MS-Friendly Food Tips

  • by Elisabeth N.
  •   July 18, 2016

Elisabeth N. is a paid employee of Teva Neuroscience, Inc.

Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” A healthy, well-balanced diet is important for everyone, but especially for people living with a chronic disease like MS. As always, discuss any dietary recommendations with a health care provider and/or dietitian.

It’s all about balance

Most clinicians and nutritionists agree that the key to a healthy diet is balance. This includes a diet that is low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars. Following a low-fat, high-fiber diet and including plenty of fluids/water is recommended. High-fiber foods include whole grain breads/cereals, oatmeal, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, whole wheat pastas, and brown rice. Adding fiber gradually to the diet is recommended, as adding it too fast can sometimes cause gas, cramps, and diarrhea.  

The facts on fats

Limiting saturated and trans fat is recommended. These types of fats are solid at room temperature and include highly marbled meats, butter, cheese, and other full-fat dairy products. Trans fats include shortening, hydrogenated oils, and many processed and fried foods.

Unsaturated fats are important to include in a healthy diet, and are components of myelin and other central nervous system tissues. These include oils from seeds, vegetables, and fish. Choosing lean cuts of meat and low-fat dairy products, and preparing food by grilling, baking, steaming, or poaching can help eliminate excess fat.  

Here are a few tips to make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable:

  • Conserve energy when cooking by sitting on a tall stool instead of standing for long periods.
  • Buy precut, prewashed produce, or wash/chop them ahead of time to make prep work less time consuming.
  • Double up on recipes when cooking a meal then freeze the leftovers for a quick reheat on another day.
  • Stock up on healthy snack items such as fruit (dried or fresh), granola, nuts, etc., instead of unhealthy alternatives.

As previously stated, always discuss diet recommendations with your health care provider. Only you and your health care provider can decide what the best diet is for you!  

Elisabeth N.

Shared Solutions® Nurse

About The Author

Elisabeth N., RN is a registered nurse, who works for Teva’s Shared Solutions®. She has been a nurse for nine years, and has more than two years of experience with multiple sclerosis.

Leave a comment below

More posts you might like

Register today

Get the latest posts and resources from Teva's Lift MS.

Comments
Thank you for your comment!
It is currently being reviewed to make sure it complies with our Rules of Engagement. If it does, it will be shared with the community shortly, so continue to check back. We appreciate you being a part of the Lift MS™community.
8 Comment(s)
  • Ellen Scatena | July 18, 2016
    Thanks for the info. Makes great sense. Hope to figure out how to send to computer to print .
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | July 19, 2016
      We are happy you are finding value in the blog, Ellen! Please continue to check back for more info.
  • Amy | July 22, 2016
    I've read that going gluten free for MS can potentially be helpful, too. I was just diagnosed 2 weeks ago and went GF the next day. Funny enough, I have MORE energy being GF than I did prior to my diagnosis and eating wheat.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | July 25, 2016
      Thanks Amy. While that might not work for everyone, we appreciate your contribution to our community.
  • Sherri | July 22, 2016
    Thank you for your ideas, an caring time !!
  • Eunice | August 16, 2016
    Want to learn more about Healthy foods. I'm on gluten free diet now.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | September 01, 2016
      We're so glad you reached out to the community for support, Eunice! One of Teva's patient advocates wrote a blog post that includes tips for eating healthier that may interest you. https://www.liftms.com/education/six-tips-for-healthier-eating

      Also, our By the Bite recipe series features some great healthy recipes to help get you started! Please continue to check back for more tips from the community.
  • Kass | August 18, 2016
    Thanks for reminding me.
  • margaret | August 26, 2016
    I found this dietary information very helpful and inspires me to make healthier choices. Thank you.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 29, 2016
      Thanks for your kind words, Margaret! Comments like yours fuel our efforts to build a helpful community.
  • Peggy | September 03, 2016
    One of the first suggestions my neurologist gave me in managing my MS was to eat mostly vegetables. I took her advice and began to change my diet. The more I follow eating vegetables as the primary part of my meal, the better I feel. Inflammation begins to decline and well as my MS symptoms. Now I even enjoy organic, extra firm tofu as a protein source.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | September 06, 2016
      It sounds like you’ve found something that works for you, Peggy – kudos for your efforts! Please keep us posted, and be sure to check back for more tips from the community.
  • Temika jackson | January 09, 2017
    I agree with all of it because my has Ms for four years and I help her cope with it helping her is not easy my mom