September 27, 2011

Jill Harrington and Water Fasting

Just a quick mention to read  or re-read "The Lupus Recovery Diet" by Jill Harrington . The way Jill Harrington found out that it was the food she was eating that was giving her the Lupus symptoms she was having was to try a water fast. She then realized she felt BETTER on the water fast, her symptoms went away! If you do a water fast ALWAYS do it under medical supervision.

A couple of other ways to see if foods are bothering you,  is try green smoothies only for a few days to a week and see how you feel, or just eat veggies for a few days to a week and see how you feel. A warning here.... many times you feel worse for the first few (3-4) days. Then there is a clearing and you feel so much better.

For another plan you can also eat salmon, sardines small portions (4 oz/day) and veggies raw or cooked lightly (add brown rice if you are still  hungry) and a few low sugar fruits (berries, lemons, pears) (skip the apples and bananas at first, many have reactions to these) Drink filtered water or herbal tea throughout the day.
Skip the coffee/dairy/bread/pasta/sweets/eggs/corn see below also etc

Another way is to try an elimination diet. Take out all the wheat, gluten, oats, dairy, eggs, corn ,meat,  from your diet then add them back in one by one for a week each. If you have a reaction to a food. Go back to the elimination diet til the symptoms subside remove the food that caused the problem and then add another food on the list. Keeping a food diary or journal really helps keep track. You can do this with the help of a holistic doctor as well if you don't want to go it alone.

Look up elimination diets on line Dr. Cranton has a great one. Or check out the "Ultra Simple Diet" book by Mark Hyman MD.

Do not "cheat" on these diets... especially in the first week (or two or three if you have the willpower) or you will never know for sure if you could feel tons better by avoiding foods you are intolerant to. If you cheat that little amount of food that your body is sensitive to can cause a huge reaction in the form of headaches/joint pains/sinus problems and a whole lot more.

Dr. Steve Nenninger ND has a 96 food IgG food allergy blood test if you can afford that, if the food elimination seems too hard without hard "proof" of what you should avoid.

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