Last time, we spoke about the importance of knowing as much as possible about your underlying condition that may be contributing to or causing your neuropathy and related symptoms.
For example carpal tunnel syndrome, shingles, and chemotherapy-induced neuropathy are all conditions that are drastically different–but are forms of neuropathy. This is important to know because it will allow you to seek the best care possible. But, regardless of your underlying diagnosis, there are a few basic principles that can help us all be healthier and happier.
This revolves around our own lifestyle and diet. For example, we know that in almost every illness consuming a carbohydrate-controlled diet, low in sugar and animal products, can go a long way toward helping us feel and function better.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? You know that your car performs the best when all preventive maintenance services are done and is provided with the best possible fuel.
Our bodies are no different.
Of course, your health conditions-things like insulin-dependent diabetes-may require very specific diet changes.
With all that said, we do know there are some specific things that can be done to will help almost anybody with neuropathy and chronic pain.
Here are my big three:
1. Eliminate milk and dairy products from your diet.
2. Go gluten-free wherever possible, minimize grains, and limit or eliminate meats.
3. Make the bulk of your diet plant (vegetable) based. Be very careful with fruit and starchy vegetables, aiming for approximately 15 g of carbs per meal. The only exception to increased carbohydrates could be during times of heavy exercise.
Eating more frequently will stimulate your metabolism-or, how efficiently you burn versus store fat, keep your blood sugar more even, and actually help keep you warmer. For patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, all of these things are crucial.
But this does not mean you can eat anything you want. What we do know is that by consuming relatively low amounts of carbohydrates in our meals, along with periodic snacks, we become much more efficient metabolically.
What I tell all my neuropathy patients-and, indeed, every patient-is to try to eat something not more than three hours apart.
A typical day may start with a shake with added protein powder or a small amount of gluten-free granola with coconut/almond/rice milk. Three hours later, a small snack, like half an apple and a few nuts.
Lunch is a salad with some lean protein (fish, chicken, or tofu) and added olive oil. Snack again in 3 hours.
Finally, dinner may be some grilled veggies with another serving of lean, low fat protein.
Many patients ask us, “Can my diet really be this simple?”
The answer is an emphatic YES!
Source by John Hayes Jr