Even before a diagnosis of Lyme, I quickly realized I had “issues” with certain foods. I could no longer tolerate red meat. I had an almost instantaneous reaction if I ate steak or pork. It wasn’t pleasant!
I also could not drink any alcohol – at all! A simple sip would have me slurring my words and would result in a one day, or longer, hangover.
Any sugar would have my head so heavy I could barely hold it up and I would be so tired that the only thing I could do was crawl into bed – or I would fall asleep, even in the middle of sitting at my computer.
There were some things that didn’t have a debilitating impact but did cause me enough pain or problems that I slowly limited eating things like gluten and dairy products. I ate as “clean” as possible. I removed all processed food. I tried to eat organic whenever I could.
I guess if I had to say one good thing about becoming ill is that I may ultimately be healthier than I have been in a long time! My family will also be healthier because I don’t have it in me to make more than one meal. Therefore, they eat what I eat 🙂
I read that you should try to get some exercise, if at all possible, so I did my best to continue walking as much as possible, even though, for awhile anyway, I looked like I was always drunk as I couldn’t walk a straight line! Good thing I don’t drive because if I had been stopped by the Police at my worst I would never have been able to do their sobriety test!
Because I was staying away from dairy, I switched to coconut water and unsweetened almond milk. Even that had issues, if you believe everything you read. Coconut water has natural sugars and some almond milk contains carrageenan. I seem to be reasonably okay with natural sugars and I found carrageenan free almond milk. Even the “healthy” stuff has to be checked! It’s like if something is fat free, you have to check to see what that fat was replaced with. It could actually be worse for you! Always learning!
When I stick with a healthy diet, I can manage my symptoms a bit better. My brain is somewhat clearer. The aches and pains are not as problematic. The bloating and gas is minimized. My skin looks better (a steady supply of water helps there!) and I generally feel like I can beat this thing! When I sway from my new “Lyme diet”, I know it pretty quickly. However, we all need to indulge once in awhile and I just learn to live with the repercussions and the fact that I have gone backwards a bit in my self-managed treatment.
If you plan on starting the “Lyme diet” do so slowly so you know which things are helping and which are unnecessary. Try taking things out one at a time and trying that for a couple of weeks before starting another. Most importantly, find things to replace what you are taking out! You do not want to feel deprived or hungry.
It appears not everyone has issues with all these things and some with an issue experience only minimal symptoms. However, some can be severely debilitated if they eat the wrong things. Listen to your own body!