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DIET FOR LIFE: PART 2 I HOLISTIC HEALTH


CASE STUDY


The effect of a biologically-correct diet on chronic Lyme disease by creating a healthy and balanced inner ecosystem


Medical condition: Chronic Lyme disease - a ‘systemic disease’ - which means it can affect all organs and parts of the body. Caught by a tick during a hike in nature.


Complications: Thyroid, adrenal gland, liver and heart problems and imbalances and a susceptibility for diabetes to develop with symptoms already developed.


Duration:


At least ten years. Once Lyme disease has a chance to progress undetected (which it does in most cases) it becomes chronic and in most cases becomes untreatable.


Solutions sought: A variety; from antibiotics to specific natural treatments such as a tincture made from ‘teasel’.


Single effective solution:


A change in diet, based on foods that are easier to digest and higher in nutritional value, to create an internal eco balance.


Results (since the diet): A clearer mind; stronger immune system; general improved health; more energy, less tired; less pain in the body; no more chronic flu- like symptoms and general malaise; and much more, too long to list here. Most recent test results have shown that the Borrelia infection (which causes Lyme disease) has lowered significantly and my body has finally been able to fight the infection.


Notes on the diet:


The below way of eating is used as an illustration of how it helped my health after suffering with chronic Lyme disease, following years of my own research into the effect of food on health. It is not based on any particular diet such as the raw or Paleo diet. By following even some of the suggestions, anyone of any age should start to lose weight, and feel healthier, happier, and less prone to colds and flu, for example. However, please note it does not serve as medical advice, and that every person is different.


Foundation of the diet


• Eating the types of food that are easier to digest, such as chicken rather than red meat, and preparing foods in a way which makes them easier to digest, e.g. by steaming vegetables. Once the digestive system improves, some harder-to-digest foods such as raw vegetables and meat can be added if desired.


• A high amount of vegetables: organic, and lightly steamed or boiled (there are further benefits to eating them raw but only once the digestive system is strong enough).


• Avoid combination of starches and carbohydrates with protein in one meal as it becomes hard to digest.


• In their raw state vegetables are full of nutrients but harder to digest, so specialist blenders such as the Nutribullet can help make them more digestible, and help extract more of its nutrition for our body, in a form it can more easily absorb.


• More salad with meals, once the digestive system is working well to digest it properly.


• To make grains more digestible and absorbable: Soaking overnight with water and vinegar or lemon juice.


• To focus on quinoa, millet, the grain-like grains: As they are packed in nutrients, minerals and vitamins, and are easier to digest compared than for example couscous and rice.


• Seeds and nuts (mostly almonds, not many peanuts): Soaking overnight with water and vinegar (or milled) to remove, or soften their outer layer which is hard to digest, or by milling for example with the Nutribullet or other specialist blenders.


• Eating less or taking out of the diet foods that are too hard to digest (cow dairy, and limit the intake of meat, pasta and bread)


• Add foods to help the digestion process (enzymes, cultured vegetables *1, kefir milk *2, and organic cider vinegar).


• Goat’s milk and cheese instead of cow dairy (easier to digest, cause less allergies and inflammation in the body than cow’s milk).


• Lean and nutritious protein (such as non-farmed fish, free-range meat (in moderation) and chicken).


• Avoid foods that are toxic; low in nutrition; and too taxing and unnatural for the digestive system (e.g. ready and processed meals, biscuits etc).


• No processed sugar (substitute for example with a self-blended date paste) or sweeteners (stevia and xylitol); less frozen food and avoid use of microwave (takes out the life force of food).


• Choosing food higher in nutritional levels: Organic/ free range.


• Limit fruit intake (especially in the beginning of a new way of eating as its sugars feed Candida).


• Opt for healthy oils: Olive, coconut oil, and real organic butter from grass-fed cows.


• Find the right balance: Understand which foods are alkaline versus acidic-forming.


FURTHER READING:


[1] On how to culture vegetables, see for example http://bodyecology. com/articles/cveggies.php#.VPcDIPmsWCo


[2] Information about kefir milk is widely available on the internet, see for example:http://www.kefir.net/what-is-kefir/


and http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/12/kefir- benefits_n_3914818.html


• Try to be aware of the 80% - 20% principles: Firstly, not overeating and eating until your are full for 80%, leaving 20% of your system for digestion; and secondly by ensuring 80% vegetables and 20% protein in one meal.


• Avoid overdoing the diet so it remains doable and fun.


• Allow your taste buds and body to get used to the new ways of eating. It becomes more and more enjoyable over time, and you will stop craving ‘the bad stuff’.


• Find what works for you and start listening to the body: We are all different, and the new way of eating should largely fit with our lifestyle and our current health. It’s all about balance.


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Femke van Iperen


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