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Low Fat Diets and High Cholesterol

The question about low fat diets comes up a lot when talking about multiple sclerosis. I admit, the topic can be really confusing because different sources often give completely different advice. In this video, I’ll explain the role of fat in the body, the benefits of “good” fats and what types of fat we should limit.

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5 Signs Your Diet Isn’t Working For You

Confused about which type of diet is most suitable for you? It can be extremely frustrating to weed through all the health and nutrition info out there, especially if you’re living with a chronic health condition. In this video I list 5 things that might be going on in your body, which might help lead you in the right direction as far as your food choices. 

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Avocado Health Benefits

From heart health to joint health to skin health, avocados are one food that definitely nourishes the body from the inside out!

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The Best Diet For Multiple Sclerosis

You probably came here looking for a definitive answer about what specific diet is the very best diet to follow when you have multiple sclerosis. From vegetarian to vegan, to raw vegan to paleo – I’ve known people who have tried them all, including myself!

One thing I would say is this. Be cautious of taking advice from someone who gives general advice claiming one specific type of diet either cures or heals MS.

Even though nutrition can have a profound impact on our health and how this disease plays out in the body, there is no ONE specific type of diet for slowing, halting or preventing multiple sclerosis  – other than a whole foods, anti-inflammatory diet that addresses some of the points I discuss further down in this post.  Each and every one of us who have been diagnosed with MS are metabolically, genetically, biochemically unique, and we have different factors that could be contributing to inflammation in the body.

What is balancing for one person, isn’t necessarily going to have the same effect for someone else. And why would it? Your liver, your kidneys, your adrenal glands – every cell in your body has lived a distinct life specific to you and your experiences. Even the state of your digestive health is unique to only you. We all might have been diagnosed with the same health condition but the lives we have lived are very different.

I have been living with multiple sclerosis since 2001, and I’ve spoken to so many people who follow all kinds of different diets. Some people manage their MS quite well following a vegan diet, but that might not work for you if you an intolerance to grains, beans and legumes, or serious digestive problems.

Many people with MS have a tendency of having food sensitivities, meaning certain foods can keep the body in a state of low grade systemic inflammation and steady rate of progression. It’s up to each of us to figure out what works for us as individuals.

One popular diet for MS is the paleo diet, which includes animal proteins. Vegan and paleo are both completely opposite diets from one another, yet there are many people who are quite successful in managing their health while eating in these different ways. And well, some people are not successful at remaining symptom-free at all. So why do you think this would this be?

We each have to figure out what is anti-inflammatory for us as individuals! And this doesn’t just include food. Sleep, stress levels, and exercise also play a very important role.

The online program I have created is not a specific diet plan. It’s a program designed to teach you how to bring balance back onto your body – YOUR unique body. There has to be balance in the diet no matter what type of diet you’re following. Most importantly, it needs to be anti-inflammatory!

So the best diet for MS?
– is anti-inflammatory for YOU as an individual
– focuses on gut health
– corrects nutritional deficiencies
– supports brain health
– contains nutrients that helps regenerate myelin
– supports natural detoxification and functioning of the liver
– helps you identify and minimize all stressors that could be contributing to inflammation (above and beyond diet)
– addresses the importance of restorative sleep
– incorporates stress management techniques and exercise

The best diet for MS is one that nourishes your mind, body and spirit!

The best diet for MS doesn’t give you unrealistic, unattainable goals. It helps you achieve balance in your body and develop healthy diet and lifestyle habits for lifelong success.

My online program A Holistic approach to Living with Multiple Sclerosis, is now up and running!

Multiple Sclerosis Diet

Never let any medical diagnosis stop you from pursuing the best health possible!

~Chantale, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001
Health conscious and relapse free since 2007!

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This Soup Can Help Get Rid of Inflammation Fast

Last week I did another talk for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and I mentioned this delicious anti-inflammatory soup that I use to help reduce inflammation in my body whenever I start to feel an MS flare-up coming on. * Knock on wood* no major relapse in 9 years now! You can read that story here.

Even when I suffer a minor hiccup (that’s what I call little random symptoms I might experience when I stray a little too far away from my healthy diet or experience a lot of stress), I’ve been able to avoid a relapse all these years by eating, living and thinking in a certain way.

Of course, there are often several factors that contribute to imbalances and inflammation in the body such as food intolerances, an inflammatory diet, overconsumption of sugar and refined grains, lack of good gut bacteria, poor sleep quality and chronic stress. Even though it’s always best to address the root cause of inflammation, adding anti-inflammatory foods and spices to your diet can help dampen some of the flames of inflammation.

This recipe uses many anti-inflammatory spices, including turmeric, which helps reduce pain and inflammation throughout the entire body. The beta-carotene in the butternut squash is also extremely healing and loaded with anti-inflammatory properties. I’ve even used this soup to help get over colds faster, due to the antibacterial properties in the purple onions and garlic.

Anti-inflammatory Butternut Squash Soup

  • 3 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1/2 purple onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. curry power
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • Dash of ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • Dash of black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Wash the butternut squash thoroughly and poke several holes in it using a sharp knife, then place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Roast squash for 45 to 60 minutes, until tender. Remove from oven and set a side until cool. When the squash is cool enough to handle, cut in half, scoop out the seeds and cut squash into cubes.
  4. While squash is cooling, dice the onions and garlic and sauté in half a cup of vegetable stock.
  5. Add the squash, remaining vegetable stock and spices to a pot with the onions and garlic.
  6. Gently simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
  7. Puree until smooth. Add the coconut milk, stirring well and gently simmer on low heat for another 10 minutes.

* Anti-inflammatory Cooking Tip: Vegetable stock can used as a substitution for cooking with oil. Refined oils not only adds empty calories to a meal but when heated, oxidizes and can contribute to inflammation.

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Curried Ginger Carrot Parsnip Soup

Curried Ginger Carrot Parsnip Soup

A warm and savoury, anti-inflammatory soup for a cool and rainy day!

Ingredients:
• 2.5 cups of vegetable stock
• 8 carrots, peeled and chopped
• 1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 1 tsp. ground cumin
• 1 Tbsp. curry powder
• 1 tsp. turmeric
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
• 1″ piece of grated ginger
• 1 tsp. maple syrup
• 1 tsp. of cinnamon
• ½ tsp of ground cloves
• ½ tsp of nutmeg
• 1 tsp. of himalayan salt
• Pinch of pepper
• Pinch of dulse flake

1. Begin by warming ¼ cup of vegetable stock over medium/high heat in a medium sized pot.
2. Add the garlic, cumin, cloves, nutmeg and ginger and sauté for a few minutes to bring out the flavour in the spices, stirring continuously.
3. After a few moments, when the aroma of the spices become fragrant, slowly pour in the remaining stock and add the diced carrots and parsnips.
4. Bring to a light boil, reduce heat, cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes, or until carrots are tender.
5. When the carrots are soft enough to pierce with a fork, remove from heat and purée until smooth.
6.
Add the coconut milk, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup, stirring well.  Allow to simmer for another 10 minutes. Garnish with cinnamon and enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Salad with Avocado Mayo

Anti-aging • Cancer-fighting • Beta-carotene • Vitamin C • Calcium • Magnesium • Potassium • B vitamins • Omega-3 essential fatty acids!

A nutrient dense recipe like this will make you glisten and glow with radiant health from the inside out!

~Avocados~
An anti-inflammatory heart healthy superfood rich in carotenoids, selenium and vitamin E.
~Hemp Seeds~
A balanced source of Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids that can add luster and shine to your skin and hair!
~Raw Pepitas~
High in zinc and vitamin E which aids in wound healing and is excellent for prostate health and strengthening the immune system!

Additionally, both avocados AND hemp seeds contain all essential amino acids, making them complete proteins!

Recipe:
• 1 large sweet potato(peeled and cubed)

• 2 green onions, chopped
• 2 tbsp hemp seeds
• handful of raw pepitas
• 1 large scoop of avocado mayo

Avocado Mayonnaise Dressing
• 1 avocado

• Juice from half a lemon
• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
• ¼tsp sea salt
• ½ tsp garlic powder
• 1 tbsp water
• ½ tsp paprika
• ½ tsp onion powder
• dash of cayenne pepper

This recipe only calls for one large scoop of avocado mayo. In my opinion, it’s best to use up an entire avocado once you cut it to prevent it from spoiling and oxidizing. Try using the remaining half of your avocado mayo as a veggie dip, sandwich spread or mixed in with a leafy green salad. If you are only making enough mayo to dress the amount that would cover one sweet potato(cubed), halve the recipe and store the unused portion in the fridge.
Always use the portion of the avocado that has been released from the pit when you cut it. For storing the unused portion, take the half that holds the pit(keeping the pit in place), drizzle it with fresh lemon juice to prevent it from discoloring and store it in a sealed, air-tight container in the fridge. Use within a few days.
For the purpose of this recipe, this avocado dressing also contains onion powder, paprika and a touch of cayenne pepper!

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Makes 3 medium sized servings.

Two sweet potatoes would probably use up the full mayo recipe!

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My New and Improved Antioxidant Rich, Anti-inflammatory Sweet Potato Salad with Avocado Mayo

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Anti-aging • Cancer-fighting • Beta-carotene • Vitamin C • Calcium • Magnesium • Potassium • B vitamins • Omega-3 essential fatty acids!

A nutrient dense recipe like this will make you glisten and glow with radiant health from the inside out!

~Avocados~
An anti-inflammatory heart healthy superfood rich in carotenoids, selenium and vitamin E.
~Hemp Seeds~
A balanced source of Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids that can add luster and shine to your skin and hair!
~Raw Pepitas~
High in zinc and vitamin E which aids in wound healing and is excellent for prostate health and strengthening the immune system!

Additionally, both avocados AND hemp seeds contain all essential amino acids, making them complete proteins!

Recipe:
• 1 large sweet potato(peeled and cubed)

• 2 green onions, chopped
• 2 tbsp hemp seeds
• handful of raw pepitas
• 1 large scoop of avocado mayo

Avocado Mayonnaise Dressing
• 1 avocado

• Juice from half a lemon
• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
• ¼tsp sea salt
• ½ tsp garlic powder
• 1 tbsp water
• ½ tsp paprika
• ½ tsp onion powder
• dash of cayenne pepper

This recipe only calls for one large scoop of avocado mayo. In my opinion, it’s best to use up an entire avocado once you cut it to prevent it from spoiling and oxidizing. Try using the remaining half of your avocado mayo as a veggie dip, sandwich spread or mixed in with a leafy green salad. If you are only making enough mayo to dress the amount that would cover one sweet potato(cubed), halve the recipe and store the unused portion in the fridge.
Always use the portion of the avocado that has been released from the pit when you cut it. For storing the unused portion, take the half that holds the pit(keeping the pit in place), drizzle it with fresh lemon juice to prevent it from discoloring and store it in a sealed, air-tight container in the fridge. Use within a few days.
For the purpose of this recipe, this avocado dressing also contains onion powder, paprika and a touch of cayenne pepper!

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Makes 3 medium sized servings.

Two sweet potatoes would probably use up the full mayo recipe!

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Avocado Vegan Mayonnaise

After playing in the kitchen yesterday, I came up with this really good recipe for an anti-inflammatory, healthy version of “mayonnaise” using avocados. It’s so good my darling little nephew even liked it! Afterwards, I used it as the dressing for my new and improved sweet potato salad. Delish!

Avocado Vegan Mayonnaise

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The Amazing Anti-inflammatory Properties of Sweet Potatoes!

Anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, an abundance of beta-carotene, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins! Oh sweet potatoes how I love you so!

Studies have shown that after sweet potato consumption, inflammation is reduced in brain and nerve tissue throughout the body.

Sweet Potato Salad With Sweet Mustard Dressing

You will need:
1 large sweet potato
For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • Handful of raw pepitas and sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp of hemp seeds
  • dash of sea salt

Wash, peel and chop sweet potato into bite sized cubes. Boil for 5 minutes or until tender.
Drain, rinse in cool water, add all remaining ingredients and enjoy!