If you’ve got MS, you’ve probably been told the following
“The OMS diet has worked wonders for me!”
“My friend does the Wahls protocol, it’s helped loads”
2 specialist MS diets, each very different, but both have helped loads of MSers. So, who should you listen to? Which diet is really ‘the answer’?
I think you should make your up your own mind.
Make sure your new lifestyle is something that you enjoy, something that you can stick to, make sure it’s something that you choose to do.
Buy a copy of both books (links at the bottom of the page), borrow them from a friend, or check them out of your local library and have a read. You might find that you instantly prefer one diet over the other. You might want to take a little bit of both and mash them together (like I did)
So, on to my diet. Which one do I follow?
My MS diet is unique and individual to me. It’s a sprinkle of Wahls, a spoonful of OMS, and a lot good nutrition common sense.
So this is it. The exact diet guidelines I follow, and the thought processes that went into each one
Less than 20g Saturated Fats
This one was a bit of a no brainer. I’ve never really been a fan of fats, and have always struggled to get them into my diet. Through my years of training I’ve learnt that my body functions much better on a high carbohydrate diet, so going for Wahl’s, almost ketogenic, paleo diet really didn’t appeal to me. That left me with the OMS diet, and its rather strict rule of saturated fat intake. If I needed any more convincing, the lengthy study by Dr Swank that Professor George Jelinek references in the book, was certainly enough motivation for me to start tracking and limiting my sat fat consumption.
I won’t write about the study, but if you’d like to make up your own mind then click here
High in Protein
Whichever MS diet I chose to switch to, it had to be high protein. Protein is essential for the building and repair of muscle tissue, so, when you train as much as I do, you need a lot of it. My original thought was to transition over to the OMS diet, but that meant I had to give up meat, my main source of protein. Sure, I could eat fish and beans, but fish is expensive, and the protein content of beans doesn’t really measure up to that of meat.
So, I made a compromise. I was under the assumption that needing to surrender meat was just to aid the <20g saturated fats per day goal. Instead, I decided to keep in meat, but stick to the really lean cuts, such as skinless chicken breast, turkey, and low-fat beef mince. This allowed me to stay under the saturated fat limit, and also get in enough protein to support my fitness goals.
No Gluten or Dairy
The next step was to remove dairy and gluten from my diet. This is where I went off the beaten path a little. Sure, OMS recommends that we remove dairy from our diets, but actually says that there is no evidence to suggest that gluten is a problem.
I sided with Wahls on this one.
Part of the Wahl’s protocol is to completely remove both gluten and dairy from our diet (she actually states that it’s one of the most important parts!). Sure, I was hesitant at first, I love cheese, cream, and everything dairy, but after a few months I could feel the difference. More energy, less brain fog… what more could I ask for?
Limit added sugar intake
Again, this was another easy one for me. I’ve never had a sweet tooth, so removing all the sugary sweets, drinks, and cakes wasn’t really an issue. The added sugars can make both fitness and MS a problem, so getting rid of it was a win-win. Sugar is burned up and used by the body pretty instantly (as opposed to other carb sources), which can lead to energy crashes and sugary cravings. I’ve always found that the energy crash after eating a lot of sugar can leave me with some serious fatigue and brain fog. Also, as soon as all that sugar’s been used up, your body just starts craving more. This can quickly lead to the desire to binge eat, which is a bit of a nightmare when you’re trying to stick to a strict, calorie counted, diet plan.
Eight Servings of Veg a Day
Dur… veg are good for you, it’s no secret. Filled with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, every diet plan for health ever created has instructed us to eat as many as possible, and OMS and Wahls are no different. OMS recommends going fully plant based, and Wahls states numerous times the importance of vegetables. I opted for what I thought was a reasonable amount, and went for 8 servings each day (and yes, that’s 8 different vegetables…)
So, there we have it! My exact diet guidelines for the world to see. Hopefully showing my reasoning has helped me convince you that it is possible to find an MS lifestyle that works, and suits you.
It’s worth mentioning that you live in the UK, then you can get yourself a copy of OMS for free! Just click here and fill out your address
Both books are available on Amazon (along with a load of cookbooks). You can get them by clicking the link below