Last reply 7 months ago
Good diet for Tecfidera?

When I was first diagnosed it was information overload with everybody offering advice and the most common theme was diet so I pretty much follwed the paleo diet, cut out gluten, dairy etc. I lost a lot of weight and felt pretty good but did miss the old junk food at times.
Then I started Tecfidera and was getting really bad stomach pains, my MS nurse suggested eating more fat & protein with the tablets and I should try bacon sandwiches for breakfast instead of juices etc. This has really helped with digesting the Tecfidera but I’ve piled the weight back on, has anyone got any tips on a good diet to eat on Tecfidera?
I don’t have the most active lifestyle for obvious reasons so I put on weight very easily, finding it hard to get the balance right at the moment

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8 months ago

Hello @arbee, you are singling my song! I put on weight during the run up to diagnosis then yet more on Tecfidera. However, I have lost 2 stone since Sep and maintained that through the Keto diet. I have written about it a few times if you type Keto into the search box. I don’t know what effect it has on MS but it improved my skin and energy no end. I’m veggie too which is trickier, but bacon for breakfast would be Keto friendly! I always take Tec with a combo of protein and fat as a rule. Good luck, I’m here if you have any questions x

8 months ago

Hi I wonder if I could ask as I will be taking tecfidera soon how are you getting on with this generally

Thanks Laura

8 months ago

IhavebeenTec for about 5 months, haven’t really changed anything I eat , but I do make sure I eat real breakfast (usually toasted fruit bread/teacakes, butter or cereal with whole milk) and I haven’t had any major problems apart from the usual flushes and ducky tum in the first couple of weeks, but we are all so different so you need to experiment and find what works for you. Good luck😍 Jill

8 months ago

Thanks @vixen, I followed a similar diet years ago (long before I knew what was wrong with me) and it actually worked really well for weight loss so I might give it another go, need to cut out the bread!

@Imagnan I’ve been up and down with Tecfidera but generally very good. It was quite difficult at the start whilst my body adapted, stomach cramps and constipation most days but that was mainly due to my diet at the time I think, once I found what foods worked for me (peanut butter/scrambled egg on toast, bacon/sausage sandwich) it hasn’t been too bad. Some foods make it worse (baked beans are bad for me) and I’m not a big drinker but on the couple of occasions I’ve had a few ciders it hasn’t ended well but overall I haven’t been too bad once I got the initial 8 weeks out of the way. Everybody will react differently my experience has been a positive one overall.

7 months ago

Arbee thankyou for your advice x will start taking tec next Tuesday x

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