Living with multiple sclerosis demands a very healthy diet, and the Swank MS Diet seeks to provide a healthy and delicious meal plan. The purpose of the diet is to cut out unhealthy, saturated fats and polyunsaturated oils that can lead to a myriad of health problems. The diet advocates fresh fruits and vegetables daily, as well as natural foods over processed. Additionally, it promotes low fat foods, eliminating fats and oils that can be damaging to the body.
Foods to Avoid
Those on the Swank MS Diet are instructed to avoid foods high in saturated fats and polyunsaturated oils. Saturated fats should not exceed 15 grams per day, while polyunsaturated fats (oils) should not exceed 20-50 grams per day. As the majority of the foods in the grocery store now have these ingredients, finding something delicious and nutritious can be quite a challenge.
Some high-fat foods you should avoid on this diet include:
- Margarine and Butter
- Shortening and Lard
- Hydrogenated oils
- Imitation dairy products
- Egg yolks
- Refined grain products
- Commercially prepared pasta, chips and pastries
- Red meats, fatty meats and fatty fish
Always read the labels on the food to ensure that it is within your diet.
Instead of eating commercially prepared and processed foods, the diet seeks to turn your attention to natural and organic alternatives. The Swank MS Diet advocates the consumption of:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Lean white meat
- White fish and shellfish
- Non-fat dairy products
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
- Vitamin Supplements
These foods are both low in fat and high in nutrition. Other foods can be eaten in moderation, so it is important to study the full diet for exact foods and their amounts.
The diet may seem like it takes much discipline and effort, however, it has proven to be quite easy to follow. With its emphasis on low fat and high nutrition, the Swank MS Diet has helped thousands with multiple sclerosis lead a healthy and productive life.