The CF Diet and Fitness - CF Buzz


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by Elizabeth Williams

 

Since I can remember as a young child is all CF patients diet consisted of high fatty food.

As I know all children with CF are different, this is what worked for me.

I grew up in a large family and my parents had a veggie garden. Our pantry and fridge was never full, nor did it consist of ‘bad’ food. I remember mum always adding natural fats or healthy fats to my food to help me gain weight and keep it on.

As I grew up I stayed this way, always fueling my body with foods that carried healthy fats and carbs. I went on to study my certificate in the Fitness industry after I become obsessed with the gym and weight training.

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It’s been eight years now and I can honestly say it’s what has kept me so healthy.

Building extra muscle helps with fighting off infections as it adds extra strength to the lung wall for mucus clearance. As well as that having that extra body weight in our muscles helps when our bodies burn more calories due to infection, by attacking the muscle first then the extra fat we have worked so hard to gain.

I remember mum always adding natural fats or healthy fats to my food to help me gain weight and keep it on.

Muscle starts deteriorating in 9 days, and due to muscle memory it’s easier to rebuild then fat.

It’s like an onion when peeling back the layers. When we get sick our body starts deteriorating the muscle first, so the more muscle we have the better chance we have of fighting infections faster.

Diet is a very important part of building muscle. More protein, more healthy carbs and more healthy calories are essential. The more meals you eat of these foods the faster your metabolism will kick in, and storing the right food in your body will help sustain your muscle mass while weight training.

Sugars are another big factor in our lives.

Sugar causes our body to hold fluid. People with CF who consume too much sugar (bad sugar) might find it harder to breathe. This is because sugar thickens the mucus, not just in our lungs but also in our pancreas. This can lead to early diabetes as it blocks the pancreas ducts. CF medication does enough of that.

Keeping a high protein, healthy fat, low carb, low sugar and low GI diet helps people with CF stay healthy in so many ways!

I haven’t just made this up. I’ve actually tested this on myself by consuming bad and natural sugars. By focusing on how my body reacts to different diets and then studying the human body, I’ve been able to reach certain conclusions about healthy CF eating habits.

If you suffer from bowel problems, high carb food can cause severe bowel blockages, as foods like bread, pastry and pasta expand in the belly. They are thick and full of yeast causing a sticky substance. Our bowels have enough of that, and it’s a reason why our guts swell and we look 7 months pregnant when consuming high carb foods.

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Keeping a high protein, healthy fat, low carb, low sugar and low GI diet helps people with CF stay healthy in so many ways!

As I said, this advice has worked very well for me and I hope it can help others with CF in some way.

If you need ideas on what foods are best, recipes etc please feel free to message me. And if you any gym related questions on weights and training programs, or would like to know what has helped me gain muscle faster, feel free to get in touch.



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