A Modern Day Hunter Gatherer

by Christina on December 26, 2011

In case you find yourself craving some holiday-time TedTalks, here’s a fascinating one by Dr. Terry Wahls.

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Dr. Wahls was not satisfied with the answers and treatments she was given. So, she took control of her own health and changed the course of her illness: she designed a diet specifically to help her brain and mitochondria (which are damaged in MS).

She describes herself as following a modern “hunter-gatherer” diet, and emphasizes the following as a way to “eat for your mitochondria”:

  • Greens (3 cups daily): includes kale, parsley, cooked greens, green smoothies (interestingly, kale has the most nutrition per calorie of any plant)
  • Sulfur-rich vegetables (3 cups daily): includes cabbage family, onion family, mushrooms, asparagus.
  • Colors (3 cups daily): Rich in flavenoids and polyphenols – includes beets, carrots, vegetables, berries, colored fruits.

She also has a great answer for the common complaint that eating this way it too expensive:

“You will pay the price now for food that restores your health and vitality, or you pay the price for doctors’ visits, prescription drugs, surgeries, missed time from work, early retirement, and nursing home care. The choice is yours.”

Thankfully more and more people are starting to talk about and do research around this… things will be changing!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzanne December 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I cant see the video at work. 🙁

guess Ill have to visit again when I get home 🙂

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Chris Palmer December 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I find this story very inspiring. I wonder if someone has done something similar for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer?

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