Sorry folks, eating what marketing wants is a very bad idea.

I have a friend in the 80’s who for years have been eating using food banks, a lot of prepared/microwaveable meals. Recently a change of circumstance resulted in him moving into a place where food is all made from scratch, often organic.  A lot of his lab tests went from concerning to healthy over 6 months. He does not have CFS, but this does illustrate that diet can have a very major impact. I know that many CFSers survive on food banks in various countries around the world.

Often, one of compounding problems is that a CFS patient is so tired, that all they can do is put a package into the microwave (which can reduce the vitamin and other good content by 50%). Even boiling vegetables in soft water, strips remove nutrients. Overcooked, does the same.

One of the irony that I see is that people will spend money on Inulin capsules, instead of using natural sources (and often bringing other minerals and vitamins with it), for example: Banana, Garlic, Chicory root, Globe artichoke, Jerusalem artichole, Jicama, Onion, wild yam [wiki]

I have posted individually in the past and will attempt to reduce this to a simple reference page without citation (see links below for citations)



Try to

  • maltodextrin (MDX),
  • polysorbate 80
  • carboxymethylcellulose[E466]
  • Sodium stearoyl lactylate 
  • Soft drinks
  • Fried foods
  • Pasta
  • Mustard
  • Tomatoes (cooked and raw)
  • Sugar beets
  • Prepared foods
  • fish
  • porridge
    • wheat bran
    • oat meal
    • rice bran
  • Dark green vegetables
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Kale
    • Spinach
    • Broccoli
    • Parsley
  • Turnip
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Goat Milk
  • Pumpkin
  • Nuts (but not “butters”)
  • Cabbage
  • Rice bran
  • Cheese(reduce milk at same time) – Traditional/Artisan is likely best. Commerical factory is suspect.
  • Reduce  emulsifier consumption
  • Reduce omega-6 fatty acids
  • Reduce meat
  • Reduce sugar (fructose, sorbitol, lactose)
  • Reduce Olive oil
  • Reduce Margarine
  • Reduce Alcohol (move from wine to beer)
  • Reduce Inulin
  • Reduce Wheat Bread (move to 100% rye and barley breads)
  • do not go strict vegetarian

What is my daily diet?

I do not keep religiously to it, but this is my ideal pattern

  • Breakfast: Either rye bread with butter/ cheese/ and eggs OR porridge with bran added (Not pasturized milk or goat milk)
  • Lunch: Crisp break or rye bread with cheese, a banana or other fruit
  • Supper: 4 oz of fish or meat, salad (I like Kale) with nuts, one or two of the greens above
  • Snacks: Mixed Nuts