So we should probably talk about diet. I never really watched what I ate until I entered my 30’s. Even still, I watched what I ate, but didn’t really keep with eating healthy. I’m Italian, I love pasta and I love bread. Sweets don’t really tempt me that much, but if you put a plate of pasta or a fresh loaf of bread in front of me, I’m taken.
By the time I saw my Lyme Literate doctor, I would have gone out in a field and eaten cow poo if he said that would help heal me. I was THAT desperate to heal. Instead, he urged me to refrain from all carbs, yeasts and processed foods. Well, for me, that didn’t leave much to eat. With three meds that needed food with them, other meds/supplements that needed two hours before or after meals, it was really difficult to juggle times and foods. But those first four months I managed it. And I found myself reaping the amazing benefits of sticking with what I call the “Lyme Diet”.
The Lyme Diet consists basically of eating fresh vegetables (with the exception of corn because it turns into sugar as you digest it), frozen vegetables and canned vegetables, chicken, limited red meat (because red meat can cause inflammation. And some forms of Lyme can cause allergic reactions to red meat), fresh fish, apples and oranges only for fruit (because they don’t turn to sugar in your system like other fruits do), limited dairy (milk, cheese), … you get the point. Anything that has yeast in it, including alcohol, was out. Anything that had carbs or turned into carbs after consumption was out. Any processed food was out. My husband was great at pointing out the label on anything I picked up while grocery shopping. I stuck with it very well, and didn’t feel deprived at all those first few months. I lost over 20 pounds, I lost all the inflammation in my body, and I lost all the pain and stiffness I had for over 15 years. It was like a miracle. I.FELT.GREAT!!!!
The reason sticking to this “diet” is so important when treating Lyme/Co-infection is that consuming anything that is sugar or turns to sugar in your system, is like miracle-gro to the bacteria the antibiotics are trying to kill off. So if you’re on antibiotics for Lyme (or really for any bacterial illness) if you also consume carbs you’ll defeat the purpose of the antibiotics and create a thriving environment for the bacteria to survive. The carbs, as well as the yeast you consume (including alcohol because yeast is in alcoholic drinks) creates candida and thrush when taking antibiotics.
My Lyme doctor explained all that to me, and said this diet would be for life, I understood it, I abided by it for three months straight. I saw the success, I felt the success, and yet, little by little, I gave in. First, a tablespoon of my sisters macaroni salad, then a single piece of bread with some lunch meat, and finally to some candy sitting in a dish. It wasn’t a lot, nothing like I would have eaten prior to Lyme/co-infection Disease, but enough to make a difference in my success in treatment.
It was explained to me that the spirochetes of Lyme/Co-infections burrow deep into the tissue and though the supplements can draw a lot of them out, and antibiotic kill most of them off, there are always some remaining that the antibiotics can’t reach to kill. So by refraining from the carbs and yeasts, those remaining bacterial spirochetes go into remission. Straying from the diet can bring them back to life, therefore awakening “the giant” from slumber and having it return full force or worse. That straying can also create the greatly feared “super-bug” which is immune from antibiotics.
SO ~ At this point, I really need to get back to fully behaving. I did have a relapse because I strayed from the diet too many times.
To know to do right, and to not do it, …. Stupid!! That is all.
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