Trying to Gain Weight

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mareish
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   Posted 12/27/2017 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Stupid question, I know, but does anyone have ideas to help gain weight?

I have always been quite thin but am now far too skinny. In addition to a healthful diet, I used to eat a fair amount of ice cream, french fries, etc to help maintain weight. Since being diagnosed with Lyme and Co., I have cut out the ice cream and other junk. Now I can't seem to eat enough to keep the weight on.

Ideas?

Thank you!
Quest Elisa Lyme positive 2/2017
Igenex Lyme WB igm positive 3/2017 and July '17
Quest Ehrlichia positive 3/2017 neg. July '17
Igenex Bartonella positive 4/2017 neg. July '17
CD57 30 in 4/2017 12 in July '17

The Dude Abides
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   Posted 12/27/2017 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang around me for a while! turn

Actually, it's not a stupid question at all. Being too heavy or too thin can be unhealthy.

Really, it's just a calories game. You just have to eat more calories. Personally, I think you're wise to avoid "junk" foods, though many can be high in calories. If it were just calories, maybe it wouldn't be too bad. But, many junk foods contain other problematic compounds. So, I commend your decision.

Here's one of many articles to consider:

/www.healthline.com/nutrition/18-foods-to-gain-weight

I consider products like protein powders to be processed/junk foods, too. But, you'll have to make that decision for yourself. If you search Google for something like "calorie dense foods for weight gain," you will find lots of articles and opinions.

While High-Fat and Ketogenic diets are en vogue now, I wouldn't recommend them. We need fat in our diet, no doubt. But, some people take this to extreme by eating entire sticks of butter, infusing their coffee with butter and coconut/MCT oil, eating lots of fatty cuts of meat, lots of eggs, eating coconut oil by the spoon, etc. Maybe these will turn-out to be a revelation (kind of like this scene in Woody Allen's film SLEEPER), but I think the mounting opinion and evidence is suggesting otherwise. But, I'm no Doctor or Dietician. This is just my opinion.

Good Luck!

Girlie
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   Posted 12/27/2017 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
mareish - I also had weight loss with lyme. 14 lbs within a few weeks of symptoms starting.

I couldn't gain weight back on until after I started treating lyme.
I lost the weight in the spring of 2013, started treating July, 2014 - and by the fall I had gained a couple pounds back...and it continued.

Prior to treatment (I didn't know what was wrong with me) - I was eating anything and everything to gain the weight back...and it didn't work.

Note: My food was also coming out the other end partially undigested. It seemed like things were moving too fast through me.
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mareish
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   Posted 12/27/2017 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Dude, I can't thank you enough for the wealth of info. AND for the good "Sleeper" laugh!

I have been leery of protein powders and the like. Thanks for the confirmation.

Will have a look at the link you sent and will google calorie dense foods.

You may not be a doctor or dietician, but you have helped me and I thank you and respect your opinion..
Quest Elisa Lyme positive 2/2017
Igenex Lyme WB igm positive 3/2017 and July '17
Quest Ehrlichia positive 3/2017 neg. July '17
Igenex Bartonella positive 4/2017 neg. July '17
CD57 30 in 4/2017 12 in July '17

mareish
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   Posted 12/27/2017 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Girlie. I've been treating since mid March and still no luck with weight gain. I have lost even more since treatment began. Like you, prior to treatment, a lot was coming out the other end in much the same form as it went in. That fortunately stopped once treatment began.
Glad you've been able to put on some weight.
Appreciate the reply!
Quest Elisa Lyme positive 2/2017
Igenex Lyme WB igm positive 3/2017 and July '17
Quest Ehrlichia positive 3/2017 neg. July '17
Igenex Bartonella positive 4/2017 neg. July '17
CD57 30 in 4/2017 12 in July '17

Notime4lyme
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   Posted 12/29/2017 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I had horrible problems with weight loss. Mostly related to treatments and bartonella, I think. The "eating more calories" treatment worked somewhat, but I just couldn't seem to get to a normal weight eating a "normal diet". It was very exasperating, and I'm sure I lost weight just worrying about it.

Strangely, what really helped was the GAPS diet. I didn't do the "stages" like they recommended. I eliminated grains, starches, sugar and processed foods. I ate a lot of soup and vegetables and meat in the crockpot. After about a year, I gained about 20 pounds and felt much healthier and stronger in general. Strange how eliminating things helped me gain weight.

One very important thing: this diet will not help you gain weight if you have liver or gallbladder problems or are somehow fat intolerant. I ate a lot of butter, coconut oil and nuts. People I know who don't like fat who have tried it, lost a lot of weight.

Some people are better off eating more carbohydrates, and if you are really underweight it might help, but it seemed like the more carbs I eat the less I feel like eating. Even now if I start eating a lot of starches, I don't feel like eating. which is fine now that I'm a normal weight.

mareish
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   Posted 12/29/2017 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Notime4lyme - Thank you! I will have a look at the GAPS diet and give it a try. The crock pot soup, etc meals sound like a great idea. Thanks again.
Quest Elisa Lyme positive 2/2017
Igenex Lyme WB igm positive 3/2017 and July '17
Quest Ehrlichia positive 3/2017 neg. July '17
Igenex Bartonella positive 4/2017 neg. July '17
CD57 30 in 4/2017 12 in July '17
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