Is there a proper Fibromyalgia Diet to eliminate my symptoms? No, dear I am sorry to say there isn’t. This is because each of us fibro fighters has different food sensitivities and different symptoms and worse yet, we also have different symptoms flaring up on different days. However, there certainly are guidelines that we can follow to help us cope and to minimise the flares. The most important fact is that we need to use food to improve our overall health and well-being.
First and foremost, it is best to start with the Elimination Diet. This is a diet which you need to go on for approximately 3 – 6 weeks. During this period, you abstain from a huge number of foods. Click here to read more about the Elimination Diet.
And I would like to suggest that you keep a Food Journal. This is very important because it helps you to keep a complete record of what you have eaten and the corresponding symptoms which you have shown. This will help you or your healthcare provider see a pattern of well-being which in turn will be of great help in you knowing what foods suit you and what you need to avoid.
A very simple guide which can be said to a general guide, will be to plan your diet around the following strategies
- keep yourself well hydrated
- eat more plants than meat. In fact, recent case studies have been conducted to see if being vegetarian is beneficial to those with fibromyalgia.
- reduce intake of sugar
- eat lots of vegetables and fruits, keeping as much as possible of this food raw!
The above is the broad definition of a healthy fibromylagia diet but another useful list here would on what food is best avoided
- fried food
- preservatives and additives or artificial anything
- gluten which are known to be pro inflammation
- black tea / caffeine
- red meat
- dairy products
- any other allergans your body reacts to
… and along with a proper diet, it is important to get some light exercise and to maintain a healthy weight.
While the above list is a general overview, we can actually build a much more inclusive list based on the common symptoms we battle. Read More>