In 2013, I went from being a vibrant, independent person to fully bedridden in a matter of weeks due to a severe case of chronic fatigue, Lyme disease, and endless bacterial infections. I had my master’s degree in nutrition and remember clearly spending countless hours during my graduate program shadowing an alternative-medicine physician who created customized diets for the sick. From the beginning I was blessed with knowing how to change my diet to gain energy and keep up my well-being. Many days I lacked an appetite and had to force myself to eat, which is never fun, but my diet played a pivotal role in my four-year recovery. Most of my food philosophy was rooted in the teachings of Dr. Henry G. Bieler, a prominent physician known for using food to treat diseases.
Before changing your diet, especially if you have a chronic illness, I highly recommend speaking to your health-care professional. This is how I changed my diet after listening to my body and talking to many, many doctors.