As a chronic illness diet, The Metabolism Reset Diet offers the following potential health benefits:
Such changes benefit anyone's health, but are likely to be especially desirable to anyone living with chronic illness.
The aim of the diet is to boost your body's ability to be as healthy as possible, or even restore itself to health.
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I carried out the four-week Metabolism Reset Diet in July 2019.
This article relates my personal experience of the diet.
I talk of the potential dangers for someone using it as a severe chronic illness diet and how to avoid them.
Please know that a year on, I have recently done the 4 week diet again. I had a very different experience - this time I had no disabling detoxification symptoms.
The ease of the diet for me the second time delighted me on two counts.
One, my normal level of life continued.
Two, it demonstrated to me how much better my liver must be functioning now.
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Using this as a chronic illness diet, I experienced the following clear benefits
No, I didn't, though I know someone else with CFS/Myalgic Enecephalomyelitis who
did experience a clear reduction in CFS/ME
For me, there has been no reduction in post exertional malaise (PEM).
There has been no increase in my functionality –
no increase in how much I can leave the house.
no increase in how much I can watch a TV or computer screen.
Unfortunately nine days prior to starting the diet, I
experienced a challenge to the symptoms of noise sensitivity and cognitive
The repercussions and attempt to resolve this occurrence overshadowed my time on the Metabolism Reset Diet and the months that followed.
This has probably somewhat diminished the results of this chronic illness diet for me.
Although my CFS/ME symptoms are not diminished, the weight loss I experienced and have maintained is such a marker for improved longevity that I feel very happy with my results.
I suspect the diet has and will bring about many health benefits of which
I am not aware.
The detox symptoms I experienced, the loss of cramping pain and sharp pain – all suggest to me that my liver was badly in need of detoxification.
I recommend this as a chronic illness diet and as a CFS/ME
Also, it is such an advantage that you only have to do it for 4 weeks.
With so many treatments we are told to give it months or years to work!
However, the detoxification symptoms I experienced were serious.
These symptoms were dangerous in the sense that they had an impact on my ability to successfully share a house with someone.
For these reasons, if you are doing the Metabolism Reset Diet as a chronic illness diet I have some recommendations.
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I went straight into the diet.
I have moderate to severe CFS/ME with a history of very severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
If you are on the same spectrum, I recommend that you introduce elements of the diet months beforehand so that you ease into it gradually.
I advise you to find a time when you can clear out your diary for the duration of the 4 week diet. This allows for you being less functional than usual.
If you've done a detox in the past, allow for having similar symptoms.
If you have cognitive symptoms such as a loss of speech, allow for the possibility that these symptoms will also be aggravated during the diet.
Do the symptoms of the chronic
illness with which you live include cognitive difficulties such as a limited ability to read or look at a
These are common CFS/ME symptoms. If you have them, read some or all of Dr Christianson’s book in advance.
Maybe join the Facebook group or peruse Dr Christianson’s website.
On his website, in Doctor Christianson’s video about his resistant starch supplement he notes that people in certain categories may want to take an extra serving of Resistant Starch.
For example, those with an auto immune illness.
This would apply to many of you doing this as a chronic illness diet.
You can add more Resistant Starch powder to your protein shakes. Alternatively you can add more Resistant Starch rich foods to your diet.
Doing the Metabolism Reset Diet is not just about what you eat. All the more so if you do it as CFS/ME diet.
There is a real emphasis in the book on setting things up to get enough sleep, and even to have an emotional detox.
Just to let you know I was not able to able to avoid
emotional challenges, and I wasn't sleeping well.
I still got the benefits of improving my height waist ratio.
Many of you doing this as a CFS/ME diet may not be able to avoid relationship issues. Don’t let this put you off.
A friend of mine thought she would go into the diet in
stages, and started by having two shakes a day.
This is actively discouraged.
When you have two protein shakes a day you are effectively doing the
Each recipe in Dr C's book is for 2 protein shakes.
Add your preferred amount of water and divide the amount to form two meals.
Also... Doctor Christianson doesn't recommend that you do the diet
for more than four weeks.
And you should only do the diet 3 or 4 times a year (I need to check which).
Doing the diet for longer might slow down your metabolism, which is the opposite result from the one you want.
Read other tips for a healthy diet when living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome-ME.
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