Since being diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease, I’ve come across people who have suggested that what I eat might be having a negative affect on my body. This is not something I wanted to hear because, well if you know me, you know how much I love to eat. I must admit that my husband and I are known for going on date night and finding a new restaurant to try in downtown Austin. We have a running list that we work from and are always adding to it!
During the month of January, I decided to give healthier eating a try to see if would help with some of the symptoms. I gave up meat, coffee (boy was that hard), sugar, bread, and dairy! Did I mention how much I love a good steak? I started eating more fruits and vegetables and much to my surprise I slowly started to notice a difference in the way I felt each day.
The first week was the toughest as I started having caffeine withdrawals in the form of some pretty intense headaches. Once I got past that, things started to get better for me. Right away, I noticed less inflammation, especially in my stomach area. I think that is a direct result of me giving up bread and pasta, which I love almost as much as I love a great prime rib. I also noticed the brain fog decreased a bit as I felt a greater clarity at times. Not all the time, but it was a little better. I didn’t feel as sluggish or drained as I normally did and less pain in my joints. One new thing that I tried that I plan to continue is at least once per week having a carrot/turmeric shot with black pepper. Since I started taking those shots, I have noticed less pain in my joints and less inflammation. The black pepper helps with absorption.
To make a long story short, I like the way I feel when I’m making better food choices and will try to keep it as much as possible. I have re-introduced some of the foods I had avoided, slowly and will only eat many of them in moderation if at all. I’m still not back to my having my daily Americano from Starbucks, but’s that probably not a bad thing!