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. If not, get a good organic produce spray to clean them before you store them. Lettuce will last longer if you put paper towel on the bottom of your bowl or other storage container and put your lettuce on top. Cover with a tight lid. It will stay crispy. You can also make salads in mason jars. They will stay fresh all week. Green leafy veggies are also wonderful in a smoothie. It’s all the nutrition without the green taste.

Fruits also should be organic unless it has a thicker skin, such as oranges, bananas, kiwi. Berries especially should be organic. When they’re in season you could buy locally grown. Otherwise, buy frozen and use them in smoothies or muffins.

I love making healthy muffins or little quiches in muffin tins. You can freeze them, and just take one out the night before for breakfast the next day. I am truly all about easy and healthy.

Always be aware of what you’re putting in your body. You really are what you eat. Give your body what it needs to be as healthy as it can be. For those of us with fibromyalgia, it’s especially important.

I’d love to hear your healthy-eating ideas.

Note: Fibromyalgia News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Fibromyalgia News Today, or its parent company, BioNews Services, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to fibromyalgia.

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