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A peek inside the food diary of an OMS foodie

Ashley Madden is a full-time food lover and health enthusiast. She's a pharmacist, plant-based chef, certified holistic nutrition consultant and food photographer. Living in Taiwan, Ashley was diagnosed with MS in her early 20s and ultimately traded prescriptions for plants.

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Since I work with food almost every day, I’m not always registering what I’m having for each particular meal. I’ll grab a piece of this and spoonful of that. So, I thought this food diary would be a fun exercise for me. And it was! This week was more structured than most and it was fun to document.

I like to eat soups and salads a lot, but I was conscious of boring you with the same thing every day, so I put effort into adding variety! I also follow a plant-based diet, so all of the following is vegan. I will say that the key to OMS-friendly, healthy eating is having a lot of stuff pre-made and frozen in the freezer. Things like “cheese” sauces, bean burgers, and cookies are things I always have on hand for quick dinners and snacks. 

Mondaylunch

Breakfast 

Slow cooker oatmeal 

Lunch 

Big salad with baby greens, 1/2 cup chickpeas, 1/4 cup quinoa, veggies, 1/4 avocado and a simple dressing of dijon mustard, apple cider, garlic powder and maple syrup. You can also add some flax seed oil. 

broccoli dhal

Dinner 

2 bowls of broccoli dhal and some homemade spelt bread.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

Breakfast

Green smoothie - 1 banana, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 tablespoon flax seed oil, 2 teaspoons hemp seeds, 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup spinach and a dash cinnamon

Lunch 

Leftover broccoli dhal and brown rice crackers (I found a no-added-oil brand that I love!)

Dinnerhummus

Tofu Stir-fry (oil free) and brown rice

Snacks 

Handful of Mary's Crackers and a big scoop of oil-free hummus (this hummus or a similar version is in my fridge at all times!) 

Almond milk latte

Wednesday

Breakfastoatmeal

Stove top oatmeal with loads of fresh fruit, almonds, goji berries and a little bit of maple syrup

Lunch

Big salad with veggies, quinoa, chickpeas and a tahini and dill dressing. This is an easy dressing to whip up.

Dinner

We ate out! There’s a vegan hot-pot restaurant in Taipei where you make your own vegetable soup in a healing Chinese broth. I always load up on brown rice noodles and all the mushrooms (so many varieties available!).

Snacks beet balls

2 Chocolate Beet Bliss Balls. I skip the coconut and eat them plain or roll them in hemp seeds or sesame seeds. 

Handful of raisins and oat milk latte. 

Thursday

Breakfast

Toasted spelt bread, raspberry chia jam, almond butter with sliced banana and salt

Lunch

Big scoop hummus, carrot sticks, few olives, 3 brown rice cakes (this was a quick lunch).

Dinnerchickpea burger

Chickpea burgers on lettuce leaves with avocado and baked potato wedges. I make these burgers on weekends and keep them in the freezer then just quickly reheat in the oven. 

Snacks

Apple and watermelon

Tahini cookie

Friday

Breakfastsmoothie

Tropical smoothie

Lunch 

Big salad with veggies and a leftover chickpea burger crumbled on top plus tahini dill dressing

Dinner

Buddha bowls - quinoa, basic baked tofu, steamed veggies, hummus and a squeeze of lemon

Snacks buddha bowl

Dragonfruit and watermelon

 

 

 

 

Saturdaychia pudding 

Brunch

Blender oat pancakes, berries, bananas and mango chia pudding

Lunchmac and cheese

We didn't really have lunch this day! Out and about and had a soy milk ice cream instead! 

Dinner

Mac and cheese and a side of roasted cauliflower

Snacks

Hummus and Mary's Crackers, air popped popcorn

Sundaychoc pudding

Breakfast 

Big serving of tofu scramble and avocado toast 

Lunch 

Again, not a structured meal day! We are on the move over the weekend. Smoothie made from bananas, raspberries and flax seed.

Dinner

Leftover mac and cheese with steamed asparagus and beet/red cabbage sauerkraut (I buy from a local restaurant) 

Dessert

Chocolate pudding and berries

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Joia Lewis (not verified)

Ashley, are you able to prepare these meals yourself? For people with more progressive MS, is the idea that someone else is available to prepare the OMS diet?

Lucy-OMS

Hi Joia, Ashley is sharing her week of meals which are probably at the more complicated end of OMS friendly meals, because she has a passionn for cooking and is a very competent cook. there is no need to have someone else available although of course it is always helpful if you do. There are simpler recipes elsewhere on the site and there are plenty of shortcuts we can share to make things easier e.g. precut veg, e,g, beans on toast can be OMS friendly, tomato pasta or a vegetable stir fry. We are aiming to have a few more food diaries from different OMSers to showcase a wide range of recipes