Wednesday, April 17, 2013

But, what can I eat?

You'll find that everyone you meet has an idea of how you can cure yourself with diet alone. 
I had one nurse tell me to go entirely vegan, only fresh organic produce ... having completely missed that I had told her I went to farmers market the week before and came home so exhausted that the fresh organic produce rotted in the front hallway before I felt well enough to carry it to the kitchen and put it in the fridge.  Given the choice between exhaustion and rotted produce or having Safeway deliver canned food that will keep in the front hallway until I feel up to putting it away, guess which I choose?
Another person wants me to go on a high-protein Atkins diet.  I love a good steak as well as the next person, but, like many people with CFS, my cholesterol is already on the high side.  It's probably not a good idea to get rid of the healthier things I eat to fill myself up to live on nothing but steak.
Someone else thinks my real problem is celiac disease and can be cured by avoiding wheat/gluten ... and refuses to listen to me that I eat very little bread to begin with because I don't like it.  My carb of choice is potatoes.
One of Dr. Oz's guests yesterday scolded an audience member to "get rid of the cookies entirely, they're going to kill you."
I decided 25 years ago that if I feel like eating cookies for dinner, I'm going to eat cookies.  I have quite enough pain in my life without the pain of deprivation.  I'm going to die anyway, so why deny myself a little pleasure now and then?
Here's some good advice about food and CFS from one of the British Myalgic Encephalomyelitis groups:

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