There isn’t a diet for multiple sclerosis (MS). But eating healthy is a good idea for anyone.
Better eating habits can start with small changes, like trying a new recipe every month or cutting out dessert once or twice a week. Just make sure to talk to your doctor before starting any diet or nutritional program.
Food tips your body would love:
- Start slow
When changing your diet, it's best to ease in. Diet plans that involve dramatic changes are harder to start and maintain.
- Plan ahead
Eating a healthy snack before a party or another social event can help curb your appetite and limit indulging in high-calorie foods like chips and cake.
- Make low-fat substitutions
Choose fresh fruit or yogurt instead of ice cream. Turkey makes a healthier sandwich than ham. Who needs potato chips when there are pretzels and precut veggies?
- Stay hydrated
Water helps maintain a normal body temperature. For some people, a rise in body temperature may temporarily exacerbate symptoms or lead to fatigue.
- Avoid foods high in saturated fats, sugar, and other sweeteners
These include refined “white” grains. They may offer empty calories that fill you up without the nutritional value your body needs.
- Control your portions
It takes 20 minutes before you start feeling full, so try taking smaller portions and eating slower.
- Don't forget the fiber
Eat fiber-rich foods that help you feel full, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Understand the connection between eating and emotions
For instance, sometimes people eat too much or too little when stressed. If you notice changes in your eating habits related to your mood, talk to your doctor.