High Fat diet and exercise plan

I can’t tell you how much I love looking at recipes.  My current dream is to find a recipe book entitled ‘High Fat recipes’ but somehow I doubt there is much market for it.  As I wandered happily through Waterstones a couple of days ago I did see one book with almost the right title.  Yippee I thought.  Sadly it then transpired that it was encouraging people to eat fat to lose weight.  Hmm, not the book for me after all.  To be honest, I always loved menu planning anyway.  I hate shopping but looking at recipes is lovely.  This is from the banner at the top of a Good Food recipe I should probably avoid.

Recipe card

I think it sounds rather delicious but my daughter says she thinks celeriac is foul.  But actually it is low fat and low calorie so definitely not a recipe for me as it stands.  I could always have oatcakes with lots of butter on the side though and eat it only when my daughter is away.

You will have realised I have a problem.  Low fat and low calorie recipes are not the ones for me.  You see, if you have MND your dietary requirements may be quite different to your pre MND days.  Let me explain a bit.

A few days ago my mother, daughter and I were having lunch in a Marks and Spencer cafe.  We all had soup and rolls and very yummy it was too.  While we were eating my mother said that eating toasties instead would make us fat.  Hmm, actually quite unlikely as none of us are overweight, but for me a toastie would probably have been a better lunch.  No, honestly.  I am amazed I have maintained my weight since I was diagnosed seven months ago.  Because of my bulbar onset MND I eat very slowly so I have done it by having three meals and two snacks every day.  If I miss a snack I lose weight and then have to try harder the following day to get the weight back.  It is a bit counter intuitive, to say the least.

A couple of months ago I asked the MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) about diet, and this is what I got back.

Morning Susan,

Thank you for your question.

With regards to the effect diet may have on MND. We aware of a small study carried out in the USA which highlights the potential benefits of eating a high calorie, and high carbohydrate diet. The studies findings were published in The Lancet in February 2014, and although the researches acknowledge that there need to be further studies, it appears that the initial outcomes of the study were quite positive.

A brief outline of the findings were as follows –

Loss of weight, both muscle and fat, is common as ALS [MND] progresses, and patients experience more difficulties eating, swallowing, and maintaining their bodyweight. Recent work suggests that these problems might also contribute to the course of the disease: patients who are mildly obese are more likely to live longer, and mice carrying a gene which causes ALS lived longer when they were fed a calorie-rich diet high in fat.

A good way of fortifying foods is to add cream and butter to things like mash potato. So it really is a matter of not watching the calories and eating a wide range of foods as you possibly can.

I do hope this is helpful Susan

It was!  OK, so I was already eating pretty high fat stuff.  If you eat as slowly as I do you tend to eat less, so need to cram in more calories in a concentrated form.  I am incredibly fortunate that I can still eat everything at the moment, although I do have quite a serious fondness for savoury foods over sweet.  This isn’t really a surprise as I always liked savoury foods better anyway.  Sadly I failed miserably at being mildly obese but I am still delighted to have maintained my weight so far.

So, as I skip enchantedly from one meal or snack to the next, ensuring I eat a variety of food and plenty of calories, I can’t tell you how much fun it is not to worry about fat.  Whoops, is it rude to have said that?  In my pre MND days I cared far more about the fat content of foods but now the world is my oyster.  Pork pies (yes, I know I keep mentioning them!), pate, cheese, lots of butter.  All of these things are lovely for me.  But most people can’t enjoy these foods on the gorgeous scale I can.  Sorry.

But what about exercise I hear you ask.  Well, I did mention exercise in my title after all.  Now, bits of me are weakening but I can still do most things so let me introduce you to a new blog I have found and the wonderful Dagmar Munn.

Dagmar’s blog

Now, I actually think you can read lots of posts but there is one in particular I want to draw your attention to as I am having a go at the exercises.

One Exercise post

I had fun trying the four exercises this morning.  In fact, although it is now afternoon I have a photo of me crawling taken just now.  Because I can do it, it was fun to give all the exercises a try. This morning I wasn’t on the kitchen floor with my daughter’s knee featuring too.  Then I was in my bedroom.  As you can see my fingerless gloves appear yet again.  I promise I do wash them.


I still cycle on my exercise bike each morning too.  I know this is an old photo but I suspect I look just the same cycling now.  Oooh, I hadn’t started wearing gloves when that was taken.


I just have the bike in my bedroom now.  I have also starting doing 10 squats three times a week.  Kate, you will have to tell me what you think!  Kate is the lovely friend I did a question and answer post with here

I have no idea whether any of this will do harm or good but I love seeing what I can do.  Oh, I can finish with a song link now.  I haven’t done that for a bit.  Nothing to do with a high fat diet but one of the songs that came up when I was on my exercise bike this morning.  This is as corny as anything but another song to take me back to my 80s roots.  I made me so happy to hear it.

Eye of the Tiger

That video made me laugh.  I had never seen it before and not did I even know what Survivor looked like.  It is very very 1980s.

This post has been a bit more serious than usual.  It really is about my lovely high fat diet and my undemanding exercises.  I have no idea how long I will be able to do any of this but it is SO fantastic that I can now.  I did look lustfully at Dagmar Munn’s little trampoline too.  £350 to buy here though so I don’t think I will bother but I am having a lovely time finding out what I can do.  I think the moral of all this is really to enjoy what you can do in the here and now.  You can’t know what is round the corner.  Whoops, I really have got more serious.



About Susan

I am a middle aged woman wondering where all the normal middle aged people are. I don't want to regain my lost youth but nor am I ready to rush headlong into old age. I realise I am oldish rather than youngish but surely not actually old yet. So this is my chance to muse on my middle aged existence. This will save my teenage children from the horror of me musing on age spots or deteriorating eyesight which is surely a kindness. Now that I have been diagnosed with MND (ALS) this blog will have to change a bit, but I AM still middle aged too.

{6} Thoughts on “High Fat diet and exercise plan

  1. Having just consumed a large bowl of high quality ice cream, it occurred to me that this would surely help? You did say, though, that you prefer savoury. I once read about someone in France producing sausage ice cream. Perhaps you could conjour up pork pie flavour? Maybe pate and oatcakes is a better option …

    • Somehow I think I can resist sausage ice cream. I can’t think why! Or pork pie flavour strangely. Luckily I do still like ice cream. Hmm, must get some. All those lovely calories in a concentrated easy to eat form. Perfect.

  2. Hi Susan just read your latest blog ,another great read as usual …. all the nice things especially savoury foods are so enjoyable and tasty and full of fat so eat and enjoy ..who wants a lettuce leaf when you can have a pork pie .. today I poured a large double cream into a bowl ..added strawberries and a tablespoon of Lemon Curd .. whipped it .. B e a u t I f u l.
    Until next week ..xxx

    • That sounds gorgeous David. A bit like a strawberry fool. I had strawberries and cream the other day but adding lemon curd sounds great. Must try that next.

  3. Hi Susan. Thought provoking blog as usual. What about carbonara. All that cream eggs pancetta and lashings of parmesan and it’s savoury as well

    • That is a great suggestion Pam. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it. Sloppy too which helps even more. Yippee, a new idea for me to try.

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