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The Paleo Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

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{Horrible Housewife} The paleo diet and multiple sclerosis

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Are you overwhelmed yet? I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t overwhelmed researching The Paleo Diet and Multiple Sclerosis last night. Is it the strict dos and don’ts? Is it the lack of foods I love? Or is it me being a pinhead and not wanting to change? I’m leaning towards the latter.

Let me explain why I am entertaining the idea of this cave man diet.

The Paleo Diet and Multiple Sclerosis- Horrible Housewife's week 4 weigh in

My week 4 weigh in was a huge relief! I was terrified I would move into an overall weight GAIN (that wasn’t muscle). I admit I indulged in some cupcakes at a baby shower, and we might have had a bowl of ice cream where the caramel busted all over it. I can’t help it if the caramel can’t keep things under control! Oh yeah… I didn’t go to the gym because I was playing work make-up for the two weeks the plague was in the house.

Excuses. Blah-blah-blah. Excuses.

When my sassy pants girlfriend found out I had Multiple Sclerosis she started talking to me about this crazy Paleo Diet thing, to which I replied, “Nah, I’m good!” That is, until she rebutted with a video from Terry Wahls, who has secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and her own experience with the power of a diet change. “Well, holy shit! Sign me up!”

The Paleo Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

The Paleo Diet, consisting of organic, whole foods from grass-fed meats, vegetables, fermented foods, and nuts, is packed with nutrients that protect the nervous and immune systems. The Paleo Diet is high in B vitamins, iodine, and omega-3 fatty acids (animal based EPA and DHA) that support mitochondrial function and myelin growth and repair.Natural News


A diet that supports mitochondria and brain cells is therefore rich in building blocks, protein (amino acids), essential fats – particularly long chain omega 3, a mass of micronutrients – vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants and polyphenols, and probably a whole lot of other nutrients not yet identified.Paleo Zone Nutrition

Who is Terry Wahls?

How about the cliff notes version- Terry Wahls is a doctor, who is also a patient with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Terry went from being in a tilt-recline wheelchair to riding a bike just by changing her diet to include the Paleo Diet principles. I don’t want to bore you with the details, so do a quick Google search and read the articles first hand.

What is The Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet and Multiple Sclerosis- What the Horrible Housewife can and can't eat on the primal diet

Does that picture help sum up what you can and can’t eat while on The Paleo Diet? This part is the hardest for me to wrap my head around because I want to give The Paleo Diet a fair chance and see the results! I NEED to see results! I’m not gearing up for this epic science project studying the relationship between The Paleo Diet and Multiple Sclerosis for nothing! :)

Don’t you worry your pretty little heads because I won’t ever be 100% Paleo. I will still write about delicious treats. I will still eat pizza once a week. The main difference will be me giving these Brussel Sprouts, pigs in a blanket, and family favorite recipes a try. Wish me luck!

Do you have any Paleo tips for me?

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My name is Mallery and I am a recovering workaholic. I curse like a sailor. I'm a mix of obsessive and awkward. I talk about bowel habits more than I should and I enjoy wine, gaming, and tattoos.

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  1. Krystle

    I’ve heard about the Paleo diet but wasn’t sure what it really was. Thanks for including the list of foods to eat/avoid!
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  2. Dede

    I’ve been seeing so much about Paleo…..interested to see if it helps you feel better!
    Dede recently posted..The only hope for my children’s baby booksMy Profile


  3. Theresa

    Good luck!


  4. Elizabeth@Table4Five

    Good luck with the diet!
    Elizabeth@Table4Five recently posted..What I’m Thinking About Today: My Goals for 2013My Profile


  5. Summer

    YAY!!! I’m so glad I’m your sassy pants girlfriend who knows so much!

    just kidding.

    I’m proud of you for giving it a shot! Terry Wahls would be proud too! You know where to find me if you need a positive smack on the virtual ass.
    Summer recently posted..I Have Man FluMy Profile


    Mallery Reply:

    What about an in person smack? hahaha


  6. Kari

    I’ve heard of the Paleo Diet and seen quite a bit of buzz around the blogosphere lately. But, I’m especially interested in the MS aspect…my mother-in-law has MS so I will have to share this with her. Thanks!
    Kari recently posted..Weekly Links I Liked 2-9-13My Profile


  7. Christy

    I know this “diet” has done amazing things for Summer but had no clue it could help with your MS. Good luck with your lifestyle change!
    Christy recently posted..Mardi Gras Galveston: Enjoy the ColorsMy Profile


  8. Shelby

    I follow a lot of people on youtube…there’s a woman who’s channel is jpmetz (I’m pretty sure she has another channel named kickinggeese or something to that effect)…ANYWAY, her and a couple of her friends (soundlyawake and others on youtube) have been on the Paleo diet for quite some time. She has MS, and I’m not sure if she’s mentioned benefits because of that, but I know she is a huge fan of it.

    And (whether a positive or negative for you) she’s mentioned on twitter that she gets drunk WAY easier now without any of the carb/processed foods in her system, aha!


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