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What to Avoid on a Fibromyalgia Diet | The Natural Cure To Fibromyalgia

What to Avoid on a Fibromyalgia Diet

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Some doctors initially put fibromyalgia down to stress, and believe that simply relaxing and eating right can make you feel better. Is the diagnosis really so simple? Is there really a fibromyalgia diet to help you feel better and get over fibromyalgia symptoms quickly?

Fibromyalgia is a debilitating syndrome characterized by muscular and skeletal pain, as well as other sometimes, severe symptoms.  It can be difficult to manage and doctors have found even harder to diagnose. 

There have been a number of suggestions as to the cause of fibromyalgia including toxins, injury or trauma, viral infections and changes in muscle metabolism, but there are no conclusive results.

So, is there a particular diet that you can follow to bring relief from fibromyaglia symptoms?

Studies have shown that by maintaining a healthy weight for your height and build and eating a diet consisting of low fat foods and lots of fresh produce can help to increase energy, which in turn helps to keep the fatigue that goes hand in hand with Fibromyalgia at bay.

So, rather than there being just one recognized diet that is suitable for all fibromyalgia sufferers, it is more about making a life change and adopting a different way of looking at food and choosing only the most healthful options that add nutrients to your body.

However, to give you an idea of where to start there are some widely recognized foods and beverages that if avoided, can help provide some relief from not only the physical symptoms but also the ‘brain fog’ that is a problem for many sufferers.

Unfortunately, these first four:
- Chocolate
- Carbonated beverages
- Coffee
- Alcohol
Are usually part and parcel of everyone’s diet so it may take some willpower to give them up! Start by cutting down and eventually weaning your self off them if a clean break is too much all at once.

Other common food triggers that can exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms include:
High fat dairy foods
Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners
White flour
Fried foods
Food containing preservatives and additives
Fast food
Red meat (especially cured or smoked)
Caffeinated drinks
Highly acidic foods
Nightshade plants (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and potatoes)

In terms of what you can eat to ease symptoms it really is a case of going back to basics and eating freshly prepared meals full of nutritious ingredients. It will take more time to prepare and when you’re feeling below par the thought of cooking can be pretty exhausting but the benefits to your body can be significant compared to eating prepackaged foods stuffed full of preservatives, colorings, sugar and salt.

When choosing what to include in your diet its important to understand how food effects your body. This is why it’s important to select foods that are highly nutritious and provide a boost to your immune system. Having fibromyalgia can give you ‘flu-like symptoms so getting an additional ailment on top of having fibromyalgia can really knock a sufferer badly. Keeping your immune system strong will help prevent this from happening.

Although the list presented above is by no means comprehensive, it should give you an idea of what foods should not be on your diet if you are suffering from fibromyalgia.

Keeping a food diary and a note about how you felt each day can really help you to determine which are trigger foods for you. It will soon become obvious if certain foods or drinks bring on symptoms and these can then be eliminated from your diet.

If you want to follow a fibromyalgia diet ensure you discuss any changes with a nutritionist or medical professional first.

If you haven’t already done so you can grab your free copy of the free fibromyalgia newsletter and discover more about other connections like the fibromyalgia diet one.

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5 Responses

  1. roni lane
    December 13th, 2007 | 11:18 pm

    Thank you for sending me what foods to avoid. I did not know this, and I eat some of those things which I guess I should be avoiding. These are things your family doctor does not tell you.
    Your newsletters are very imformative, and it’s nice to know that there is someone who is willing to give up their time to try to help people with my condition.

    Thanks again,

  2. December 14th, 2007 | 4:51 pm

    Here’s a link to some more tips regarding fibromyalgia and diet - I hope you find them just as helpful Roni.


    Thanks for your comments!

  3. Sue
    December 20th, 2007 | 10:30 pm

    I have an excellent naturopath who works with me to ensure that my cells stay well hydrated and healthy. There is no point taking supplements if they are not being absorbed by the cells.
    I have a 20 minute infra red sauna, also known as the detox box, 3 times per week and I find that this is the most beneficial thing I do. After my gym workout I sit in the infra red sauna and it is heaven. The heat penetrates deep into the muscles giving pain relief and leaving me feel full of life. I also find that a regular exercise routine is critical to maintaining both physical and mental well being, even though there are days when getting out of bed is a chore, I always do exercise.


  4. geneva
    December 25th, 2007 | 2:31 am

    I’m glad to here that the foods I eat are some I should be avoiding. I was not aware of those foods being bad for my fibromyalgia. I have been diagnosed with fibro… for quite some time now and The medicine my doctor has put me on has made me gain quite some extra pounds that I was thinking of going off of. I’ve read that Ultra 90 weight loss is very good to take and that it helps with the weight loss and also helps with the pain of fibromyalgia. I go to see my doctor in February and I am going to ask him about it. In the meantime have you heard anything about this product and does it really work good for fibromyalgia pain? Anything info you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank You Geneva

  5. December 29th, 2007 | 4:47 pm

    Hi Geneva - thanks for your comments and I’m pleased that my post about diet has helped. With regards to Ultra90 I haven’t had any experience of it. The ingredients are as follows:

    Marine Collagen Protein, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Safflower Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Bees Wax, Lecithin, Titanium Dioxide.

    Some of which could be beneficial for fibromyalgia and it doesn’t contain any caffeine or stimulants which is a plus.

    I would suggest that you wait until Feb and ask your doctor their opinion. If you do decide to go ahead with Ultra90 I would love to hear how you got on both in terms of weight loss and for relieving fibromyalgia symptoms.

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