"What about smoothies?"
Diets are a touchy point for most of us. Food is love in our society, and to mess with someone’s food is to invade their most personal space. The other side of that is that we’d all like to feel better. We’d like to have energy. We’d like to stop hurting. We'd love it to be as simple as the food we eat, but when we start down that road, we find it isn't simple at all. Lifestyle changes at a time when you are already struggling just to stay upright and awake more than three hours a day is not realistic.
I have tried just about every diet out there. I am me. You are you. Do your thing, and don’t let anyone shame you for doing it your way. Diets suck. Even when I felt better physically on certain diets, it was negated by the amount of work, pressure, guilt, and depression I experienced because of needing special foods. I don’t really do the cooking anymore (unless you count crockpot meals which I highly recommend), so when I need something, I have to ask another person to buy, prepare, cook, and clean up for me.
Having a rare disorder that is mostly ignored by the pharmaceutical industry and which often has no obvious cause makes it a prime target for wishful thinking. Yep, going sugar-free might cure you, but it's more likely to just be one more thing to add stress to your day.
We have been gluten-free for over ten years. That one is no longer as difficult. Due to increased awareness, I no longer have to grind my own grains (yes we did this), and make my own flour blends or go without goodies. Mass-produced gluten-free foods aren’t very healthy, though, so it’s important to become an expert on what you’re eating. For gluten-free, I highly recommend Gluten Free Girl. Her website is rich and detailed, and her books are wonderful.
That's the trick with any diet-for-cure idea. Just as you’re becoming an expert on your body and disease, you will have to add foods to that long list of things to learn. This doesn’t happen overnight. Take your time. Focus on what is important for you today. If it doesn't make you feel better, don't do it. If the work is more than it is worth, stop doing it. You have enough on your plate already. (See what I did there. Sorry, not sorry.)
Another trick is how does someone who is already barely able to feed themselves make dinner that requires special prep and ingredients? Do you make two dinners because your kids don't want to eat soup and cardboard? No one talks about this, but it is a real problem with the eat-to-be-cured diets.
I will say that lowering my sugar consumption (It was just Easter, and I am eating candy, so some days are better than others!), and keeping my daily gluten-free grain allowance to one serving has been the best for me, personally. It reduces my neuropathic pain, prevents my abdominal pain, eliminates the choking feeling I get in my throat, and allows me to eat normal meals. So, I can't rule out diet as contributing to some of my symptoms and successes, which is frustrating because it furthers that belief in a diet that will magically make it all better.