Lyme4Lent Bullseye: The Easy Version
Can't handle the Whole30? "Getting" Lyme got you down? Try the L4L Bullseye Challenge. It's "Lyme-light" for those who are unable to do the Whole30.
You still need to read the book (pay special attention to Chapter 8) and follow the L4L page for information about Lyme Disease. What changes is your diet: instead of doing a Whole30, we're going to let you off easy by asking that you only eliminate all sugar and sweeteners for 40 days. It's a challenge enough - added sugar hides in almost every packaged food you can buy - even tomato sauces, soups, and salad dressings. Both natural and artificial sweeteners are restricted - no Splenda, no Sweet-n-Low, no stevia, no sugar alcohols like sorbitol, maltitol, erythritol or xylitol. no honey, no maple syrup, NO SWEETENER. You will get natural sugars from whole fruit and vegetables only, not juices. Check out this article on all the names sugar hides under, that you will have to scan your labels for.
It is a common misconception that Lyme disease always occurs with a bullseye-shaped rash that expands around the original tick bite. In fact, the bulleye rash only occurs in 70% of cases, and in some studies, as little as 30%!
However, if you DO get a bullseye rash, it's a sure sign of Lyme Disease - start treatment immediately! Lyme patients often consider those who get the rash to be the lucky ones - doctors are more quick to recognize the sign of infection, and start treatment faster. If you have a textbook case of Lyme Disease - known tick bite, bullseye rash, and flu-like symptoms - and get treated immediately - your chances are very good of NOT developing chronic Lyme (though you must still be on the lookout for co-infections like Babesia, Bartonella, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia, Tularemia, etc, which will require different treatments).*
So the L4L Bullseye is the "easy" version of Lyme - the 3 weeks of flu and doxycycline that will make you miserable, but not likely to disrupt your life in the long run. Hopefully, though, participating will give you a life-changing perspective on Lyme Disease and equip you to serve the chronic illness community.
*There are many victims of Lyme Disease who got the rash and may or may not have received proper treatment, who still suffer long-term! Their journey is certainly not easy, and I do not mean in any way to invalidate their suffering!