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10 Tips for Your Fibromyalgia Diet | The Natural Cure To Fibromyalgia

10 Tips for Your Fibromyalgia Diet

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Though there are really no proven Fibromyalgia diet, there are some steps you can take to help you feel better, and to help balance areas that might be out of whack in the body. These dietary changes certainly won’t cure Fibromyalgia, but a person who takes the time to modify their diet and watches what they are eating (and what they are not eating) may find some relief. You should talk to your doctor about your diet and any plans you might have for modification.

Here are ten handy tips to help you get started.

1. Watch your sugar intake. Sufferers who cut down or eliminate sugars altogether often feel better. Don’t forget about the less obvious sources of sugar like high fructose corn syrup, which is found in many sodas and some juices. If you drink juice, make sure it is 100% natural as fruit contains a lot of sugar naturally.

2. Limit caffeine.
Though you may be feeling tired and think a jolt of caffeine will help you it may actually be counter productive. Most fibromyalgia sufferers have disturbed sleeping patterns and stimulants like caffeine can aggravate this. If you really feel you can’t go without a cup of coffee or tea, drink it in the morning only, and limit yourself to 1 - 2 cups. Caffeine tends to exaggerate sleeping difficulties, so watch for caffeine in any form as its found in items like chocolate and medications, especially when taken later in the day.

3. Got food allergies? 
If you are allergic to any type of food, you should eliminate it completely from your diet. One common problem is lactose intolerance. If this is a problem for you then its important to stop having dairy products. Ask your doctor how to supplement vitamin D and calcium if you decide to cut out dairy products as you need both of these nutrients for a healthy body.

4. Balance your meals. 
Though carbohydrates will give you a burst of energy, try to avoid letting them make up the majority of your overall diet. It is recommended that you have small equal amounts of proteins and carbs each meal with larger portions of fresh vegetables.

5. Eat smaller and more frequent meals.
You may find that eating smaller meals more regularly will help you feel better, and adding healthy snacks in between can help hold off hunger. Try having five or six small meals a day rather than three large ones. This can help balance body sugars and eliminate fatigue in some people.

6. Avoid preservatives.
This is a tough one, but it can be done. You should avoid foods that contain preservatives as they can act like toxins to the body. Instead, opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats for the main staples of your diet. Don’t forget about dairy if it is okay for you to have it.

7. Stop drinking alcohol.
Alcohol can interfere with sleep patterns and may also harm the liver. People often think they sleep more heavily after drinking alcohol, but in reality, while it can help with initially drifting off to sleep it is not the deep, restful sleep that someone with Fibromyalgia needs.

8. Ask about vitamin supplements. 
A lot of Fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t getting the vitamins they need. Appropriate vitamin supplementation can be helpful to almost anyone, and they are a great way to make sure your body is running at it’s optimum. However, there may be reasons why your doctor does not want you to take them, so be sure to talk with them about this first.

9. Be wary of artificial sweeteners. 
These can have the same toxic affect on the body as preservatives. Eliminate them if you can.

10. Avoid glutamates.
These are a compound that are found in the red tomato, some potatoes, and certain peppers. They may not be a problem for you, but they can cause problems with muscle pains in some. If you eliminate these from your Fibromyalgia diet, you may find muscle pain diminishes.

Try keeping a food diary for a month and note down what you eat and how you feel. If you notice any patterns regarding certain foods and worsening symptoms work to eliminate that food from your Fibromyalgia diet.

I would highly recommend you sign up for the free Controlling Fibromyalgia newsletter and discover the proven natural methods to help you combat the pain and frustration of Fibromyalgia. In the newsletter you’ll also find more about Fibromyalgia Diet ideas, plus other natural treatment methods you can try at home.

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6 Responses

  1. Taivas
    April 25th, 2007 | 11:37 pm

    Adjusting and watching what you eat, exercise, getting good sleep, taking herbs and vitamins — these things are all wonderful things to do to improve the health and strength of a person with ANY disease or illness.
    Fibromyalgia is very serious. It is as though the human body has lost its programming. The problem is chemical and lies deep within the brain affecting the neurotransmitters. If a person can improve by doing all these things, great. They didn’t have FMS that badly to begin with. There are those, including myself, who have it so severely that these recommendations can’t make a dent in it. Believe me, I’ve tried for over 10 years. There is no cure, there is no remission for real Fibromyalgia. It will be a miracle if there ever will be. Thanks.

  2. Rose
    April 28th, 2007 | 6:45 pm

    I understand what you mean Travis. I have recently been officially diagnosed with Fibro after wondering for two years what was going on and I feel like I am starting all over again in every aspect of my life.
    I think the point to drive home in this article and others like it is that we know that a cure is probably not possible and if it is, it is not soon rendered. That is why it is important to have some instant gratifiction.
    When I wake up in severe pain I don’t think about a cure, I want something to help me deal and fast!!! I like the fact that there are studies and articles out there like this one that cater to the part of us that don’t have the energy to think far enough ahead to ‘cure’ but just need to deal.
    You hit the nail on the head when you said the problem is chemical. When our personal physicians get past the Zolofts, Cymbaltas, Paxils and painkillers of it all as the temporary ‘answer’ to dealing with Fibro, then maybe we will all be in better comfort!!

  3. Suzy
    June 7th, 2007 | 1:13 am

    I couldnt agree more that dietary changes can indeed reduce levels in most patients with fibromyalgia. So many choose to ignore that they can make simple changes to their diet and feel better. They feel they have given up enough and they refuse to believe that their eating patterns can be responcible for some of their pain. Its just easier to do nothing.

    No one said it was a cure, they said it could help lower pain levels. While its true that fibromyalgia is a form of dysautonomia, that doesnt mean we cant do things to feel better. Those who just want to take medications rarely get better. Its a complete body problem and the answers lie in lots of things many fibro patients just arent willing to try.

    I beg to differ with those who use terms like “real fibromyalgia” when discussing treatments that have worked for others. Yours is not the only case of fibromyalgia , and you really should encourage others to try novel approaches at lessening their pain.

  4. Barbara
    July 22nd, 2008 | 1:28 am

    A friend of mine suggested looking up the symtoms of this disease. I have tiredness, muscle weekness, joint pain & swelling, can barley walk any distance without being in alot of pain or being so worn out I just want to drop. This started about 2 months ago and it really scares me. I feel I have aged about 20 years. I used to be so active. I’m seeing my regular Doctor tomorrow and if I don’t get some answers I’m going elsewhere to find them. Wish me luck!!

  5. Julie Smit
    September 18th, 2008 | 1:45 pm

    I have had fibromyalgia for many years. I have so much pain everywhere, my head is always foggy, my doctor just laughed at me when I told him. At times it feels as if my brain is loose in my head, such is the discomfort, I just cannot describe it. The pain is just everywhre, I find it difficult to exercise, walking is painful, my skin is sensitive to the touch etc. etc. I am sure there are many of you out there with similar symptoms, I would like to hear from you, any hints will be appreciated.

  6. November 23rd, 2009 | 4:38 pm

    After years of different tests because of pain ,bladder problems,bowel problems,rhinitis,allergies,fatigue,digestive
    problems,insomnia,finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia.Through all of this I’ve lost 58 lbs.thinking that if doing so it my help my condition.No such luck.I walk and exercise even though I drag myself to do so.I was wondering what is you daily meal plan for breakfast,lunch.
    dinner,& snacks.?Pease help.Thank you for your support.God blees.Lucie

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