While I have been fully on board with taking a course of steroids and long-term use of a diuretic to help control inflammation, ultimately I need to take it upon myself to try to rid myself of this condition.
The initial course of action I will be taking is focusing on an anti-inflammatory diet as, let’s face it, many diseases are brought on by chronic inflammation.
Dr. Andrew Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid provides a nice visual in regards to recommended food choices. You can find a printable version of this food pyramid here.
I'll be heading back home this weekend at which time I will begin logging all the meals that I eat and how I feel between meals. Ideally, I'm hoping that balancing my insulin levels will help control my symptoms, but I'm also looking to see if any foods may be exasperating symptoms.
My shopping list for this weekend and the upcoming week includes:
- Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon
- Wild Pacific black cod
- Canned Wild Albacore Tuna, no salt added
- Chicken breasts
- Great Northern beans
- Organic, grass-fed lean ground beef
- Omega-3 enriched, organic eggs
- Unsalted edamame
- Unsalted soy nuts
- Low-fat Greek yogurt
- Shitake mushrooms
- Bok Choy
- Fresh ginger
- Daikon (Japanese radish)
- Poblano chilies
- Low sodium, whole wheat tortillas
- Pepper Jack cheese (organic)
- Raspberries (organic)
- Blackberries (organic)
- Apples (organic)
So, do I really believe that by controlling my diet I can cure myself of this condition? On days when I'm not feeling so well, my answer to this question would likely be "no". On days when I'm feeling pretty good my answer is a resounding "YES" and for good reason.
That good reason is Donald Gazzaniga, the author of one of the low-sodium cookbooks I purchased when first diagnosed with Endolymphatic Hydrops.
Diagnosed with congestive heart failure and headed for a heart transplant (YES, this man was on a list to receive a heart transplant!), Don, along with his wife who is a Registered Dietitian, developed a meal plan for him that kept his sodium intake to < 500 mg/day.
The result? Don’s name has been removed from the transplant list.
Seriously!? Who would have thunk it possible?
Don's story is pretty amazing and one that we can all learn from.
Train hard; stay strong.