5 Diet Tips That’ll Jump-Start Your MS Exercise Program

Fitness expert David Lyons offers tips to build a diet that will help you meet your MS Exercise Program. Before I get into part two of my series on getting fit with a disability, I recently returned from the HEALTHeVOICES conference, which was organized by Janssen and Everyday Health about MS Exercise Program and held in my old East Coast stomping grounds. I had the opportunity to meet some great online health advocates, hear from the amazing people at Janssen and Everyday Health, and get a great education on the world of health advocacy online.

It’s conferences like this that help advocates like me understand how to reach, educate, and help people with devastating diseases and medical challenges worldwide. The ability to work hand in hand with people who have one common goal will make it easier for a book like mine, The NaturalBody Road to MS Exercise Program, to have a voice and get published. Now, onto my blog…

There is a common argument in the MS Exercise Program about this topic and its impact on results. Many claim nutrition is as high as 80 percent of the battle in becoming fit and staying there. Whether or not that number is overstated, I believe nutrition is a key ingredient in your road to fitness

Step 1: Make Wiser Food Choices

Education is a key factor in making smart nutrition choices, but it can also be as simple as common sense. Read labels. If a product has a list of ingredients you don’t understand, run. If a packaged food is filled with refined sugar, trans fats, or enough carbs for a full day, time to pass. So, even before you get your nutritional plan in place and have a nutritional advisor evaluate your status and goals, choose foods that come from nature without fillers, preservatives, and all the things made by man. Now you tell me: Should you choose a box of Apple Jacks or an apple?!

Step 2: Avoid Extreme Nutrition Plans

One of the most common mistakes people make when embarking on a nutritional program is undertaking one they will never stick with or one that is not particularly geared to health. For instance, jumping into a low-carb diet or a zero-carb diet when you are used to eating bread, pasta, rice, and every carb there is will never work for you.

And keep in mind, that people with MS and other disabilities need carbs and will not feel well on a zero- or extremely low-carb nutrition plan. Yes, overeating carbs is a big mistake in any nutritional regimen, but going from lots of carbs to zero carbs will just make you feel weak, unhealthy, starved, and ready to roller-coaster right back to where you were. Ease into a plan and find one that includes some of the foods you cannot seem to give up. As your discipline sets in, so will your ability to be stricter.

Step 3: Set Your Own (Realistic) Dietary Goals

Warning…stop looking at retouched pictures of fitness champions, models, and celebrities! Bodies like that are unattainable by the average person and most often are not even what the person looks like outside of the magazine. You can attain a fitness-champion body if that is your goal, but set incremental goals first so they are not so far off they frustrate you. Also, make sure your goals are yours, not someone else’s. Remember, nutrition is about being healthy, and that should be the main purpose of following a plan.

Step 4: Take Advantage of Your Resources

Even the top fitness champs have coaches and nutritional counselors to keep them accountable and guide them. Reach out to someone in this field who has the expertise to help you succeed.Registered dieticians, nutritionists and diet coaches are great resources in helping set up your plan and offering support along the way. Ask someone who has used one to suggest an expert who prescribes sensible ways to meet your goals and stay clear of those who promote “fad” dieting and quick weight loss. This is a lifestyle, not a sprint to the finish.

Step 5: Tell Yourself ‘I Want This’

As I stated in my last blog and will continue to state, to have a successful journey takes a mindset that is positive and targeted for victory. Just as you need to tell yourself you have to exercise, you  need to approach nutrition with an “I can do this” attitude.

I can attest 100 percent to the fact that you can achieve anything you tell yourself you want to achieve. Living a life of eating healthily, keeping your body fat in check, and getting fit is in your grasp.

With the proper plan, realistic goals,  a support team, and the will to give it a try, adopting a solid, healthy nutritional strategy for life is…a piece of cake!

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