If one of your new years resolutions was to eat healthier, this may help you get on the right path.
Whenever you are developing your fibromyalgia diet plan, you will need to eliminate some foods and eat a lot more of other foods. People don’t realize how big a role food plays in fibromyalgia.
When it comes to nutrition, it is important to have a healthy, balanced diet. You should think about introducing whole foods, like whole grains, raw fruits, raw vegetables, lean meats, nuts, etc., into your diet. Also think about eating un-processed foods, because when you eat processed foods, such as refined sugar, flour, etc., your symptoms will become worse.
There are some foods you want to make sure you have plenty of:
- Fruits and vegetables – provide valuable amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which can help your body defend against illness. You may want to think about have Organic produce because pesticides and other food chemicals may trigger symptoms and flare-ups. No matter what kind of fruit or veggies you eat, always make sure to wash them before eating. Fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants include berries, citrus fruits, cantaloupe, apples, pears, plums, bananas, papaya, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, kale, mustard greens, bell peppers, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, asparagus, carrots and string beans.
- Lean protein – provides amino acids–the building blocks of lean tissue. For best results, you may want to eat lean meat, poultry, fish, and tofu in place of red meat. Fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, flounder, trout and halibut, also provide omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation. Beans, lentils and split peas provide rich amounts of protein and fiber, which enhances digestive function.
- Whole Grains - grains that have not been stripped of vitamins, minerals and fiber during food processing. Instead of eating refined carbohydrates, such as enriched breads, pasta and cereals (may worsen fibromyalgia symptoms) thin about eating whole grain . Examples of nutrient-rich whole grains include oats, whole wheat, barley, brown rice, wild rice, and air-popped popcorn.
- Drink plenty of water – at least 8 glasses a day
Foods to avoid:
- Carbonated Beverages
- Process Foods
- Artifical Sweetners
- Acidic Foods
- Red Meat
- Fried Foods
- Processed Carbohydrates
- All forms of tobacco
If you find that other foods make symptoms appear, then eliminate them from your diet.
Always read food labels to make sure you are not consuming anything you shouldn’t be.
Make sure you leave comments about your Fibromyalgia Diet.
Happy eating to a healthier you!