Wednesday, October 2, 2013
MS Diet Tips: 10 Do's and Don'ts - CNN
Here are two:
Don't try to lose weight with low-carb diets (like Atkins). Fatigue is a common MS symptom, and an imbalanced diet can make it worse. Low-carb diets tend to be high in fat and low in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that are important for people with MS.
Don't eliminate dairy from your diet. One result of being inactive (and a possible side effect of steroid medications) is weak bones, a condition called osteoporosis. You can help prevent this problem by eating low-fat dairy products, like milk and protein-rich Greek yogurt, that are high in calcium and have added vitamin D.
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Also, although many well-meaning people will tell you to go vegetarian for your health, many CFS patients need more protein than the average person. I'm allergic to soy and can't get enough protein from beans, so meat is an absolute necessity for me to feel as well as possible. If you feel sluggish after trying vegetarianism, don't be afraid to tell people, as I do, "I tried it and it made me sicker."