Saturday, April 23, 2011

I Can Haz Diet Fail

Last weekend, my husband celebrated a milestone birthday and we also celebrated 10 years of bliss (read: not killing each other!) together. There was cake--yummy, ooey, gooey chocolatey cake--which kick-started me on a downward spiral involving all sorts of deliciously wonderful foods excluded in the (barbaric!) Lyme disease diet.

Gluten, dairy, and sugar--so tasty, but so bad for people like me who have Lyme disease. My stomach is a mess, my joints are a mess, my skin is a mess--my body is screaming its unhappiness with my dietary choices. Yet, I just can't stop!!

You may be wondering why anyone would torture themselves with such a restrictive diet. At first, I wanted nothing to do with it, because I felt like I'd given up enough in my life to Lyme disease, but eventually I got desperate enough to give it a go and I noticed a huge improvement.

I, Alyson, the girl who once had a creation named after me at the local ice cream store, am extremely lactose intolerant (I was told that on of a scale of 1 to 10, I am a 10, the worst, on severity). And then there's gluten--gluten increases inflammation, and when I eat foods that contain it, my fingers swell up, my joints hurt (worse than normal), and wearing my wedding ring is a very bad idea. I've written a few times about my sugar addiction. (Hello, my name is Alyson and I've been a sugar addict for over a thousand years!)

Trying to stick to this diet is extremely important for my recovery. It is one of the few things that I actually have control over in regards to this crazy disease. It is one of the best ways that I can thank my body for all it does for me. But, did I mention that I can't stop?! Did I mention that I prefer to thank my body with special treats like Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream (in those oh-so-cute little containers that make my petite self feel like a giant!)?

Tuesday, I start back up on antibiotics, so this crazy sugar binge/diet fail that I've been on has to stop. However, with an impending visit to my house from the Easter Bunny (for my kids, not me--I swear!), there's a slight problem: Cadbury Eggs, chocolate bunnies, candy, candy, and more candy! Remember when I said my diet was one of the few things that I actually have control over regarding Lyme disease? Well, I lied! I really like candy and pizza and cheese and bread and....


  1. Oh, dear! All those tasty and so costly it sounds. Hopefully things will improve for you soon.

  2. Oh, those miniature Cadbury eggs are getting me too! :)

  3. That's funny, Maggie! I actually didn't like the mini ones. Maybe I got an old batch, but they were really dry. I remain loyal to the regular Cadbury eggs! <3