The Battle Rages On….Fatigue, Ice Cream and Viruses!

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I have had a really rough 4-6 weeks of fatigue and poor willpower…
Fatigue goes along with Lyme anyway, but besides that I think I have had a few nutritional deficiencies sneaking up on me, plus my immune system has been battling whatever viruses are going around, this all adds up to extra fatigue. So what that partially means for me is food cravings combined with weakened will power, that lead to diet cheats that make me feel worse, ugh!
So what happens in those terribly weak “I can’t carry on” moments is that I am tired, so I want to eat for energy, which usually doesn’t do me much good. Also I tell myself “darn it you deserve it!”, or “normal people can eat this stuff and you are getting better, so you have a right to!” or “I know I felt horrible when I ate that last time, but that was a while ago, maybe you are better now” or “I don’t care how I feel tomorrow I have a right to enjoy that right now!”. Many other conversations and excuses go on in my head. The problem is when I am of sound mind and not feeling weak and horrible I can combat food cravings with knowledge and logic, but when the brains is fuzzy and the body is tired that ice cream just seems so logical….

Today, right now this moment I am still battling ongoing fatigue and I feel a cold coming on with snifflies, chills and sore throat, and I want ice cream!!!

Now what I am asking from everyone reading this is to be my logical mind for me right now, because I have not been to Cold Stone Creamery in years, and they have this marshmallow ice cream right now….

But I am trying to reduce my inflammation, starve any candida, lose those last 20 pounds, not make myself sick for weeks after messing up…….but MARSHMALLOW ice cream! I don’t want to set myself up for failure and swell way up, and gain any weight, and (MARSHMALLOW ice cream!!!!).

Any of you deal with this tug of war????

I Eat Good!

My chocolate cravings lately have been crazy! Admittedly it has caused a few slip ups…. 😦
But I just finished an amazing Chocolate Mint Milk Shake, delicious to the point of tasting like the full sugar nasty version, but it was totally diet friendly ( sugar-free, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten & grain-free )

1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 very full tablespoons full fat canned coconut milk
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 drops peppermint essential oil ( don’t use any more than that, this stuff is powerful!)
1/4 tap guar gum
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
Approximately 2 1/2 cups frozen cubed zucchini (or whatever is needed to thicken)
2 droppers liquid stevia
5 packets truvia
Stick it all in your powerful blender ( go Vitamix!)
Enjoy

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1 year into treatment you can still hit a wall

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

Fat Fast article
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A Lyme MUST List

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I thought I would put some invaluable links all together in one spot for chronic Lyme sufferers. Range of informative sites, great blogs, and nutrition

 

http://www.survivingmold.com

http://www.anapsid.org/lyme/symptoms/

http://www.underourskin.com/store

http://www.lymediseasesupportnetwork.org/chat

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/dealing-with-autoimmune-diseases-and-digestive-problems/

http://www.grassfedgirl.com/

http://lymebook.com/blog/the-recovery-process/herx-reactions/herx-reaction-fundamentals/

http://www.treatlyme.net/

http://www.cfsrecoverypath.com/tools/lyme-disease-recovery-stories-oh-yes-its-possible/

http://www.tiredoflyme.com/so-you-have-chronic-lyme-disease-a-guide-to-preparing-for-treatment.html#.UZkwOJzeaSp

 

 

Okay, not strictly Lyme related, but…..

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This is not really directly Lyme related, but it is completely relevant to the care of our bodies which for any Lymie is highly relevant. Our immune systems are so overtaxed, most of us are on super strict diets, and are also dealing with things like candida, SIBO, Leaky Gut, and other illnesses. Over the years nutrition and diet have become a passion of mine.

Here is my quick comment on this article:

“Amen, and wow! I could not agree more. I think that as Americans and as American Christians we can be blind to the fact that we are born into a gluttonous society, and it is our responsibility to “wake up”. God has called us to take care of our bodies, and if we knowingly eat junk that we know causes us harm it IS sinful. Yes that is harsh but it is true. Especially when the “food” we are surrounded with and/or have grown up with our whole lives is so far removed from what God intended us to put in our bodies, full of chemicals and additives that our bodies were simply not made to consume, it is our responsibility to do better for ourselves then poison our cells. And we wonder why there is so much cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart problems, and other illnesses in our “advanced” western society….we are killing ourselves folks, we are killing ourselves. Make a choice not to be blind, and walk in obedience with God in feeding your temple.”

And here is your link:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/socially-acceptable-sin