Lemons 'n Lyme

When life gives you lemons, use them to beat Lyme

Nutrition

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I love nutrition. I want to learn everything I can about it but I by no means know it all (yet)! I am constantly learning new things and my diet has changed a lot over the past 10 years as I battled my way through Lyme. When I originally started this blog it was not only to chronicle my Lyme journey but to share recipes. When I originally began blogging I was eating Paleo, but my diet has transitioned into a plant-based one. I’ve learned a lot about the benefits of a raw and vegan diet, especially for chronic illness. I think that eating anything natural and REAL can do you no harm (aka: vegetables, fruits, certain grains/nuts/seeds). I also do not eat any dairy since I am lactose intolerant and also because it is inflammatory.

Since starting my blog, like I mentioned, I’ve transitioned into a plant-based diet, with a focus on raw in the warmer months. I eat about 80% raw for the most part, when I can handle it (in the winter my body needs warmer foods). My goal is to stick to a gluten-free/dairy-free/low-to-no processed sugar diet. I eat kind of raw/vegan-paleo, as I like to call it. I do eat buckwheat and quinoa or rice occasionally (these are the only grains I eat- but I sprout the buckwheat and quinoa) and I do consume local, raw honey.

For more information on why I transitioned from a paleo diet to a plant-based diet, please refer to my post here. Below is some information regarding the benefits of a vegan and raw diet.

 

Raw Diet:

The idea behind a raw diet is that cooking foods kills important enzymes in our food. Eating raw allows you to obtain all the nutrients possible from our food. Living with a chronic illness means you have to get as many nutrients as possible. I already have a beat up digestive system and don’t absorb nutrients well, so the more I can just pound nutrients into my body the more likely I am to absorb what I need.

Like a paleo diet, a raw diet contains many anti-inflammatory foods and eliminates inflammatory foods. One of the main issues in chronic illness is inflammation in the body so the more you can do to decrease inflammation the healthier you can be!

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be they food” -Hippocrates

Raw Food Diet – Some good basics about a raw food diet

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead -A great movie about juicing!

Food Matters and Forks Over Knives– Two more great documentary about diet and health. Both discuss some about raw food.

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10 thoughts on “Nutrition

  1. Thank you for your blog. Martha

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  2. No wonder the hives on my face flared today (IF they truly are connected with lyme, but I believe they are)… I had a little ice cream with the tart I made last night.

    I’m guessing not by some of your recipes, but figure I will ask anyway. Are fruit sugars out, too? And honey? I have been baking something with honey, apples, and blueberries and eating it over the past few days. When I was tempted to add whipped cream (and did) and then ice cream (even worse), my symptoms seemed to flare.

    Sugar… so tough to cut out. I have mostly cut it out, but like you said it’s tough to do perfectly!

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    • It’s definitely reallllly hard! I’m terrible at it since I have a big sugar tooth :). Fruit sugars are usually fine for healthy people but those with Lyme should try to avoid all sugars, limiting fruit to 1 piece a day. I usually eat 1-2 because I love it (and plus it’s healthier then eating candy!). I bake with honey, as well. Again, lymies should limit sugar intake and only have a little bit of honey. Honey contains a lot of healthy nutrients, though, so it makes it a good option for baking.

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  3. Hello!
    Thank you so much for your blog! I come from Belgium (beside France) and Lyme disease is completely unknow by medecine. My english is not perfect but I read a lot of blogs and articles in english. Thanks for all of this informations and recipes 🙂

    I eat Paleo and indeed, I feel better, I have less pain. I have a lot of intolerances and my gut is really damaged. You say that you eat raw food, I agree with you, it’s rich in nutrients but it is possible to digest raw food with a leaky gut?

    Thank you so much for your answer 🙂

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    • I am so glad you find the information I provide helpful! I am also glad to hear eating paleo has helped you. I just had someone ask me a similar question on Instagram the other day. I personally have found that my stomach actually feels best when I eat raw even though I know it is technically harder to digest raw foods. I have less bloating, pain, and everything seems to run a bit smoother. I think it is just depends on your body. Although I have a severely damaged gut, I do respond well to raw foods. I try and listen to my body as much as possible and if I feel I need some warm cooked food then I will eat that.

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  4. Hi there! Thanks for all of the information and recipes 🙂 I was just diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease … My LLMD, Dr. Maureen McShane mentioned that I must avoid ALL sugar, even honey and maple syrup (even though they are healthy sugars). Just out of curiosity … I noticed that you bake with honey … is this considered OK, once in a while? Do you notice any negative reactions when you do use/eat honey?

    Thanks so much!

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    • Raw, Local, organic honey has some wonderful health benefits and even helps with immunity. I believe it is okay to have a little bit of honey every so often. I also have a huge sweet tooth, so I need it ;). If I have too much I notice issues but usually having a little here and there isn’t bad.
      Sugar is sugar but I think small amounts of honey can help with healing. If you are extremely sick, I would say to stay away from all sugars until your body is more stable. Wishing you all the best in your healing!

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  5. Thank you so much for posting such a great and positive website. I really enjoy the recipes too! Wishing you the best.

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