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james from missouri
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   Posted 7/10/2009 10:17 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm dying here!!!

what do you guys eat at night when you crave something.. i know no yeast and carbs. but seriously, i need something in my stomach..

CajunGrl
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   Posted 7/10/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I know I'm not supposed too, but I usually fix me a little peanut butter on some wheat bread. Toasted of course. I also have a protein shake I make that sometimes helps with the cravings. I add some ice and water and it tastes pretty good. No sugar in it either.
2003: Symptoms started;Anxiety,Panic Attacks,Heightened Senses
2007: Diagnosed with Lyme. Didn't start treatment.
2008: Symptoms came back with a vengence.
2009: Diagnosed with Lyme plus co-infections....Babesia and Bartonella.
Illnesses:-Chronic Lyme Disease,Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Ulcers, Hypoglycemia
Medications:-Currently on 1500mg Amoxicillian,Ultram,Thyro Complex 60mg,Probiotics and supplements

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james from missouri
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   Posted 7/10/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
i lived my whole life eating carbs and sugar.. i'm screwed!!

veromia333
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   Posted 7/10/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
everything
The line is faded not showing where Lyme came in. I became a new Mommy n my Lyme decided to show itself. Swollen elephant like knee and finger and limiting back pain. Bell's palsey, weight loss as if I had no muscle on my bones anymore. And much more text book lyme symptoms. To a Lyme doc, after alot of there is nothing wrong with you and a recommend to counceling,he said V this is Lyme. What kept me pressing on I had Lyme while I was pregnant. I know I was not infected while pregnant. I am watching her with an eagle eye. God Bless everyone. Love Veronica. Were the ones who know about Lyme not the doctors. Isnt that just mad? Backwards. Alice in wonderland.


james from missouri
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   Posted 7/10/2009 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
screw it, i'm going to eat some chips..

CajunGrl
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   Posted 7/10/2009 11:06 PM (GMT -7)   
James,

I know how you feel. Sometimes I think I'm ready to eat the right things and I'll do it for a while, then completely blow it. I have yeast and I really need to get off of all the sugars. It's very hard for me especially with low blood sugar. Sometimes my glucose pills don't work fast enough and I have to grab a coke. It's a nasty cycle for sure and I feel like I can only do one thing at a time right now.

Maybe look up some things you can eat that will help with the cravings that won't hurt you so bad. I wish I could give you some healthy advice but I'm just not at that point yet.
2003: Symptoms started;Anxiety,Panic Attacks,Heightened Senses
2007: Diagnosed with Lyme. Didn't start treatment.
2008: Symptoms came back with a vengence.
2009: Diagnosed with Lyme plus co-infections....Babesia and Bartonella.
Illnesses:-Chronic Lyme Disease,Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Ulcers, Hypoglycemia
Medications:-Currently on 1500mg Amoxicillian,Ultram,Thyro Complex 60mg,Probiotics and supplements

**You never know how STRONG you are....until being STRONG is the ONLY choice you have.**

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Post Edited (CajunGrl) : 7/11/2009 12:15:43 AM (GMT-6)


veromia333
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   Posted 7/10/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   
im fat
never bn this fat wish i was in the lyme skinny stage bt no its lyme fat stage.
130 i am usually 118. i hate it but i love eating so much right now.
The line is faded not showing where Lyme came in. I became a new Mommy n my Lyme decided to show itself. Swollen elephant like knee and finger and limiting back pain. Bell's palsey, weight loss as if I had no muscle on my bones anymore. And much more text book lyme symptoms. To a Lyme doc, after alot of there is nothing wrong with you and a recommend to counceling,he said V this is Lyme. What kept me pressing on I had Lyme while I was pregnant. I know I was not infected while pregnant. I am watching her with an eagle eye. God Bless everyone. Love Veronica. Were the ones who know about Lyme not the doctors. Isnt that just mad? Backwards. Alice in wonderland.


gorbybelle
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   Posted 7/10/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
A friend of mine - who is extremely healthy!! - lives on :potatoes/baked beans and fish fingers!!!

he will happily tuck in to a plate of boiled potatoes with tomato sauce - it just makes me wonder - what about all the vits/minerals he is not getting - o.k. he doesn't have lyme - but he never even gets a 'cold'

personally - if I have that 'I must eat' - feeling at night - I go for cereals .

Razzle
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   Posted 7/10/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Here are some snack ideas:

Peanut butter or almond butter on celery sticks, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, apple slices, etc.
Mixed nuts.
A small salad with olive oil & lemon juice for dressing. Sprinkle some sesame or sunflower seeds on it instead of crutons & cheese.
Hard boiled egg slices with a little paprika or cayenne pepper sprinkled on them.
Nut milk shake, with fresh fruit or alcohol-free vanilla extract for flavoring.
Baked, broiled, or grilled chicken or fish pieces (possibly other leftovers from dinner).

If you aren't dairy-intolerant, yogurt or kefir are good. There are soy versions of yogurt for those who can't do dairy.

Also, sometimes the body prompts us to feel hungry when in actuality we are thirsty. So if you feel hungry within 3-4 hours of eating dinner, then try a glass of water or tea first before getting into the food. And if you are still hungry, the water you drank first should reduce the amount of snacking you'll need before feeling full again.

I hope this helps - take care,
-Razzle
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
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veromia333
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   Posted 7/10/2009 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah i nd to try that water thing raz
The line is faded not showing where Lyme came in. I became a new Mommy n my Lyme decided to show itself. Swollen elephant like knee and finger and limiting back pain. Bell's palsey, weight loss as if I had no muscle on my bones anymore. And much more text book lyme symptoms. To a Lyme doc, after alot of there is nothing wrong with you and a recommend to counceling,he said V this is Lyme. What kept me pressing on I had Lyme while I was pregnant. I know I was not infected while pregnant. I am watching her with an eagle eye. God Bless everyone. Love Veronica. Were the ones who know about Lyme not the doctors. Isnt that just mad? Backwards. Alice in wonderland.


jaleenasmom
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   Posted 7/11/2009 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel for you, James. I have to have something every night it seems. Last night, while you all were posting this, I was eating a can of mackrel with roasted red peppers and a few whole wheat crackers.

Razzle, all that is right up my alley! Seems as though I have always been in the "fat" lyme stage.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I am hypoglycemic and must eat a snack at bedtime or there will be no sleep. I'm HAVE to have some complex carbs, if that's bad for lyme, my abx will have to do the rest. My hypogly is not as bad as it used to be (amitrip helps), so I can handle small amounts of sugar, as in the cereal.

The best bedtime snack I've ever had is a bowl of Honey bunches of oats, and I spoon fat free/sugar free VANILLA yogurt, a little at a time over it, as I eat it (so the cereal will stay crunchy). This is my FAVORITE 'meal' of the day and I get excited to get to it. Makes me sleepy too. Try it! If I'm out of yogurt, lite vanilla soy milk on it is also a treat.

Suspect TBI in 1972.  Attacked tonsils (recurring high fevers, constant low grade fevers, chronic tonsillitis) , pregnancy (miscarraige), appendix, heart (mitral valve prolapse), hypoglycemia, depression, chronic acute neck and back pain.  

Next suspect Mother's Day 2007.  Diagnosed w/ Lyme and Bart June 2009. (awaiting more test results)

In treatment for recurrent depression, anxiety, low thyroid.

Bit again 7/1/2009, began Doxy 200 mg /day


Lovelabs
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   Posted 7/11/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Spagetti and meatballs. Cmon...now that's a great one. I can't give up the carbs. I will lose too much weight and lost too much already.

V-since when is 130 pounds fat? Seems like a very normal weight to me.don't be too hard on yourself I am sure you look wonderful.

Traveler
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   Posted 7/11/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm generally not hungry during the day. I eat because I must. At night though, that's when I get hungry. I try to eat only the healthy stuff, though. I have given in & realized that for me to not eat at night when I am hungry, leads me to seriously crave sweets & carbs.
What crazy, mixed up bodues we end up having after contracting LD.
- Traveler
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"Conditions": Lyme Disease, STARI, RMSF, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Lyme Arthritis, Neuro infection from LD, FM, CFS, Chronic/acute EBV, IBS-C, Diverticulosis (& "itis").

Various meds for LD & co's,
1200 mg neurontin, 100mg trazodone
2000 mg chlorzoxazone 50mg Hydoxyz Pam
160 mg dicyclomine 2000mcg B12
40 mg celexa b-complex
800 IU Vit. E 2000 mg fish oil
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AND... a multi-enzyme probiotic formula.

Gee, a person would think I was ill or something!! =)


SickInCT
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   Posted 7/11/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was in my most miserable years I ate whatever would clam me down, put me back to sleep. I would eat anything but craved only sweets like cookies exc. I gained a lot of weight being immobile and eating all sweets late at night but it was the only thing that helped. I am feeling much better now, welll.... at least some weeks/days and no longer get the cravings at night. I am begining to loose weight again but doing whatever I could at the time to get thru it is what was necessary.

Eric

scorpio1960
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   Posted 7/11/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand where you're coming from. The cravings for sweets and carbs are just too much for at times. lol I go for long periods of eating what I should and then I'll fall off the wagon and always have such a difficult time getting back on. My grocery order always consists of all the things I should be eating but as long as I have a phone and those darn delivery menus stashed in the drawer, I'm only a phone call away from trouble! LOL

james from missouri
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   Posted 7/11/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
i ate a piece of chicken, made a hamburger and a pimento cheese wrap with lettuce. then ate some Cheeto's

scorpio1960
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   Posted 7/11/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
You weren't doing too bad until the cheetos. LOL My downfall is ice cream. I LOVE ice cream and I'm sure those darn lyme bacteria do too.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Lyme can cause hypoglycemia and hypoglycemia causes cravings for sugar. However, the more sugar you eat, the more you crave. cookies or donuts, for example. If I don't look at them, I am fine. However, if I eat just ONE, I'm like an alcoholic, I will eat them until I'm sick. Then I will feel comatose.

If I'm careful, I CAN handle sips of my mocha frappicinno (w/ extra mocha), if I just sip thru the day. That kind of keeps the blood sugar a little more evened out.

Everybody's hypoglycemia is different. I've known people who can't get out of bed w/o a glass of OJ. When some people consume sugar, their blood sugar will soar up into diabetic ranges and then drop dramatically and crash. You can't know exactly what your body does w/o a 5 hr test.

After drinking the glucose, mine went way up, tho not above 'normal' levels. Then it went down gradually, however by the 4th hour the techs were out looking for me because it went so low. Mine will recoop if I'm careful.

Anyway, if hypoglycemia is causing the sugar cravings, denying sugar for about 3 days takes care of it. (just like rehab!). If you can leave it alone that long, you will lose the desire for sweets.

I no longer have to read labels, etc, and can eat reasonably (like cereal), but I do have to snack frequently to keep my levels kind of evened out.

Suspect TBI in 1972.  Attacked tonsils (recurring high fevers, constant low grade fevers, chronic tonsillitis) , pregnancy (miscarraige), appendix, heart (mitral valve prolapse), hypoglycemia, depression, chronic acute neck and back pain.  

Next suspect Mother's Day 2007.  Diagnosed w/ Lyme and Bart June 2009. (awaiting more test results)

In treatment for recurrent depression, anxiety, low thyroid.

Bit again 7/1/2009, began Doxy 200 mg /day


CajunGrl
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   Posted 7/11/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Lyme,

Thanks for the great info. I do whind up crashing if I drink too much sugar. Then I have to drink more sugar to bring it back up, LOL. Its a vicious cycle. I did the 4 hour glucose test years ago and wound up crashing then too. I nearly fainted I was so weak. I did notice that when I eat alot of protein, it levels off and I feel better. It's to stay on just protein though. It gets so boring.

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   Posted 7/12/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
CajunGrl, yeah, it is best to stay high protein, but complex carbs are good too (even if not for lyme). Unless your hypogly is really serious and senstive, for me it feels most important to eat little amounts of something every couple hours -- even if it is not completely free of sugar (but keep it low).

Suspect TBI in 1972.  Attacked tonsils (recurring high fevers, constant low grade fevers, chronic tonsillitis) , pregnancy (miscarraige), appendix, heart (mitral valve prolapse), hypoglycemia, depression, chronic acute neck and back pain.  

Next suspect Mother's Day 2007.  Diagnosed w/ Lyme and Bart June 2009. (awaiting more test results)

In treatment for recurrent depression, anxiety, low thyroid.

Bit again 7/1/2009, began Doxy 200 mg /day


sdatcbtc
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   Posted 7/19/2013 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand the need to eat at night. I am in my third week of treatment and I feel like I am starving to death at night. This also happens right when I have finished my dinner. Most nights it's so bad and my emotions are so messed up I just cry. I hate this disease. I am still trying to figure out what to eat.

Shari

TheWryter
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   Posted 7/19/2013 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shari, I hope all is well. It is a hard disease but there are things you can snack on. Have you read the "New to Lyme" post? Inbox me and I can share with you what I snack on. My diet is gluten free, dairy free and sugar free. I also stay away from red meat. But email me and let me know in the email what area of the country or world you're from.
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California Cat
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   Posted 7/19/2013 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Maybe tortilla chips with bean dip and cheese and sour cream for a salty snack - no wheat, high protein and some fat.  An avocado with salt, pepper, and grated cheese is yummy!

 Bananas give you sugar and fat. If you crave sugar try to fool / appease your body with a sweet fruit (fresh) then allow a bit of something "bad" after - you might reduce how much junk you want.

Ice cream has some redeeming qualities besides deliciousness - it has calcium and fat. (Fat can be your friend in moderate amounts, especially dairy and plant fats) Fat and protein will even out your blood sugar much better than carbs. There are similar alternatives like frozen yogurt. Take yogurt, add freezer - voila!

 You might want to check out the gylcemic index to see what is less likely to cause a spike. Like - a Snickers is "less bad" than a pure sugar hard candy.

Nuts in any form give you very healthy fats and minerals.

Snacks are good for us - they keep our metabolizm up. (oops, ism!) Enjoy a variety!

 
The water thing is really important

Post Edited (California Cat) : 7/19/2013 4:56:07 PM (GMT-6)


JoeTonigh
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   Posted 7/19/2013 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm having the opposite reaction. I haven't felt hungry in weeks but crave rare cheeseburgers when I'm creeping around the house in the middle of the night. So I'll make one, take two bites, and won't be able to finish it out of disgust.

It's insane.

My wife thinks I may have been bitten by a werewolf instead of a tick.
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