This is a re-post from May, but it is so relevant to the journey of the Lyme sufferer. When you are so ill that you are barely functioning you literally just live life day to day, because that is all you can handle, I call it survivor mode. When in survivor mode you ignore all the “big” things…all the things that normal people are out there doing because it is just too much, and too painful. So what happens when you start to feel a little better? You realize how much older you are, how many years this disease has eaten away, how very lonely and single you are (at least me), and that your youth was eaten by bacteria…literally.
So it has been a while since I posted any food from my uber strict diet. I am again prompted to post because I have been getting those questions again…”what DO you eat?”
For any newbies I am gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, soy-free, starch-free, …no processed foods or anything artificial.
So for tonight I am eating
Zucchini Coconut Flour bread (yum!)
With chimichurri, egg, and gingered carrots
8 months in and the little buggers are still there? Great article on the importance of long term treatment, breaking biofilms, and antibiotics…Banderol and Samento
This is a transcription of a talk given by Dr Klinghardt. It explains what Lyme is, what it mimics, and why western medicine is in denial
Yep, we’ve all been there/are there, the fatigue that comes with Lyme can be completely crippling. Lifting a leg over the side of your bed can be quite a feat (ha ha). But even 6 months and beyond into treatment fatigue can be overwhelming. Here is a quick video along with supplement suggestions on how to deal with fatigue
Interesting info for helping fight candida with curcumin (boosted expendentially with vitamin c)
Invented a delicious night time latte;
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
2 bags chamomile tea
Vanilla liquid stevia
Egg Nog Ice Chips. (http://www.vitaminlife.com/product-exec/PNAME/Hand-Crafted-Candy-Tin-Egg-Nog/product_id/72267?gcsct=0ChMIgKW_nvrguQIVxk3mCh05HAAAEAA)
A great treat on a restricted diet
Still here folks, just been tired. As my friend would love to say “tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in”. ~Anne Of Green Gables
The last couple months as I have shared I seemed to get over the crest of the hill with the Lyme and have had more energy. However the last few weeks I have been battling an underlying exhaustion. I have done my best to ignore it, to overcome it, to caffeinate it, but today it really caught up to me. I went home early from work and pretty much collapsed and slept for several hours, which really doesn’t normally happen in the middle of the day.
Still, even though I am lying in bed right now after my nap feeling like a good 24 hour relationship with my mattress would be beneficial, I think there is still a distinction between exhaustion and overwhelming fatigue. I am exhausted because realistically during a work week I can’t get nine hours of sleep a night, and silly me I have actually been doing a few things in the weekends other than just staying home in bed. So I am going to listen to my body right now and just rest, I hope it will be rejuvenating enough to kick this exhaustion to the curb for now.
Another problem is I have been making some dietary mistakes. When I am overly tired it is easy for me to each for the wrong food not only because my will power is down, but also because I desperately want to eat for energy…aka things that spike glucose.
Fellow Lymies will know that a lot of us have similar autoimmune anti-candida diets, and these often fall comfortably into the perimeter of the paleo diet (minus the maple syrup, honey and dates of course). One thing I have been reading about on some paleo sites/blogs and also from Dr Mercola is kick starting your system with doing a “fat fast”. Basically you do 2-7 days of getting 90% of your calories from healthy fats, not to exceed 1,200 calories in a day. So you eat several smaller meals throughout the day of almonds, avocado, etc. This gets your body off of glucose dependence and into ketosis (body burning it’s own fat stores). Glucose and energy spikes even out, baseline energy is higher, and (yay) you lose weight. After you are done with the fat fast days you reintroduce proteins and veggies back in but keep healthy fats high.
I am really excited to try this! I feel like it will really help my baseline energy and take off those last 20 pounds. About a decade ago I did a ketone diet called Lindora with great success. This was based more on hight protein, but ketosis was still the goal. After you get past those agonizing first few days where your body is fighting to use its fuel stores, you start to feel amazing.
I do not think this is an endeavor I could have taken on even a few months ago with the Lyme, but I think my body is in a place to handle it better now, we shall see. Another good thing I see is that this may also help the CHRONIC inflammation and water retention that has plagued me for so many years. I will let you know how it goes. I am going to eat my avocado now