There is a pretty strict protocol that I have to follow regarding diet for Lyme. The main one’s being no gluten and keeping sugar levels low. Lyme loves sugar. Antibiotics also cause yeast overgrowth and yeast feeds off sugar. Yeast suppresses your immune system. It’s a cycle that gives plenty of reason to watch what I eat and drink.
Once I started the IV’s again, my back and chest have begun to flare up with my tinea versicolor (yeast) rash. I stopped by Dr. S’s office to pick up some yeast formula, but it has been so bad I don’t feel like the supplement is helping whatsoever. The rash is pretty gross on my back, chest and neck. Luckily, all I can hide. Time to bust out the foot fungus cream! (And Dave still hasn’t left me for being disgusting… he must REALLY love me)
If you have yeast overgrowth in your body, you also CRAVE sugar. Lately, I have been horrible with my diet. I am either not hungry whatsoever, or starving, but only crave the bad stuff. I am a Hungry Hungry Hippo. I just can’t help myself! LOL
Coffee has become my best friend since my IV’s, since they zonk me out, but I have been adding quite a bit of extra sugar to them, and I really shouldn’t have that iced coffee on my way home from work after having a 20 ounce cup just a few hours earlier as I am very part-time now. There is always food at work ( I work for my Dad, so he will share and make sure I get all the healthy nutritious foods I can 🙂 ), but instead of eating the healthy things that he keeps for me like gluten free crackers, fresh grilled fish or chicken and veggies, I have been snacking on extra large marshmallows. I have sent Dave out to get me a frozen yogurt frappe in the pouring rain this past week and have eaten all the goodies in his ice cream. I also have been secretly stealing his cosmic brownies that he takes to work… and hiding the evidence of the wrappers.
These are cosmic brownies if you are unfamiliar. Eff you Little Debbie for making such yummy non-nutritional treats.
I am an unstoppable force. But I need to be stopped. After not eating gluten for A LONG time, no probiotic or glutamine powder in this world is gonna help my tummy. I think it is giving me a big “fuck you” for making bad decisions. But, even after all that pigging out, I am pretty sure I am starting to lose weight again. I have also noticed the lymph nodes in my neck are rather unhappy with me. My right side is always worse, it almost feels like a large marble is sticking out of my neck.
For all of you Lymie’s reading this… if you cheat and eat gluten, important to know… it can stay in your system for 2 weeks! Avoid sugar. So, time to eat better. I am working so hard to get well, so I need to whip my mind into shape and stop eating crap! Mind over matter… or deliciousness. Today, I am re-adhering to my strict protocol 🙂