Retaining the Mind shows you how our diet causes dementia and tells you how to change your diet to recover from it. How to recover the thoughts, plans and purposeful activities certain foods stole from you.
Following the diet is not easy. You must give up many of the delicious foods that you enjoy. However, if you do not change your diet you may lose what must be more precious to you than delicious foods, your ability to think, plan and care for yourself. You will not enjoy looking back on this day as you sit, confined to a memory-care unit, after your family and friends gave up feeding and cleaning you. Then, you will think, this need not have happened: If you only had changed what you ate and drank.
In this and next few blogs, I will supplement and sometimes repeat the diet information I gave you in Retaining the Mind. I hope this repeating will help you remember the information you need to choose the foods and beverages you should eat and those you should avoid. Without this information you may not be following the diet and may not bring relief to the nerves that the diet damaged.
In this blog I will give you the some general principles that guide me and should guide you as you follow my diet. First, follow this diet as exactly as you can, even compulsively, for long enough to discover if it helps you. With dementia or any other disease of damaged nerves, it may take months to determine if you have improved. If the diet helps, you should be noticing improvements during this time, improvements such as better memory, deeper sleep, easier movements, less weakness, improved conversation, less need of cane or walker, progressive weight loss and/or other improvements.
A general principle I follow concerns following the diet long-term: If the diet does not help you, stop following it. If you find that it helps you, continue to follow it! A second principle, practice moderation in your choice of foods and beverages. You can eat the foods you are trying to avoid, just eat them in the amount you tolerate. What quantity can you tolerate? Only you will know; tolerance differs from person to person, most probably depending on your own genetic makeup. You will learn this tolerance by watching for worsening of the symptoms that I mentioned above. if they worsen, you are exceeding your tolerance. Don’t feel bad about exceeding your tolerance: You are learning more about yourself and re-proving that the diet helps you. Just return to it to re-control the symptoms.
In my allergy practice, in my food-sensitive patients, I noticed that the patients who followed my diet without testing it at times eventually stopped following the diet. It is not easy to follow a diet that avoids sugar, MSG and citrus so people who did not prove again ( and again) that they should follow it, didn’t. But, people who tested it, and suffered the return of symptoms, then scooted back to the diet because they feared permanent damage from deviating from the diet, they continued to follow it.
And those fears are well-founded: The diet does not cure illnesses, it controls them. If you stop avoiding the foods that damage nerves you will suffer the return of the horrible symptoms the diet relieved. You do not want to hear the click of the lock on the door to the memory unit. Or to hunt for where you stored your cane. Go back to avoiding the excess consumption of the foods and beverages that are damaging your nerves.
Well, you must say to yourself, “What’s this!” A doctor who advocates testing the diet. Yes, you are right, I also test it at times and learned great lessons from this testing. I will take them up in future blogs when we look at how I react to foods.
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