Diet suggestions, please!

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   Posted 12/31/2012 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok so I'm trying to get motivated to get strict on my diet. I need some advice. I know that lean meats, lots of greens, no sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free are all recommended, so I have a few questions.

With a toddler I don't get a lot of time to cook meals. We do small, simple meals and snacks. What do you have for snacks?

Is almond milk a good substitute for cow's milk?

Is the "Naked" brand of coconut water good for you? I tried one and I like it well enough to drink on occasion, but I've heard mixed reviews on this particular brand.

Do you eat some fruits or did you cut them out completely? I've heard both. I really like flavored yogurt but I can't bring myself to eat plain yogurt as much as I'd like to. So I am hoping I can flavor it with blueberries, etc. Also, are bananas ok?

Do you limit your carbs or avoid them altogether?

Any other advice would also be appreciated. I need all the motivation I can get!

Happy New Year!

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   Posted 1/2/2013 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lymer! Good luck..and here is my two cents:

almond are you substituting? I don't use any kind of milk at all and am fine with it. Maybe you don't need any milk at all?

Goat's milk is easily digested by most. And I think almond milk is fine, too.

I eat some fruit.

I would switch to goat yogurt over cow yogurt. I have heard a lot of negative on pasteurized, and even for raw cow milk.

You can sweeten goat yogurt it with a little honey or maple syrup if you tolerate that much sugar. I love it with maple syrup! Or with mashed, ripe banana. yum.

the fruit/banana issue really is individual. If you have a big candida problem, it might be good to stay away from them completely. But I think a little is ok.

A bigger issue is processed flour products and processed sugar. And chemicals in food, especally MSG.

Simple snack/meal ideas: nut butters (almond, tahini and/or peanut) on apples, rice crackers or other non-gluten crackers, carrot sticks, celery sticks. Good quality goat cheese or cow cheese. Raw is really good.

Soaking almonds overnight makes them easier to digest and fat and sweet! Good snacks. With raisins or other dried fruits.

Google Paleo recipes!! I just thought of that. Paleo eating is no-carb and whole food and really popular. You should find lot of ideas for snacks, etc.

There are recipes for paleo (no-carb) banana muffins, squash muffins, crackers, etc online..probably paleo has them...with no carbs. Good snacks. I will try and find a banana muffin recipe I have and share it. No flour.

Avocados are a mainstay for me. Eat in soups, with salad, or mashed with lemon and salt and pepper for snack.

Make a big pot of homemade soup once per week...a huge one. And freeze in small containers. Healthy and easy.

I have completely avoided carbs in the past, except squash, banana, yams and found it helpful. But now I eat a little rice, etc. See how your body does. The processed carbs like white flour, are the most important to stop.

Happy New Year! You can do it!
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   Posted 1/2/2013 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Sugar weakens the immune system, adds to yeast overgrowth, not to mention the lyme bugs thrive on it! Stay away from all the fake sugars as well. The only sweetener any lyme patient should be using is Stevia, which is an herb that is made into powder or liquid form. All other sweets are a no-no, including many fruits and restricting carbs should be done as well. The reason we cannot have sugar is because it turns into glucose in the body.. and its the glucose that is not our friend. Carbs are a no-no because they are broken down to glucose in the body. The body doesn't understand the difference between "natural" sugars, carbs, or white sugarcane. It is all processed to glucose. Even fruits can contain an obscene amount of sugar...again, it becomes glucose. However, the fruit that contains a lot of fiber, makes up for the sugar to some degree. You can have fruit at the end of a meal, never on an empty stomach. Safe fruits are grapefruit (although eat it 2 hours before or after taking meds, as it may interupt enzymes in the liver from metabolizing medications), lemons, limes, tomatoes and avocados. You can have small amounts of pears, apples, strawberries, and cantelope. Not allowed are oranges, watermelons, bananas, grapes, and fruit juice.. Also limit starchy vegetables such as potatoes, rice and beans. Pasta is also a bad idea. As all of these things are high on the glycemic index and thus turn into high sugar (glucose) levels in the body. Good luck to all, and sorry to be the bearer of bad news..

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   Posted 2/23/2018 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to bump thread, but i heard that youre supposed to eat fruit on an empty stomach, not a full stomach, so that the fruit wont "ferment" sitting on all that food in your stomach.
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   Posted 2/24/2018 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
What do you have for snacks?

Hi, here is a quick recipe for making super-tasty pancake:
2 dl coconut milk
1 egg
Rice and or bovete flour
Salt + a handful of coconut snowflings
And use the good-tasty coconut fat in the pan before frying the pancakes, strew some coconut flings on pancake while frying it. Really a super-good snack, but could be considered a meal as well...

Any other advice would also be appreciated. I need all the motivation I can get!

To bring a lot more of Coconut butter and coconut milk into your food is super-useful and cutting out milk, butter and dairy products instead. It is not much more expensive either, at least not here in Sweden. And taste much better.

Lymer, one good idea is to cut down on food containing yeast. Mainly bread. So increasingly substitute bread to rice-cakes has been very useful for me. Then eating a slice of bread once and awhile can then be seen like a snack almost.

Hope this will help, I could write a whole essay about my food-experiences , that is at least one good thing coming out of this troublesome sickness, you get quite a high awareness of diets and healthy food.

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   Posted 2/24/2018 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
i would eliminate dairy (any kind of dairy), gluten and sugar completely.

these plus eggs are the main allergens and in lyme disease the immune system is in overdrive and there are good chances the foods that are usually on the edge for most people to produce autoimmune reactions but are still tolerated, to not be tolerated any longer.

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   Posted 6/13/2018 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
No sugar, wheat, grains, beer, gluten, no dairy.

Serve everything on a bed of greens.
Lots of live foods, low glycemic green juice
Yams are my friend
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   Posted 6/13/2018 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lymer!!

I believe in bioindividuality and what may work for me may not work for you, but I have found if you try and eat Whole foods and NO processed foods (As much as possible), and a couple of snacks i found to work for me are:
lots of veggies - - lots of (If you eat meat) grass fed meats, and ensure you know your source of where these meats are coming from, and if you eat fish - wild caught salmon - - you'll get lots of omega 3's, fatty acids, DHA/EPA smile
Walnuts and or with some fruit (like pears or whatever is in season that my belly can handle), or walnuts with olives smile
I love bananas as well!
i was told by my ND it's good to have fruit with some type of nut so it doesn't raise your sugar levels so much, and just work together with the nuts smile

so if you're not allergic to nuts try out some walnuts, almonds, cashews smile
walnuts are so so good for you especially for the brain (hint they're shaped like our brain too smile )))

alsoo - - just listen to your body! our bodies are so amazing at doing that smile

I hope this is helpful, and remember it's okay if you eat something that's not neccesarily good for you once in a while --- balance is key smile

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Date Joined Nov 2017
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   Posted 6/13/2018 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lymer,

There is already lots of good recommendations here so I'm not going to get into specifics with the diet. I will say, personally, I never really felt "okay" until I got my diet under control. You have to make it a priority. You say you don't have a lot of time with your toddler and I do understand that but you HAVE to make time. This disease has to be become a priority in your life. That's the only way to get it under control. If you have chronic issues like myself that are exacerbated by not eating correctly trust me when I say there IS relief in controlling your diet. This stuff won't just go away. Practicing a good diet won't cure you but it can greatly improve the intensity and frequency of your symptoms. It took me nearly three years to accept this fact. I always thought to myself "well I'm doing pretty good on my diet I'll eat a little bit of this even though I know I probably should not". This line of thinking kept me in a painful inflammatory state.

You can do it! A great strategy is meal prepping. Yes, it is time consuming but if you take 4 hours on a Sunday you can have all your meals prepared for the entire week. Yes, this disease sucks. It robs us of our time and enjoyment for life at times. However, this disease doesn't care about our time or feelings. You have to do what you have to do. I hope the best for you!

Edit: Also I meant to mention you don't have to cook a complex meal. There are plenty of ways you can cook healthy that take minimal time and effort. A word of warning through; cooking this way usually means you are eating the same bland meals over and over again. My wife, who supports me 100%, got very tired of this eventually. Keep some more fancier, flavorful recipes around to cook once or twice a week.
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