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My personal diet and treatment plan

This page contains details of my current diet and treatment plan as of October 2012.

An important qualifier!

This page isn’t included to be any sort of compelling proof that the information and advice on this site is effective.

The information on this site would be just as factual even if my individual case was too far advanced to respond to it.


The information on this site is there because in my opinion it is logical and backed up by genuine experts in these fields and their references.  Any person’s case study of one is in the end only a case study of one person and so should not be given undue importance.


Of course what I write has to be influenced by my own case study to some extent but I do try not to let it influence me too much.


I’m including this information about my own health regime on this site because I know it is something people are interested in, and putting it all up in the one place means I don’t have to write the same information out for people over and over. There is also more information about my own case study of one and changing illness severity over time on the ‘about the author’ page.


I don’t claim to be following the ‘perfect’ regime, if such a thing even exists. It’s just the best one for me at this time as per my knowledge, abilities and resources and easily the best one I have been on so far.

My current diet

I'm often asked what I eat. What works best for me at the moment is a whole food, nutrient dense, easily digested, low allergen and irritant, high fat, moderate protein and lowered carbohydrate (75 grams a day roughly) but high vegetable content diet that includes a lot of cultured foods to aid digestion and help heal the gut.

 

My average daily diet 2012

Brunch:

400 - 600 ml of freshly made carrot juice/green juice or just green juice (beetroot tops, celery, lettuce, zucchini, parsley, broccoli etc.)


100 g of homemade 24 hour coconut yogurt with cinnamon (made with the VSL#3 probiotic) or a coconut cream and fruit smoothie.


100 ml of homemade water kefir.


A serve of cooked vegetables, or of homemade vegetable soup cooked in bone broth or (every third day at most due to allergies) 3 scrambled (organic free-range) eggs cooked with vegetables.


1 – 2 teaspoons of fermented cod liver oil, some good quality liver capsules and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (to aid digestion of the oils).

 

Dinner:

A serve of chicken (free range and organic or at least free range - with skin on and cooked with bones in usually) or red meat (grass-fed, organic and local as much as possible - cooked with the fat on but then trimmed of most fat) or occasionally, fish or other seafood. Serving size is more than 90 grams and less than 250 grams (with a quarter of this meat put aside for my late-night meal). It varies. Meats are cooked with healthy oils and have some Celtic sea salt added.


Two or three ½ - 1 cup serves of cooked vegetables (cooked where appropriate with coconut or olive oil and with some added Celtic sea salt), including:

  • Cauliflower mash (made in food processor) with olive oil and leeks.
  • Spinach mash (made in food processor) with lemon juice and avocado and olive oil.
  • Cooked onions, brussel sprouts, broccoli or broccolini, asparagus or beetroot etc.


1/4 to 1/2 a cup of homemade raw fermented vegetables (sauerkraut)


5 Betaine HCl capsules, some good quality liver capsules and 1 digestive enzyme tablet.

 

Late night meal:

Leftover meat and vegetables from dinner.


90 gram tin of sardines in extra virgin olive oil - if the serve of meat at dinner was too small to have leftovers from. I eat up to 2 or 3 tins a week.


1/4 to 1/2 a cup of homemade raw fermented vegetables (sauerkraut) plus a bit of nutritional yeast.


4 Betaine HCl capsules and 1 digestive enzyme tablet.

 

Snacks:

60 grams (a big handful) of seeds or sometimes nuts; pumpkin or sunflower seeds usually plus some hazelnuts, brazils and pistachios. Organic products are chosen where possible. Seeds and nuts are soaked overnight and then dried to increase their digestibility.


I – 2 pieces of lightly cooked fruit. Usually low sugar varieties such as berries, pineapple or Granny Smith apples or rhubarb, although the rhubarb is cooked with a little honey to sweeten it. Some fruit, such as persimmons, are eaten raw and sometimes I have a few nitrate-free dried figs too.

 

Occasional foods:

Caramel bananas (bananas, maple syrup and ghee/coconut oil), fruit crumble (pumpkin seeds or cashews, ghee/coconut oil and honey plus fruit), fruit sorbet (frozen fresh fruit juice with honey), nitrate-free bacon, 85% cocoa organic fair trade chocolate and coconut cream hot chocolate.


Very occasionally I will also have some low-sugar gluten-free muffins or cake made with coconut flour and eggs etc.

 

Notes

I'm pretty happy with my current diet and feel it is really working for me, finally. In the future I aim to also try sprouting some seeds and nuts, growing some more of my own greens for juicing maybe, having bone broths and coconut yogurt more often and buying a higher percentage of organic fruit and vegetables and grass-fed and organic meats.

 

Adding Betain HCl, lots of raw cultured foods and digestive enzymes to each meals as I have recently has made a big difference to my digestion. So has avoiding raw vegetables and fruits. No longer does food just sit in my stomach like a lump after meals which I am pretty happy about.

My main influences on diet

1. Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Sally Fallon, Deep Nutrition: Why Our Genes Need Real Food by Catherine Shanahan, Know Your Fats by Mary Enig PhD and Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig PhD. These books explain the importance of eating good-quality animal foods, avoiding soy foods and processed foods, ample healthy fats including saturated fats and eating lots of traditional foods including organ meats, bone broths and raw cultured vegetables.


The first book describes a high fat, moderate protein and limited carbohydrate diet. The books by Sally Fallon also talk about the importance of soaking and drying seeds and nuts and of similarly properly preparing all grains and legumes. Unfortunately these books talk little about food allergies, the importance of supplements or gut issues or the fact that many do better avoiding grains and dairy - at the very least until a lot of healing of the gut has taken place.


2. Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudes. This is as close to perfect a diet book as I know of. Like Dr Wahls in her MS diet book Minding My Mitochondria, Nora Gedgaudes recommends avoiding all grains, legumes and dairy if you are trying to heal a serious disease. Both these books also recommend eating high or very-high amounts of non-starchy vegetables as well.


3. The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. This book explains that a healthy way to maintain your weight and have good health is to eat whole foods, avoid grains and legumes and dairy foods, eat healthy fats and proteins until satiety but to limit carbohydrates to around 50 - 100 grams a day if you need to lose a bit of weight and 100 - 150 grams if you need only to maintain your weight.


The book describes a high fat, moderate protein and limited carbohydrate diet. This book explains the importance of eating good-quality animal foods, ample healthy fats including saturated fats and eating lots of traditional foods including organ meats and lots and lots of vegetables. Unfortunately this book places little emphasis on cultured foods, the need for cooked foods, problems with food allergies or gut issues.


4. The Schwarzbein Principle This book explains that a healthy way to maintain your weight and have good health is to eat whole foods, eat healthy fats and proteins until satiety but to limit carbohydrates to around 60 grams a day if you need to lose a bit of weight. These carbohydrate grams should be spread throughout the day, and not eaten all at once. Unfortunately this book places little emphasis on cultured foods, the need for cooked foods, food allergies or gut issues.


5. No More Heartburn: The Safe, Effective Way to Prevent and Heal Chronic Gastrointestinal Disorders and Wellness Against All Odds (and other books) by Sherry A. Rogers. This book recommends a whole foods diet containing no nightshade foods, no yeast foods, and eating in a relaxed state to aid digestion. Dr Rogers also recommends that for some patients with very poor digestion, eating only cooked fruits and vegetables may be necessary as well as Betaine and digestive enzyme supplements.


6. GAPS Diet by Natasha Campbell-McBride (plus to a lesser extent Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet by Elaine Gloria Gottschall.) This book explains the importance of eating good-quality animal foods, eating cooked foods exclusively while the gut heals, having vegetables juices, having ample healthy fats including saturated fats and eating lots of traditional foods including organ meats, bone broths and raw cultured vegetables.


This book also explains that avoiding certain fibrous foods and sticking to certain types of carbohydrates can help heal the gut and prevent fermentation in the gut leading to digestive and Candida problems.

My current treatment and healing plan

Like my diet, my overall healing regime is also constantly changing and evolving and unfortunately doesn’t all come from the one book. I’m currently following the following programs:


Gut healing protocol – as per Dr Sherry Rogers and the GAPS diet. Involves a specific diet but also supplements of glutamine, probiotics (VSL#3), digestive enzymes and vitamin A (from fermented cod liver oil).


Organ meats protocol – as per Dr Klenner, the Gerson method, WAPF, Sally Fallon, Deep Nutrition, Primal Body, Primal Mind, Ron Schmid and many more. I just can’t eat liver, no matter how well it is prepared, so I take good quality capsules instead.


Daily fresh vegetable juicing protocol – as per Dr Wahls, Dr Sherry Rogers, the Gerson method, and the GAPS diet.


Vitamin C to bowel tolerance protocol – as per Dr Thomas Levy, Dr Klenner, Dr Hickey and Dr Roberts, Dr Cathcart, Irwin Stone, Steve Hickey, Matthias Rath M.D., Dr Sherry Rogers, Linus Pauling, Andrew Saul PhD, and many other vitamin C experts. I take vitamin C power in water throughout the day, plus some liposomal vitamin C (and GSH) morning and night and I also have occasional vitamin C IVs. My body currently can use 30 grams or more daily. This protocol has helped me enormously in the 2 years or so I have been doing it.


Dr Klenner neurological disease treatment protocol – as per Dr F. Klenner. Dr Klenner successfully treated thousands of patients with M.S. or M.G. or other neurological diseases with his vitamin and mineral protocol which focuses on B vitamins and especially vitamin B1. I take standard B vitamins orally plus some liposomal B complex, fat soluble B1 as benfotiamine and also coenzymated/sublingual B complex tablets daily.

 

Vitamin D optimisation protocol – as per Dr Sherry Rogers, Zoltan Rona M.D., James Dowd and others. I take vitamin D tests regularly. Around 2 years ago my first test showed a very low level of around 10 ng/ml, but my most recent test showed it was up around the 50 ng/ml level I am aiming for. I have raised my vitamin D level with a combination of sun exposure, plus daily fermented cod liver oil and vitamin D3 drops.


Iodine optimisation protocol – as per Dr Brownstein and others. A recent test showed low iodine levels and this has been corrected with daily nascent iodine drops.


Magnesium optimisation protocol – as per Dr Sherry Rogers, Dr S. Sinatra, Dr Carolyn Dean, Mark Sircus and others. I take daily oral magnesium in my multi and also use transdermal magnesium oil and some angstrom magnesium (Dr Carolyn Dean's new ReMag product) in my drinking water most days (plus a little bit of angstrom calcium and other minerals to balance the magnesium).


Mitochondrial ‘oil change’ protocol by Dr Sherry Rogers. Includes natural vitamin E (of all 8 types and in the right proportions) plus phosphidatyl choline (soy-free, from sunflower seeds).


Metabolic cardiology protocol by Dr S. Sinatra. Involves magnesium, carnitine and CoQ10 as uniquinol.


FIR sauna detoxification protocol – as per Dr Sherry Rogers, Lawrence Wilson and Dr Wahls and others. I bought a sauna and began using it about 18 months ago. My sauna use is very slowed down at the moment to let my body have a bit of a break from constant detoxification.


A general orthomolecular protocol – as per Dr Abram Hoffer, Dr Sherry Rogers, Dr R. Atkins, and others. This includes all the things listed above plus those I haven’t mentioned already. Zinc, Molybdenum, Manganese, Silicon, an antioxidant complex containing pycnogenol and silymarin and so on. Extra water, unrefined salt and also mineral supplements are especially important when sweat (containing minerals, salt and water) is lost after sauna use.


Toxin avoidance regime – as per Dr Sherry Rogers and many others. I’m pretty strict with it but not absolutely so. I’d give myself a 7/10 for strictness.


A general detoxification protocol – as per Dr Sherry Rogers, Dr Wahls and others. This includes minor things such as regular body brushing/salt scrubs, detoxifying magnesium or salt baths, castor oil packs, neti pot use, nettle tea and taurine and asparagus capsules (to flush the kidneys) and clay masks. I also get professional massages very occasionally.


I also meditate using meditation CDs (when well enough and I remember) and have recently begun occasionally trying a very small amount of very amaturish lying-down Qigong. 


I'm trying to keep symptomatic treatments to a minimum but I do take a few things to help me cope with symptoms. I rely on melatonin to sleep each night though, and to get to sleep before 9am. I take a small amount of hawthorne herb in capsule from so that I can lie on my side and still breathe fairly normally (an important thing to be able to do when you are in bed most of the day, and for me, the only thing hawthorne does for me). I also take small amount of thyroid and adrenal supports after testing low on thyroid test and very low on adrenal output tests.


Very importantly for anyone with M.E., I am also on a program of strict avoidance of overexertion and trying to do only 80% of what I can do reliably and without relapse each day. Avoiding overexertion is vital to making any improvements at all if you have M.E. This includes physcial, cognitive, sensory and orthostatic overexertion (time spent being upright). I need to have access to a darkened and very quiet room and help with tasks of daily living for my health to improve. Air-conditioning in summer is also absolutely essential.

Yet more notes on this text...

This is my own individual diet and treatment plan. I've come to this point through years of trial and error and testing and working up to big changes very very slowly.

Not only would I not recommend that anyone copy what I am doing and use this as some sort of 'health blueprint for everyone' (which it is not) but I can just about guarantee that anyone seriously ill that does just jump in and start doing lots of the things I am doing, all at once, will end up very very ill as a result.

It could also easily be quite dangerous.

I have come to such a full-on and complex program after finding that many more subtle methods did not work for me and my very severe and long-term disease. But for some readers much of what I describe here would be not just unnecessary but complete overkill. It could create even worse problems than your current ones.

Changes MUST be made slowly and must be individualised to suit you, as well as backed up with advice and testing from experts and lots of reading so that you understand what you are getting into and how best to go about making changes and in what order.

The strength of your attack must also relate to the size of the problem. There is no need to hit a single nail with a bulldozer when a simple hammer would do the job!

The right amount of a nutrient is not the biggest amount possible, just how much your body actually needs at that time whether that dose is big or small. Our needs for certain nutrients also change over time.

"The brain and body simply have to have certain raw materials to work with in order to function properly." Nora T. Gedgaudas.



"All of the structure and function of the human body are built from and run on nutrients. ALL of them." Janet Lang.


“What you eat has more power over disease and aging than any other medicine your doctor can prescribe. Food is awesomely powerful.” Dr Sherry Rogers.


“In the old days, people made soups and stocks out of animal bones and cartilage, but no longer. The elimination of soups and stocks from our diets has contributed to digestive problems as well as joint problems. Stock and soups made from the bones of chicken, turkey, duck, beef, lamb and fish are anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and contain nutrients which help build the integrity of the digestive tract. When a person is suffering from a digestive disorder, a soup based on bone stock can bring fast relief.” WAPF (Weston A. Price Foundation)


"There are more than ten thousand published scientific papers that make it quite clear that there is not one body process (such as what goes on inside cells or tissues) and not one disease or syndrome (from the common cold to leprosy) that is not influenced -- directly or indirectly -- by vitamin C." Dr Emanuel Cheraskin, Dr Ringsdorf and Dr Sisley in THE VITAMIN C CONNECTION.


"The medical profession itself took a very narrow and very wrong view. Lack of ascorbic acid caused scurvy, so if there was no scurvy there was no lack of ascorbic acid. Nothing could be clearer than this. The only trouble was that scurvy is not a first symptom of a lack but a final collapse, a premortal syndrome and there is a very wide gap between scurvy and full health. "- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel-prize winner for his discovery of vitamin C