That's interesting what you said - that she's a gluten junkie. Hopefully the tests the doctor is running will reveal some clues. I wonder if certain pathogens or genetic activations institute gluten cravings. I know Buhner has said mycoplasma loves gluten. If my thinking is correct that certain pathogens or even genetic mutations can influence food preferences, then surely those preferences could be altered if root causes are addressed. Just me thinking out loud.
Could be genetic, my step- daughter and her family are starch-etarians. Their diet worries me as they're in their 40's,
overweight and diabetic. Of all people, they need a keto like or at least Mediterranean diet. They're proud to be vegetarians. I can't say anything to them about
it. So yeah, could be genetic food cravings.
That being said, my dw used to be very health and diet conscious but for the past 8 years or so she has gravitated toward convenience food when left to her own devices.
Me, since Lyme, I've cleaned up my diet. I only crave sugar if I eat it, so I don't. I stick to whole foods 90% and I'm 100% gluten free. I'm generally keto for 2 of 3 meals per day, and close on the 3rd meal. I got tested for gluten intolerance and one of about
15 peptides came up in the yellow zone. Gluten can effect the brainstem function on people sensitive to that particular peptide. I got shingles in 2016 that affected my face, clearly a brainstem infection and it brought me to my knees. My dear old pappy, God rest his soul, was done in by complications from a cerebellar stroke. While I've never been gluten intolerant, I figure I'd best stay away from it. My bmi is much better since cleaning up my diet. I've influenced my dw's diet some for sure, but she does her own thing for breakfast and lunch.
As a side note, I'm a speech therapist and I work with demented patients in skilled nursing facilities. Swallowing disorders comprise the bulk of my caseload. As dementia progresses, taste receptors in the brain die off and the "sweet" taste receptors are the last to go. Hence the carb cravings. Eventually, every food may become a noxious stimulus resulting in failure to thrive. Or, they may aspirate their food resulting in pneumonia. But I digress.
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