In Wahls Warriors

by N.E.

“I don’t have MS, but I have had seven years of mysterious health problems that I always felt were connected but that I couldn’t find successful treatment for: frequent back and nerve pain, headaches, sometimes debilitating fatigue, perioral dermatitis, IBS. Stress management, a special diet for Fructose Malabsorption, and exercise helped somewhat, but I still felt pain and fatigue that kept me in bed some days, and doctors couldn’t help.

It was only when I started following Dr. Wahl’s Protocol that I started to feel great. I had already reduced my grain and legume intake for Fructose Malabsorption (the “low FODMAP diet”), but then I cut out ALL grains and legumes with 100% compliance (even oats and white rice, even my beloved hummus), and cut out most dairy (except for fermented kefir and homemade yogurt, although I’ll do an elimination trial with those soon). I increased my meat and egg consumption for protein and increased my FODMAP-friendly vegetable and fruit intake up to about 6 cups a day (still aiming for 9, but compromising for budget reasons).

Within a couple of weeks, I had much less back pain, no fatigue, no brain fog, excellent digestion (again, sticking with FODMAP restrictions), and resolved skin problems. Best of all, I’ve had more energy than I’ve ever had in my life, which makes work and exercise much more enjoyable than before.”

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  • Kat

    Wow! I would love to hear more about people combining FODMAPS restrictions with the Wahls Protocol since I was of the opinion that it would not be possible. I lose weight rapidly if I don’t get enough starchy carbs so I tend to have to overstep my FODMAP allowances of “safe” vegetables and fruit to maintain my health (but my digestion suffers).

  • Madad

    Thanks Pam! Yeah, you can get lost in those TED talks. Fascinating stuff, huh? Glad to hear you’re still on detox month. Let me know if you have any good recipes I shulod try!

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