Swank(ish) diet gets thumbs up

My conservative GP sent me to the dietician. I ‘chose’ to be gluten free and have chosen to follow some hippy diet to cure my MS.

Ignoring the judge mental undertones, I explained low sat fat to the dietician. I also explained that I will continue to eat low fat red meat due to underlying anemia. She had never heard of swank. But there was nothing wrong with fish a couple of times a wee, or eliminating sat and trans fat. The vitamins (fish oil, iron, cranberry, vitamin d) are all sensible. But she wanted to do research.

Well, for those of you sitting on the fence: there is nothing wrong with Swank. My dietician would like me to eat whole eggs (protein) and lite cheese (calcium). But eating red meat 3 times a week is fine – make it lean and make it count. Oh, and she understands that some of us have bodies that know they are intolerant (for me it is gluten) without the auto immune disease or allergy.

So, even if Swank doesn’t cure your MS, it can’t hurt. What are you waiting for. Think about what is more important, that piece of xxxx or staying out of a wheelchair.


Focusing on what I can control – Diet

A few years ago, I was tired. Really really tired. Several months, blood tests and a ‘top and tail’ later, I am not coeliac. But I am anaemic as well as having pernicious anemia and Graves’ disease. Two of these three are autoimmune. None can be cured.

but, stubborn little thing that I am, I googled. And googled, and researched. Sound familiar? Apparently, soy can trigger thyroid issues, so I switched back to cows mAlmost here is also a school of thought that gluten impairs the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Such as vitamin b12 and iron.

So despite coeliac tests being negative, I gave up gluten. There were tears. Ceremonial saying goodbye to favourite cookbooks and recipes. But I did it anyway.

A funny thing happened. The chronic abdominal pain went away. The constant bloating went away. Immediately. I was one sausage sizzle away from the bloating and pain. I know, I did tests. Then another thing happened. My Graves went into remission. Doctors say you can’t be cured, but I have been normal for 7 years. And I have gone from monthly b12 injections to once a year. Iron is still a problem.

oh, and I had a relapse 12 months before I gave up gluten. It took another 8 years for my next. 

I don’t know whether gluten was a factor. But I have learned to live without it. All the diet advice for MS suggests healthy living, low sat fat, more fish and minimal to nil processed foods. So, any time I want hot chips, I figure I can have all I want when I am in a wheelchair. But not today. Same with chocolate, cream sauces and cakes. We have all read about the strict diets. I can’t give up meat. Given my inability to absorb iron, that would be dumb. But I am replacing 1-2 meals a week with fish.

I am a living experiment, but aren’t we all.