CFS and Your Diet


Your body requires foods and liquids to survive. These elements are more important now that you are ill to keep your stamina and strength up and to sustain your energy level. Nevertheless, foods and/or liquids can aggravate your already susceptible and dysfunctional body operations as well. In your pre-CFS life, you may have never been adversely affected by anything that you ate or drank. However, at the onset of this disease, you could have detected that you began to have an uncomfortable sensation to eating or drinking a particular food or drink item. Milk seemed to upset your stomach or sugar gave you the sense of an unnatural, immediate "high" then a sudden rush of a low, almost depressive feeling. These were ways that your sick body was trying to tell you that allergies are now going to be connected to anything you partake in at the dinner table.

Food additives, sugar, MSG (monosodium glutamate), some spices and herbs, and herbicides sprayed on fruits and vegetables can instigate some kind of a direct response from your body as a result of ingesting the food product. Processed foods, such as luncheon meats and some kinds of cheeses can agitate your stomach and induce some type of symptomatic reaction. In liquids, the culprits are usually caffeine, tannic acid found in teas, flavorings, and colorings. Alcoholic beverages are prime motivaters to start a myriad of reactions in your body. Even if you have consumed just one drink, you have commenced the onset of some kind of an allergic reaction. Your body will react in some specific ways to absorbing the consumption of an allergen. Symptoms you will feel as part of a sensitivity or allergic reaction to foods and/or drinks are headaches, bloating, gas, light-headedness, nausea, and dizziness. Your sense of fatigue, aches, and pains will also get worse. It almost appears that your body is in a state of turmoil and has to get rid of the food and/or drink that you have put into it. You will be able to definitely tell if you are reacting to eating or drinking the wrong things because you will feel bad almost immediately after consuming the product. The instantaneous light-headedness and intense headache will be the initial signs that you are reacting to the food or drink. Your stomach will feel very lousy and extra full. Nausea will start up and you may even have a desire to vomit because your body wishes to reject the foreign item that is causing all of the internal upset. The most immediate thing you can do for yourself when you are feeling this way is to lie down and drink plenty of water to help flush out your system as quickly as possible.

Keeping a food and/or drink diary can be very beneficial in determining what items you can or cannot tolerate while suffering with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome. You could set up a simplified version of a food and/or drink diary by keeping track on one page of paper of all the foods and/or drinks that you have noticed that don't bother you in any way. Another page could be the listing for all of the items that do cause a reaction. You could list the name of the item being sure to list the brand name since one particular brand may bother you as compared to another. Note your reaction to the item in detail listing symptoms and your sensations while you had the response. You should pay attention to the length of the reaction and write that down as well. Be sure to date the reaction so that you will have a complete account of what this particular item does to your sick body. Keep this section separate from the foods and/or drinks notations of items that don't bother you because you will want to refer to the allergens in the future. Keep in mind that just because something may bother you right at this point in time, you may be able to tolerate this item again in the future. Your ill body is very fickle and what satisfies it now may not later on or vice versa. Try to keep your foods and/or drinks diary in a convenient place so that it doesn't get overlooked or forgotten. It is as important as your physical symptoms diary that keeps your physician apprised of how you are feeling and what symptoms you have been coping with that he or she reviews when you go to his or her office for a visit. If you have someone else who prepares and serves your meals, you may ask that person to monitor your diet journal since he or she knows first hand what ingredients were used in a particular dish or meal. You may find yourself getting ready for bed at night and know that you didn't write anything down in your diary to document your intake of foods and/or drinks. Take a few minutes to write things down. You don't want to have an allergic reaction to some food, forget about it (which is common-CFIDS sufferers have definite memory problems), and ingest the same thing in a few weeks only to be sicker than the first time you ate it. You could save yourself a lot of unnecessary suffering in taking a little time to help yourself through this documentation.

Alterations can be made to your diet that can aid in blocking or preventing any type of allergic or sensitivity reaction. Eating fresh foods in their most raw state is one of the healthiest things that you can do for yourself. Not only are they full of natural vitamins and minerals, your body will digest them a lot easier than just about any other type of food. Your body was created to eat and then absorb all of the necessary nutrients that it needs to survive and be in a state of good health. Keep the motto "the fresher, the better" in your mind when selecting these items for your diet. Fresh vegetables and fruits may be difficult to find at certain times of the colder part of the year. It is really important for you to keep your health in check, so substituting some other fresh alternative for what you would normally ingest during this season is vital. Start slowly experimenting with some of the "strange" looking fruits and vegetables that you wouldn't normally think of trying. Introduce one or two into your diet a week and you may discover a new item that you may really enjoy. Another suggestion is to stick within the "family" of fruits or vegetables that you now eat. A scenario to what is being suggested is that it is the middle of winter and there may be no iceberg lettuce available. This particular type may be the only kind of lettuce you have ever known as lettuce. You could experiment and try some red leaf, green leaf, or some Boston lettuce instead of the iceberg. You are still eating a product in the lettuce family so your body will probably not have any type of reaction to trying the new kinds. It may be time now you are an adult to attempt to ingest one of those veggies or fruits that you couldn't stand and was forced to eat as a child. You may have been really turned off to ever trying to eat them again. However, as an adult, your taste buds have matured and you may delight new stimulation for them. How about re-chewing the idea of some raw spinach, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts? The entire premise to your alterations in diet should be to eat better and healthier. Obviously, the first step to doing a total overhaul on your dietary habits is to be honest with yourself and get organized. You can't lie to yourself about what and how much that you eat. Realistically there has probably been a major increase in the amount of calories that you take in now you are ill.

Before you contracted chronic fatigue syndrome, you may remember that your body was used to emitting a "signal" of a stomach growl when you were low on energy. You probably felt tired and knew that you had to eat to keep your body satisfied to sustain itself. Now with this syndrome, your body has a massive and constant sense of weakness and fatigue. It seems as if you are constantly hungry because the old mentality of your body is still thinking that you are low or next to empty on energy-producing fuel. The fatigue you sense is exhausting and your brain kicks in telling you to eat, eat, and eat because you are so weak. You react to your systematized way of responding by taking in a lot more calories than you actually need to keep your body going. Your dysfunctional body doesn't realize that you require a lesser amount of calories because you are now sedentary most of the time. It is still replying to the innate instinct of protecting itself when your energy level is so low. Why your body doesn't understand that it is dysfunctional in reacting to your internal weakness this way still remains part of the CFIDS mystery.

Overall, you should attempt to reduce the amount of serving size as well as intake of food a day. Eating four to six smaller meals a day as compared to three complete meals may be ideal for your stomach. It is much more comfortable for your system to be able to digest not as large portions of food and/or drink. Your stomach won't stretch out as much as it has to now to accommodate the sudden and large amounts of food that you usually ingest. The lesser amount of food and/or drink also means that there is a decreased chance that you will have a severe reaction to what you eat and/or drink. If the idea of eating several smaller meals a day doesn't appeal to you, then try to cut down on your serving sizes of what you do eat with your three meals a day.

A personalized diet is necessary for you to cope with this illness. What may work for another sufferer may not work for you. If you want to get the most out of what you eat and/or drink, you need to be totally objective about what you ingest. Do you crave some kind of sugar, alcohol, or chocolate when you are weak? Are you too tired or is it laziness when you don't make yourself a decent healthy meal because you don't have anyone to make it for you? Could it be that you feel this syndrome has already robbed you of too much control in your life and you refuse to give any more up to it and this is why you eat and/or drink whatever and whenever you want to even though you know it is bad for you or that you will have a reaction to it? Be unbiased and impartial in trying to figure out where you can best adapt a new attitude towards food and/or drink. Recall all that you have lost in being unhealthy and comprehend how much good health means to you especially now you are ill. Food and/or drink should be considered as fuel for the body to synthesize into valuable energy for you to live. That fact should be seen as the basic function of what you eat and/or drink. You should enjoy what you eat and/or drink but not to an excess. Creating a schedule for eating meals tends to be one of the best options in aiding you to cut back or down on eating and/or drinking. Don't eat after five p.m. so your body has a chance to entirely digest everything you ate before you go to bed for the night. Make a commitment to yourself not to snack in-between meals and if you have to, be sure it is something low in calories-preferably a piece of fresh fruit, a raw vegetable, or a satisfying drink made with fruit or vegetables. You should evade any foods and/or drinks with preservatives in or on them. The dyes, retainers, or other chemicals additives that are injected into or sprayed onto these items can blend with the hormones and chemicals in your sick body. Once digested, this mixture can induce an allergic reaction. You may be able to detect that you feel really miserable after the food or drink is in your stomach. When you have the urge to drink your daily cups of coffee, you will detect that you do get hyped up or buzzed off of your coffee quicker than you are used to. You may want to have a third drink at the party you are attending even though you sense you are already drunk from consuming your second drink. You don't understand it. Before you got sick, you could handle at least three drinks at any party. If you continue to delude yourself into thinking that this kind of minimal abuse isn't hurting you, you are only fooling yourself. No one else but you will feel the aches and pains when you have the alcohol or caffeine high wear off. Remember that having this syndrome means your body is overly sensitive to any kind of stimulants and the amount of agitation it can take is minimal. Your body will revolt and reject one way or another and over time give out.

Avoiding alcohol and caffeine are imperative since both are stimulants to your body. When your body was healthy, it may have had an easier time confronting the commotion and agitation that these two items may have caused. Because you suffer with chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, your system is already upset and disturbed and the only benefits you get from either substance entering your body is an exaggerated effect of what you would experience if you weren't ill. You should consider the fact that your bodily organs are already stressed out from coping with the disease and don't need any more strain than they are going through. If you eat or drink anything with alcohol and/or caffeine in it, you are subjecting your organs to stress beyond their means. Your body will let you know by having a range of distorted aching sensations to severe overstated pains. You could even end up in the hospital as a result of your liver or kidneys rejecting the abuse that you have subjected them to in drinking alcohol or caffeine over time while being ill. The best way to contend with this situation is to not deny yourself alcohol or caffeine, but to treat them as luxuries with a high cost. If you decide to indulge with a drink or a cup of coffee, you know that you will have some kind of reaction to it. Weigh out how important that would be to you to feel this consequential way and how much you really need the "high" feeling that you get. Is the punishment you are putting on your body worth the temporary fix?

Cutting back on sugar is just as important as avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Sugar and sugar products (such as Nutrasweet, saccharin, and Equal) have the same numbing, stimulating effect. Your body has an immediate "high" feeling and you seem to feel much better and think clearer. However, in a short amount of time when you begin to have the "sugar high" wear off, you nose dive into a depressive moodiness. The chemical reactions in your body and brain react to the combination of sugar connecting with your system to cause this condition. Any foods and/or drinks that contain sugar in large amounts have another detrimental effect that you can physically observe-they contribute to you gaining weight. The caloric value in these types of foods usually isn't much and the only thing you can count on in eating pastries and sweets is that you will gain weight quicker than you used to before you became ill. Your body can't exercise and in turn can't get your metabolism high enough to burn off the excess calories that these foods put into your system. The end result is an immediate, unwanted weight gain. You may think that an occasional pastry and/or sweet may not hurt you and you are probably right. However, if you are consuming them at least once a day, you should think before you put that pastry and/or sweet that you desire so badly in your mouth. It may taste really good as it is going down from your mouth to your stomach. However, that feeling is very temporary and doesn't justify how much you will have to contend with once you are better. Until you can get out and walk regularly, the calories from that one pastry add onto the many other calories from good foods that you normally eat and get stored as fat on your body. Think of how much walking your are going to have to do to burn off that one sweet once you can get on your feet. If you are exhausted from dragging around the weight you have now on your body, imagine how you will feel months or years from now when you have an even heavier body to carry around. You will have to walk further and longer than you have to because of eating so many sweets over the entire time you have been ill.

Another diet consideration now you are ill is salt. It is one of the main instigators in increasing your blood pressure which in turn can make you more susceptible to heart attacks and strokes. There are many arguments within the medical community that CFIDS is actually directly connected or disguised as mediated hypotension where dysfunctional blood flow and blood pressure can lead to light-headedness and fainting. Salt ingestion is the dominant portion of the remedy for this condition to elevate blood pressure. Before you consider immediately increasing your salt intake or this type of therapy, please check with your physician and discuss this theory with him or her. It could be extremely dangerous to increase salt in your diet while tolerating this disease. You may have varying blood pressure and it could be drastically affected by a sudden increase in salt in your body. Substituting herbs and spices for salt will enhance your foods and make them tastier and tangier. You should be aware of what herbs and spices may give you some type of sensitivity reaction if you gradually introduce them into your existing diet. Many spices can contribute to the overall appeal of your meal by adding color and flavor. Some herbs can be used in their natural form to accentuate the presentation of your food. Experimentation with herbs and spices can tantalize your taste buds!

Complete natural foods that are high in fiber are not only the most beneficial types to consume, but also keep your body regular. You can easily become constipated or have irritable bowel syndrome when suffering with CFS because of your slowed metabolism. Your body can't digest foods properly and in turn that can mean a delayed elimination process. Ingesting more whole natural foods means that you are eating foods that have more natural fiber in them instead of negated processed foods which only contribute to clogging up your system.

Water is also vitally important to the correct maintenance of your body. This invaluable liquid is the basis of your body's composition. There are so many duties that water performs in the body from controlling your body's temperature, aiding in organ system function, to contributing to new cell growth. Drinking water should be a habit that you never break. This essential fluid is your life's blood-literally. For whatever reason, you probably never really drank a lot of water before you became ill. It didn't seem to have the appeal to you that soft drinks or other liquids did. Water may not have had enough flavor or coloring for you to consider it a component of your daily fluid intake. An occasional glass here or there may have been your interest in partaking of it. However, your sick body needs water in it more than ever since your organ systems are so stressed and overworked. Six ten ounce glasses a day should be how much you put into your body. This amount of water will contribute to aiding all of your necessary bodily requirements now you are ill. Spring water is preferable since it is all natural and contains a lesser amount of intentionally injected chemicals and/or minerals. You have to be very careful in what type of spring water that you select to drink. Be sure the label states that the water has originated from a natural spring. Some water claims to be spring water but if you check the label, there is no listing of which spring the water came from which usually insinuates that the water is actually tap water being sold as natural spring water. You should try to buy a gallon or two of spring water a week and incorporate it into your water intake. However, tap water is fine if you cannot afford to drink natural spring water-just be aware of what chemicals and/or minerals are added to it. One of the chemicals that most communities insert into their water systems is fluoride. There are a lot of arguments as to if putting this mineral into the water is a good idea or not. Nevertheless, no matter what your opinion is about this issue, your main concern in being ill with chronic fatigue syndrome is how much fluoride is actually in your tap water. You should avoid ingesting too much fluoride since it can give you some sensitivity reactions such as stomach upset, dizziness, and light headedness. If you blend your input of tap with spring water, you should be able to reach an even mixture which won't cause any type of reaction.

What do you do if you have a bad soft drink habit and can't seem to break it so that you can drink more water? You probably like the taste of the soft drink because of the flavorings added to it and the fizziness that makes your nose tickle when you drink it. Weaning yourself off of the "bad" drink to ingesting water needs to happen over time. There are many sparkling water products that offer the fizziness of a soft drink with the benefits of having water introduced into your system. This type of water isn't as advantageous as drinking natural spring water because it is usually tap water that does have flavorings and carbon dioxide added to it. Yet, it can offer you the feeling of drinking a soft drink while you are trying to gently break the soft drink habit. Try to drink less and less soft drinks and acquaint yourself with more and more water.

Vitamin supplements are a necessity when your body is so strained and vulnerable. A daily intake of a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement should be part of your diet. Over the counter vitamins can provide the necessary minimum amount of dosage, but it is recommended that you purchase your supplements in a natural foods store where you can buy vitamins and minerals that have the least amount of additives and coatings. It is very common to have allergic reactions to vitamins such as upset stomachs and rashes, so it makes logical sense to prevent this type of reaction by buying in a natural foods environment. Always take your supplements with water, not with juice or milk. The vitamin's effectiveness is disturbed and disrupted with the juice or milk intake. Some vitamins, such as vitamin C, are totally ineffective when they mix with juice. If you can't seem to take your vitamins with water because of an edgy sensation in your stomach first thing in the morning, ask your doctor or pharmacist what you should use to aid in the pills getting down your throat. Also, never take your vitamins on an empty stomach unless you want to feel dizzy, disoriented, sweaty, and get an immediate rash and upset stomach! Your overly sensitive digestive system can't seem to tolerate the sudden ingestion of vitamins without having some kind of previous food "buffer" in it first. You may wish to try to eat a little something first that is non-acidic before you take your vitamins.

Vitamin C is a very important individual supplement to your body while you suffer with CFS. Your immune system is not functioning to its normal capacity and requires some extra support to help it get back to an operative level. One thousand milligrams a day is the proper dosage for you while you are sick. It may seem like a large amount to take, but your body is in dire need of rebuilding any kind of support for your immune system. There are two types of vitamin C supplements available on the market to purchase-regular or water soluble. Both suffice your requirement to aiding your ailing body systems since they contain vitamin C. Regular vitamin C will be immediately absorbed and eliminated through your urinary tract once you take it. It is as if you gave the insides of your body a vitamin C "rinse". Water soluble vitamin C means that it is absorbed in your system and stays there as the water in your urinary tract is expelled. This type of vitamin C remains in your system longer so it can help your immune system heal itself.

Low or high blood sugar levels can also contribute to your feelings of light-headedness, dizziness, and weakness. Your diet can be a major source of relief for the fluctuation in sugar levels in your body. Doing away with eating extra sugars and sweets on a daily basis will help lower your high blood sugar level. Your distressed liver is trying to produce insulin for your CFIDS infected body and doesn't need the excess stress of coping with an unusual amount of sugar entering it. Low blood sugars can be just as dangerous. Eating a diet which includes more natural whole foods can help balance out your systems. Oat bran is one of the many "magic" foods that can help steady your blood sugars, so when you find yourself feeling faint and dizzy, have a bowl of oatmeal. However, you may have a sensitivity reaction to oat and also bran, so rice cereals may be an alternative for your system.

The expense of purchasing natural whole foods may not be something that you think that you can afford in your adjusted chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome budget. A walk through your local natural foods store may have shocked you a bit into realizing the absurdity of how costly it is to buy foods that have less preservatives and chemicals added to them. Logically, it seems that these items should be less expensive since there is less cost involved in marketing the product. However, in reality, it does cost more to tend the crops and retail the item overall. Once there is more emphasis placed on getting away from adding chemicals and spraying foods with pesticides, the prices on some of these items will drop. But, don't count on this happening for quite a while. Society's mentality of mass production lends to the concept of keeping foodstuffs preserved for long term distribution. You may discover that a stroll through your frequented grocery store can hold some items that are just as cost effective for your dietary budget. Most supermarkets are required by law to post a notice if any fruit or vegetable product has been sprayed or treated with any chemical that can adversely affect your health. If there are no signs in your store, ask the person who works there. If he or she doesn't know for sure, find someone in the store who does.

Another benefit in searching for the best choice in fresh vegetables and fruits is to buy local at a farmer's market. You get to ask the farmer face to face what chemicals or additives were used to grow the item. Most local farmers don't use the same amount of chemicals and preservatives that the larger chained grocery store suppliers do. Their farming is as close to organic farming as one can get. Fresh fruits and vegetables which have been left untreated can be almost as effective as organically grown products. It may be a little inconvenient for you or the person who does your shopping for you while you are bedridden to go to a farmer's market, but the benefits of the trip would be worth the trouble. The less chemicals and additives in your system, the better you are going to feel.            Common sense and adaptability are the two keys in going shopping for groceries. Keep your finances in order and try not to overspend once you are in the store. Make a list and stick to it. Don't deviate from the list because if you do with even just one item, you are bound to buy and spend a lot more than you can afford. If you don't need an item, then why buy it? Having CFIDS makes a leisurely shopping trip impossible so you should be as prepared as you can be about what you need, finding it, and exiting the store. This is the main reason why a previously drawn up list is so important. Most supermarkets have motorized carriages for people who have a hard time shopping because of physical disabilities. You are now one of those people who can't get around too well. Use the motorized buggy if you feel too weak to walk around the store since this may be the only option that you have to getting groceries for yourself. If you don't think you can handle shopping for groceries at all right now, ask someone to shop for you. Be very specific as to what you want and review the list with this errand person before he or she leaves to go to the store. If you are allowing any divergence from your list such as being willing to buy generic instead of brand name, be sure to specify that to this individual.

Spring water can be bottled in bottles or in one or two gallon plastic containers. You should take your time and review all of the labels on all of the waters to find which one is right for your needs. Sometimes buying in bulk can save you some money and in this situation, it could be a sound decision to make. Water doesn't go "bad" unless you break the seal on the water container. Stocking up on some water may be a good idea if you find a bargain.

You should have an open mind about discovering alternatives to foods and/or drinks that have caused an allergic or sensitivity reaction in you. Remember to try and stay in the immediate family of the food and/or drink when selecting an option to the item that caused a response. Changing all of these aggravators at once is not a good idea either. You should gradually adjust and alter the foods and/or drinks in your diet. It can do more good than switching all foods and/or drinks only to discover that your body can't handle all the changes and you get more reactions than before. If you change one item at a time, you can also be more observant in seeing what items cause some kind of sensitivity or allergy.

Don't be too fixed in what you will or will not eat and/or drink. If you have had a problem with red meats, it may be that your body can't digest them. You may never have considered eating a non-meat product (such as a soy or tofu burger) because you were brought up on red meat and like the taste of it. Your body may be hinting that you have to explore the idea of trying one of these type of products. Green beans may be too harsh for your stomach to digest now you are ill. You may have hated the idea of eating fresh broccoli when you were younger but it is an alternative to eating green beans. You know you need a green vegetable to supplement your dinner but the idea of eating broccoli makes you uneasy. Try to block out the childhood feelings of anxiety and fear in trying a new food and/or drink item. You aren't the little kid who turned his or her nose up at eating spinach. You are an adult with a more mature discriminating pallet as compared to your childhood days. Find some excitement in adding and trying something new in your diet. If you don't like the new item, that is all right. You can eliminate it from your future choices of possible foods and/or drinks. It could be that you may have a reaction to a specific item right now, but in the future, you may be able to digest the food and/or drink then. An occasional review of what you do have problems with and a retry of these items can result in a more varied array of food and/or drink choices.

Avoiding specific foods in your diet is just as important as adding them. Your body's reactions to these foods are usually negative with rashes, more lethargy, and headaches than you may wish to cope with. Vinegar seems to cause an immediate sense of dizziness and dry mouth while red meats and deep-fried foods give the feeling of tiredness and a agitated, irritated stomach. Sugary items tend to enhance throbbing headaches and processed foods give a bloated, uncomfortable feeling in your stomach.

The following is a list of suggested foods to try and incorporate into your diet. They will help you feel better and will contribute to your overall health.

Proteins: chicken-turkey-lamb-halibut-cod-tuna-salmon-mackerel-wild game-dried beans-dried peas-lentils-soy milk

Starches: brown rice-rice bread-rice pancakes-rice cakes-rice pasta-cream of rice-cereal-puffed rice cereal-tapioca (as a thickening agent)-nut milk-rice milk-miso

Vegetables: alfalfa sprouts-artichoke-asparagus-beets-bell peppers-bok choy-broccoli-brussels sprouts-cabbage-carrot-cauliflower-celery-cucumber-daikon radish-endive-eggplant-escarole-green or yellow beans-mustard and turnip greens-chard-jicama-kale-kohlrabi-leeks-lettuce-mung beans-mushrooms-okra-onion-parsnip-potato-radish-rutabaga-snow peas-spinach-taro-turnip-water chestnut-yam-zucchini squash

Fruits: apple-natural applesauce-apricot-banana-blueberry-kiwi-melon-papaya-pear-peach-pineapple-plum-raspberry

Fats: almonds-almond butter-avocado-cashews-flaxseed oil-ghee-nut or seed butter-pecans-pumpkin seeds-sunflower seeds-walnuts

No matter what you decide to eat, you should do just that-decide first. With the actuality of all of the losses of control in having this disease, it is encouraging to sense that you can make decisions for yourself by yourself. Chronic fatigue syndrome may have removed a lot of the control you had in your life to make some important life choices, yet the decision to eat or not to eat a specific food is where self-control still exists. You have the choice to make in what you wish for your ill body to undergo in regards to your diet-the disease doesn't do that for you. Each food and/or drink item that you chew and/or swallow can be an instigator to creating a most unpleasant experience in and on your body. If you desire or crave a special food and/or drink item that you know will make you have an allergic reaction, then you have to judge whether the extra suffering you will have to endure will be worth it.

You should also consider meal planning as a choice. It not only acts an aid in helping you make a grocery list, but it helps you decide what you can make in bulk. You can cook a double batch of a particular meal and freeze the excess portion for a future dinner when you may not be feeling well and have little to no energy. You want to have something previously prepared to pop in the oven or reheat for these times. Dietary preparation is one of the skills that you will discover and develop in coping with this set of circumstances.

Diet is the important key to helping yourself get better internally. Eating natural whole foods and drinking cool, crisp spring water can do your body a world of good. When your body begins to feel better on the inside, it can't help but show it on the outside as well. Your attitude can improve and your mode of thought is clearer and more refreshed. You may possibly drop some pounds as a result of cutting back on your caloric intake which will be a boost for your self-esteem. As you can see, there are many benefits to adapting and controlling your diet as compared to the losses that you could feel depriving yourself of "bad" foods and/or drinks. Isn't your good health worth the sacrifices to help your body heal a little quicker? Once you are well and on your feet, you could keep these same dietary alterations that you have made while being ill incorporated into your permanent way of eating and/or drinking and make a personal commitment to yourself for better overall life-long health!