The "Not-Quite-Coffee" Chocolate Painkiller
Unfortunately, when dealing with Chronic Lyme Disease, a lot of dietary changes are necessary. This is partially because the bacteria thrive off of some of these foods, and partially because many people develop new food sensitivities upon coming down with the illness.
Though any specialized diet can be difficult to follow consistently, no matter the reason, Lyme Disease and the associated Candida can make it even harder. Because the bacteria and yeast feed off of certain types of food, they will cause the host to crave those foods (sugars, gluten, dairy, etc.) so the afflicted person actually forms an addiction.
Personally, I found it most difficult to remove dairy from my diet. I would almost put more cream in my morning mug than coffee, I put cheese on everything, and when I had no energy, ice cream was the easiest thing for me to eat and be able to keep down. The morning coffee was hardest because it's such an ingrained habit at this point, and also because I'd already had to take out the sugar and black coffee is just too strong for me.
Now I start my mornings with this beverage instead. Because it's made with cocoa, it still has some caffeine in it. Even better, cocoa has natural analgesic properties - it's a pain reliever. If you're not sure if cocoa belongs in your diet, you can see all the arguments both for and against it here and talk to your doctor.
- 4 Cups Water
- 1½ Tbsp Pure Ground Cocoa
- ¼ Tsp Freshly Ground Ginger
- ⅓ Cup Almond Milk
1. Bring water to boil.
2. Add cocoa and ginger to mug.
3. Once water boils, add to mixture.
4. Add almond milk and stir well.
Makes 4 servings