Narcolepsy and Food: It's Not A Diet, It's A Lifestyle
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by patient expert Lauren Mergen.
Throughout the last few years my eating habits have changed significantly. I was a faithful vegetarian during high school, before I was diagnosed with narcolepsy. But about six months ago I had a change of heart and started eating meat. Here’s how I slowly started incorporating meat into my diet:
A few months ago, my mom introduced me to her friend’s daughter who was then recently diagnosed with narcolepsy. My mom told me she had lost about 25 pounds on The 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno. So, this summer, I read the book and followed the diet religiously. The diet consists of plentiful green vegetables, fresh low-sugar fruit and protein. Lots and lots of meat.
At first, I could barely stomach the idea of eating meat. But quickly realized that I couldn’t live on eggs and spinach. I started with grilled chicken, and believe it or not, I actually enjoyed it
Now, protein has become a much larger focus in my diet. I often consume Greek yogurt, salmon and eggs; also great sources of protein. I eat light meals and snack two or three times a day, to help keep my blood sugar steady. I believe in eating food at its most whole and natural state.
Though I don’t think I’m going to grill a steak for dinner, I don’t think totally meat-free is the diet for me. My body thrives from the protein and I’m better fueling my body for long workouts.
I’m satisfied longer and still losing weight.
Did you know?
Marshmallows, Altoids, Worcestershire sauce and some cheeses are not vegetarian friendly. They are made with gelatin, anchovies and rennet. Check the label to be sure.