Exercise and Nutrition Guide

Exercise and Nutrition Guide

Whole grains should cover about a quarter of your plate of food at each mealtime. Specific nutrients in whole grains, such as fiber, can also help alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms. But the nutritional content in grains differs depending on the type of grain and how it’s processed. The information below can help you make the best choices for including whole grains in your diet.

Whole Grains vs. Refined Grains

Whole grains include the entire grain kernel, which contains dietary fiber and other nutrients. Refined grains have had parts of the grain kernel removed, which takes away many of the nutrients. For people with Parkinson’s, fiber can help alleviate constipation. And the other nutrients found in the grain kernel are important for overall health.


Our programs and classes are based on the latest exercise research, which is showing that exercise early on in a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be beneficial in preserving or improving physical performance.


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  • RoyProp, thanks for this link to BrianGrant exercises. They look really good. I'm going to add them to my brisk walking program, which has really been great for me.

    Best wishes,


  • One very small change that can help a lot of people is switching from White Rice to Brown Rice. A lot of people have told me that they don't like the taste or texture of Brown rice, but if they follow a very simple recipe they find that they like it even better than white rice:

    In a large pot add 1 cup of rice with 12 cups of water and bring it to a boil.

    Add 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

    Add 1 tablespoon of Salt or 2 tablespoons of Sea Salt.

    Once the water is boiling set the timer for 30 min with the lid tightly closed.

    Turn the stove off, Use a spaghetti strainer to drain the water.

    Add 1 tablespoon of Butter or Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I like to use Earth's Best Soy Free Margarine -- the Red Container) to the Pot.

    Optionally add a half cup of Frozen Peas to the Pot.

    Pour the rice back into the Pot, stir it then let it sit for 10 min.

    Finally, serve the BEST brown rice you've ever had!

    People have asked me, "But won't rinsing it cause it to lose all it's vitamins?"

    NO! White rice loses it's vitamins if rinsed because Vitamins are sprayed back on to white rice after they strip the Fiber and Vitamins off the white rice.

    Brown rice is one of the very few plant based proteins that is FULLY complete, in other words it has ALL of the essential Amino Acids required for our bodies to make protein, and is perfectly proportioned in all of the Amino Acids except for Lysine (which by the way is present in large amounts in Peas... which is why I always serve Peas or Lentils with Brown Rice)

  • roy

    Do you know much about MSA?

    My doctor thinks I may have it. Very scary


  • I hope you do not have it.

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