Managing Fibromyalgia Requires Paying Attention to Diet

Managing Fibromyalgia Requires Paying Attention to Diet
Through the Fog What we eat or don't eat can impact our fibromyalgia for good or for ill. It often seems as if once we figure out what we should or shouldn't eat, our body throws us a curve ball and we're back at square one. There may be a period of time that you can eat foods containing gluten, and then your body rebels so you switch to gluten-free. Although everyone should eat well, diet is especially important when your body is fighting illness. I would STRONGLY suggest that you don't eat any foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). When I purchase any type of grain product, I always check for "certified non-GMO" on the label. For that reason, I also do my best to buy local or organic produce. I recently switched to a vegetarian diet, but when I ate meat I would be sure it was grass-fed. My fish was only wild caught, not farmed, and my chickens were farm-raised and free-range. Be sure there are no antibiotics or hormones used in any meat that you consume. I've recently adopted a low FODMAP diet to help with my IBS. I still keep it vegetarian. You can find books and groups online if that's something you want to check out. It's only meant to last two- to six-weeks to get your symptoms under control, and then you start adding back one high FODMAP food at a time and see if it triggers your symptoms. Eat plenty of veggies, especially green leafy ones such as kale, baby spinach, romain lettuce, to name just a few. If you're able, eat organic.
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