Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Swank Diet

The “Swank Diet” exists somewhere out there between ‘alternative’ and ‘traditional.’ At 35 years of age it’s probably the grand daddy of all MS treatments.

Anti-red meat it may border on sacrilege to current diet mania for able bodied people. Once again, inquiring minds need only jump to for more information. In a nutshell it is a diet low in saturated fat and rich in polyunsaturated oils contending our modern eating habits are a major factor in health.

Like the Interferons it is encouraged at onset of diagnosis for maximum benefit.

Again Patti’s rapid progression in visual impairment and hand coordination seriously impaired her ability to prepare food.

Cooking like too many other chores was just heaped on caregiving, which was an increasingly challenging juggling act between spouse caregiving, basically single parenting, homemaking, and trying to work.

The Swank Diet never really got off the ground. Whatever promoted benefits, it was too much work for our situation and had NO taste appeal to either Patti or a growing child. Food requires a fun factor in our family environment.

However as a related footnote, I should point out that for reasons that make no sense. I bought the South Beach Diet book in May ’03. It sat on our kitchen counter for 8 months. (marinating, I guess )  In January I opened it and tried following it.  I’ve lost 40 lbs in 4 months, and never found anything easier to follow or do.  Caregiving was definitely taking a toll on me over that last year. I was increasingly grasping out for health lifelines. From diet to long term care for Patti there has been a shift to self preservation.

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