Hi. My Mother has been diagnosed with vascular dementia and is currently being sought a home to go into. She is only 79 and was of perfect sound of mind until she had a bad back and started to take paracetomol about 2 years ago which got out of hand as she was forgetting that she'd already had one and was taking too many. I have read a few accounts on this website of a close to 811 diet helping such cases and having recently swithced to 811 rv myself and experienced the benefits am keen to help my mother out. I want to spend time with her and look after her nutrition for maybe a month or so and if some improvement is shown but the moment she is put in a home will become too late to help.
UPDATE 11/6/12.. I have just got back from spending a week with my mother and it was obvious at an early stage that I wasn't going to be able to persuade her to eat healthily AT ALL. She is stubborn at the best of times but the illness has made her cantankerous on top and it was even difficult to get her to eat any reasonable portions of what she actually liked. I'm afraid I have had to abandon my quest to help her as she is unwilling to help herself. Thanks to everyone for their advice and input and all I can do is keep on following 811 myself to hopefully avoid a third generation case of dementia when i am her age as her father suffered dementia when he was in his latter years.
My mother went to view a residential home today but reacted very badly once there and refused to go there to live, one of my brothers and a sister are happy for me to go and live with her for a month and try to improve her condition by way of nutrition, that will probably be at the end of next week as I have to arrange leave from work.
Thanks Grapenut, i've asked my sister and brother to read Boshena's experiences with her father.
This member of 30bad is having great results managing/reversing her fathers alzheimers, and has been posting regular updates which I think you'll find heartening: http://www.30bananasaday.com/profile/Boshena
Maybe you guys could chat?
Thanks Lucid, I've read her threads and friend requested - it was her story that got me inspired to attempt a similar road with my mother
Ah, ok! I hope you have positive results too.
cilantro has also been noted to remove heavy metals from the body and is a tasty addition to salads, cilantro, tomatoes, lime etc to kick it up and help with the chelation process. eat lots of cilantro, I do it like lettuces bunches at a time, and like grapenuts said don't bother pushing any 'agenda' or trying to win any 'battles' its about being as supportive and encouraging as possible and Ive found too that people don't really want to argue they just want to taste good, and if they end up feeling good from it that's even better!!!
Apples are also good as they are high in pectin just make sure they are ripe and chemical free, pretty much almost any fruit or vegetable is awesome just some more than other in terms of removing heavy metals and toxins, but they all support your body, have fun getting that variety in and supporting and helping mother best of luck to you!
don't give up!!!
thanks for your input raw zombie, cilantro i take it is what we in the uk call coriander. I have support of my brother and sister now so that's a relief, albeit with a degree of scepticism of it reaping any benefits of note.
I would do lots of green smoothies. They are packed with nutrients and easy to drink a lot of. Also maybe try a mono diet at some point.
I used to have memory problems/confusion and have now reversed all my health problems on this diet. I really hope you see positive results too with your mother.
All the best,
Thanks, what are the best ingredients to put into green smoothies, i take it it's fruit smoothies with added lettuce, spinach etc...
Yes exactly. Choose one or two fruits to put in and then add whatever greens you like. Start with just a few and then increase as you get used to the taste. Kale works really well, as does chard, spinach, parsley, celery etc.
A really good green smoothie for summer is parsley, apple, and date. It has a great flavor and is really energizing. I also have a recipe book on my website www.therawmonkey.com/books if you need more ideas.
Feel free to ask if you have any more questions - I'm always happy to answer them.
All the best with everything,
Thanks Esperanza Vite .... i tried concocting my first green smoothie last night for myself, i blended one large mango, a small amount of water and 100g of Kale .... it was disgusting, i must have had the proportions all wrong, also the Kale i got from the supermarket was a bag of tiny pieces and the smoothie had bits of stem in it, my partner described it as pond water.
I managed to down the lot which was a pint of liquid, i almost urged some of it and had a very bitter taste in my mouth all evening, ate two medjools to try and get the taste out of my mouth.
I guess i need your recipe book : )
Pond water....I'm impressed you managed to drink a pint of it! ;)
I would start out by trying something a bit milder if you're not used to having the greens. Parsley is a good option, as it has quite a sweet flavor. Or some baby spinach. Then move on to the more 'robust' greens once you've gotten used to the green smoothie concept! Also, use more fruit to greens (4-5 mangoes and 100g kale, no water) so that it still tastes predominantly of fruit. Do you have any markets near you where you could get whole kale rather than the ready prepared stuff? It will have a fresher less bitter taste to it.
Apple, parsley, and date works well as a transition to green smoothies. Use 3 apples, 12 dates (deglet size, 6 medjools) and around 20g parsley to start with. This one isn't bitter at all, and you'll hardly notice the greens. It's more like a pudding than a smoothie, as the dates make it quite thick, but the principle is the same :)
Let me know if you need any more advice :)
Have a lovely day,