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Where I’ve been, where I’m going….

July 11, 2009

I’ve been travelling through some astounding chronic fatigue days of late. I’m feeling better still. I remember those days of pouring myself into the closest chair, not being able to get a drink from the fridge, showering only when it was absolutely necessary and dreading that thought. I’ve come so far and now I’m going further. I’ve had some recent and confusing developments in terms of some new vitality – two things happened and I don’t know which one of them is the reason for my newfound vigor.

Two weeks ago, I stopped for coffee at the local gas station. You know the coffee (sucks) and you know the kind of cup (paper with the ridiculously stupid paper sleeve), as I tried to get out of my car, I grabbed the coffee cup from near the top – too freaking HOT! and while trying to adjust the cup in my hand, I promptly spilled the steaming hot coffee all over my left hand. It turned out to be a 2nd degree burn – nasty white seared skin that blistered horribley and hurt like a screaming mimi for more than a week. Strangely, on this same day, I developed a UTI (urinary tract infection) – I get these fairly frequently, probably due to an overgrowth of candida, but who knows. Anyway, I take D-Mannose to cure these when I get them – it works pretty well, I just drink 1/2 teaspoon in water about every four hours. (word to the wise here, if you’re experiencing a UTI with fever, chills, outrageous frequency, urgency and pain – quit messing around and get yourself to the doctor today!)

d-mannoseD-Mannose is a common treatment for those seeking a non-antibiotic answer for urinary symptoms of frequency, urgency, minor pain. D-Mannose is a natural sugar that your body produces and it can be purchased at your healthfood store in powder or gel-pill form (it’s cheaper online though). Related article on D-Mannose: http://www.tahoma-clinic.com/mannose.shtml

So all that week, I was supplementing with d-mannose and at the same time nursing my nasty burn. By Friday of that week, I had huge huge huge energy! Me! I went swimming at two different public pools (if you’ve had cfs at all, you know ding dang well that even wriggling into your suit is out of the question, let alone swimming some laps, let alone all the showering!) By the following monday, I was at the local track, *Running* UP the aluminum stadium steps over & over again – I probably ran up these steps 8 times & back down again – my big fat heart raging, heavy breathing and me sitting on the top after each course, smiling like a little ninny ūüôā

So which of those two happenings was the one that increased my energy by such proportions? It’s well known that your body goes into overdrive when you experience a severe burn – waking up all kinds of cellular activity. Or, is it some currently unknown property of the D-Mannose ? I dunno! But the D-mannose is cheap enough for me to continue that regimine – $15 for about 10 days worth. So I’m gonna continue that treatment before I whip out my curling iron and smack my upper arm with another nasty sear on my flesh. I’ll let ya know how it goes…

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Still Feeling Froggy – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFIDS

June 20, 2008

In my continual wonderment at how much my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has improved, I’m also just as perplexed at my own ever-present toxicity. I still feel foggy, which I call froggy (cuz I’m insane) and I know it’s because I’m no where near healthy. The pursuit of health seems so complicated by so many factors and yet at the same time, the answer seems universal to nearly any health issue.

My complications include: sugar addiction, wavering hormonal flux, reliance on caffeine, the energy that’s required to create natural well-balanced meals on a daily basis.

The Universal Health Answer: Have ya ever noticed that the natural response to nearly any health difficulty on earth is the same? The Dr. Dean Ornish Heart Health Diet, Cancer Recovery Diet, Detox Diet, Chronic Fatigue Diet, Losing Weight Diet, Yeast Ridding Candida Diet, Athletic Diet – Simplified: Eat mostly fresh veggies – both raw and cooked, and some fruit. Brilliant!

Gee that sounds so easy – Why is it so difficult? I know from my own experience that sugar is one serious evil-doer, complicating my blood sugar levels, hampering my efforts through continual cravings and overwhelming any rationale to eat my veggies. Supposing I’ve gone off sugar for three days to overcome that monkey on my back, I still become weighted down by an inexhaustible yearning for starchy carbs. I think that’s just my blood sugar screaming out for more, more, more. Wouldn’t it be great if I could tell my blood sugar to just shut up already?

The Pursuit of Happiness: My goals never change – I’d like to be able to work, play, and think like a normal human being! To quote Scripture for a second here: “As a man thinks, So Is He” – This is the first key to success: Point your mind in the right direction, and your body will follow. In order to achieve my goals of feeling better, acting like a normal person, I need to focus my thoughts on the detox veggie diet and stop revelling in fantasies about chocolate cake and brownies.

In this vain, it’s always most helpful for me to view sugary and starchy foods as “poisons” to my goal, and the veggies as “cleansers”. It’s not too extreme to call the cakes & candies poison – they’re literally robbing me, and have robbed me of my life for 17 years. So sad to even consider the complete effect of sugar addiction in one glance like that. I’ve also proven to myself that the cleansing effect of the natural vegetable diet is dramatic and enervating. And it’s always my thoughts that create the motivations to change or languish, resulting in good or bad behavior. I feel like Winnie the Pooh: “Think, Think, Think”….

Mitochondrial and Other Supplements: Imagining that I’ve managed to maintain a clean veggie oriented diet and that my blood sugar levels aren’t making me a slave to their whims, I know that nutritional supplementation is essential to create my health. I feel like I owe all of my CFS improvement to NT Factor – Lipid Replacement Therapy. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research has shown damage to the Mitochondrial Function of the cell, the area responsible for fueling energy in the body. While the phosphoglycolipids in NT Factor don’t repair the mitochondria directly, they do provide the pre-cursors for ATP production. This same treatment protocol has been adopted for fatigue among cancer patients as well with amazing results. D-Ribose helps with the fibromyalgia pain of daily living too, and although this has never been my primary complaint, I know it’s a major factor in many CFIDS sufferers.

Continual Health Resolve: Here I am again, still pressing on toward winning this life long battle. “Keep going Carrie, You Can Make It! – Think These Thoughts!”

1. Stay away from Sugar and Starch. They’re the nasty creeps causing your downfall!
2. Eat 5 Mighty cups of Veggies per day. (Other people can eat fruit too, I can’t – blood sugar.)
3. Maintain a constant influx of Supplements. This is where your energy is coming from, you ninny.
4. Drink 64oz. of water daily, before 8pm – I hate peeing all night.
5. Walk 3 times a week for 20 minutes – even if it kills ya.
6. Control Your Thought Life – stop thinking about Aunt Grace’s Brownies, think about swimming instead!
7. Go on a juice fast, gallbladder flush, or colonix cleanse again. I promise you’ll feel better if you do!

Ok, I’m done lecturing myself…. I’m striving to do better… I gotta get serious to get my total life back – I believe it’s truly possible now!


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Chronic Fatigue Tales: 10 Percent Better and More after 60 days

October 27, 2007

taking supplements

I wrote awhile back that I’m feeling 10 percent better.¬† It’s still true.¬† I notice now that I can actually stand and talk for a minute or two, without the thought of finding a chair while I’m talking.¬† This is an unheard of occurrence for the past 15 years or so. The thing is?¬† I’m not even very good at my own Chronic Fatigue Protocol.¬† Let me explain.¬† I’ve done a vast amount of research on Chronic Fatigue diet and treatments. I’ve read clinical studies, read hundreds of websites on ‘cures’.¬† I’ve reviewed a bunch of products that promote CFS cures – although I haven’t¬†purchased ¬†any, save my foray into the Colonix world.¬† My research has led me to develop a list of supplements that clinical studies have shown to improve chronic fatigue.¬† I have been taking some of them.¬† NT Factor and D-Ribose supplements have definitely given me this 10 percent improvement.¬† In addition to these two mainstays, I have kept myself on a fairly rigorous diet regimen.¬† I’ve now been on this CFS cure journey for nearly 60 days.

Here’s where I tend to be flakey.¬† I’m not good at taking my supplements at all.¬† I have developed a tender tummy of late, and find that I can’t take my supplements on an empty stomach.¬† Trouble is, I don’t eat very often.¬† I don’t recommend not eating,¬† I know I should be eating at least two meals a day, but I just ain’t got the appetite.¬† Nobody wants to eat veggies for breakfast.¬† This was the case before I started this program too.¬† So I average actually taking the NT Factor and D-Ribose about 3 or 4 times a week, and then only once a day.¬†¬† The recommended dosage is 3 times a day for both. Refer to the complete list of nutritional support – Supplementing my supplements? here.¬† The other thing is that I don’t like taking vitamins at night – they tend to give me insomnia.¬† Oh hell, everything gives me insomnia.¬† It’s phobic anxious neurotic soma paranoia.¬† I digress.

Doesn’t it seem that all of living holds devious instances of Catch-22’s?¬† I can’t get my act together enough to be able to take my supplements, while if I took my supplements, I’d be able to get more of my act together.¬† Taking my supplements as directed should in theory help me sleep better too.¬† As my saying goes: “I’m working on it”.¬† But I’m still enthused and plan on getting better at taking these things and then getting better.

The other place where I flake is my diet.¬† It can feel so so so strict.¬† I’m eating my meat and veggies, but this is where I fail: I have some white flour crackers about 3 times a week.¬† Oh no not crackers! lol.¬†¬†Are 8 crackers¬†so bad?¬† I don’t know.¬† The other thing that I do is add rye crisp to my salads.¬† And a couple of times a week, I cook something that has cheese in the recipe.¬† I feel like I’m in a confessional here. ūüėȬ† The way I look at it – I’m still feeling better and as long as that’s true, I don’t think a little cracker attack is gonna haunt me.

My point in all this is to remind myself that if I can develop a habit of taking all my supplements as directed then I should see even more improvement.¬† I’m just happy that I don’t have that overwhelming crushing sense of fatigue everyday.¬† I still feel like I’ve been hit by a truck, but now it’s a delivery truck – not a tanker.
10 Percent Better and More


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Google Questions on my Blog: Diet, Sugar Addiction, Chocolate, Chronic Fatigue

October 18, 2007

I’m fairly analytical and I take the time to read my blog dashboard to find out how people found my bloggyland.¬† Some of the google searches are really hilarious.¬† One question was: “How much beer can I drink while on the chronic fatigue diet?”¬† uhmmm..¬† you can’t drink any beer, darling.¬† One of the major components of chronic fatigue syndrome is intestinal dysbiosis, or leaky gut syndrome.¬† For normal people, the intestine is a churning, chomping, marvelous machine that absorbs nutrients and propels goopies from our bodies.¬† It does this through a combination of bacteria – good guys like acidophilus and bifidus.¬† In most chronic fatigue patients, the good guys are vastly outnumbered by the bad guys – mostly candida albicans, or yeast.¬† Beer is made from yeast, therefore it simply repopulates and¬†happily feeds the bad guys.¬† Moreover, typically chronic fatigue sufferers also have weakened liver function.¬† Alcohol in any form just perpetuates the difficulties.

One of the most frequently posted items that direct google queries to my blog is Sugar Addiction and/or Chocolate Addiction.¬† I did a blog about this, not too long ago.¬† “Amazing Transformation: Detox vs Diet” under Diet & Supplements category.¬† My sugar addiction kept me in the dungeon of despair for 17 years, it’s the reason for this blog in general –¬† I must get better!¬† My sugar addiction caused the failure of countless attempts to heal myself.¬† It also made the benefits I derived from taking Diflucan entirely moot as soon as my prescription ran out.¬† It sickens me to realize how long I was in the sugar addiction stupor, and how much of my life I’ve lost.I’ve come to realize that whatever the sugar does in my body, it’s one of the most powerful substances on the earth – I truly believe that I could have licked a full blown heroin habit in far less time.¬†

I’m not sure of the mechanism, but without a doubt sugar controlled my every waking thought.¬† I had no control over my life. none.¬†¬†Everday I woke by taking an inventory of sugary goodniks in my house, planning when I would eat them and where I would get more. It was sick.So many factors come into play in ridding yourself of sugar addiction, that you really need to decide to go on the warpath.¬†¬†Here is my warpath strategy that worked for me.

What to do about sugar addiction:¬†¬† Realize that you have to stand and fight this thing.¬† It’s not going to be easy.¬† Start thinking that sugar is poison and it’s ruining your life (if you’re entirely debilitated like me, anyway).¬† For the first three days, I ate anything that I could think of that didn’t have any sugar in it.¬† This included steak, potatoes, Big Macs, french fries, nachos, pizza, etc.¬† The idea is to keep your tummy so full of fats and carbohydrates that your sugar addiction isn’t at the forefront of your thoughts.¬†¬† During this time, I indulged in diet pop, sugar free ice cream and any other sugar free treat one could name.

After three days, you should be able to recognize that you have some of your brain function and control back.¬† Now you should be able to manage what you eat, with a clear¬†rationale toward solving this problem.¬† But, you are by no means done or cured of your addiction yet.¬† You’ve only just started.¬† One of the difficulties in grocery stores today, is that nearly everything has sugar in it.¬† I’m not a purist in terms of food labels, but it is important to know the danger areas.¬† Sauces like catsup, bbq and salsa can cause derailment.¬† Alcohol is also a substance that converts to blood sugar and will cause your downfall.¬† McDonalds, sad to say, is another danger zone –¬† they put unbelievable amounts of sugar in most of their products.¬† The two items from McDonalds that don’t have sugar are: french fries (I can hear you screaming YAY!) and salads.¬†

The other thing that will increase your craving for sugar is white flour.¬† This is a high glycemic¬†index food, meaning that during digestion, your body converts most white flour products into blood sugar very fast.¬† It’s a good idea to research high glycemic index foods and stay completely clear of them.¬† Learn to choose whole foods, whole grains, natural selections.

If you’re struggling with sugar addiction, fruit¬†and fruit juice are¬†probably not a good idea.¬† This is for the short term – I’d recommend at least a couple of months.¬† I know¬†eating fruit is healthy for most, but again¬†fruit and juice¬†will raise your blood sugar and boom! you’ll be back to eating twinkies in no time.¬† It’s not your fault, I swear that sugar cravings control your mind.¬† It’s not about willpower – at all – it’s about body chemistry.

Chocolate: I’m one of those people that adores chocolate.¬† As a matter of fact, studies have shown that chocolate actually helps chronic fatigue sufferers feel better.¬† But I’m not about to go grab a candy bar.¬† Nor am I going to buy a candy bar at the health food store – they just hide the sugar better.¬† Sugar is poison to me.¬† The good news?¬† I can have Cocoa! Yay!¬† When I’m craving chocolate, I add cocoa powder and stevia (a health food natural sweetener – no calories) to my coffee.¬† That takes care of any chocolate craving for that day.¬† If I were a milk drinker, I’d make sugar free hot chocolate with stevia.¬†¬†

Artificial sweeteners:¬† These are good for a short term fix to help you get over your addiction.¬† If you do research on the topic in various health forums, you’ll find that artificial sweeteners of any kind are bad news to your body.¬† At times though, I still indulge in a diet pop – I don’t ever want to feel “denied”.¬†

If you go off of sugar for three days, you can succeed!¬† You can get your mind back and make your own choices.¬† I’ve been sugar free now for 48 days and I don’t plan on going back.¬† I convinced myself that sugar is the worst thing for me, and if I indulge, I’ll never feel better.¬†¬† I hope this article helps you.¬† Feel free to comment!¬† carrie

10/21/07 Update:¬† I’ve done some thinking about this article and wanted to add a comment or two.

When you go off of sugar, probably for the first week, you’re just gonna feel lousy.¬† You’ll be achey, tired, grumpy.¬† You may suffer from headaches.¬† You’ll certainly notice that you’re hungrier – you were probably getting a huge calorie boost from sugary things.¬† My advice for the short term – eat more fat.¬† Just for the first week, it will give you more satisfaction, replace some of the calories you’re craving and probably calm your nerves.

Also, one diet trick that weight loss proponents use for hunger pangs: make sure you’re drinking the recommended 64oz of water daily.¬† This idea can be useful for getting off of sugar too.¬† Drinking 8 ounces of water before you eat will help you get that full tummy feeling and help your digestion.¬†¬† The diet guru Michael Thurmond recommends drinking much more water – as much as 128oz per day.¬† That will keep ya from being hungry for sure.


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An Amazing Transformation: Detox vs. Diet Psychology

October 4, 2007

Something truly amazing has happened to me during the past 30 days.¬† I have no craving for sugar or junk food! none!¬† When I first starting this program, all of my friends and family were encouraging me with kind words and cheers of support.¬†¬† The forefront of their encouragement has been: “As long as you can stay off of sugar, you’re sure to succeed.”¬† The underlying inference is the constant threat of sugar craving.¬† It’s true for many of us.¬† Most “diets” fail because sugar cravings¬†and the sense of personal deprivation becomes overwhelming.¬†

In the past, when I have been on diets to lose weight or improve my health in general, my sugar cravings have been outrageous.¬† I constantly struggled with¬†a huge¬†sense of self-pity, the seeming loss of all the things that made me “happy”.¬† In some specific¬†location in my brain, my psyche was telling me that ALL of my happiness was derived from chocolate cake and soda pop.¬† I couldn’t shake my feeling of tremendous grief over the loss of all the goodness in my life.¬† I know it sounds ridiculous, but it’s true nonetheless.¬† It’s¬†amazing to recognize how our cravings can manipulate our brain, re-routing our logic pathways, subverting our impulses, directing us¬†toward failure.¬† Just how powerful are these yeasts and blood sugar fluctuations? Powerful enough to continually overcome¬†any logic,¬†any commitment, willpower, my dreams, my health.¬†¬† Time after time, diet after diet failed under¬†my body’s¬†screaming toddler-like tantrum for sugar.¬† This endless sugar feeding cycle has kept me in a stupor for years upon years.

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In the past 30 days, my mind¬†and body have¬†gone through an astounding transformation.¬† I no longer have even a twinge of sugar craving.¬† I believe that this is 100% attributable to a change in my psyche.¬† My brain realizes that I’m not dieting¬†:¬† I’m detoxing, cleansing, becoming healthy.¬† The psychology of this process is so interesting.¬† It’s as if my focus on this treatment program is coming from a completely different place in my brain.¬† I don’t have any sense of deprivation or denial.¬† I have no feeling of loss or mourning.¬† There is no food in my mind (other than lemons, oddly enough) that spells ‘happiness’.¬†¬† I don’t even think about food much anymore,¬† now my body responds to the sense of hunger and the need for sustenance.¬†

I’m absorbed in positive thoughts of improving my condition.¬† I’m entirely focused on only those foods that afford the best nutrition while killing off the nasties that grow inside me.¬† It’s a different consciousness altogether, a different synapse pathway,¬† my logic is finally in control.¬† My mind now¬†recognizes when it’s being manipulated by my blood sugar, or the yeast crying out for carbs or sugar.¬† Moreover,¬†I smirk because I know that my diet is killing them off and they’re crying out in pain.¬† They’re not gonna win this time.

I am so happy to be relieved of that constant heavy burden of cravings.¬† That sense of “woe is me” has vanished.¬† Happiness does exist without chocolate cake, dr. pepper and pizza.¬† I’m filled with anticipation for the time when my days can include rigorous exercise, fishing, metal detecting on the beach and some serious housecleaning ūüôā¬†¬† Those days are coming, I know!¬† I finally have hope!

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Supplementing my supplements?

October 1, 2007

If I plan to beat this nasty chronic fatigue thing to any degree, I recognize that there are physiological components that I must address.¬† From my peabrain research, it’s clear that diet alone ain’t gonna cut it.¬†¬† Studies have shown that damage has been done on a cellular level.¬† Mitochondrial support is crucial.¬† In addition to my dietary overhaul,¬†attention also needs to be paid to the function of my intestines.¬† It seems reasonable that it’s very difficult to absorb any supplements if my colon is a complete mess.¬† So, the current¬†four pronged approach becomes:¬† 1. detox diet 2. fix my colon through cleansing/yeast fighting 3. supplement my aching body 4. Communicate with my mitochondria and love them like my own¬†little babies.

All of the supplements that I’m taking as listed below, are an amalgam of CFS research on countless sites, by numerous studies.¬† Perhaps the foremost is Dr. Teitelbaum’s treatment protocol for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.¬†

http://www.immunesupport.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-teitelbaum.htm

I know that his protocol was developed after reading many of the same clinical studies that I have reviewed.¬† Getting to a point where I feel better with CFS seems a complicated task.¬† And since I got a D in chemistry (had the active virus during that coursework – ouch!), having to delve into the Krebs Cycle once again to figure out what’s wrong with me makes my little wormy brain squirm & wiggle under the pressure.¬† But I feel like I’m getting there!

Vitamins/Minerals Dose
Alpha Base Multiple Vit/Mineral Tab 4 x week
B6 100mg (if no Alpha) 1 x day
B12 ‚Äď sublingual 2mg (if no Alpha) 1 x day
Calcium 1000/Magnesium500 2 x day
Iron 50mg 1 x day
Molybdenum 500mcg 1 x day
Ultimate Zinc 24mg/Vitamin C 150mg 1 x day
Mitochondrial Treatments

Creatine (shipment hasn’t come yet)
Coenzyme Q10 -100mg 1 x day
D-Ribose powder 5g 3 x day
NT Factor ‚Äď Phosphoglycolipids 3 x day
NADH 20mg 1 x day
Nac N-Acetyl L-Cysteine 500mg 1 x day
Yeast Fighters
Caprylic Acid 2 Tabs (alternate w/others) 1 x day
Solaray Yeast Cleanse (alternate) 6 x day
Fungal Defense (alternate) 4 x day
Primal Defense (soon as alternate)
Pau D’arco Tea 4 x week
Colonix w/parasite killer 30 day program
Probiotics
Now (brand) 8 Bil. Acidoph & Bifidus 2 x day
Various probiotics are in NT Factor

I know that to many readers, this list of supplements seems enormous.¬†¬† I’m still researching which supplement conflicts with another.¬† So far, I know that the NADH has to be taken separately from others, as it is destroyed by supplemental acids.¬† Also, don’t take B-Vitamins on an empty stomach.¬† I’ll keep researching this too.

I already feel better on this program.¬† So far, I’ve been on the diet for 3 weeks, and have only taken the NT Factor for one week – it’s made quite a difference.¬† I’m not dancing any jigs yet, but I hurt less, can stand a little longer, have been doing the dishes and I sleep a little better.¬† So far so good!

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Chronic Fatigue Diet – Simplified

September 28, 2007

If you go searching on the net for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) diet, you’ll hit on hundreds of sites.¬† The trouble is, they all seem to¬†be in conflict¬†with each other.¬† Some are so strict that you wonder if anyone can survive, others are so liberal, even allowing several servings of fruit.¬† (Oh I know I can’t eat fruit – that is just asking for ill health.)¬†¬† It’s all too complicated for me to keep lists of foods that I can eat and can’t eat – I have to simplify – let’s face it – my peabrain ain’t that sophisticated.

Pretty much everyone, everywhere will agree that sugar, artificial sweeteners, processed foods and white flour are out.  I agree, bad news for youse.

Nearly ALL of these candida/cfs diets prohibit specific yeast forming foods: mushrooms, products with yeast in them: breads, beer, brewers yeast.¬† I agree with that.¬† Most of them also mention condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.¬† I adore mustard, I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to keep myself from indulging – maybe I can open up the jar and sniff it once in awhile.

¬†Some of these diets allow whole grains, some don’t allow any grains – even the mother of all healthfoods – brown rice.¬† I get so confused.¬† I allow myself some rye crisp once in awhile.¬† ’tain’t gonna kill me.¬†¬† I took the health food plunge recently and purchased Quinoa pasta – Wholly Crackamoni! I love this stuff!¬† It’s not a cereal grain per se, it’s something else entirely I guess, and it’s a complete protein and it tastes better than any pasta I’ve ever known. (except this one italian restaurant that used to make their pasta everyday from scratch, but that place closed – sadness. )

Some Quinoa Pastas:¬†(pronounced “keen-wa”) http://www.celiac.com/catalog/index.php?manufacturers_id=15&osCsid=dbb6e9814fea42cc2deee0cf20a8ea29

The whole non-dairy diet is just plain confusing.¬† Again, some of these sites disallow any dairy product, others will encourage use of cultured dairy products like yogurt, cottage cheese and kefir.¬† I can’t drink milk or eat yogurt anyway – gastric distress.¬† But I sure do appreciate some cream in my coffee… Ooops! I ain’t a’supposed to be drinkin coffee either….

All things in moderation – key phrase: “I’m working on it”.¬† I anticipate that I’ll be weening off all these little “no-no’s” in time.¬†¬† The one thing that disturbs me about some of the strict diets, is that they say no ‘nightshade’ vegies – translation: no tomatoes.¬† Are they nuts?¬† How can a person exist without tomatoes, I ask you? Boy, if it’s necessary, it’ll take me some months for that one to sink in and be implemented.

I get anxious when I see these diets get so nit-picky.  Does a dash of worcestershire sauce really foster a complete rebound of cfs symptoms?  Is a little nip of cream in my no-no coffee going to throw me into complete relapse?  Is it a matter of general diet and detox philosophy or are there proven facts?

When you consider that I’m taking 700 supplements, most of which are designed to kill the nasty nanobytes of invading parasitical species (primarily candida albicans), can’t my body contend with a no-no now¬†& then?¬† I’m not talkin pizza here, I’m talkin a healthy splat of tabasco in my soup.¬†¬† I get so confused.¬† They say no vinegar in one breath, and then in another article, they’ll tell you that honey & vinegar do wonders to change the ph of your blood.¬† It makes my synapses turn, swirl and whirl like the Cirque Du Soleil on opening night.¬† So, let’s simplify, shall we?

Vegies

This is what I can eat:¬†¬† All vegies are good with few exceptions ( sorry to say, corn & potatoes are not¬† vegies folks).¬†¬† Limit winter squash, beets¬†and carrots.¬† Sweet potatoes are probably not a good idea yet.¬†¬† I can eat any meat, but let’s not get crazy, let’s say one portion of meat per meal (sorry no bbq sauce).¬† Quinoa is a reasonable addition to some meals.¬† Some CFS diets allow parmesan cheese and I’m letting me have it too. ūüôā¬† No fruit for me, but I do drink lemon juice – it’s a well known detox agent.¬† I should note for anyone using this page as a reference, that eggs would certainly be allowed on this list.¬† ( I can’t eat eggs.)

My diet simplified:  Vegies, meat, quinoa. 

Doesn’t that sound tasty?

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So what do I drink?¬† I drink water, home made lemonade with stevia as a sweetener.¬† I’m still drinking coffee but I know it’s got to go.¬† I also drink pau d’arco tea – a south american tree bark that’s known for it’s yeast fighting properties.¬† It tastes just like tree bark and so, on occasion, I’ll combine it with decaffeinated constant comment tea.¬† (I’m sure that tea will turn out to be another no-no on someone’s¬†CFS website.)


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For the Love of Acid Cigars
Harley Davidson Gifts