After her multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Living Like You blogger Karen decided to make changes to her diet. With the help of her nutritionist, she came up with some easy MS Life Hacks for a healthier kitchen.read more
We’ll be the first to admit: we live to eat. Whether food is sweet, savoury, salty or umami, from a tried-and-true recipe, or an experiment with new flavour combinations — we’ll take it all.
But what’s a foodie to do when eating with multiple sclerosis in mind? Everyone has a different opinion, but the research may point you in a good direction - studies have shown that following a low-fat, high-fiber diet can be beneficial to those living with MS — improving quality of life, reducing the likelihood of disability, and significantly lowering relapse rate.
So to help inspire your next menu, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite MS-friendly cookbooks.
1. The Healthy Mind Cookbook by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson
We know that MS impacts the brain, and here’s the good news - chef and author Rebecca Katz is the boss of brain food. She’s worked with some of the country’s top wellness leaders (including Andrew Weil and Deepak Chopra) and serves as director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonwealth and executive chef of the annual Food as Medicine training program sponsored by the Center for Mind Body Medicine at Georgetown Medical School. These 120+ recipes are specially focused on brain health and sharpening the central nervous system.
2. The Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook by Rockridge Press
Perfect for those with heat sensitivity (and busy schedules!), this cookbook makes it even easier to eat well without spending hours in the kitchen. This cookbook features more than 150 recipes with minimal prep time, ranging from healthy twists on comfort food classics (like sage and pumpkin mac n’ cheese, shepherd’s pie and beef pho) to vegetarian, gluten-free and Paleo-friendly options.
3. The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte
Who said being healthy couldn’t be indulgent? The Sprouted Kitchen blogger Sara Forte uses whole foods in all of her recipes for everything from breakfast to dinner, even adding a section for entertaining and happy hour snacks. Have an insatiable sweet tooth like us? Be sure to try Sara’s grilled peaches with maple crème fraiche. Yum!
4. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
By far one of the most visually entertaining cookbooks out there, Michelle Tam and Henry Fong combine comic book illustration with mouthwatering photography in this James Beard Award nominated New York Times bestseller. Tam gives you a taste of everything, from comfort-food classics to Asian-influenced, California-inspired cuisine.
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