The Wahls Protocol and the Paleo Diet
Even considering writing this post takes me far too close to the healthy-lifestyle-blogger type, which I’m not. So I’ll keep this to the point.
Changing my diet is an unfortunate yet necessary life change driven by MS.
My doctor advised me ‘to not get fat’. And lets be honest: that is good advice in order to avoid other crappy diseases (God forbid I end up with anything else wrong with the second-class body I drag around these days).
So I adopted the Wahls Diet in January (see my initial blog). It is a hybrid of the Paleo Diet, tailored for autoimmune diseases like MS.
I’ve lost 4kgs doing exactly zero exercise (I recommend exercise, I’ve just let myself down on that score). I eat as much as I want whenever I want; however I only eat what is ‘allowed’.
Red wine and coffee remain on the menu
I have made two concessions from the Wahls Protocol and the Paleo Diet (I eat eggs and I have dairy once a week), but otherwise I am very strict. No exceptions, whether I am at home or eating out.
My personal rules are:
- Avoid gluten, sugar and processed foods like the plague (to the point where the food in my cupboards was thrown out and replaced)
- Preference vegetables, fruits, meat and seafood at every meal
- Treat dairy as a rare treat.
Red wine and black coffee remain on the menu.
Thanks go to my partner, who didn’t mind me curling up on the couch and groaning for two weeks when I suffered sugar withdrawal (trust me, it is a real thing if you completely remove sugar from your diet).