Fibromyalgia Diet Tips
Diet is shown to be a major contributing factor to the effects of fibromyalgia on the body. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses - including heart disease and many cancers. When inflammation persists, it damages the body and causes illness. Stress, inadequate exercise, and exposure to toxins can all lead to chronic inflammation, but dietary choices also play a big role. Learning how specific foods influence inflammation is essential for reducing and eliminating symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Increasing the amount of alkaline foods you eat and decreasing the amount of acidic foods you eat will help to eliminate toxins and reduce inflammation in the body! Here is an excellent website with many alkaline diet recipes:
Click here for an alkaline food list
Every person is different and responds differently to various foods. You MUST listen to your body! While nuts tend to be acidic, I still eat them in moderation. I love raw almonds and cashews. They do not have a negative effect on my body or increase pain levels, so I enjoy them occasionally because of their many health benefits.
It can be overwhelming at first. Some foods may be recommended on one list as healthy, and on another as highly acidic. Don’t make yourself crazy analyzing food lists. You’ll see patterns emerge and realize that some foods have many health benefits, while some foods just aren’t good for you…period! Just listen to your body. Try eliminating certain foods for a while and see how you feel.
Top 7 Diet Tips for Reducing Fibromyalgia Symptoms:
- Eat as many fresh, whole foods as possible. Minimize your consumption of processed foods and fast food. This includes all “supposedly” healthy frozen entrees. These contain many preservatives and chemicals, which are very toxic to the body!
- Eliminate all sugar and artificial sweeteners. Stevia and Coconut palm sugar are the best options. Agave nectar in limited quantities is ok as well. You can also use Xylitol (which does not raise blood sugar levels).
- Eat an abundance of vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage, etc. and fruits (that are alkalizing and low on glycemic index, like berries).
- Decrease your intake of refined carbohydrates like pasta and white rice. Eat more whole grains such as quinoa. These are preferable to whole-wheat flour products, which have about the same glycemic index as white flour products. Choose sweet potatoes over white.
- Decrease animal protein, increase vegetable protein. Eat more beans and legumes, like lentils. I use these often to make a mushroom and lentil loaf. It tastes even better than meat loaf!. Tempeh, seitan, and tofu are excellent sources of protein and can be substituted for meat in most recipes. Hemp seeds are also a wonderful source of protein. You can sprinkle them on your salads daily!
Reduce (or eliminate) your consumption of dairy. You will reduce your intake of saturated fat by eating less butter, cream, high-fat cheese. Also, avoid margarine, vegetable shortening, and all products made with partially hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup. Earth Balance is a great butter substitute. Cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil is my favorite oil to cook with and can replace shortening in most recipes.
Next to sugar and artificial sweeteners, I would have to say that eliminating dairy caused the most significant improvements in my health! It’s so easy to do. There are many delicious, healthy alternatives widely available now.
- Add spices to your food like ginger, curry, cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, etc. These tend to have an anti-inflammatory effect and they add a lot of flavor to many dishes without added fat and cholesterol.
Foods I Cannot Live Without!
I eat these foods on almost a daily basis. They are always on my weekly shopping list!
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