping really well. Glad that you have decided to choose this path for your MS journey. Nourishing and looking after your body is the best way to help it heal itself. Because that is what your body will do if given the time and the right tools. All the best to you! Stay in touch. Kim

  21. posted by Michelle on March 6, 2013

    Hey all, I was just wondering if anyone out there is familiar with kombucha tea and whether or not it helps MS symptoms.

    Also, is anyone frangrance-free and found out that it helps with MS symptom relief. I dated a man briefly that had to avoid fragrances and that meant I threw pretty much everything out, but I felt fantastic after.

  22. posted by Sheri on March 18, 2013

    Hi Kim,
    Thank you for such an amazing site!I’m from the U.S. and I was recently diagnosed in January after waking up one day with double vision and altered vision that didn’t improve with time or sinus meds. Since I was off work for 5 weeks with my flare up I dove right in to overhauling my diet because the research I was doing all pointed to diet and lifestyle changes as being primary treatment for this disease. Of course, it was much easier to do being home every day :-) and now that I have returned to work I find myself struggling to remain consistent. I saw in one of your posts that you might be posting weekly meal plans, and I am very much looking forward to this! I also find your site and daily posts to be very inspiring! I do have a question about your thoughts on “nightshade” vegetables. Some of my research points to avoiding these foods due their potential inflammatory effects, other research and diet plans suggest to embrace them. What have you found with your extensive research?

    • posted by Kim on March 21, 2013

      Hi Sheri

      Thanks for the wonderful feedback. Great to hear that you are becoming fully immersed in the MS Diet way of eating. This is brilliant and will hopefully help with your symptoms. It has done for so many others. Great that you are back at work.

      It is tough to remain disciplined when you lead a busy life. Much easier to do from home! Yes, I have put meal plans, recipes and shopping lists together. These resources and more have just been released and are available to be purchased (for a nominal fee). The link is http://www.msdietforwomen.com/ms-diet-resources. They may come in handy for planning weekly meals! Let me know what you think!

      Nightshade veggies: Mmm… Contentious issue. In my research I have discovered that they are definitely a no no for arthritis which is an autoimmune joint disease. It seems that somewhere along the line this info may have been generalised to MS. Still need to do more research though. If you feel that they are affecting you then cut them out. We are all different and what is fine for some may be bad for others. Just listen carefully to your body.

      All the best to you and hope to chat to you again soon!

      Kim

  23. posted by Tracy McCabe on April 1, 2013

    Your information is extremely helpful. I spent 1 year on the Candida diet and have been off for awhile because I lost way too much weight! I’m suffering from weakness and numbness in my fingers but the largest challenge is my balance – lesion on top of my spine. I’m excited to restart my MS diet. Wanted to ask if you have heard anything about the healing properties of Zija Moringa? The vitamins in Zija Moringa are 4-7 times greater than the supplements I am taking. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.

    Tracy

  24. posted by Bonnie Gorski on April 16, 2013

    Hi Kim…thank you for your website, you have done a lot of hard work. I have currently been on the MS Recovery Diet for 1 year and have had no change for the good, only worsening. I re-looked the diet and found that I was eating too much fat (15gm maximum) and I was exceeding that. Also, I eat too much sugar, which I have now eliminated. I hope that with your support I can get on the road to recovery. I do question chicken? Thanks again – Bonnie

  25. posted by Trudy Mowell on April 25, 2013

    Thanks for the info! I do not have MS but another neuro syndrome called Ataxia that responds well to most of this diet. I also eat grass fed beef and goat’s milk dairy. I have eliminated most of what you have as well.
    I am wondering what your thoughts are on butter? Maybe even Goats milk butter?

    • posted by Kim on May 2, 2013

      Hi Trudy! Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you are finding the diet useful for your condition as well. Butter should be restricted because of its saturated fat content. Hope you stay well!

  26. posted by Melody Eady on April 30, 2013

    Thank you for offering a positive resource, that has a bright outlook for those with MS. I’m curious if you have encountered other people that have encountered new symptoms after they have started the diet?

    I had been on the MS recovery diet for 5 weeks when I experienced a new and more intense symptom than before I began. My previous symptoms were limited to slight foot drop and some slightly blurred vision, that were mostly noticeable when exercising. I was officially diagnosed with MS 2 months ago, and immediately started the diet to be proactive. After 5 weeks of being very strict on the diet, a sudden onset of numbness started from my glutes, down the back of my legs and across the bottom of both feet. After 2 weeks the symptoms are still intense.

    I am hopeful that the diet will eventually allow my body to heal. But I am curious if others get “worse” before getting better?

    Thank you very much for your insight and sharing your journey of healing with all of us!
    –Mel

    • posted by Kim on May 4, 2013

      Hi Mel!
      Your body often goes through a ‘healing crisis’ when you start cutting out unhealthy foods and introducing nourishing foods. In order to start the healing process, your body first had to get rid of toxins and so it does a detox of sorts. This can actually make your symptoms temporarily worse as your body gets rid of the junk. However, it should last long and then you should start feeling a lot better than you did before.
      It can be a bit disheartening, I know! Just hang in there. It will improve soon!
      Also, just watch some of the things you are eating. Have you eaten any legumes, soy or citrus fruits recently? These can sometimes cause a reaction. Please keep me posted on how you are feeling!

      • posted by Melody Eady on May 6, 2013

        Thanks Kim for your response.

        I have had a healthy lifestyle for many years now, being in the best shape of my life at age 36, when the first symptoms appeared while training for a half marathon. Working out lots, and lifting weights like a bodybuilder, helped me prepare for my job as a full-time firefighter. I would eat “clean” but a bodybuilder diet still contains gluten, dairy. etc.

        It’s now a few years later and I am no longer a firefighter or running races. I been disciplined to stay on the MS diet, and have avoided all legumes and soy. I’ve used some citrus while cooking, but after reading your recent progress report about citrus, and have limited that too.

        It’s great to hear some people go through a temporary “healing crisis” and I’ll remain optimistic that is my case as well. (focusing on temporary!) :) Hopefully my next comment will be the other side of “getting worse before better.”

        All the best to you and your readers!
        –Mel

      • posted by Kim on May 9, 2013

        Hi Mel

        Wow, you sound very fit and healthy! It’s great that you were a fire fighter. Must have been quite a stressful career though.
        Sounds like you have started the diet but have had a return of symptoms. Yes, this is possibly a healing crisis and hopefully your symptoms will start improving as the toxins are eliminated from your body. Please keep us updated on your progress!

  27. posted by Kim on May 3, 2013

    Kim, I have really enjoyed reading your webpage and getting further information on how to heal my body! Thank you so much. My question is about the same as Melody above, have you had any experience with symptoms getting worse after starting the diet? I have been following the diet pretty well, with a few slip ups for 15 weeks and I have new symptoms that I didn’t have 15 weeks ago?
    Also you have listed in foods to avoid in Legumes, alfalfa, does that include alfalfa sprouts? Which I make and consume weekly. Thanks in advance for you help! Kim

    • posted by Kim on May 4, 2013

      Hi Kim
      Thanks for your lovely comment! I do think you need to be careful of those alfalfa sprouts. They could definitely be causing a reaction. Maybe you need to cut them out for a while and see how you feel. Introduce them again after 6 weeks and then you will know whether they are ok for you or not. Also keep in mind that your body will often go through ‘healing crises’ as you cleanse the toxins that have been building up. This can cause temporary symptoms to flare up but this is actually a sign that your body is healing so it is good. Let me know how it goes, I’m here if you have any more questions!

  28. posted by Jennie on May 14, 2013

    Hi Kim,

    Your diet advice seems excellent and I’m looking forward to feeling the results having just started yesterday. However, I was wondering are oats okay?

    Best wishes,

    Jennie

    • posted by Kim on June 9, 2013

      Hi Jennie

      Thanks for the lovely feedback! Well done for starting with this way of life. It is not easy at times but you will learn to love it! Normal oats do have gluten in them so try and find gluten free oats which is great! How is the diet going?

  29. posted by Consciously Aware on May 15, 2013

    I was diagnosed with RRMS in 2011, but my neuro just wanted me in a clinical trial (no thanks) have you read up on those meds (may or may not help but thought to improve or lessen relapses) yeah ok. Anyway was raw vegetarian for a long time but recently started following Dr. Terry Wahls, but very intrested in your info because you know a lot about a lot. :) thanks for your sweet heart and willingness to help share wit others. -C.A.

    • posted by Kim on June 9, 2013

      Hi there!
      Thanks for the lovely feedback! I don’t blame you for not wanting to go the medication route. Not very nice at all! Luckily there is a better way. How are you feeling on the diet? Is it helping?

  30. posted by Catherine on May 15, 2013

    Kim,

    Been a few months since I checked the comments section but the website is still looking great! Thanks for all your hard work. :)

    As far as fermented foods, I was questioning Komucha and homemade sour pickles, and pickled jalapeños. I think I’m going to try and see how my body reacts.

    I wanted to ask you why you’ve included corn on your “safe” list of foods. I thought corn was a genetically modified food, low nutrional value, and full of sugar and starch? Maybe I’ve been avoiding it all this time for no reason?!

    • posted by Kim on June 9, 2013

      Hi Catherine
      Thanks for the encouragement and positive feedback! I thoroughly enjoy connecting with everyone and learning more everyday! Fermented foods are often really good for gut health so yes, give them a go! How do you feel on them?
      Corn should really be organic so that it is not GMO. It does have a lot of omega 6 fats in it which can be inflammatory but won’t make a difference if you have it ever now and then. Popcorn is a great gluten free treat that is not very nutritious but just helps those snacky cravings. Corn is also a great source of fibre. I probably have it once every two weeks.

  31. posted by SV on May 28, 2013

    Hi Kim. love your page. very informative. Appreciate your time and efforts, you have done a great job, just wonder if the diet would apply to primary progressive type of MS? any specific advise for this type of MS? any kind of tips will be helpful. Thanks for your hard work.

  32. posted by Sara on May 31, 2013

    Your blog is wonderful! It’s given me a sense of hope and determination in all of this craziness! Thank you so much!

  33. posted by April on June 15, 2013

    Hi Kim,
    I was wondering what your stance is on the necessity of an organic diet for MS?

    • posted by Kim on June 24, 2013

      Hi April
      It is great to eat as much organic food as you can get your hands on to avoid eating the pesticides and other chemicals. These are toxic for your body and can contribute to disease progress. If you can’t get hold of organic, make sure you wash regular fruit and veg really well. There is even a special scrubbing brush you can use. Hope that helps!

  34. posted by Linda on June 18, 2013

    I was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago, and have been in denial to a large extent. Twenty pounds of weight gain, and increasing symptoms are causing me to stop long enough to figure out how my life needs to change. It is still overwhelming to me. I think I can only take baby steps in changing my diet, and adding exercise to my routine. My body reacts to almost anything I eat, so I gave up even trying. I do see an increase when eating sugar or higher fat laden items, so that’s a start I know. My question is how to have fruit in my diet, when my body reacts to the natural sugars in them as well? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • posted by Kim on June 24, 2013

      Hi Linda
      You find yourself in quite a predicament. Doe your body react to all fruit sugars? What symptoms do you get after eating an apple, for instance? Fruit is supposed to be the ‘perfect food’ to balance your blood sugar levels and feed your cells. The only thing I can recommend is eat as many green and brightly coloured veggies as you can and try fruit every now and then to see how your body handles it. All the best to you!

    • posted by janita on August 18, 2013

      hi linda,

      i know this was a couple momths ago but hopefully you will see it. i am brand new at ms but an old pro at the fruit issues you speak of. mine come from an underlying systemic candida (yeast) problem, which is closely related to the leaky gut you read kim talk about on this site. it’s all a jumbled up mess! but i totally get your fruit fears. for several years, i have struggled with the healthy benefits of fruit and how they make me feel. ive found after lots of trial and error that certain things have an immediate effect on me — mainly what i call the lunchbox fruits – apples, pears, bananas,… – as well as sweet veggies like carrots & sugar snap peas. if i eat any of them, i feel terrible a few minutes later and am starving for the next several hours, no matter what i do. after combining all my yeast research (which really says to get rid of fruit) with the other things i believe are important for our bodies, i am settled on this. some fruits are out for me forever. others do not cause a reaction and the benefits seem to outweigh anything they may be doing that i dont know about. so i limit myslef to berries and melon, along with winter veggies like pumpkin, butternut squash and sweet potatoes. i stay clear from any other fruit and it is working well for me. i dont know if that will be the same magic formula for you, but i wanted you to know i understand the fruit thing. it seems like such good nutrition but some of us just cant handle it like others. you are not crazy! dont give up; maybe experiment yourself to see if some are worse than others. i would always give up the highest sugar contents first to see if that helps and go from there.

      i hope you have already found some relief since this post and i pray you find your path to the best nutrition for your body. sometimes it seems like a never-ending project but it is so worth it. :)

  35. posted by Giselle Rozzell on June 30, 2013

    Hi kim, just read your email…the diet is a very good one, you’ve put a lot of time and effort into this, you should be proud of yourself, im sure you are! I have ppms, so who knows if I get attacks, was just told its a steady progression. Yes its ftightening esp the odd headakes . Many of the foods I eat anyway and dont like sweet things anyway. Some things like cows milk, not sure if I could give that up, bit like a favourite food you’ve had for years.. one things for sure, I cant drink the slightest drop of red wine..it cramps me up immediately, same with cider.

  36. posted by Mel on July 3, 2013

    Hi,

    Just found this website, I was diagnosed with MS in March 2012, so will start changing my diet now that i’ve seen this page.

    Thanks Mel x

    • posted by Kim on July 6, 2013

      Hi Mel
      So glad you found the site! You are quite newly diagnosed so you must really still be adjusting. Eating well is a very important part of managing your symptoms. Start with dairy and saturated fat. You will also notice a huge difference once you get rid of gluten and sugar. Let us know how it goes!

  37. posted by Andrea on July 10, 2013

    Kim,

    Read somewhere that cashews are a legume…because they have 2 halves…is this true? Hope not…because I eat alot of them. : (

    Also, is buckwheat not a wheat? Is it really safe for me?

    On your legume list…or one you mentioned…I saw soybeans/lechtin (are you talking about lectins or lecithin?)

    You mention one place that carob is an allowable food but then it is mentioned in the legume section as not good. Confused.

    If I have the DGL licorice capsules…which help my stomach…is that alright? I saw licorice somewhere listed.

    Just to let you know..they are finding that Agave Nectar is not so good for people especially with blood sugar problems…the way it is processed.

    Thanks Kim
    Hope to hear back from you….have not received any replies to my past messages. Not sure why. : )

    Andrea

    • posted by Kim on July 11, 2013

      Hi Andrea

      I’m sorry that you don’t seem to be getting my replies. I replied to a comment of yours on the 13th June. They could be going into your junk mail? This was the response:

      Hi Andrea

      Sorry about the delay in my response. I have done a little research and it seems that the opinions out there are divided on what cashews actually are. It seems to be a hot topic of debate. Most are saying that it is not a nut or a legume but a seed. Very interesting! I think this is a case of, try them out and see how your body reacts to them. If all seems to be fine, then keep enjoying them.

      As for zinc, I have never heard that it can overstimulate the immune system. It is important for the proper functioning of the immune system and will make sure it does what it is supposed to. What have you experienced?

      Kim

      I hope this answers your question about cashews. Buckwheat is fine. It is not ‘wheat’ and is completely gluten free. Yes, carob is a difficult one because it is a legume so you need to be careful of possible reactions to it. However, many people are fine with it and find that it is ok to eat. I think I need to make this more clear on the site. Lectins are the proteins that can cause food sensitivities in people.

      Does this help?

  38. posted by janita on July 13, 2013

    hi kim, what a labor of love this site must be for you. so well done and im infinitely grateful you are willing to share your research. i am actually in the process of being diagnosed, but i have many symptoms, had multiple lesions on mri and my mom had and brother currently has m.s. so we are just waiting on neuro to red-stamp it. i am curious about the leaky gut issue and candida and if youve had any experience on the site with people who felt they had it. im very familiar with gluten/casein-free diets from my autistic son and also leaky gut syndrome, so i know the havoc it can wreak and i totally get the science behind your diet. but i feel sure i have a candida issue and struggle with whether i should eat fruit or those starchy veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes. have you run into this at all or heard of any possible correlation between candida and ms? i know its a chicken or egg thing but i just wonder if one exacerbates the other. if i cut the fruit and carby vegetables out, im down to pretty much veggies and fish! just not sure which is the bigger giant to treat. thanks. :)

    • posted by Kim on July 18, 2013

      Hi Janita
      Lovely to hear from you! There is definitely a correlation between candida, leaky gut and MS. You need to look at how you are going to heal your gut. For me, I haven’t cut out fruit because I feel it is more healing than harmful. I think the problem comes in when you eat it with other foods. It doesn’t digest very quickly when you do this and hangs around fermenting in your tummy, this is when the damage is caused. Fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach. I also recommend a good probiotic. Hope you get some clarity on your condition soon. Kim

  39. posted by Lee on July 19, 2013

    Hi Kim! What about eggs?

    • posted by Kim on July 22, 2013

      Hi Lee! I would advise against eating egg yolks because of the saturated fat. However, go easy on the whites and don’t have them too often. Maybe just 2 eggs a week. Just be aware of how they make you feel and cut them out if you notice any unusual reactions.

  40. posted by Lee on July 19, 2013

    Disregard my egg comment. I got so excited about the site that I didn’t read through all of it. I’ve spent my whole night on this. I love it. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

    • posted by Kim on July 22, 2013

      That is wonderful Lee! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the site. How are you doing with the diet? Have you started the big change yet?

  41. posted by Janine on July 20, 2013

    Question

  42. posted by Janine on July 20, 2013

    Question

    • posted by Kim on July 22, 2013

      Hi Janine!
      Did you have question to ask?

  43. posted by Sean on July 31, 2013

    Hello Kim, what an amazing website you have made. I should mention right off the bat that I have not been diagnosed with MS, but have been seeing a neurologist after having some odd symptoms for a few months. I am kind of a hypochondriac, so I started researching autoimmunity and the possible affect diet has on it, and stumbled across your site. I am already a pretty fit person, having done resistance training and traditional bodybuilding dieting for quite some time, but I did not realize the effects certain dairy, meat products, ect have on the immune system. I would like to try this diet out for sure, and eliminate some potentially harmful things from my grocery list! I also will be coming back often. You and these other women are such amazing people. Best of health to you.

    • posted by Kim on August 1, 2013

      Thanks Sean!

      Great to hear from you. Yes, there are quite a few changes to be made to the usual ‘western’ diet. It is all so worth it though because you start to feel great and the MS symptoms improve so much. Keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on!

  44. posted by Sean on July 31, 2013

    Oh and I forgot to mention, my Grandmother just turned 95 this month, and her favorite food of choice she eats 3-4 times a week? Salmon.

    • posted by Kim on August 1, 2013

      Nice! That is a great ad for salmon. Such a delicious and nutritious food. A real treat for the body and tastebuds.

  45. posted by Sean on August 14, 2013

    Hi Kim,

    I have a few questions about protein. First, would you agree with going past .5g per pound of bodyweight? I workout pretty much whenever I can, and protein is all important to maintain my lean body mass. Secondly, would you advise getting protein from complete sources other than salmon and quinoa? Why exactly is poultry a no? What about other forms of seafood – such as tilapia, or shrimp? Egg white powder supplements?

    Also, I realize it is important to limit saturated fat, but even in things like almond milk, EV olive oil, ect – there are small amounts which can add up fast. How many grams per day would you say is unhealthy? Thank you for your time, and keep up the great work with this site!

    Sean

    • posted by Kim on August 15, 2013

      Hi Sean

      Thanks for your comment. Saturated fat consumption should not exceed 15g a day. This is according to Dr. Swanks’s ms diet study. Poultry does contain saturated fat so that is why I avoid it. You can eat other forms of seafood but don’t eat scavenger seafood like crab and shrimp too often as there could be toxins in their meat. EV olive oil and almond milk are fine but as you say, they do contain tiny amounts of saturated fat so don’t overdo it with these.
      As for protein, you can actually get all your daily requirements from veg, nuts and grains such as quinoa. Our bodies don’t actually need to much. Have you read about professional athletes that are vegans? Not sure about eggs white powder. if you must have eggs, have the whites once or twice a week but be aware of how you are feeling afterwards.

      Hope that helps!

  46. posted by Sue on August 18, 2013

    Diagnosed 3yrs. Had steriod infusion 2yrs. Just been able to decide drug doses which include 2’700 g.of Gabaprentin daily together with amity, statins, and sleeping tabs. Sensory symptoms, not able to walk or stand due to pain. Gained stone and half in weight. Please help!!!!!

    • posted by Kim on August 20, 2013

      Hi Sue
      It sounds like you are in a lot of pain at the moment. Your drugs don’t seem to be helping either. You need a radical lifestyle change. Are you prepared to change your diet drastically? If you are then this is really going to help. You really need to focus on the foods that heal and nourish and banish the ones that don’t. Go through the list on the MS diet page and use the shopping list to help you get started. I’m here to help and guide you on this journey!

  47. posted by hanan on August 18, 2013

    thank you for your support…. people like you are angles on our planet … i am really thankful for God who led me to your website.
    my sister was diagnosed with MS … since then our life is upside down… but with people like you sharing information that might help us … i feel safe … please keep it up …may God bless you all and cure you …
    i will try my best to write to you any updates regarding my sister condition …

    once again … thank you for sharing

    • posted by Kim on August 20, 2013

      Hi Hanan

      Thanks for getting in touch. You sound like an amazing support for your sister. It’s so wonderful that she has someone like you to get her going on this way of eating and encourage her daily. I know it must be very hard for you too. Are her symptoms quite advanced?

      • posted by Hanan on August 26, 2013

        Hi Kim,
        well … i can not judge if her symptoms are advanced or not … but she is suffering from what it look like electricity all over her body plus the numbness feeling and back pain (she also feels like if she is wearing gloves on her hands)….
        Kim, is all dairy products not allowed ? what about skimmed or low fat products?
        is drinking mint good?

        thank you,

      • posted by Kim on August 27, 2013

        Hi Hanan. Those sound like pretty common symptoms. Not pleasant though! Dairy products are not allowed because of the protein in them that the immune system can react to and also the saturated fat. Juicing mint is great!

  48. posted by allergic reactions to alcohol on August 19, 2013

    Just want to say your article is as amazing. The clearness in your post is just nice and
    i can assume you’re an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the enjoyable work.

    • posted by Kim on August 20, 2013

      Hi there! Thanks for the encouraging comment. You are very kind. I really enjoy researching and putting info together in an easy way to understand. I’m glad you have decided to subscribe to the newsletters. I hope to chat to you again soon! Kim

  49. posted by Sarah W on August 25, 2013

    Hi Kim, I love your website. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into helping others. I have not been diagnosed with MS, but I am almost positive that I have it. My sister was diagnosed with it last year, and after researching on the internet, I believe that I have it too. I have been experiencing numbness/tingling in my legs, feet, arms and hands for the past month or so. Yesterday my hand was burning/numb from the elbow down. Anyway, I already know I don’t want the medications so I started looking for alternatives and I found your site. I am going to move forward as if I have MS, and start this diet. I am worried the most about cutting bread and beans from my diet.

    • posted by Kim on August 27, 2013

      Hi Sarah! Great to hear from you. This must be a scary time for you, not knowing what is going on. Great that you are taking precautionary measures and starting the diet. It will do you so much good and hopefully prevent your symptoms from getting worse. Have you had a stressful time lately? Bread can be substituted with a gluten free option. I would recommend cutting out beans for 6 weeks and then testing them out again. If you are sensitive to them then you will know to keep cutting them out but if nothing happens and you still feel good then you can slowly reintroduce them.

  50. posted by jacqueline vitali on August 25, 2013

    Thank you so much Kim for your great insight, your website is FAB in content, design and tons of info! I’m just about to embark on a new path in my life; overcoming my MS. I always believed in a good diet and I’ve been dairy free for some time, but still you have showed me there are lots of great food options to consider!

    • posted by Kim on August 27, 2013

      Hi Jacqueline. So lovely to hear from you and thanks for your kind words. I’m glad that you have found the website helpful and that you are motivated to get going on the diet. Let me know if you have any more questions. I’m here to help! Kim

  51. posted by Dinah on August 27, 2013

    Dear Kim,

    This is really great job you’ve done here, thank you. I am diagnosed with MS two months ago, and I changed my lifestyle emmidietly, stopped smoking, stopped eating meat and started practicing yoga everyday. I am still reading a lot and trying to find a diet that suites me the best, and I have a feeling this one is the real one. I would like to ask you what do you think about Noni juice? I have heard that my friend’s mother which has MS, is really satisfied how this juice helped her with her symptoms. I already ordered some, but I am not sure if I can see any difference because symptoms are really new to me, since I didn’t realize them before. Thank you very much!

    • posted by Dinah on August 29, 2013

      Also, I would like to ask you what do you think about other fish, you only mentioned salmon, herring, lake trout. What about perch, catfish, tuna..? Should we avoid it?

      • posted by Kim on August 29, 2013

        Hi Dinah. You can have other fish like tuna but not too much seafood like crab, prawns etc. They are the omnivores of the sea and they eat rotting flesh and junk so their flesh is not that healthy.

    • posted by Kim on August 29, 2013

      Hi Dinah! Thanks for your lovely comment. Well done for being so proactive and completely changing your lifestyle. You do need to do some experimenting to see what works best for your body but just stick to the main underlying principles: no saturated animal fat, dairy, refined sugar and gluten. I have not heard of Noni juice. Let me know if you think it is worth trying out. Kim

  52. posted by Kelly Howard on August 28, 2013

    Thank you so much for all of the useful information. I have been diagnosed for 3 years and have been on copaxone then rebif and recently tried the pill tecfidera which I could not tolerate. So I am now off all meds and looking for alternative treatments. I plan on starting this diet right away! I did have a question though: have you heard anything about Low Dose Naltrexone? I have been reading quite a bit about it and it sounds very promising.

    • posted by Kim on August 29, 2013

      Hi Kelly! Lovely to hear from you. Your story is so familiar. So many women have tried these medications and felt worse on them. They are now living symptom free only using food as treatment. It’s great that you are so motivated to get going. I have heard amazing things about LDN and I definitely think it is worth trying. I did look into it about a year ago but because my symptoms are quite stable, I haven’t persued it further.

  53. posted by Jo Phillips on September 2, 2013

    Hi Kim,

    I’ve been following the Best Bet Diet for the last 2 years with excellent results and this is very similar. However I’ve fallen off the wagon over the last couple of months and trying to get re-inspired and think this is the place to do it….!!

    I understand the no beans and peas part but I’ve often wondered about beansprouts, pea shoots and pea pods? Could you advise please?

    Jo

    • posted by Kim on September 3, 2013

      Hi Jo! It sounds like you are not a stranger to this way of eating. Falling off the wagon happens to us all! We just need to get back on and keep trying, everyday, to eat only that which is going to heal. I would say yes to pea shoots and pods but no to bean sprouts. You also just need to try them out and see the effect they have on you. Give up all legumes for 6 weeks and then reintroduce them. If you have no adverse reactions then it is very likely that you are not allergic and can carry on eating them. Try it out!

  54. posted by Tami Anderson on September 2, 2013

    I would like to be on your e-mail. Do you have a condensed version of the diet?
    This saves me writing it down when I go to the store. I have had M.S. for 45 years & this is all new to me. Very interesting & knowledgeable.
    Thanks,

  55. posted by victoria kircher on September 3, 2013

    Hello Kim, I just found your Diet in the last two weeks. I have had MS for 35 years ! Swimming is the Best exercise for MS. Also Deep Water Running is very good also. My symptoms started Fall 1978, Lhermitts Sign. Then in 1981 Double Vision, then diagnosis. Started swimming 1983, got bored doing laps, took a Deep Water Jogging class in 1985, & that’s what I do in the pool along with exercises in the shallow end, that way no chlorine in my hair ! Had an attack on hands/arms 1982 which led me to start swimming. so if you know how to swim Start ! Oct. 2005, Feb. 2006 attack on R Leg & foot which left me with a Dropped foot. In 2011, I got a Bioness L300 for the Dropped Foot which stops me from falling. I did have to start using a Cane in 2010. Had another attack on R Leg & Foot in March 2012. Oh, I have been on Copaxone for the last 12 years also. I have tried the Swank Diet & and another one, but they are hard to follow. I drink unsweetened Almond Milk, eat alot of fruit and Veges. My family drinks alot of Iced Tea, so I use Decaf. Tea Bags, not too much sugar, I use the organic Sugar. I drink one cup of Decaf. Coffee a day,
    but most of the time i can’t finish it. After you have MS as long as I have, U end up with an OAB Over-Active Bladder, Vitamin C irritates the Bladder so make sure in your Vitamin complex no more than 60 mg of Vit. C. I like your Diet ! Very encourgaging ! Oh, and make sure if you do start to swim, the
    pool Water is not a Warm Therapeutic Pool ! I will try to follow your Diet !
    Take Care ! Victoria
    hope I didn’t talk too much !

    • posted by Jo Phillips on September 3, 2013

      Hi Victoria,
      Your story sounds similar to mine as well, only I was diagnosed 2 years ago but my symptoms go back about 20, my GP was unable to join the dots… I find diet eliminates 60% of my symptoms: Lhermitte’s sign gone, slurred speech gone, loss of balance and lower leg weakness gone so long as I stick to it. I said previously I’ve fallen off the wagon for a while so these symptoms are coming and going depending on what I’ve been eating, but with a strict diet it’ll all be sorted again in 2 weeks..!!
      Your story has inspired me, this whole site has inspired me so I’m starting back at the pool in the morning.
      Jo

      • posted by victoria kircher on September 5, 2013

        Enjoy the pool, Just make sure it is not a Therapeutic 90 degree pool !

    • posted by Kim on September 4, 2013

      Hi Victoria! Lovely to hear from you! Thanks for telling us your story. You have had MS for quite a while so you must have a lot of wisdom to impart. It sounds like you managed to stay stable for quite a long time before you had the attack on your foot.You must be a healthy person for this to happen. Thanks for the advice about the Vit C and the pool. I look forward to chatting more in the community. It would be great if you posted your story there too! Kim

  56. posted by Sean on September 4, 2013

    Kim, I need your expertise here. Whenever I’m in the produce section of a grocery store – I just start grabbing things, not paying much mind to the organic section… I’m sure you realize that sometimes it can be expensive to eat healthy, and it’s much easier on my wallet to select from the run of the mill sections! But heck, if I’m going to follow a diet like this, I should do it all the way… so tell me, the drawbacks of non-organic? Possible pesticides, hormones? Does it really make that much of a difference? What about these vegetable brushes I hear of? Also, without taking too much of your time – what are your thoughts on turkey breast(contains 0 saturated fat)? I might be over reaching here, but dark chocolate? I understand it is loaded with antioxidants. Thank you for your time, and keep up the great work. Great, great site. Bless you!

    • posted by Kim on September 4, 2013

      Hi there! Thanks so much for your lovely comments and for the great questions. The organic produce is important for all the reasons you talked about. It is great just to have the peace mind that you are not filling your body with any chemicals. You can get a vegetable brush that works pretty well on non-organic produce. Often, I can’t find everything that I want in the organic section but veggies like spinach, carrots and others that have close contact with the soil and are not protected by a thick skin are quite important to find organic options for. Turkey breast should be fine once a week. Dark chocolate does contain saturated fat so really keep it to an absolute minimum or try and cut it out altogether. Really hard, I know!

  57. posted by Sean on September 4, 2013

    Forgot – tried your apple/carrot/ginger juice – delicious! Again thanks so much for the recipes, and best of health to you!

    • posted by Kim on September 4, 2013

      Glad you like it! That is an absolute staple. Brilliant for making you feel great!

  58. posted by Z on September 24, 2013

    Hello,
    I am 21 and I was diagnosed in 2010. I have changed my diet several times and still struggle with some things. But I was curious if you or anyone else feels the affects of food after you eat? Also, sometimes when I juice, the body parts that are a little numb feel as though I can’t really feel them. I’m not sure whether it’s apart of the healing or if I’m digging a bigger whole. Your advice would be deeply appreciated.
    Thank you
    -Z

    • posted by Kim on October 2, 2013

      Hi Z. Yes, if your body reacts negatively to food, you will feel it very shortly after you have eaten it. For instance, I feel quite spaced out, grumpy and very tired after eating gluten and sugar. As for juicing, this is strange to feel worse afterwards. It could just be your body detoxing. What are you juicing? I wonder if your body is reacting against the ingredients? Lets figure this out!

  59. posted by Peter on October 18, 2013

    I have no problems with Gluten and think that it is not an issue for most people short of those actually diagnosed with Celiac disease. I also do not worry about legumes and consider them very healthy. In my opinion, all the whole grains and legumes I eat are exceptionally good for me.

    Also regarding caffeine, there is some evidence that caffeine can slow MS (well, EAE in mice anyway). I won’t be giving up my 2 cups of coffee a day any time soon! There really is no consensus with caffeine, and it really helps with my fatigue.

    Beyond those disagreements, this is an excellent article. I’ve been swanking since the beginning of the year. I am very, very careful with my fat intake. Whether it is helping with the MS or not (who knows), It has done wonders for how I feel and was worth all the work. Don’t kid yourself – its hard. But diet changes can really help you feel sooo much better. If you’re already saddled with MS like me, why wouldn’t you do everything you can control to feel better?

    • posted by Kim on October 30, 2013

      Hi Peter! Great that you can handle gluten and legumes. Some people just can’t and their symptoms definitely get worse. Caffeine is a stimulant that is not good for the CNS so just be careful with it and don’t have too much. Keep up your hard work! You are doing so well.

  60. posted by Mila on November 4, 2013

    Hello,

    This is a great job you did here, thank you!!!
    I was diagnosed with MS 3 months ago, I am reading your website really often, and trying to stick with this regime. It is only that I am still eating legumes, cause I find them as a great source of proteins.

    I have few questions for you, if you have time to answer:

    Is it OK to eat river fish as trout and perch?
    What about the other sea fish as codfish and other?
    What do you think about canned tuna?

    And what about cooking with grape seed oil?

    And the last question :) – do you think is it OK to eat almond or hazelnut butter?

    Thank you in advance for your answers.

    I think positive thinking and healthy diet are key points for all of us, maybe we all can add some meditation and exercises as yoga or tai chi, put a smile on our faces, and everything must be all right! :)

    • posted by Kim on November 5, 2013

      Hi Mila

      Thanks you for your kind words! It sounds like you are really getting into this way of eating which is brilliant. River fish are fine to eat as are any other fish. I avoid seafood because of potential toxins. Canned tuna is fine every now and then but not too often as it may contain mercury. It is best if you cook with no oil and actually drizzle extra virgin olive oil over your food after you have cooked it. Nut butters are great but make sure they have been made with raw and not roasted nuts.

      Yes, positive thinking is so important! Keep up your great work and brilliant attitude!

      Kim

  61. posted by Sunny on November 12, 2013

    Hi Kim,

    I was wondering what you thought of Goat milk… I am a little concerned about all the additives in almond milk.

    • posted by Kim on December 5, 2013

      Hi Sunny! Goat milk is also dairy. It is has a slightly different structure but is still animal fat. Do you know that you can make your own almond milk? You just need almonds, water and a really good blender.

  62. posted by Petra on November 16, 2013

    I am just starting on this journey to wellness and your website with its plethora of information is just what I need.

    • posted by Kim on December 5, 2013

      Hi Petra! That is wonderful. I’m so glad you have found the help that you need. How has it been going?

  63. posted by Stephen Leach on November 28, 2013

    Hi Kim.
    Well I should explain that it is actually my wife who has MS. Unfortunately she was diagnosed in October this year.Her name is Audra and we are still coming to terms with the diagnosis and we go for the MRI Monday 2nd Dec.I have tried your recipes and especially your juices we both find them very refreshing. I have re stocked our cupboards with all the food on your lists.THe sad story with my wife is that her older sister and brother have MS. Sadly her sister passed away 5 years ago and her brother is in a care assisted facility.Well I will sign off for now but I will keep you posted after we have the MRI and consulted with the MS specialists,but we are going to be positive and stay strong and we will keep on the MS diet,I thank you for this wonderful site Kim.Regards Steve And Audra.

    • posted by Kim on December 5, 2013

      Hi Stephen! It sounds like you and your wife have chosen to fight this disease. She doesn’t have to follow the same path as her siblings. If she adheres strictly to the diet and has very little stress, she has a great chance of living a normal life. How did her MRI go?

    • posted by janita on December 5, 2013

      Hi Steve, just wanted to say you are obviously a great husband! i also come from an ms family — my mom had it my whole life and died when i was 13 but that was 1980 – no treatment, no mris, no anything! looking back, my guess is she really died of the flu and a very weak immune system. my older brother was diagnosed about 13 years ago and has done moderately well by most standards. he just got a bit of a limp last year and seems normal to the outsider in most other ways. he has gone through the gamut of ms drugs and they seem to have been helpful for him. to encourage you, i have taken a different path so far but was just diagnosed this summer. i am feeling great following the ms diet and have very few symptoms to manage and only mild fatigue at the end of the day, compared to the debilitating fatigue i had last spring. this really does help. :) . it will be nice to figure out someday why it tends to run in families… you and audra will be in my prayers!

  64. posted by Stephen Leach on December 7, 2013

    Hi Kim,
    We haven’t had the MRI yet audras mother passed away on Monday 2nd Dec so we have been busy arranging the funeral and trying to get by. We have been re booked for 17th Dec so we are just hanging in there. Thank you for your reply it is very rewarding talking to you thank you.

    • posted by Kim on January 7, 2014

      Hi Stephen. I’m sorry to here about your mother in law. It must have been a difficult time for you and your family. How did your MRI appointment go?

      • posted by Stephen Leach on February 15, 2014

        Hi Kim, sorry its been a while but we have had a lot to deal with over the last couple of months but now Audra is back on the ms diet and with all our best intentions we will sick to it we found that Audra was feeling better in herself while she was following the diet but when things went really bad in December it was very difficult to focus on the diet. But now we have set some major goals in our life and that is staying on the ms diet and we are working at removing as much stress firm our lives as this does not help either. We love your blogs Kim so please accept a big load of hugs and kisses form us, speak soon.xxxxx

  65. posted by Meredith on December 10, 2013

    First off…. I am crazy about what you are doing for all of us!
    Second…. I am not eating legumes and I just saw for the first time at the bottom of your post that red beans and jumping beans are not legumes. What type of red bean are you talking about? And what is a jumping bean? I am always interested in more protein in my diet.
    Thanks again for filling my heart with strength and smiles.

  66. posted by meal on December 17, 2013

    I blog quite often and I truly thank you for your content.
    The article has really peaked my interest. I will book mark your website and keep
    checking for new details about once per week. I opted in for your RSS feed too.

    • posted by Kim on January 7, 2014

      I’m glad that you have found it useful! Hopefully there will be some good articles out in the next few weeks!

  67. posted by Sean on January 3, 2014

    Just a very informative site which you might find illuminating ..I did…
    http://ewadabrowska.pl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=10&lang=en

    • posted by Kim on January 7, 2014

      Thanks Sean! Yes, a great site. Fruit and Veg have an amazing ability to heal. They are exactly what the body wants and needs.

  68. posted by Gwen on January 17, 2014

    Hello Kim:
    I live in Asia and was diagnosed with MS one year ago.My doctor here extremely forbids MS patients to eat Shitake Mushroom and any Chinese herb. These food seems not mention in your website.What’s your suggestion?thank you~

    • posted by Kim on February 10, 2014

      Hi Gwen, lovely to hear from you. I think it is very interesting that your doctor has forbidden Shiitake mushrooms. I heard that they are very good for you and anti-inflammatory. Did he tell you why to avoid them? Not sure about Chinese herb. What is contained in it? How are you doing with your symptoms?

  69. posted by janita on January 19, 2014

    hi kim,

    curious if you have any any opinion or experience with bee pollen. i was really sold on it for a while but havent thought about it since months before my diagnosis. any reason it may not go well with ms?

    thanks, as always!

    janita

    • posted by Kim on February 10, 2014

      Hi Janita. I take a bee propolis supplement that I have found very good. My energy levels are high and I feel great. Notable amongst its properties are its antioxidant and anti-microbial action, its activity as a stimulant and its healing, analgesic, anesthetic and anti-inflammatory activity. I think it is worth going back to. It can’t hurt.

      • posted by janita on March 24, 2014

        thank you!!! i was hoping that would be your answer. :) )

  70. posted by hanna on February 8, 2014

    Hi kim ,I am diagnosed in Feb 2014 and am a flight attendant.Do you think the diet will work for me because am eating outside most of the time …

    • posted by Kim on February 10, 2014

      Hi Hanna! Wow, you are very newly diagnosed. Being a flight attendant is quite a tough job because,as you say, you are not home very often. You will need to make it work as best you can. Eat fish, salads, baked potatoes, ratatouille, veggies. Always carry a container full of nuts and dried fruit. This will keep your tummy full. I’m sure you can always get hold of lots of fruit wherever you are so this would be no problem. I know you can do it!

  71. posted by April on February 14, 2014

    5 servings of fruit?That’s a lot of fructose. My doctor recommended no more than 3 per day. Also recommending potato (nightshade) wil trigger inflammation for me. Do you have an elimination protocol to see what else might cause inflammation?

  72. posted by Helen on February 16, 2014

    Hi Kim,
    Have spent a lot of time checking out your website, resources etc over the last few days, and am very impressed. I haven’t been diagnosed with MS, but have been ‘learning to live’ with a lot of MS like symptoms, over the past few mths. I have no doubt that inflammation is the key, and am really hoping that this diet will help to alleviate a lot of the symptoms – whatever is causing them. Am going to run it by my new GP this week. She seems to be speaking the same ‘language’, so I have a hunch she’ll give it the ‘thumbs up’….This all seems to be exactly what I’ve been looking for!…Thankyou!

  73. posted by Helen on February 16, 2014

    PS…I trust this diet couldn’t do me any harm, even though I don’t have a DX???

  74. posted by Tracey on February 17, 2014

    I was surprised to see that you had eggs on the avoid list due to saturated fats, but not coconut oil. It also has saturated fats but is very good for you. My natural health practitioner has recommended eggs as an excellent source of protein, especially as they are from our own free range chickens.

    • posted by Kim on March 4, 2014

      Hi Tracey! Great to hear from you. The reason eggs are on the list is because some people just have an allergy to them. It is important that you rule this out before continuing to eat them. As for the saturated fat, this will only start becoming a problem if you eat loads of eggs. If you are not allergic to eggs then I would recommend only eating 2 a week. This is the advice I have been given. Coconut oil is a very different form of saturated fat because it has a vegetable source and it hasn’t been heated. Raw, organic coconut oil is actually a superfood and will feed your brain and add to the healing process. Hope this helps!

  75. posted by katherine on March 3, 2014

    I have spent days researching food and what diet I should be following. I tried to do Dr. Terry Wahl’s’ diet but I cant afford the grass fed beef. Found Dr. Swanks’ diet last week. And I am starting to do it. Yesterday was my first day. Its a lot of vegetables to eat I don’t come anywhere near 3 cups per day but I am trying my best little by little. I don’t eat nuts and they are not on Wahl’s’ diet, I don’t miss them never liked them. Your website and diet is very helpful. I have spent the last 3 days researching the diet and the foods should be eating, only to open up the next website telling you not to eat the food the previous one said I was ok to eat. I had an exasperation last may, and I know I don’t ever want to have another one again. It left me wit a bad limb and I had to do pt until September to get rid of it. I know diet s the key to avoid enduring another exasperation. Thank you for all your effort in trying to help those of us suffering from MS

    • posted by Kim on March 4, 2014

      Hi Katherine! I understand your confusion. It is extremely unsettling when you are faced with so many diet advice contradictions all the time. There are a few different diets and all of them seem to be working for people at some level. I must say that I lean towards Swank because his advice has been backed up by so many years of research. Jelinek and the OMS diet has also confirmed that this diet works. Having said that, a lot more research has been added to his over the past few decades. It still reveals that animal protein and saturated fat is a no no for MS’ers (China Study) but it has also informed us to exclude gluten and refined sugar. This is what my diet is based on, solid and rigorous research. You also need to find out what works for you and then stick to it and not be swayed by what others are purporting. By the way, fruit is fine. Some are saying that it needs to be avoided. This is not true. Does this help at all?

  76. posted by Rebecca on March 24, 2014

    I recently got an MRI and plaque on my brain was found and MS was suspected. I am in the early stages of understanding everything; however, I have started to get pins and needles, numbness etc.
    Been researching on the internet and trying to understand what to eat. It is VERY confusing as you mentioned some things are contradictory.
    I have been doing olive oil and lemon with my salad. Haven’t had any problems with the lemon. Is your choice based on research with MS or preference on citrus?
    Thanks for writing all of this. I will study it more intensely when I have more time. All the best to you. Please let me know your thoughts on the above. Thanks :)

  77. posted by maxx mobile games on March 27, 2014

    It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this brilliant blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed
    to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and
    will talk about this site with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

    • posted by Deb white on April 5, 2014

      Hi, I don’t do face book or any of that. I just text and email. I so am going to need support here. Do I just keep going here?

      Thank you,

      • posted by Kim on April 5, 2014

        Hi Deb! I’m going to send you an email so that you have my direct address.

  78. posted by Deb white on April 5, 2014

    Hello, just diagnosed after five plus years of drs not listening to me.
    I am very scared. 54

    Thank you

    • posted by Kim on April 5, 2014

      Hi Deb. Thanks for getting in touch. Being newly diagnosed is very overwhelming and yes, very scary! It takes time to adjust to this new information about yourself. The important thing to remember is that you are still you. That will never change. You just have an extra challenge to manage now. Changing your diet can help you to feel in control of your MS. It really does help to manage symptoms. I would love to chat further and would highly recommend that you join up to the community to chat with many other women who have MS and receive weekly meal plans and recipes. Kim

  79. posted by Sonia on April 6, 2014

    I think you should perhaps look at the China Study with some fresh eyes…..
    http://rawfoodsos.com/category/china-study/

    • posted by Kim on April 23, 2014

      Thanks for this link Sonia. It is good to question findings like these. I do still feel that there is a lot if truth in that we, as a society, are consuming way too much animal protein and bad fats. This is why heart disease is the number one killer. We all need to be moving towards a plant based diet. Kim

  80. posted by SMSPP on April 6, 2014

    Kim! You have done a wonderful job by compiling this MS diet. I got answers to a lot of questions I had about a healthy MS diet that should be taken. Have bookmarked your site and will definitely come back for more :) God Bless you

    • posted by Kim on April 23, 2014

      Thanks so much! I’m really glad that you found the site useful. I hope you are doing well with your diet and are enjoying the healthy feeling it brings!

  81. posted by Rebecca on April 9, 2014

    Thank you Kim, I am so grateful for your website. It’s very informative and calming. I’ve used your recommendations and have changed my diet and added some additional supplements. You come across so upbeat and positive, this is a wonderful place to come

    • posted by Kim on April 23, 2014

      That’s great Rebecca! I’m really happy that you have been able to gain something from, the site. Yes, I have to stay positive. So important to keep your mind strong. Eating well helps you to feel happier and stronger and when you are in a good state of mind, you will natural make better choices with your food. It’s a great cycle to be in! The challenge is to keep your self there :) Keep up the good work with your diet! Kim

  82. posted by Helen on April 9, 2014

    Does anyone have any good ideas for some MS diet friendly “Easter treats”? … eg is there a ‘healthy’ recipe out there for hot cross buns?

    • posted by Kim on April 23, 2014

      Hi Helen! Sorry about the late comment now that Easter is over! I really enjoyed eating my Cocoa and oat balls and I made some amazing sweet potato brownies. The recipe comes from a site called Deliciously Ella and here is the link:http://deliciouslyella.com/vegan-sweet-potato-brownies-gluten-free/
      Loved them!

      • posted by Helen on April 23, 2014

        Thanks Kim… Yes, I’ve discovered Deliciously Ella (Yum)… But I really enjoyed your Chocolate Fudge & Flaxseed Bites…. My first Easter without chocolate eggs… But these were much yummier (and healthier) anyway!

      • posted by Kim on April 24, 2014

        Well done Helen! You have done us all proud. Glad you like the Bites. They are my favourites!

  83. posted by jd on April 23, 2014

    Hi, I love the work you are doing and thanks alot for all the hard work and effort you put in, I am really sorry that i will be taking a bit of your time as i am really confused, I am 20, So basically I went for an MRI around 1 and half year ago for a lump in my neck but everything came normal and they some how did MRI for my head aswell, neck came completely normal but they found some white spots in the brain, neurologist was confused as I never had any symptoms other than minor tingling but every other test came normal, they did lumber puncture test by testing the fluid in spine and that came normal aswell, but before they did the lumber puncher i had an attack which they thought was bells palsy, left side of my face and body was little paralyzed and they gave oral steroid(pretanzone) and i fully recovered in around 10 days, i had double vision and numbness in legs and arms after that and recently had optic neuritis (1.5 months ago) and has almost recovered to normal without any drug or anything, neurologist was confused so he assumed that it is MS looking at the symptoms, the weird thing is I never had any problem before that and now suddenly things happened, My diet has always been normal but I did use drink nearly at least a litre of milk everyday and eat roti which is made up of wheat being an Indian, I completely changed my diet after optic neuritis but I am really really confused, I find it little hard as all web sites have different information, So I’ll start with these question, being an Indian we eat wheat roti everyday(usually 3 for dinner), would it effect if i just eat one in the whole day? I have stopped drinking milk and drinking soy/almond/rice milk now, i never had any problem with gluten and dairy and finding it hard to go gluten and dairy free as there aren’t much gluten free food around, I do eat brown rice instead of roti now, the other thing I read was that Dr. Terry Wahls says is to eat organ meat? and i read somewhere to eat grass fed red meat but same time other websites says not to eat it at all, what do you recommend, I am eating chicken and fish now, but can I have lamb once a week? some websites say eat whole grain where as some says not to eat grains at all? what about grains? which ones are good? also i read some sites say not to take soy but what about soy milk? ae their any other grains or flours that you recommend i should use for roti? like chick pea flour? corn flour(makki) ? any other flour? also I have been gyming and apparently you can’t take whey/ isolate protein as it contains dairy? do you recon i can take isolate protein or any other protein supplement for gym like creatine? also I don’t eat fried food but incase if i feel like having, what sort of oil shall i fry it in? is rice bran oil alright? So can i not have wheat, gluten or dairy at all even in little amount even if i don’t feel alergic to it? and maybe a treat like 2 pizza slice once a week? thanks and sorry that i asked too many questions.

    • posted by Kim on April 24, 2014

      Hi jd

      Love to hear from you!It sounds like you are a bit overwhelmed by all the contradictory info you are coming across. It’s confusing isn’t it? You are so young to be diagnosed. Can I just ask you, how soon after your MRI did your paralysis and numbness start? I’m going to try and answer your questions. let me know if I don’t answer some.

      Yes, you need to make gluten and sugar free roti. Any gluten free flour will do: Rice, corn, buckwheat.
      Well done for cutting out dairy
      Oil for cooking: coconut oil is best. Never heat extra virgin olive oil but use it cold and raw on your food after you have cooked it.
      Avoid all red meat and chicken if you can.
      Fish is fine
      Grains such as rice and quinoa are fine
      Soy milk and products are also not the best
      No pizza for you

      The healthier you eat, the more you will feel it if you eat something unhealthy. At the moment, your body is still used to these things but they will start causing problems.
      Eat as many fresh veggies and fruit as you can.

      Let me know if you have any more questions! Kim

      • posted by jd on May 2, 2014

        Hi Kim,
        First of all, you and your diet is super awesome, thank you so much for that, thanks for the reply, I need to double check but i think it was after like 2-3 months when that paralysis/numbness came, i did use to get tingling before in feet at times, also sometimes jerk in neck and flying black/silver dots for a second or 2, when i was like 5 or 6 i had an accident and maybe a seizure which came in ECG at that time, and they gave dilantin for one or 2 years but that was back in India where doctors usually do it to make money, then they did scan again and everything came fine and now this in MRI, i got another MRI done after 2-3 months overseas for a piece of mind and they both were same with the white spots in it and neurologist was really confused because everything seemed perfect other than that MRI but then symtoms/attacks started occuring and now they think that it is MS, i went for catch up check up in regards to the optic neuritis I had nearly 2 months ago and i rejected the IV and oral steroids and wanted natural recovery, eye has recovered like 75-80% and they checked optic muscle fibre and it has decreased alot and is under/near border line now, pretty worried with all this happening as I am young and was perfecly fine and now all of sudden all this happening.
        I have completely stopped red meat but i read under paleo diet that grass fed organ meat is apparently good, so I am confused on this?
        i do try to keep saturated fat as low as possible probably under 15-20g a day.
        I eat skinless chicken breast around 4 times a week and fish 2-3 times a week.
        it’s really hard to make roti/tortilla from black or white millet without adding either wheat or clarified oil(ghee) so it would be awesome if you have any other alternatives? like chickpea flour maybe or corn flour(makki) but people usually mix wheat flour with it, so any idea or recipes for that?
        are egg white fine? if yes in what quantity?
        what other item can i take instead of dairy free soya milk or soya yogurt and icecream? it’s hard to get much here in NZ.
        Are oats fine? what about wheat free pure Oat meal?
        are soy fine? things like soy milk, soy protein, soy sauce?
        like I am gyming now, is use of creatine fine? and what type of protein can I take? i started whey and it felt good but apparently it contains dairy alot, so which one would you recommend? is soy or isolate protein alright? and also what sort of flours can i use to make tortilla or roti, please link me any recipes if you have some? and can i eat bananas and oranges?

        ALSO I WAS READING UNDER SWANKS DIET THAT WHOLE GRAINS ARE GOOD? SO I AM CONFUSED ON THAT BIT BECAUSE IT SAYS WHOLE WHEAT BEARD IS ALLOWEDhttp://www.swankmsdiet.org/About%20The%20Diet
        I AM REALLY HAPPY AND SATISFIED WITH YOUR DIET BUT I FIND NOT EATING EVEN 1 WHEAT ROTI A DAY REALLY HARD BUT I AM DOING IT ANYWAYS. Thank you so much for everything, i am taking alot of your time by asking too many questions but i am really worried being so young.
        kind regards
        jd

  84. posted by Ruby on April 23, 2014

    Hi and God bless you firs of all. Back to your response yes I do have faith. Praise God for that too. That’s the reason I’m still able to walk cause according to my neurologist I should be bed ridden. It hasn’t all been easy on the contrary It’s been a very hard walk but it’s been well worth it. When I first got diagnosed with ms it was about 18 years ago ( had already been having symptoms about 5 years prior) but I didn’t know what that was, I had never heard of that. I just thought it was some sort of bug. I found out like ten years ago when I was waking up to call my kids to go to school and I couldn’t walk to their beds. That’s when I started searching. But at my lowest God was with me. Regardless of what I was going through, I decided to say what God said not what I saw that I was healed even though I could not walk. Praise God for everything. My faith has grown because of this. Anyways I started homeschooling about 5 years ago. Everything I do is through God’s grace. He is my provider in all I do. My symptoms now are minimal. I do exercise 3 days a week now. Thank you so much for responding. God bless you.

    • posted by Kim on April 24, 2014

      Hi Ruby! That’s amazing, what an incredible testimony. Are you walking again?

  85. posted by Ruby on April 24, 2014

    Yes I am walking, Praise God. I recently read this story of this Dr. that got diagnosed with ms in 2010. Her life got turned around with her diet. It’s worth looking into. By the way do you or someone you know have ms?
    God Bless,

    Ruby

    • posted by Kim on May 6, 2014

      Hi Ruby! I’m so happy to hear that you are walking again. Yes, I have MS. I was diagnosed in 2010 as well. Keep persevering!

  86. posted by Gina Mariposa on April 25, 2014

    Green vegetables used to supply magnesium, but the US soil has been depleted of this vital nutrient since the time when industrialized farming with petroleum fertilizers. Mg deficiency is more than common in our population. Yes, there is Mg in nuts and seeds, but the recommended “handful a day” will not meet your need for Mg. I personally take 1000 mg/day as a supplement with twice that amount of Ca.

    I do not have MS. My grand-daughter is currently being diagnosed for MS; they have not made a final determination at this point.

    Also, there are concerns about salmon for two reasons: much of it today is farmed and has been treated with antibiotics because the fish are crowded to increase the yield and they sicken from the concentration of their waste in their “pens”. Secondly, salmon are predators in the wild, and so they concentrate the heavy metals present in their prey in their own flesh. Consumers must educate themselves about which fish do what to make wise decisions about diet.

    Nutrient lists are suspect. People still believe that raisins are a good source of iron. Grapes are not, so why would raisins be? Grapes used to be dried into raisins in iron baskets! These days, the baskets are plastic; raisins are not now a “good source of iron”. And the type of iron one gets from an iron basket is not a good nutritive element anyway; you might as well suck on a mail.

    Find sources of information about nutrition that are not commercial and beware of taking supplements that are not made by respected suppliers… respected by authorities which have earned the trust of people who have YOUR best interest at heart, not their own.

    While I do not have MS, I recovered from Congestive Heart Failure with cardio-myopathy and an ejection fraction of 10%; that was in 2003. I repaired my heart with diet. I am no longer on any heart medications. Liver and other organ meats, heart for example, are the best sources of iron, iron that you can use to support your heart and organs.

    I was very interested and excited to find that your diet is very much like my own. My sincere best wishes for you and your readers who are working to live full lives in good health.

    • posted by Kim on May 6, 2014

      Hi Gina! Wow, thanks for such a wealth of information. I agree that it is very difficult to find foods that have the levels of nutrients they are purported to have. We really have to find excellent and reliable sources which often means more expense. It is, however, worth all the money in the world to be heathy though! I hope that things become clear for your grand daughter soon. She is blessed to have you as her grandmother. You really can help her with her eating. All the best to you and your lovely family!

  87. posted by Jelena on April 26, 2014

    Dear Kim, Do you think it is OK to place some sesame seeds in the pie I am baking in oven? I am wondering because I know it is not good to heat seeds and nuts.

    Thanx!

    • posted by Kim on May 6, 2014

      Hi Jelena! Good question. You are completely right. It’s best to eat nuts and seeds raw. They lose their goodness and the body can’t absorb them properly if they have been heated. Can you sprinkle them on afterwards when you serve the pie?

  88. posted by Maria on May 7, 2014

    Hi Kim,
    I appreciate all your efforts in maintaining this blog and this MS diet webpage. I have an appointment tomorrow morning with the Neurologist. My third after finding lesions with the MRI (and many test). No conformation about MS, but after researching online and library book sources the unseen symptoms are mostly present.
    I have been peri-menopausal for many years and believe these symptoms were related to hormonal fluctuations. Now, I hope to apply and adhere to your diet suggestions and try your recipes.
    Have you tried smoothies and juicing with a high speed blender to increase intake of all the fruit and veggies? I have been a vegetarian most of my life and eating raw foods is very time consuming as one must chew and chew. I guess the downside is all the fiber from not leaving the pulp in the typical juicer.

    • posted by Kim on May 7, 2014

      Hi Maria! Great to hear from you. Yes, smoothies are wonderful. One a day is essential! I have spoken to many women who find that their symptoms increase or suddenly become noticeable around the time of menopause. It does seem that hormonal fluctuations have a lot to do with that. Eating well and exercising will help to keep everything stable. I really hope you get some clarification on your symptoms soon! In the mean time, eat as healthily as you can. Keep us posted! Kim

  89. posted by breda merity on May 23, 2014

    Kim,
    Loved this site and your approach to diet seems just right for me.y

    I was diagnosed with M.S in 2009 and followigf various tests etc,.
    The medical team suggested that I have had it for over 20 years.
    Did suspect but ignored, at times I did fall, suffered with dreadful bouts of fatique and ‘cog fog’.
    My way of dealing with some of the above was to over load with jellies thinking I had low blood sugar, and in doing this meant that I was not absorbing the nutrients in food.

    i have been vegetarian for 30 years,, eating chicken occasionally and eating fish.

    Never ate butter and find coconut milk an unhappy experiencefor my stomach.

    In relation to the M.S the medics suggest its benign and relate this to a healthy diet and my regular exercise regime.
    Now in my late 50s I have retired from social work (too stressful for M.S.
    ad have tried to engage in eating foods that you suggest are our aids to wellness.
    Also studying Tcm its wonderful and learning so much.

    Your approach to diet is mine too, found Dr. Wahls diet too unfrienldy for me.

    Would so wish to meet with you sometime,do want to learn so much more about the disease and congrdulate you on this generous journey travelling the road with all of us.
    Empowering us to embrace choosing the path of fueling our bodies with the goodnesss that it deserves.

    Can I ask about polenta can that be used as a gluten free product for porridge.

    My favourite desert/treat is cooked pureed corn with grass jelly, pureed cooked beetroot (1 tablespoon of tofu and one cooked beet)
    makes a lovely mouse, cooked/peeled//mashed then frozen and when required puree it makes an interesting ice cream with a little lemon juice.

    Do get back to me.

    Stay warm,

    Breda

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    • posted by Kim on June 2, 2014

      Hi Breda
      I’m so happy to hear from you and glad that your approach is the same as mine. I love this way of eating. Really makes me feel amazing and there is so much variety. I feel like there is a whole world of meal possibilities just waiting to be discovered. It sounds like you have managed your MS so well and are healthy as a result. Well done, that’s amazing!

      Good that you have also given up your stressful job. This can make things get worse very quickly.
      I would also love to meet with you. Are you based in the UK?

      Yes, polenta is great and your treat idea sounds very yummy. I have never heard of grass jelly! Keep well and we’ll catch up soon!
      Kim

  90. posted by Stacy on June 10, 2014

    Hi Kim,

    I just stumbled upon your blog while doing a little research on MS and Omega 3 and 6. Not sure if anyone else asked in the comments, but you mentioned having green barley every morning. I was under the impression that barley is/contains gluten…is that incorrect? Is green barley different? Thanks for your wonderful and informational blog!

    Stacy

    • posted by Kim on June 12, 2014

      Hi Stacey! great to hear from you. Barley Green is made from the leaves of the barley plant which do not have any gluten in them. Gluten is only found in the grain that the plants produce. So, it’s safe! BarleyLife has been amazing for me. I cannot live without it. It cleanses my body and feeds my cells at the start of the day which makes for a great start!

  91. posted by Stacy on June 16, 2014

    Thank you so much for the clarification, Kim. I have learned so much from your website. Thank you for sharing your inspirational journey and your knowledge with us.

    Stacy

    • posted by Kim on June 17, 2014

      Thank you for your kind words Stacey!

  92. posted by Stephanie on June 17, 2014

    Hi there. I have had MS for six years. I was wondering if you experienced a detox symptoms when you started eating this way? I tried eating Vegan and I had bad detox symptoms. I almost couldn’t walk. I would love your feedback. Thank you!!!

    • posted by Kim on July 18, 2014

      Hi Stephanie
      I actually didn’t experience any detox symptoms but many women have reported that they feel worse before they feel so much better. Yes, there is definitely a detox process that happens after you start the diet. The body is finally given the opportunity to get rid of the toxic waste that has been lying round for years. You don’t feel so good as it is released into your blood stream.

      But, keep persevering because you will start feeling better!

  93. posted by Liz on June 26, 2014

    Hi Kim,
    I’m so confused about saturated fats. I was first introduced to an MS diet through the Autoimmune Protocol which stresses the importance of grass-fed red meat, and even animal organs like heart and liver. Dr. Terry Wahl’s agrees, but i know Dr. Swank says the opposite. Why did you decide to eliminate saturated fats?

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  97. posted by Lusine Movsesyan on July 25, 2014

    Hello dear Kim,

    First, I would like to refer my special thanks for the tremendous support you are offering through this site to all of us!

    I signed up lately and so far have not had the chance to present myself. My name is Lusine Movsesyan and I was born in Armenia. 4 years ago I got married to a wonderful person from Canada and immigrated to Montreal. After a very tough pregnancy in June 2013 (I had hyperemesis gravidarum and spent all 9 months in bed) I started experiencing MS-like symptoms. Fortunately, my MRI done in October 2013 came back clear and they diagnosed me with post-partum depression only. However, I keep on having eyeseight complains, back numbness and other muscle weaknesses, thinking problems, etc. And it’s been already 3 months that I do follow the MS diet to be on the safe side.

    I have prepared one question for you, dear Kim. I have heard a lot about chicory root to replace the caffeine and would like to know if it is recommended for MS patients.

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    Thank you one more time dear Kim for your dedication to our well-being and the overall support shown to each of us through this wonderful blog!

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