DIET

One of the key points to good health is a good diet. This becomes even more important with Parkinson's. Reach your best physical state by maintaining a healthy eating plan.

What to Eat

Read up on or team up with a dietician to develop a diet strategy and try to stay on track. A general PD diet will include, but is not limited to:

  • 5-6 cups fruits and veggies/day

  • Lower saturated fats

  • 25-30 gr fiber/day

  • Reduced sugars

  • More fish

  • Water, with electrolytes

  • Organic foods

Medication

Some medications work best on an empty stomach or full stomach. Take medications with a full glass of water, preferably with some lemon juice, so they are absorbed by the body faster. Always check the Rx label and with your doctor on timing.

Fiber

Fiber is great to help with digestion, to minimize constipation, and to help with feeling full. Some examples of high-fiber choices you can make:

  • Fruits (with the peel)

  • Vegetables

  • Beans, peas, grains

  • Whole grain breads

  • Bran cereals

  • Chia seeds

  • Air-popped popcorn

Protein

Convert animal protein to plant-based protein as much as possible. Many PD medications should be taken 30--60 minutes before or 1--2 hours after eating protein. TIP: Save most protein for the evening meal. Try easily digestible proteins (soups, smoothies).

Antioxidants

Everyone wants a healthier immune system. Things like antioxidants help through increased levels of certain vitamins. Examples include:

  • Berries, dark grapes

  • Dark chocolate

  • Pecans, hazelnuts

  • Spinach, broccoli

  • Cinnamon, garlic

  • Sweet potatoes, tomatoes

  • Red wine, green tea

Things to Avoid

On top of the many things TO do, try to avoid these to keep your body fit to fight Parkinson’s:

  • Diet sodas

  • Dairy, animal protein

  • Canned fruits, veggies

  • Fried/greasy foods

  • Artificial sweeteners