A lot of people would call the MS diet ‘restrictive’ and difficult to stick to. However, I’ve come to realise that it’s the complete antithesis of restrictive! Yes, it’s best to avoid the five trigger foods – gluten, dairy, meat, legumes and refined sugar (unfortunately our Western diets consist mostly of these foods). However there is so much you can eat and the yummy combinations of these life-giving foods are endless. I’m always surprised when I go to a raw food/vegan restaurant or page through a magazine and discover a new way of preparing mushrooms or aubergines!
It’s all about perception and the more deeply you delve into his way of eating, the more you realise the bountiful variety available to you. The foods to avoid are not even options anymore so don’t even think about how much you miss them. I view them as poison for my body because when I accidentally eat one of them I literally feel like I’ve been poisoned!
Tried and Tested vs Variety
I tend to stick to very similar food every day because it works for me. I know what I feel good on and these dishes are usually quick and easy to prepare. However, when I have time, I love experimenting with new flavour combinations and dishes. You may also be the kind of person who doesn’t mind eating almost the same food every day and that’s fine. When the time is right, you will naturally move onto a new staple meal. When I find a dish that I really like, I’m happy to have it every day! Then perhaps a few weeks later I’ll find another dish that I really like and I’ll start having that more often. You don’t have to make something different every day! Keep it simple but enjoyable.
The Sample Menu
In this post I want to give you a few ideas for your MS diet meals. I know that it’s often difficult to know where to start. These are just ideas and you can choose to add other ingredients to them and turn them into your own ms diet masterpieces. These are my go-to meals as they are super easy to prepare and I always have the ingredients in my house because I just buy them every week, as standard. To be successful on this MS diet, it’s important to have a few staple meals waiting in the wings that you can prepare easily and quickly. It’s also important to plan ahead and make sure that you have the right ingredients for the meals you want to make. What are your staples?
You’ll notice that I eat quite a bit of certain foods such as avocado and sweet potato. This is because they are so tasty and versatile. They are also exceptionally nutritious. I love them because they can be prepared in so many different ways! You’ll find that you gravitate towards certain ingredients which is great. Go with that! These are usually the ones that make you feel the best and give you the most energy.
Breakfast: Berry & Spinach Smoothie with Kale, Spinach, Berries, Banana, Apple, Grapes, Almonds (just a handful of each will do. You’ll also need a high speed bender like a nutribullet)
Lunch: Avocado on rice cakes with cucumber, tomato & olives. (So delicious!)
Dinner: Steamed Broccoli, Zucchini & Sweet Potato with Baked Salmon (drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the top when you’re ready to serve)
Snacks: Bunch of Grapes, Apple dipped in Almond butter
Breakfast: Gluten-free oats with maple syrup, cinnamon and almond butter (You can use coconut or almond milk)
Lunch: Gluten-free sandwich with avocado and tomato (I eat a UK brand called B-free which is free from gluten, sugar and yeast – it’s fantastic)
Dinner: Roasted butternut with red rice, baby spinach, rocket (arugula) and pumpkin seeds (drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil) It’s kind of like a warm salad and you can also add other veg such as steamed broccoli.
Snacks: Rice or corn cakes with almond butter, strawberries & blueberries (nature’s sweeties)
Breakfast: Fruit Salad: chopped fruit and nuts. I love mango, melon, nectarine, strawberries.
Lunch: Baked Sweet Potato with Guacamole (This can literally just be mashed avocado with a little lemon and Himlayan salt or you can add a few other ingredients such as tomatoes and peppers.) You may want to have this dish with a side salad of lovely leaves.
Dinner: Gluten-free pasta & broccoli with Cashew Basil Pesto (cashews, basil leaves, extra-virgin olive oil, Himalayan salt and a little water. Experiment with the consistency – you don’t want it too runny)
Snacks: Raw juice or fruit smoothie with anything you have in your house.
This way of eating is all about cramming as many nutrients into your body, as possible, at meal times. When your body is getting the raw materials it needs, you won’t crave unhealthy, processed and sugary foods. I’m always amazed at how content I am after my meal. I used to reach for something sweet after dinner and now I’m content with a few grapes or blueberries. My body has exactly what it needs.
The big bonus is that you start to feel better than you have ever felt. Your energy starts to increase and you just feel lighter, happier and more able to live! Slowly but surely, stubborn symptoms start to improve as you clean your body and help it heal itself. You’d be surprised what you body can do with a few more nutrients and a lack of junk food!
For other dishes, you can always trawl though the ms diet recipes!
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