Diets, Food, Guilty Pleasures and MG
Let’s not pay attention to any medical suggestions, medical community beliefs, what your doctor has said you should or shouldn’t follow.
About the time of my diagnosis a year ago, I decided to try a pescatarian diet and limited dairy to see if it would affect my energy levels. So far, I have found it difficult to notice how my body feels eating certain items and diets because of the constant illness and medication side effects.
Despite my new symptoms last fall, I believe a more straight from the source diet helped push me through my last semester of classes. However, recently, my medicines have made it challenging to consume barely anything most days, and I struggle to hold weight.
I often become so fixated that the diet is the solution. I put this pressure on myself to stay so strict with what I consume, forgetting that I have a chronic illness. Sometimes relief is out of our control.
Columnist Retha De Wet reminds us of the importance of consuming what brings you joy. Often this means things in moderation, so one side doesn’t backfire and take away that joy.
Despite knowing the unhealthy aspect, Retha views consumption based on how it makes her feel and believes every person with MG needs to find their version of Coke. We must allow ourselves permission to enjoy whatever it is that makes us feel better on bad days, despite whether others believe this is best for us.
What diets/ways of eating have you discovered with experience work best for energizing an MG body? Are there any specific food items you avoid?
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