Every once in a while I will get a comment from one of my readers that becomes great fodder for a post. Tamara, author of, Empty Thoughts, Rewritten, left this comment recently.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about diet and wondering how changing it could help me. However, I have no idea where to start – should I start cutting or adding? etc. Not to mention that I don’t often have the energy to make proper meals. I would really appreciate it if you could do a post on how to get started when considering changing your diet to improve health.
While I do not proport to be an expert on diet and ME, I have discovered a few things that I can share in hopes that perhaps my discoveries will help you as well.
First, before you start, I would highly reading Jodi Bassett’s website, The Hummingbirds’ Foundation for ME, because she has done an amazing job in writing about food, nutrients, etc and how they impact ME. I would recommend you start with her page, Treating ME: Food as Medicine and go from there.
Second, you might want to read my article, Lost 30 Pounds by Making 6 Switches, which is actually how I chose to start my journey on losing the 125+ pounds I had gained from medication, poor eating, and inconsistent exercising.
Basically, what I chose to do to start the ball rolling was to,
I decided to switch from one ‘not so healthy’ item to something that was much more healthy ever single month. Each month I would make one new switch. Simple. Direct. Easy. Thus, in the past 6 months, I have made the following 6 switches.
- January – switched from coke (except when sick) to (mostly decaf) tea, (decaf) coffee, and water.
- February – switched from butter to Ghee.
- March – switched from my favorite Scottish butter cookies to organic ginger snaps.
- April – switched from white rice to brown rice.
- May – switched from ginger snaps to gluten free peanut butter cookies/cut out most gluten products.
- June – switched from all meats to mainly fish and chicken. (only Alaskan wild caught fish and farm raised chicken).
For me, these minor changes ended up helping me to lose thirty pounds as a result.
From there, I would recommend a nutritionalist if you can manage that. For me, the nutrionalist helped me figure out that I could not eat grains, gluten, and corn by doing an elimination diet. It also helped me to see that I need to increase my caloric intake while balancing out my protein and fat intake.
In the end, the most profound thing I have learned in my journey with food and illness, is that every single thing I put in my mouth should be food that feeds my body to heal itself.
Determined to continue forward,