Shortly after diagnosis I hit google and came across the SWANK diet which I'm sure most of you are familiar with. I have an appointment to see a private consultant in early September as the public consultant who diagnosed me did not have any real lifestyle/diet advice, prescribed no medication and just advised a generally "healthy" lifestyle, which didn't leave me much to work with. I am anxious to see this private consultant to hopefully get some more detailed answers on a number of queries and concerns.
Anyway, recently I've been trying to follow the SWANK diet and keep saturated fat under 16g per day, which is difficult but doable most of the time. It seemed that there is good reason to believe his findings re saturated fat are valid.
I'm taking Vitamin D as part of a pregnancy supplement as I hope to try for a third baby soon (unless this consultant advises otherwise). I know I should be taking more than is in the pregnancy supplement but I wouldn't be able to do that in pregnancy I think (though will ask this consultant) so am just taking the RDA for the moment.
My real question about diet is this: I just got George Jelinek's book "Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis" and while he advocates the SWANK diet, he goes beyond it, recommending total avoidance of saturated fat, and indeed of meat and dairy products.
Keeping saturated fat below 16g I can do, though it's difficult given that I love meat, cheese, chorizo etc.
But avoiding all meat and dairy products, and essentially living a vegan lifestyle with fish (which I'm not all that fond of) sounds very extreme....and not something I want to do unless it's really unequivocally what needs to be done.
What are your opinions on this? Advocates of MS diets seem so gung-ho, basically making it seem as if you can halt progression / alleviate symptoms if you keep to the diet, but they seem to be implying you could well die sooner if you don't, which is frankly terrifying....
Would welcome your views!