RECIPE FOR LIVING WELL WITH PARKINSON DISEASE

The information in this "Living with PD" section provides some guidelines and tips for living a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. It is designed for people with Parkinson disease but could just as well be a guide for healthy living for anyone.

This information has been created to help people improve their quality of life. One of the most important things you can do is to realize that the world is not Parkinson's. Sometimes when people have a chronic illness, they tend to over-medicalize everything. That can be a mistake. You are a person who has a disease the disease does not have you.

Life your life to the fullest, whatever that is for you. With regard to the ideas in this section, be reasonable, do things in moderation, and use your common sense. The rest will come easily.

"Recipe for Living Well"

  1. See a Parkinson specialist. Get the best treatment available.
  2. Educate yourself about Parkinson disease.
  3. Eat high-fiber, low-glycemic-index carbohydrates such as whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits.
  4. Eat lean protein at all three meals. Eat fish high in omega-3 oils.
  5. Consume nuts on a daily basis about one handful (with a closed fist). Eat these with vegetables,      
      berries, or other fruits and grains.
  6. Eat on a daily basis a salad of leafy greens dressed with vinegar and virgin olive oil.
  7. Avoid highly processed foods and drinks, especially those containing sugar, high-fructose corn syrup,  
      white flour, or trans fats.
  8. Keep serving sizes modest.
  9. Take 2,000 units of vitamin D every day.
10. Get 30 minutes or more of daily physical activity of at least moderate intensity.
11.  If approved by your doctor, consider consuming one alcoholic drink before or with your evening meal. 
      Wine (especially red) is preferred.
12. Join a Parkinson support group.
13. Stay active and maintain a positive attitude.