FAQ: How To Lose Weight With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Other Diet Questions


Bananas and how to lose weight with chronic fatigue syndromeQ: Why are bananas so bad on Dr. Lam’s program? I’ve always been told they’re good. Is this an okay strategy on how to lose weight with chronic fatigue syndrome?

A: The question “how to lose weight with chronic fatigue syndrome?” appears in many different forms, and is a great question. People suffering from Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome may have a sodium and potassium imbalance. In particular, sodium will be low and potassium will be on the high side. That is why many people with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome tend to do worse and feel fatigued when they eat a banana, which is high in potassium. This is why it is advisable to avoid bananas while you undergo Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome recovery.


Q: What are good diet guidelines for someone who has blood type O Positive?

A: It’s best to go through Dr Peter D’Adamo’s book, “Eat Right For Your Blood Type,” for this information. For quick reference you can also read my series of articles and tables on the blood type diet, specifically the blood type O diet article.


Q: Are there any organic brands that you find more Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome complete than others?

A: No. If you can’t afford organic brands of food, you can always get regular produce and make sure you wash them with vinegar water and activated charcoal water. The key is to make sure the pesticides and other chemicals used in agroindustrial farming are not ingested and taken into your system where they will trigger toxic reactions and generate stress that can damage your Adrenal Fatigue recovery progress.


Q: Why is it that with my adrenal fatigue, I’ve accumulated lower belly fat and am unable to lose it? What is the best way to go about losing that fat since I don’t know how to lose weight with chronic fatigue syndrome?

A: In the abdominal area, you have the most receptor sites for cortisol. During Adrenal Fatigue, it is very hard to lose weight or it’s easy to gain weight around your midsection. Your body does not want to lose weight since it is trying to conserve energy and your body may develop metabolic syndrome due to the constant high cortisol level in the initial stages of Adrenal Fatigue. These high cortisol levels cause and increase deposits of abdominal fat. In order to lose the abdominal fat, you must first resolve the Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.


Milk and How To Lose Weight With Chronic Fatigue SyndromeQ: I understand that I should stay away from cow’s milk, but I hear it is okay to drink goat’s milk. Why is goat’s milk okay when cow’s milk isn’t in a chronic fatigue syndrome diet?

A: The protein structure of goat’s milk is more similar to the human milk. It has less hard to digest casein which is a common allergen and trigger of food sensitivities. This is especially important when the body’s NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress Response has been overwhelmed by either too long or too severe a load of stress. The dysfunction of component organs and systems of the NEM stress response can surface sensitivities and allergies previously unknown or undetected.


Q: I’m not sure how to lose weight with chronic fatigue syndrome. Are there certain times of day that I should eat if I have Adrenal Fatigue?

A: Breakfast is best eaten before 9am. Snack around 9:30-10:30 am. Lunch 12:30- 1:30pm, snack 3-4pm, Dinner 6:30-7:00pm, bedtime snack. Starting your first meal as early as possible, spreading your intake of nutrition throughout the day, and finishing your night with a bedtime snack helps to keep your metabolism running smoothly and mitigates the stress to your metabolism from any spike in workload from a big meal.


Q: Can eating chili peppers like jalapenos, small yellow peppers, serrano, etc, with every meal affect your adrenals in any way?

A: Chili peppers are actually high in vitamin C, which is good for the adrenals. For some people with weaker digestive systems, this hotness may cause more stress internally.


Coffee and how to lose weight with chronic fatigue syndromeQ: I am an avid coffee drinker. Lately, my morning cup has left me with a light floating feeling and my legs get weak. I’m not sure where this is coming from?

A: Make sure you eat breakfast with your morning coffee. Also, if you depend on coffee to get you going, then your body may be more fatigued than you think.


Q: Is the FODMAP diet a good diet to follow when you have Adrenal Fatigue?

A: Unless you have Fructose Intolerance, FODMAP is not an easy diet to follow.


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Bananas and how to lose weight with chronic fatigue syndrome