Posted on Apr 27, 2013 in Blog |
April 27th – I have accepted The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge to write daily about my disease. #HAWMC @wegohealth
Role of Food in Healing – Part 2
There is a saying in Alcoholics Anonymous that is a semi-joke when newcomers enter and worry about trying not to drink. The ones with more sobriety will say something to the effect of, ‘Don’t worry; all you have to do is stop drinking and change everything about yourself.’
In some respects, that happens with a Lyme disease diagnosis too. My physician was really nice about it, though. He gives it to his patients in stages. But I’m going to give you the one shot deal here:
In an IDEAL world, a person diagnosed with Lyme would eat a diet that is:
– Organic foods only
– dairy free
– gluten free
– soy free
– sugar free and
– alkaline in nature
– focusing on foods that eliminate inflammation
In MY world, my diet is:
– mostly organic
– low dairy
– low gluten
– low soy
– some antimicrobial
– leaning towards alkaline
– focused on foods that eliminate inflammation
– and sugar is a challenge for me . . .
Changing my diet has helped many of my symptoms lessen or disappear.
When I went off the green smoothies this past month, I went CRAZY with sugar. I craved it insatiably. And I ate it.
This past week was the height of my inflammation at which I finally surrendered back to my appropriate diet.
Here is what it took me to get to the point of surrendering again:
My gut was giving me hell.
I dropped my toothbrush because my peripheral neuropathy had returned (vascular inflammation)
I was tripping over my feet because of the neuropathy.
I was having wild nightmares.
My back pain increased.
Swelling in my knees and ankles increased.
For me, green smoothies is my transition food. When I go back on green smoothies, I don’t crave sugar. When I don’t crave sugar, I make better choices overall and I start eating more toward the ideal Lymie diet . . .
Today’s green smoothie was spinach, mango, cherries, avocado, and coconut water.