in the event of clear liquid diet

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03 Apr, 2011 07:40 PM


Very happy to find the Rosedale diet. I have been over medicated most of
my adult life (I'm nearly 50) for severe fibromyalgia and spinal injury from
a car accident at a young age. I have managed to avoid all the typical
surgeries as I age, but over time, especially the last 2 years, reached a
stage of such immobility, severe fatigue, and brain fog that I got disability
and thought my life was over. As I progressed into this, I have become
allergic to many meds and other things (titanium staples, for example), and
developed asthma that required daily treatment.

I got a new doctor in January after my old doctor left her practice last
September. My biggest complaint was onset of severe anxiety attacks,
progressing from urgent care to 4 ER trips. My new doctor was shocked at my med
combinations and started trying to change them, and allowed me to see a
pulminologist, which my old doctor had denied me. I found out I don't have
asthma at all, it's all med-induced. My new doctor put me on a 1500 calorie
diet after he also discovered I'm diabetic. I discovered the glycemic
index on my own, and then discovered the Rosedale diet. Bless your heart, I've
been stubbornly eating guacamole for years, despite how my old doctor felt
about that.

In the last 3 months I have lost 23 pounds, currently at 213. I'm on a
third of the blood pressure medication I as on originally. We have recently
readjusted my thyroid pill back down because I went hyperthyroid with all
my other problems out of the way. I'm off all asthma meds and breathing
fine, not even suffering seasonal allergies! Last month I stopped all pain
meds for the first time in 30 years and haven't had one tylenol since. (I'm
allergic to ibuprofen.) I have fatty liver from years of treatment for
fibromyalgia with lupus like flare ups, but I hope to reverse that with the
Rosedale diet. Where before I was nearly completely immobile, I can now
handle a 15 minute walk every day, and my brain is clearing up wonderfully. My
doctor is so happy with my progress that he says I don't need to take
diabetes medication.

Question for you at this point: What does a person do in the event of
needing to go on a clear liquid diet? I had IBS for years from meds, also
easily aggravated by too much fiber. I have learned how to alternate bland
foods with fiber so that I don't aggravate it into diverticulitis. I have so
far done very well restricting calories, but I'm having my first IBS onset
since all this change, and today am trying to figure out how to handle
this. I know I can do chicken broth, but no more juice. I'm not a real bad
diabetic, but all it takes is 20 grams of fast carbs to spike me up to 160,
which is why I was so grateful to find the Rosedale diet. However, I'm in
a quandry. I've been through this before, rest my stomach, keep liquids
going (filtered water and herbal teas), get my electrolytes with other clear
liquids like juice and broth, but I'm finding out that the clear liquid
approach to handling an IBS flare up is going to be a challenge for me now.
I've got your book, and I realize the Rosedale diet isn't a 'sick plan',
more like an 'avoiding sick plan'. While I need to take a break and let my
digestive system rest so the inflammation will calm down, I'm wondering if
you would have any suggestions to help me avoid a total calorie crash, since
juice will spike my blood sugar.

I have a lot of experience with my medical history, and I know you are not
a substitute for my doctor. Don't worry, I'm not shy about staying in
touch with doctors. But their answer is drink the juice and take pills, which
I know will make me feel worse.

I know you probably get flooded with questions, and I might be through this
before you might reply back, but that's ok. I'm doing all right, just
curious about adapting to this new food plan on a rough day. Any advice
would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Janika Banks

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fiona on 03 Apr, 2011 07:53 PM

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    Dear Janika,

    Wow, you are doing great! no wonder your doctor is so proud. I know you want to keep your fiber down, but that does not mean you do juice. I would shout from the tallest building 'don't do juice, ever!' Just make sure you get your correct protein, and good fats, period, you can take fiber out till things calm down. The vegetables are to give people choices and variety, but not an essential nutrient. Don't do sugar/sucrose, as they will just be a detriment on so many levels. I don't care how you get your protein just don't wrap it in sugar or sugar forming foods. We have a protein drink (check the ingredients), sometimes we add some MCT's or coconut oil if your stomach can handle that as it will give you the energy you need.

    Keep up the good work.

    The Rosedale Team

  2. 2 Posted by Kle on 19 Sep, 2015 11:49 AM

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    I have IBS too and everything started while I was doing a high carb diet (The Montignac one) and it was full of fiber. At one point I started to feel sick and got to quit it. I think it's not coincidence that a time later I found out to be diabetic II. Well, the first time I quit the Rosedale due to watery stools all the time. I just ate too many vegetables and even those 3 was a crackers made the situation worse. Now, I know that if I eat the amount of vegetables that is same size of the protein (example a piece of chicken), it should be better. So this time I will be doing an extremely low carb one and fortunately dr. Rosedale says that the "carbs needed are zero".

    It would be amazing if there would be a space for recipes only in this message board and also the chance for users to contact with each other. Apparently I am currently the only one positive towards this diet from Slovenia or Italy cause I can't find anyone that is currently doing it. Well i hope that there still is someone but don't know where this "someone" may be LOL

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Ken on 19 Sep, 2015 12:33 PM

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    I H   :-)

    You are correct, carbs are not essential ..

    Great information here Rosedale: Videos, Writings, PDF files, text info and here Rosedale on Twitter - just close any Twitter pop-ups there may be.

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    Ken/   Rosedale Support Team

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