MCC0523 - I should have mentioned that I also follow the FODMAP diet - so something with very little fruit sounds good, but I'm also somewhat restricted in what veggies I can eat. The diet does sound worth a look, though it also sounds kind of expensive. I'm especially interested in what you say as my husband has POTS and ED syndrome, like you - however, he also needs a low cholesterol diet and it doesn't sound good from that point of view - do you have any thoughts on that? It's a struggle to cook separate meals - I'm the healthier one so I do most of the cooking but I can't do too much chopping, peeling etc.
I think that low cholesterol diet is a BAD idea long term... cholesterol is found in almost every cell in the human body, and it is what the myelin sheath which coats the nerves (and what is attacked in MS) consists of. If one doesn't consume cholesterol, then the liver makes it, so if the diet is low in cholesterol (or good fats in general) it can overtax the liver, and other bodily functions, reducing the absorption of Vitamin D (which is made by exposure to sun, but if there isn't fats, especially cholesterol, to help with the synthesis, then it isn't used as efficiently) and hormone production and it increases inflammation. Inflammation should be more of a concern with heart disease than lipid levels. Half of people who have their first heart attack have a NORMAL (or what the FDA says is normal) lipid panel. Lack of good fats leads to inflammation, and with EDS, inflammation is a given frequent dislocations and hypermobility. Since I've started eating this way, my knees are now a normal size (the first time in over 3 years), and my pain levels, which used to hover around a 7 on a GOOD day, hasn't gone above a 5 in 2 weeks, maybe longer.
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cholesterol/ has a much, much better explanation of this than what I could ever do.
As far as expense, it doesn't have to be. I shop on the perimeter of the store, and I get whatever is on special with the meats, and I pick the veggies that I can tolerate. By going on special, I spent around 4 dollars for 8 lamb loin chops last week (that was the meat for 3 meals), and just under 6 for a pound and a half of salmon (4 meals). I am planning and preparing a garden right now, and for chopping and peeling, something like a Slap Chop or some other vegetable chopper and a potato peeler (mine hasn't seen a potato in a LONG time, though) are great for spending less time and energy on that part of meal preparation. And at first, I was worried about doing so much chopping and peeling, but I'm feeling better enough that it isn't a big deal as I feared it would be.