The Myasthenia Gravis Diet: Health, Remission and Weight Loss
Getting into remission and staying there can be challenging. The Myasthenia Gravis Diet is actually not a diet at all but an eating style that has helped get me back on track with my health and has kept me there while also allowing me to enjoy the perks of weight loss! I have experimented with these diet tips and guidelines myself, many which are talked about by Dr. Andrew Thomas Weil, a holistic health doctor. I have shown myself there is hope and now I want to share with you. With better knowledge and understanding of your health, you can be back to yourself once again. From here it is up to you.
The best diet for people with Myasthenia Gravis is an adapted clean eating diet. 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 possible things you can do to start healing your body and getting your health back again. I truly believe an adapted clean eating plan is the best diet for people like myself with Myasthenia Gravis. I say adapted, because for us, there are some foods that are better left out of our diet, such as milk and dairy.
The Clean Eating Approach
Nourishing your body with whole, natural foods is crucial for patients 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?
80% 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 healing while 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.
To Get You Started
Here is the basic breakdown and my personal food list for the diet that is the best for Myasthenia Gravis. This is the plan I’ve used to get myself where I am today!
- Eat a clean diet (real foods, whole foods)
- Eliminate dairy
- 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
Foods to include:
- black beans
- cannelini beans
- pinto beans
- wild caught tuna (pouches, no salt added)
- organic free-range turkey and chicken
- organic grass-fed beef
- wild-caught salmon
- raw almonds
- raw macadamia nuts
- sunflower seeds
- almond butter/raw almond butter
- ginger root
- turmeric root
- squash (butternut, spaghetti, kabocha)
- root vegetables (beet root, parsnip, carrot, rutabaga, turnip, sweet potato)
- extra virgin olive oil
- extra virgin coconut oil
- pink himalayan salt
- apple cider vinegar
- all fresh berries
- coconut water
- spring water
- teas (unsweetened or use stevia if you must)
- almond milk
- hemp milk
- coconut milk
- Flax seed
- Hemp seed
- Chia seed
- goji berries
Foods to avoid:
- all white stuff
- refined sugar (not natural)
- fast food
- fried food
- junk food
- dairy/milk products
My Clean Eating Experience
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading here for more info on Myasthenia Gravis and diet. This is the first place (on the web) I ever came across that offered real guidance on a diet for Myasthenia Gravis. It gave me a starting point and helped me to gain strength again. I followed the dietary suggestions along with a few other adjustments (mentioned above) and here I am today. I am doing amazing and want to share this knowledge with others whom have MG too. Do not give up hope! I am here to share my experience and encourage you to push forward, learn all that you can and try. Things won’t change unless you make a change.
By eating this way and including green smoothies into my diet, I feel I have been able to nourish my body enough that I was able to stop IVIG therapy, slowly get off of (after consulting with my doctor of course) immune suppressant medication and finally start to live a life outside of a hospital scenario. Although my journey towards better health for myself isn’t done by any means, I still wanted to share this with anyone else who may benefit from the idea that you can work to better your health if you decide you want it.
Don’t ever get discouraged, you are not alone
Changing the way you eat and feeling better doesn’t happen over night. It takes time to get to know the best healthy foods for your body, to learn which foods are secretly zapping you of energy, to git rid of them and then to stick with it. It took me about 5 years of trial and error to really figure this out which is exactly why I want so badly to share what I have learned with anyone else diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. I want to share anything and everything I’ve learned throughout my years of living with MG so you can hopefully get your health back on track (or stop it from spiraling out of control) much sooner than I did.
If you have any other questions, simply want to connect or learn more on how to help yourself, you can always reach out to me here. Whatever level of health you are currently at, please know that your body is designed to feel and work even better. My journey with MG is proof it can be done but it is up to you to decide when. If you want to feel better and function better than you currently are, then you must start and take some action. Nothing will change if nothing changes.