Friday, April 26, 2013

Adding to your diet instead of taking away.

Most lyme disease patients are told No to many foods. 

No Sugar, No Dairy, No Gluten, No Caffeine, and no carbs. I think our focus should be the yes foods and the foods that will help us heal faster. I can't promote going 100% without dairy or healthy sugars or carbs. 

Yes, while taking antibiotics you want to maintain the balance in your gut so that systemic yeast doesn't take over but our bodies still require good and balanced nutrition regardless what bacteria, worms or other critters are living in us. 

We are naturally host to billions of bacteria that play a healthy role and very little is really understood about what our bodies rely on. We strive to be sanitary but that is not possible. I suspect that those that end up worse after treatments have destroyed too much of that healthy balance.

Anyways, to stay positive look for the can do things. Instead all those no no's let's focus on the yes yes. :D

We can add healthy items to our diet and make sure they are eaten before any thing else or we can just substitute items in our favorite meals.

Here's one example I discovered. I love chilli, all kinds and loaded with cheese, some with hamburger and some with steak. I found that kidney beans for me is not the musical food like pinto beans.

Also, I actually like ground beef in my chilli over shredded meats. Substitute regular for the lowest amount of fat content or have butcher grind some for you with what meat you choose without the fat added.

I found that if I make brown rice (organic of course) and put about a cup full of cooked brown rice in the bottom of my bowl before dishing out the chilli into the bowl I get quite a meal that keeps me full longer. I'm actually cutting in half the amount of chilli I used to eat in one sitting.

That was only one example of how to continue to eat the foods you love so that they love you back.

Good 'ol Romaine lettuce is a fantastic bread substitute. What ever you put in your sandwich can be wrapped with a leaf of lettuce instead. Mustard though didn't strike my tasty buds very well.

One thing that I can not handle is fake food, imitation mayo, cheese, fat free, etc. some how in their messing with products to make it seem like the real thing that stuff tastes awful. I'm still learning what real foods can make good substitutes.

Here's a great site with some healthy add in foods for natural detox foods.  Top 15 Cleansing Foods

Hoping everyone has a healthy and delicious day,  Cheryl

Friday, April 12, 2013

NYC Forum on Silent Epidemic of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

NYC Forum on Silent Epidemic of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases:

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This is one of the best examples of what we as patients need to see more of.  The Tick Borne Diseases Alliance is promoting conversation and that conversation will lead to more answers for us.

The Infectious Diseases Society of America representative did an excellent job of stating his opinion with out belittling patients and the doctors we use for treatment.  All I can really say here is BRAVO and ask that when we descend on Washington DC on May 25th this year that we also remember to keep the conversation going.

This is an excellent video to watch and share and I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to the TBDA for all their work in bringing awareness and keeping the doors of progress open.

Wishing everyone a bright and beautiful day,