Food and MS

Hello everyone, how are you all? 

‘Food and MS’ I’ve read and heard a lot about this recently ‘What to eat to help MS’ ‘Food cured my MS’ ‘What not to eat’ etc and it got me thinking… Is any of this true? Cutting out a lot of ‘Main Food’ groups would actually benefit me? Example, cutting out red meat, dairy, sugar, saturated fat, becoming full on vegan, becoming raw vegan, cutting out gluten, cutting out caffeine? 

We already have enough to think about and deal with/manage every day, do we really want to be over thinking about what we are eating? I used to watch a lot of YouTube videos ‘What I eat in a day’, ‘Vegan Recipes’, ‘Quick an easy recipes’ ‘Quick and Easy Meal Ideas’ and the only thing that these had in common… They didn’t suit me! 

No matter how much I tried to make it work, when I come home from work at 6:15pm the last thing I want to do is stand or be in the kitchen for 30 minutes plus cooking a meal with a load of ingredients… I want SIMPLE, QUICK, NOURISHING, EASY meals and so after a lot of research and deciding to try ‘cutting out a few basic things’ first I have come up with a simple structure that actually works for me!

Now I’ve been doing this for just over a month now and the only thing I’ve noticed so far is that my anxiety levels are dramatically reduced and I’m a lot calmer since I’ve stopped consuming caffeine… I drink caffeine free beverages now and always check the packaging to make sure it doesn’t contain caffeine… however I had no idea that caffeine is in more than just beverages – yes I know I’m’ naive! So I try to avoid it to the best that I can. 

I also try and have at least 1 vegan or veggie meal a day, this is normally breakfast in the form of smoothies. Lunches are usually Sandwiches and dinner definitely consists of vegetables and something tasty but maybe not lean, fat free etc all of the time. 

I thought I’d give you a five day plan of what I eat in a day that’s actually simple for me and helping me 🙂 obviously I know this won’t work for everyone and it’s just there to help people who struggles with planning perhaps? 

Day 1 – Breakfast:- Fruit Smoothie made with mango, spinach, banana, oats, almond milk & water, a little coconut sugar, cinnamon and a little ginger.

Lunch:- A small sandwich (bread roll) with tuna, Mayo, sweet corn, cucumber, lettuce I then usually have a dairy free yogurt, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus and a Eat Natural Bar.

Dinner:- Roast chicken (One already cooked from the shops), a couple of potatoes, peas, carrots and broccoli

After dinner treat (only sometimes):- Dairy free ice cream with a couple of dark chocolate drops

Day 2 – Breakfast:- Smoothie made with banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, ice cubes, cinnamon and a little ginger – my little guilty pleasure chocolate smoothie

Lunch:-  A small sandwich with 1 slice of ham, 20g cheese, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, spring onions then the same a dairy free yogurt, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus and a naked bar.

Dinner:-  Usally ledt over chicken with a couple of potatoes, broccoli, peas and carrots

NO after dinner snack

Day 3:- Breakfast:- Smoothie made with raspberries, blueberries, banana, spinach, oats, almond milk and water, cinnamon and a little ginger

Lunch:- A small sandwich with falafel, hummus, lettuce, cucumber and grated carrot, a dairy free yogurt, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus.

Dinner:- homemade pizza with bbq sauce, chicken, pineapple, sweet corn and mozzarella – this is a treat because George is normally out in the evening.

Day 4:- Breakfast: A small English fry up with 1 sausage, 2 eggs, baked beans and 2 hash browns (I like to have a change up and something that I like). 

Lunch:- a small falafel Sandwich with hummus, lettuce, cucumber and grade carrot, a dairy free yogurt, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus and a Eat Natural bar.

Dinner:- Fish pie with a couple of potatoes, peas and broccoli

After dinner snack:- Fab Ice lolly

Day 5:- Breakfast:- A fruit smoothie with Mango, Pineapple, spinach, almond milk and water, oats, cinnamon and a little ginger

Lunch:- A small Chicken Sandwich with a little may, lettuce, carrot shavings, and cucumber, a dairy free yogurt, a piece of fruit, carrot sticks and hummus, and some Youshi Pea snacks

Dinner:- Toad in the hole with peas, green beans, carrots and broccoli.

No after dinner snack

So.. That is one of my five day meal plans, I don’t cut everything out because how I look at it… I will not let MS stop me from enjoying the foods that I love! I have adapted my diet to a balanced one and changed a few little things and have come to love them… But if there’s an occasion where I want a burger or a Chinese… The I will have one and enjoy it 🙂 

I finally feel happy about food and don’t feel that I should be eating a certain way for my health.. it’s also all simple and easy prepared food which honestly does’ take long.. Yes some of it is cooked in the oven.. But I need simplicity in my life at the moment.. and this works for me.. 

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