January 20, 2013

Combatting Inflammation with a LOW CARB Diet

Well I got through the Holidays. Ate way too much junk. Gained a few pounds and payed the price with lots of inflammation.  I had the ALCAT Blood Test done per my Pain Doc.  The results made me sad. It took me a couple of months to accept the reality that I was sensitive to Sugar, Gluten, Garlic, Onions, Peppers, Artichokes, Coffee and a host of other beloved foods. I am now ready to give the new diet a shot.  I decided to do a high protein, low carb diet. This choice seems to fit best.  Having Chronic Lyme throws the immune system out of whack. Inflammation runs ramped. I was reading that not only do these food sensitivities cause inflammation, but Lyme bacteria feeds off sugar.  So I believe this approach may be an answer.  I have been on the diet for five days. It's tough!  I didn't know I was a sugar addict until I began.  The cravings are brutal. I also get headaches and increased body aches.  I read that this is all normal because I'm DETOXING.  I actually have moments that I feel like a true addict. I have to talk to myself and convince myself not to eat the gorgeous cupcake sitting on my counter.  I never looked at myself to have an addictive personality.  But man, this is hard work.  I take one day at a time. I draw on the support of the 3 F's.  Friends, FB and Family.  I need to do this. Not only for the weight but for my health. If it proves to work then this will need to become a lifestyle.