I discovered on my own, somewhat by accident, over twenty years before I started developing the symptoms of PD, that I had an intolerance to sugar. This intolerance seems to have worsened since going on levodopa/carbidopa this past December.
Perhaps the most unpleasant aspect of my neurological experience has been constipation. Three years ago, it wasn’t an issue, but then it suddenly crept up on me. Until I got it under control, I had some difficult days… or should I say, difficult movements!
I received an email a few days ago from Juan José in Guatemala. He described how a tea blend had helped neutralize the symptoms he was experiencing. When asked, he graciously agreed to share his story!
When you’re on a strict, limited diet, any opportunity to add variety is very welcome. My diet is high fat, low carb, no fruit [and mostly bland]. It means a lot of coconut oil, avocados, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, vegetables, eggs, with modest amounts of chicken, beef, wild meat and wild fish [the chicken and beef is organic whenever possible]. As you can imagine, I often crave for something different. So you can understand my glee when I discovered buckwheat pancakes. Mari suggested them to me [she really does have my back]!
The road of innovation, like the road of rebelliousness, can be fraught with danger! There are always those in a position of power who may feel threatened by innovators and rebels and who will do everything in their power to protect their domain and the status quo.
Based on the recommendation of a blog reader, I recently read The Mood Cure, by Julia Ross. It is a book about overcoming depression and other mood disorders resulting from neurotransmitter imbalances by taking amino acid supplements. An example would be, 5-HTP [hydroxy-tryptophan], the amino acid which is converted to serotonin. Another is L-Tyrosine which converts to dopamine.
In June of this year, following a great deal of trial and testing, I concluded that the Ketogenic diet, characterized by high fat, moderate protein and low carb foods [lots of avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil, flax oil, eggs, nuts and seeds], was the ideal diet for me in my quest to recover from Parkinson’s. And I have been feeling much better since. There has even been a slight reversal in the symptoms I experience.
When you’re recovering from Parkinson’s or any other chronic illness for that matter, I think it is really important to avoid dairy, including milk and cheese. It pains me greatly to say this because I love cheese. It is my favorite food, but in my experience, dairy products cause me constipation and constipation is already an issue for people experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s.