We often express the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. We believe that consuming whole, real foods will offer relief to many different symptoms and even serve as a preventative method of health. In the past we have offered ongoing sessions focused on cancer prevention and management, as well as diabetes and heart disease workshops. This June and July we are offering cooking classes intended to reach audiences affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS), whether it be an individual, or on behalf of a loved one challenged by the autoimmune disease.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS). It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissues in the CNS.” The source later shares that an estimate of 2.3 million people are currently living with MS, and it is 2x more common among women than men. Although no direct causes of MS have been identified, it has been recorded that genetic predispositions, environmental factors and ethnicity are all potential contributors of the disease.
Research, medicinal and technological advances are making it possible for individuals to live longer, normal lives. Yet there are many patients who want to really utilize their treatment, or may not have the coverage to participate in the treatment, and want to be proactive about getting better. For those patients, we strongly encourage speaking with their doctor and adjusting their diet based on symptoms.
In general health, we suggest adopting a gluten and dairy free diet. For individuals with a chronic disease, it is recommended to incorporate a low saturated fat diet, limit caffeine, gluten, dairy, and high calorie intake and staying away from refined sugars. Additionally, saturated fats from animal products are known to exacerbate symptoms and lead to flare-ups. High fiber, whole, real foods will be advantageous toward retaining nutrients to strengthen the immune system and allow an individual to develop a tolerance and get stronger gradually. The goal is to maintain a normal weight so that muscular abilities are not prohibited and post relapse recovery is progressive. Based on a patient’s particular history and experience with MS, a physician may suggest getting tested for food allergies, or incorporated more foods with a particular nutrient (fiber, iron, potassium) to help relieve the symptomatic activity and ultimately lower the chances of relapse all together.
We hope that you consider this information if you are struggling with any autoimmune, or cardiovascular disease, as consuming a health supportive diet is essential when it comes to lowering the risks associated with early onset, or diagnosis. More than that, if there is something you’re struggling with incorporating into your diet, reach out and we’d be happy to speak with you and add an education cooking class based on your condition – which will introduce you to health supportive and flavorful recipes! Remember, knowledge is power, and the only silly questions are the ones that are never asked.