MS-Friendly Food Tips
- by Elisabeth N.
- July 18, 2016
Elisabeth N. is a paid employee of Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” A healthy, well-balanced diet is important for everyone, but especially for people living with a chronic disease like MS. As always, discuss any dietary recommendations with a health care provider and/or dietitian.
It’s all about balance
Most clinicians and nutritionists agree that the key to a healthy diet is balance. This includes a diet that is low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars. Following a low-fat, high-fiber diet and including plenty of fluids/water is recommended. High-fiber foods include whole grain breads/cereals, oatmeal, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, whole wheat pastas, and brown rice. Adding fiber gradually to the diet is recommended, as adding it too fast can sometimes cause gas, cramps, and diarrhea.
The facts on fats
Limiting saturated and trans fat is recommended. These types of fats are solid at room temperature and include highly marbled meats, butter, cheese, and other full-fat dairy products. Trans fats include shortening, hydrogenated oils, and many processed and fried foods.
Unsaturated fats are important to include in a healthy diet, and are components of myelin and other central nervous system tissues. These include oils from seeds, vegetables, and fish. Choosing lean cuts of meat and low-fat dairy products, and preparing food by grilling, baking, steaming, or poaching can help eliminate excess fat.
Here are a few tips to make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable:
- Conserve energy when cooking by sitting on a tall stool instead of standing for long periods.
- Buy precut, prewashed produce, or wash/chop them ahead of time to make prep work less time consuming.
- Double up on recipes when cooking a meal then freeze the leftovers for a quick reheat on another day.
- Stock up on healthy snack items such as fruit (dried or fresh), granola, nuts, etc., instead of unhealthy alternatives.
As previously stated, always discuss diet recommendations with your health care provider. Only you and your health care provider can decide what the best diet is for you!
Shared Solutions® Nurse
About The Author
Elisabeth N., RN is a registered nurse, who works for Teva’s Shared Solutions®. She has been a nurse for nine years, and has more than two years of experience with multiple sclerosis.
COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.