I have a question on how CFS'ers handle influx of vegetables to their diet. I'm being treated at Open Medicine Institute. Over the last few months, on courses of Rifaximin, taking Valtrex, and many other supplements, I've made progress and feel better. My SIBO symptoms have mostly gone away and my fatigue &PEM is better, although still there. With the progress made, I am now focusing on diet. Like many CFS patients, I've made changes throughout- especially things I stay away from (high-carbs, caffeine, etc.). Recently, I was recommended a set of vegetables (& Herbs) to take that would be helpful in improving my condition; they include: Vegetables Kale Dandelion Greens Lemon with Rind Cabbage Collard Greens Carrots with Tops Parsnips Fennel Beets with Greens Onion Leeks Garlic As well as Herbs Parsley Mint Basil Dill Cloves Cinnamon Oregano Cilantro Turmeric Ginger Barberry Neem Holy Basil Cayenne Paprika Cumin ___ I noticed as I take these vegetables (I've put them in a blender and taken them as a smoothie), that my body has a reaction to them- both positive and negative. The positive: I feel a kind of energy I hadn't had before. First, an energy throughout my body that is a mild but positive change. Second, a more dramatic change in the energy I have in my legs. I found this odd. Waist-up my body feels the same. But my legs have much more energy. I found myself being able to walk without the constant soreness in my quadriceps. Usually, my quads definitely feel it when I walk uphill even if the slope is gradual. But this time I was able to walk uphill and to my surprise, I didn't feel that lactic acid soreness right away (nor did I feel it later). The negative is that I'm not sure my body is able to properly digest the vegetables. I am getting some stomach discomfort, some reflux (which seems to be of the vegetables), some more acidity, belching. I took way too much of the vegetable smoothie the first day and am now starting low and working my way up. Still even with 2 ounces today, I felt some of these negative symptoms. I'm wondering if there's something about CFS that makes it harder for us to digest these vegetables? Should I be doing something (in the way of eating different kinds of vegetables, or taking other enzymes, etc.) to help with the digestion. Throughout my life, I've never eating much vegetables, except the cooked kind (where a lot of the value is lost) and the occasional salad. I've read the vegetables are easy to digest; but I also know some are high in insoluble fiber and CFS'ers don't always digest them well. Any insights or advice is appreciated.