Let’s laugh at ourselves. See at the very beginning, I have given you a general outline of what we need to eat and what we need to avoid.
Then we went a little deeper into the analysis and we related each symptom with beneficial foods. However, there is a little more information that we can benefit from. And now, from that list of beneficial foods, we are going to remove certain foods. Yup! That is how we roll…
While we all have similar and yet different symptoms, there is an underlying kinship here. Most people with fibromyalgia do have food intolerance and there are some definitely no-nos.
- Aspartame – found in artificial sweeteners such as Equal. Large amounts of aspartame can cause fibro-like symptoms and aggravate existing symptoms.
- Caffeine – it may seem like a good idea to pick up a mug of coffee to eliminate the afternoon inertia but once you crash, you will be even more tired. And worse yet, you won’t be able to sleep.
- Dairy – because many fibromyalgiacs are lactose intolerant.
- Gluten – because many fibromyalgias are also gluten intolerant. WTH!
- Preservatives – and flavour enhancers such as MSG and even sugar.
- Salt – can cause swelling in some fibromyalgiacs
- Sugar – sure, like caffeine it will give you that boost, but it will also give you the crash. Also, many fibromyalgiacs do have SIBO and an overgrowth of yeast and sugar is their best buddy.
- Nightshade Plants – while it is accepted that veggies are very good for fibromyalgiacs, it has also been seen by researchers to be unfavourable for us. This would include tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplant. Avoiding these veggies might help reduce pain and fatigue.
- Simple carbohydrates – just go for complex carbs!
To understand a bit more on what is good and then removing some of the good stuff because it is not really good, you will need to read the article on the Elimination Diet. That will help to get a clearer picture of your personal fibromyalgia diet.