Fibromyalgia - My Allowed Food List
Listed below are the foods I eat on my current diet to avoid fibromyalgia and pain problems. It isn't exactly the same as any standard medical or alternative health diet. This is just the diet I have created for myself through trial and error that when I follow, helps me to feel pretty good. It is kind of a mix of principles that worked for me that I found in Ayurvedic, the South Beach, Sugar Busters and Paleodiet diets.
The main difference between my diet and the Paleodiet is that I think it helps my irritable bowel syndrome to eat mostly cooked instead of raw food (a tip from Ayurvedic medicine). I suspect this is because cooking destroys any microbes, fungus and parasites on the food, so they don't get into my body. This reduces the work load on my liver and detoxification systems and also reduces the demand for nutrients such as magnesium and zinc that are used in the body's detoxification processes.
I also eat a lot of beans, especially refried beans because they are very high in magnesium and my body seems to need high amounts of that mineral. So even though beans are not on the standard Paleodiet food lists, I usually seem to feel better after I eat them.
The only problem I had after changing my diet a few years ago was that I used to be able to eat a lot of food without gaining weight. After I went off my semi-vegetarian, low fat, high fiber diet I felt a lot better but I did put on too much weight. But for a long time whenever I would try to diet, my fibromyalgia symptoms would return. Low calorie, low fat, low carb diets all made me feel worse and caused a return of symptoms. I have finally started losing weight again on my new diet after buying a pedometer and walking 8, 000 - 10,000 steps a day.
While I don't always stick to it, I think a low glycemic diet does help me to lose weight. I feel better when I follow it as well. The really interesting thing about the low glycemic diet is that I feel like I am able to think clearer, have more energy and oddly enough I have even been more organized. So in addition to losing weight, I overall feel better, too, both physically and mentally.
Ideally all food should be fresh and organic and free from commercial dyes, preservatives and other additives.
Foods I Eat on My Diet
Meat, Poultry, Fish - preferably organic. For meat I eat it stir fried, baked, broiled, steamed, poached, cooked in the crock pot, and roasted on my home rotisserie.
Dairy (small amounts)
Fruit - (limited amounts)
Grains - I try to limit these
Vegetables - I eat lots of cooked vegetables, especially in soup. Some of my favorites are:
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