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Lyme Disease & Nutrition
As a Registered Dietitian who has been suffering since 2014 with Lyme Disease I know how it feels. Food and nutrition play a very important role in management and recovery from this complex disease and I’m here to help you.
Prepare Your Body
Before treating there some simple steps to take that will help stabilize the body prior to treatment and to identify and correct nutrient deficiency. Prior to treatment the body is already trying to fight but it is confused with the infection overwhelming the immune system. We need to bring down the amount of inflammation and start to repair the gut in order to be able to best tolerate your chosen treatment method.
Treat & Care for Your Body
Lyme Disease treatment can be hard on the body; it is important to be as kind as possible to the body which means eating a carefully thought out diet. Many people struggle to get proper nutrition while they are ill, but there are strategies that will help get the most out of your food choices. We want to control pain and inflammation as much as we can while working to maintain and improve the function and health of the gut to carry the body forward throughout the duration of your treatment.
Heal Your Body
Damage and depletion has occurred in the body and the nutrients in foods can help to heal that damage. Often in Lyme Disease we see long term joint inflammation or damage to the nerves. Food and nutrition can help in the healing of all parts of the body; the nutrients in the foods we eat not only play vital roles in all body systems they are the part of building blocks that are directly involved in healing the body.
Your Body in Remission
With any chronic illness there comes lifelong management. Food and lifestyle choices play a major role in continuing the healing process and keeping the body healthy and the immune system strong. These choices don’t have to be complicated and you can go back to living a normal, healthy life.
Lyme Life & Journey
In 2014 I fell ill a couple of months after an insect bite. Before becoming sick with Lyme Disease I used to run half marathons, walk my dog daily, lift weights as well as practice and teach yoga. I was undiagnosed for two years and had seen more than a dozen doctors, gathering over seven possible diagnoses. During this time I started to take matters into my own hands realizing I had the knowledge and education to help support my body and relieve some of the symptoms while we searched for a diagnosis. At my worst I was unable to walk or even lift my head. I am now on the road to recovery and am passionate about sharing my journey as a Dietitian with Lyme Disease with you.
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Healthy Eating Recipes
Are you looking for inspiration to eat healthier or do you want eat to help manage Lyme and other autoimmune diseases with your food choices? Browse through my collection of recipes!
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