WHAT I EAT
On OMS we eat a Plant based + Seafood diet with a strict policy on oils and saturated fat. The basic premise underpinning The Overcoming MS program is a low saturated fat, anti inflammatory diet & lifestyle as this has shown in studies to have lowered rates of relapse, progression to disability and an increased level of happiness in people with MS.
Below is a list of what we on OMS can eat freely plus the methods we are allowed to cook with and also what we're not advised to eat.
WE CAN EAT FREELY
All vegetables and fruits in any amounts (except coconut)
All herbs & spices
Dried fruit like dried apricots, cranberries and dates
Raw nuts & seeds. Almonds, cashews, pine nuts, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, macadamias, pistachios, flax seeds, hemp seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds. I like to soak nuts before I eat them to release the phytic acid which is their natural defence, this helps the body to digest them easier. Nuts must also be raw as roasting damages their natural oils.
All seafood & shell fish including but not limited to - all white fish, salmon, scallops, oysters, crayfish, paua (abalone) and anchovies. I’ve stopped eating tinned tuna now to avoid any more mercury exposure as I recently came back with high levels.
Grains including oats, quinoa, amaranth, white and brown rice, cornmeal, barley.
All pulses including chickpeas, lentils, black beans, kidney beans, black eyed beans. I soak these before eating as well.
Eggs whites only
Extra virgin olive oil cold (EVOO). Although it's mainly ment to be used cold OMS has approved it as the preferred oil for baking cakes etc over other oils. I roast my veges oil free though as I’ve come to love them like that and I think when we can avoid heating oil we should always avoid it.
Bread. I avoid gluten as much as possible. I mainly eat Sourdough bread instead as it's fermented which is easier for the body to break down.
Nut milks. If buying I use Vitasoy Unsweetened Almond milk or I make my own from raw almonds and water.
100% Pure maple syrup, organic brown rice syrup, honey
Kombucha and dairy free kefir. These are both fermented drinks beneficial for gut health
Cold Pressed Organic Flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil is delicate and can go rancid easily with exposure to light and heat so it's best to it buy from the fridge of your health food store.
Other things I use include: Braggs soy protein sauce or tamari, balsamic vinegar, mustard, massel vege stock cubes, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, marmite, pure preferably raw peanut or almond butters, sauerkraut, olives, dandelion coffee and herbal teas.
Health foods I use regularly include - cacao powder, acai powder, maca powder, marine collagen powder, hemp protein, medicinal mushrooms like lions mane and reishi.
Baking, steaming, and boiling are all acceptable on OMS, this is how I prepare most of my food
For frying I use water
For baking veges I use baking paper or I bake them dry, oil free.
I bake fish in baking paper with lemon juice and sea salt
STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED
All dairy products including chocolate
All red meat
All bird meat including chicken and turkey
All processed oils like canola and sunflower oil
Commercial packaged and processed foods that include processed oils like canola and sunflower oils eg. chips, biscuits, soft drink, cereals etc
Any heated oils or frying in oil especially at high heat
Nothing deep fried
All coconut products, however I choose to eat coconut products on occasion, please don't let me sway you, my reasons for doing so are here eg. a tablespoon or 2 of coconut oil in a sweet treat I'm baking or coconut milk in a curry every other week. I use coconut water daily as it has little to no saturated fat and is great for hydration.
20-40mils of flaxseed oil daily
Optional B Vitamins
Daily sun exposure on as much skin as possible for 15-20 minutes or 5000iu Vitamin D3 supplements when no sun
For me, if I buy packaged food it's generally the pure stuff like brown rice pasta, organic tea, frozen berries, or things like raw nuts, seeds, buckwheat or potato flours, lentils, beans etc. I make sure the ingredients list is short and there are no nasties in them like numbers, artificial colours, oils or anything I don't recognise or understand. I generally try to buy organic where I can or when we can afford it. This way I know I'm getting my food as pure as possible so my body doesn't have to process extra nasties.
For treats I make my own raw sweet treats weekly so I don't get to miss out. I also choose to have a small amount of good quality 85% Dark Chocolate in moderation as well because I believe in the health benefits as cacao dilates the blood vessels. But that is completely your decision - don't let me sway you on this one either.
Raw vegan food and Japanese food are also a great options for us too!