Paleo Diet Food Chart

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So, I’m currently on a 30day Paleo challenge to test and see how the Paleo diet will affect people with Myasthenia Gravis. I wanted to know if the Paleo diet was good for people dealing with Myasthenia Gravis. After the 30 days I hope to find that out and report to all of you.

I know the adapted clean eating diet helps with energy and symptoms, but I hope the Paleo Diet is just as helpful (if not more) for Myasthenia Gravis symptoms because there’s an added bonus…weight loss!

 So, here’s a great visual chart on the Paleo Diet for you to learn some interesting facts. Enjoy!

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Paleo Diet and Myasthenia Gravis

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Does The Paleo Diet Help Myasthenia Gravis?

I’m totally not afraid to try new diets/eating styles on myself. I want to figure out the best diet (or at least figure out good options) for people to be able use to control Myasthenia Gravis.

We all want to live symptom-free, thats a given. So far I’ve found that an adapted clean eating diet is the best diet to control Myasthenia Gravis symptoms and to have energy.

But what if there’s more than just one type of eating plan that can control MG and keep you symptom free?

I want to find out.

Starting today, I’m embarking on a 30-day Paleo Diet. I want to know how the Paleo Diet affects Myasthenia Gravis. I also want to share what I learn with you! So within the next 30 days, I’ll be updating you on the affects of the Paleo diet and Myasthenia Gravis. This should be fun :)

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What is the Paleo Diet?

What is the Paleo diet anyway? I first heard about it was actually on Instagram. I posted a photo of my food (as I always do, haha), and one of my friends tagged it #paleo. I was curious so I did a little digging and found that the paleo diet, or the ‘caveman diet’ is basically an eating style like that of the caveman days. Its a ‘diet’ based off of eating like the cavemen would have. This means anything we could hunt or gather – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds.

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No calorie counting

An awesome benefit from this type of eating style is there’s no need to calorie count! Seriously sign me up, right?! Because the foods in the paleo diet are naturally lower in calories, theres really no possible way to eat more calories than you need.

For example, if you were to eat 4 apples you would feel sooo full and only be loading up on 320 calories. If you ate a 320 calorie bowl of pasta it would easily just leave you craving more. The same goes for candy or doughnuts, 320 calories of candy (one candy bar) is not the same as eating 320 calories of broccoli or lean turkey breast or chicken.

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Weightloss

Paleo Diet helps people with Myasthenia Gravis loose weight

If you have Myasthenia Gravis then you already know that loosing weight is tough. We aren’t as able to run, jump around and exercise like most people can. With the paleo diet, I have seen and read on many websites and blogs that when you eat paleo you will loose weight without even trying. Ummm, yes please! I’m defiantly excited to see if I drop a few extra lbs in the next 30 days by eating Paleo. So lets find out; can the Paleo Diet help people with Myasthenia Gravis loose weight?.

This type of weight loss is exactly what we need! Loosing weight without intense need of exercise. Dont get me wrong, if you’re strong enough to get to walking, jogging or circuit train (like I do), then thats just an added bonus to your weight loss goals (and great for your overall health).

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Paleo, Me and MG

So I’m going to be eating following the paleo diet for the next 30 days. I’m super stoked to find an answer to the question, “how does the Paleo Diet affect Myasthenia Gravis”?. I’ll post my progress and findings using the Paleo diet (good or bad) here. This will be interesting and fun! So check back here if you’re just as curious as I am!

 

Comment below and share your experience with the Paleo Diet. Good or bad, its nice to know.

 

 

 

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Coconut Water, The Breakdown

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Coconut Water Can Help Myasthenia Gravis

I’ve mentioned coconut water numerous times throughout my posts. This is because coconut water is a true miracle for me and I see it being extremely beneficial, especially for others with Myasthenia Gravis. It is packed with Potassium, electrolytes and essential minerals to keep the body hydrated and aid in muscle contraction and function.

After I have a drink of coconut water, I notice my eyes are able to open wider, my energy picks up a notch and I can walk and move my muscles much better than before. Coconut water has been a lifesaver more times than I can count.

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Fresh Is Best

Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS, a NYC-based nutritionist and registered pharmacist, says fresh is best, and I agree. “Fresh coconut water has not been pasteurized, therefore it contains enzymes that help to detoxify and repair the body,” she explains. “Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes, such as potassium, necessary for proper hydration,” Mendez states. “Electrolytes are also necessary for proper muscle contraction and to generate energy in the body.”

Most of what you’ll find in stores is pasteurized or from concentrate. (“It’s still a great way to hydrate yourself and it will still contain minerals, but it’s pasteurized, therefore, not raw,” she adds.) So watch your labels and when you check the ingredient list make sure its 100% coconut water and nothing extra added.

 


The Best Coconut Water Around

First Place

Testing out the benefits of coconut water on myself and trying numerous different brands (all claiming the same basic thing), I have found the best coconut water above all: Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water.

First of all, its 100% RAW, which means that it hasn’t been heated up (awesome!). The process of heating can break down nutrients therefore making them unavailable to the body (and we need those nutrients). Harmless Harvest Coconut Water also doesn’t come from concentrate (amazing) and is 100% Organic!

If you can get your hands on this brand, do so. It’s worth it.

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Runners-Up

If Harmless Harvest isn’t an option I will also turn to O.N.E Coconut Water and Zico Coconut Water. Both brands have a decent taste but even more than that, I notice that burst of energy which is so helpful to my MG.

 

Buying Tips

There are so many different brands of coconut water on the market these days it can confusing when trying to choose a good and truly healthy one. Here are a few key things to watch for when buying a quality coconut water:

  • No added sugar (keep it simple)
  • No added flavors (stick with plain/original)
  • Make sure that it’s not from concentrate
  • Choose organic if ever possible

So go ahead and try adding coconut water into your daily life. It has helped my Myasthenia Gravis tremendously. Comment below to let me know what your favorite brands are!

 

Sources:

http://www.harmlesscoconut.com

http://www.refinery29.com

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Mind, body and soul unite as a whole

 

 Change your mind, change your life

EATING THE RIGHT TYPE OF FOODS WILL HELP RECHARGE YOUR BODY

AND BRING YOU TO YOUR BEST STATE OF HEALTH 

#FACT

I personally have tried everything under the sun to regain my health after being diagnosed with MG at 16. After a long road of trial and error, I am certain when I say that a healthy diet (in addition to other positive things I continue to practice on the daily) is one of the most important contributing factors to my overall health and genuine happiness of the mind, body and soul.

Join me and watch this uplifting and positively powerful video that helped open my eyes to the true power we all hold within.

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Clean Eating Is The Best Diet For Myasthenia Gravis Patients

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Myasthenia Gravis and Diet: Better Health and Weightloss

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Living with Myasthenia Gravis can be challenging at a times. The way I learned to nourish my body for better health while living with Myasthenia Gravis should not be categorized as a diet at all but an eating style; one which has helped get me back on track with my health. Along with other critical factors such as physical therapy, relaxation techniques and a few more lifestyle changes, nourishing my body has helped me feel healthier than I have in years.

Please remember that managing and improving your health while living with MG is an ongoing process. There is not a quick fix but by incorporating various important lifestyle upgrades, you have the potential to improve your current state of health. 

Dr. Andrew Thomas Weil, a holistic health doctor has touched on the importance of diet for people living with MG. The foods you eat are very important. I have experimented with these diet tips (along with my lifestyle upgrades) to find that they all work together and compliment each other creating your personal best health. 

I have shown myself there is hope and now I want to share with you. We all have the option to improve our health once we understand and listen to what our bodies need. So from here it is up to you. Below is a simple look into the diet and nutrition side of things. Remember, diet is only one aspect of the whole body picture.

If you would like to reach out and talk 1:1 you can always contact me

Eating a clean diet that is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and seeds, wild fish and organic grass fed meats that are unprocessed and chemical-free, is one of the best things you can do for your body. I truly believe an adapted clean eating style is one of the best ways to eat for people like myself with Myasthenia Gravis.  I say adapted, because for us, there are some foods that may be better left out of our diet, such as milk and dairy.

The Clean Eating Approach

Nourishing your body with whole, natural foods is important for people with Myasthenia Gravis. These include a wide variety of natural, unprocessed, chemical-free, hormone-free and preservative-free foods. Think fresh. As suggested by Dr. Weil, patients who suffer from Myasthenia Gravis (and all other autoimmune disorders) must eat a diet full of fresh organic fruits and vegetables while making sure to incorporate fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium.

Dr. Weil also recommends eliminating polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils, and all foods (such as deep-fried foods) that might contain trans-fatty acids. “Use extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat. Reduce protein intake to 10 percent of total calories; replace animal protein as much as possible with plant protein. Eliminate milk and milk products (substitute other calcium sources)”

Did you know? 

Eighty percent of our immune system is located in our stomach. If our immune system is in our stomach, we should be fueling our stomach and body with clean, healthy, chemical-free foods that promote a calm healthy environment while simultaneously nourishing the body. When you eat whole, unprocessed foods, you can suddenly eat more while having more energy, feel better, look better and even an added bonus…you will weigh less. This has happened to me and it has happened to others after their eating style changed from processed to more natural.

 To Get You Started

Here is the basic breakdown and my personal food list for the diet that has worked best in the longterm, for my Myasthenia Gravis. Overall, this is the plan I used to get myself where I am today.

  • Eat a clean diet (real foods, whole foods, pesticide-free)
  • Eliminate your dietary allergens (often dairy, nuts, soy, etc.)
  • Eliminate grains
  • Reduce your packaged/canned food intake to ultimately eliminate excess sodium (frozen is great and fresh is best)
  • Eat plenty of healthy fats
  • Eat plenty of leafy greens and rainbow veggies

Foods to include:

(unless you have an allergy or you feel sluggish after consumption)

PROTEIN

  • black beans
  • cannelini beans
  • pinto beans
  • chickpeas
  • wild caught low mercury fish
  • organic free-range eggs
  • organic free-range turkey and chicken
  • organic grass-fed beef
  • wild-caught salmon
  • raw almonds
  • raw macadamia nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • walnuts
  • almond butter/raw almond butter
  • Protein powder (be careful with this one they are not all created equal. ask your NMD)

 

VEGGIES/HERBS

  • kale
  • spinach
  • lettuces
  • watercress
  • cucumber
  • celery
  • onions
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • ginger root
  • turmeric root
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • squash (butternut, spaghetti, kabocha)
  • root vegetables (beet root, parsnip, carrot, rutabaga, turnip, sweet potato)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

CONDIMENTS/FLAVORINGS

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • extra virgin coconut oil
  • pepper
  • pink himalayan salt
  • turmeric
  • ginger
  • cinnamon
  • stevia
  • apple cider vinegar
  • miso

FRUITS

  • lemons/limes
  • mango
  • papaya
  • apples
  • bananas
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • avocado
  • all fresh berries
  • melons
  • pineapple

BEVERAGES

  • coconut water
  • spring water
  • almond milk
  • hemp milk
  • coconut milk

EXTRAS

  • Flax seed
  • Hemp seed
  • Chia seed
  • Goji berries
  • Cacao powder
  • Cacao nibs

Foods to avoid:

  • all white ‘stuff’ (usually what is in most refined foods, sweets and packaged goods)
  • refined sugar (not natural)
  • alcohol
  • fast food
  • fried food
  • junk food
  • soda
  • dairy/milk products
  • corn
  • most grains

 

 

 

Source:

http://www.drweil.com

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