On the 17th April, I posted a blog about nutrition and how eating the right food could potentially help the body heal itself. I’m not saying that this will cure Parkinson’s, but I certainly believe that eating the right food can help to slow down the progression of this disease. After watching the video of Dr. Terry Wahls, I vowed to change the food I eat and my aim was to go for an organic, sugar free diet. Just over two weeks later, I’m not quite there but I’m well on my way. To start with, I cut out all processed snack foods with a high sugar content, things like biscuits, cakes, chocolate and fizzy drinks. These were replaced with a selection of organic nuts, fruits and green tea. Next up was to gradually replace all processed food with its organic equivalent. This wasn’t as hard as I thought, although my wallet took a beating. It’s hard to give an accurate comparison, but I estimate that a typical organic food bill is up to 20% more expensive than a non organic food bill.
So, I’m now eating mostly organic food and no processed sugary snacks. I say mostly as it’s very difficult to eat organic all the time, especially if you go out to a restaurant or visit friends. But so far so good – I feel very good and I’ve been told I look better! However, I have to be honest and say I’m not sugar free yet because I’m finding it very hard to come by food stuffs without sugar. A lot of the organic food I buy contains organic sugar, derived from cane sugar, so going sugar free is not as easy as I thought. I’m going to go sugar free gradually, because after 30+ years of consuming sugar, I don’t know how my body would react to suddenly not having any sugar to feed on. But I sincerely doubt it’s going to give in without a fight! So, my aim to be sugar free is a work in progress. Slowly but surely, I’ll get there!
There are lots of reports on the internet that suggest eating certain food may be beneficial for people with Parkinson’s but if you are thinking of changing your diet, please see your doctor or nutritionist for advice, as there is no “Parkinson’s diet”. What’s more important is discovering the best foods for you to eat and to ensure that whatever food you eat doesn’t interfere with your Parkinson’s medication.