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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. 😉  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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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. 🙂  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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