Adhering to ‘the diet’

I haven’t mentioned it in awhile but I am still following my own, unique “diet,” avoiding those foods to which I tested as “food sensitive.”

A few of the things that I have been eating:

  • Celery stalks with almond butter
  • Spelt tortillas (from Trader Joe’s)
  • Pork loin
  • Plain baked potatoes
  • Quinoa ‘pudding’ (thanks, D.)
  • Hot apple juice with cinnamon
  • Rolled spelt with dried cranberries (instead of oatmeal in the a.m.)
  • Laughing Cow cheese (the French “American cheese”)
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Steamed broccoli and mushrooms
  • Raw carrots

I can’t have salt (think any kind of broth) so soups are out, no legumes (lentils and hummus), no sugar, and no soy (tofu and edamame). And I can’t have rice, so a lot of items for celiac disease (wheat allergy) sufferers are out.

I’ve been warned that it may be a long time before I see any improvement: “Symptoms often appear as the last stage of any disease’s progression, so too, much healing might need to take place before symptoms finally disappear: the last to arrive and the last to leave…Nothing will happen overnight and improvement often comes in almost imperceptible steps.” (Sawyer and Bachrach, p. 35)

I think I can commit to a year of this, and I’ll get my food sensitivities retested in three to six months so I may be able to add some things back. I’ve also got a list of additional foods I want tested as well.

It’s definitely been a challenge, but it hasn’t become unbearable yet.


  • Sawyer A. D. & Bachrach J. E. (2007). The MS recovery diet : take control change what you eat and live symptom-free.

One response to “Adhering to ‘the diet’”

  1. Oh sweetie, I am all over this!  You know I love a cooking challenge.  So it looks like fruit & veg are all good except edamame?  Soup should bring joy and comfort!  Not sorrow and salt.  I can do you a no salt veg broth.

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