Things to avoid if you have fibromyalgia

Things to avoid if you have fibromyalgia

If you're a fibromyalgia sufferer like me, you know that you will do absolutely anything to prevent a flare. Below are tips and tricks that I have found to help me along my journey.

EATING FOR FUEL
Did you know that most food that you find in your supermarket actually had to travel over 2000 kms to get to you ? When you think about it, if you’re buying tomatoes in Toronto in the middle of December, you can be assured that they were not grown locally as the weather would not permit it. Vegetables and fruits are packed and shipped, meaning that it can take from 3-7 days for it to hit the shelves, and then a few more days for it to hit your stomach!

If you can do one thing for yourself, I would recommend eating seasonally! When you really think about it, the food grown locally during different seasons is meant to provide you with the appropriate sustenance needed to thrive. It is difficult at first- Cooking with pumpkin was definitely a first for me- and you can check out what’s in season at sustainabletable.org .

TIPS AND TRICKS TO HEALTHY POSITIVE EATING

Local Harvest is an amazing tool to find anything I list below :

⦁ Go to your local farmers market! They usually have great deals that are comparable to the supermarket, and they usually offer everything you need.
⦁ Join a community supported agriculture (CSA). You pay a fee for a share of the harvest, so when it is picked, you can go collect your fresh produce! You can check it out at
⦁ Sign up for a delivery service! Ahh, if I wasn’t a student. You can get a box of fresh, organic and local veggies shipped right to your door! It’s like being a couch kale instead of a couch potato.
⦁ Go pick your own! Unless you live in a Narnia like environment like I do, you can go pick your own fruits and veggies. If you are fortunate to live in Canada, you’re going to have to wait until the snow melts a bit more before stuffing your face in fields while no one is looking.
⦁ Grow your own! I do not have much of a green thumb, but I can assure you that herbs are almost as easy to maintain as cactus. If you don’t completely forget to water your plants for weeks at a time until you are frantically drowning your little friend trying to revive it, you can try your hand at vegetables.

Food to Avoid with Fibro- Authentic Human Stories

HIGHEST FRUITS/VEGGIES IN PESTICIDES
Potatoes, Apples, Celery, Cucumbers, Peaches, Strawberries, Sweet Bell Papers, Nectarines, Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce, Blueberries, Green Beans, Kale/Greens.
LOWEST IN PESTICIDES
Sweet potatoes, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Mushrooms, Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapples, Avocado, Cabbage, Sweet peas, Asparagus, Mangoes, Eggplant, Kiwi, Cantaloupe.

Things to avoid if you have fibromyalgia

THE ONLY TIME I WILL USE LABELS

ORGANIC- USDA “CERTIFIED ORGANIC” : What are you talking about? If it’s a fruit or veggie, it means that there’s no toxic pesticides or GMO seeds used! When it comes to meat or dairy, the animals weren’t given antibiotics or growth hormones, and were fed a 100% organic diet and given access to outdoors.

GMOs– What are you talking about ? These bad boys are found in corn, soybeans and canola. They are the main ingredients in what they feed animals and labels will not report if they are used to make your food! Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, are engineered into food crops to make them have the ability to survive. It’s usually a toxic pesticide that is put right into the grain. We are still unsure of the full repercussions of GMOs but they have been banned through Europe and they are not allowed in any organic food.

ANTIBIOTICS- What are you talking about? Most animals like cows , pigs and sheep are drugged antibiotics to prevent or cure diseases, usually because the animals live in awful conditions. It is awful because it helps in creating antibiotic resistant bacteria that could, if you get sick, not respond to treatment.

REFINED SUGAR & REFINED FLOUR– BOTH are not very good for you. Sugar is best when kept to limited quantities; the issue with it is that the more you eat of it, the more your body will start to crave it. Refined flour breaks down into glucose (sugar) when it hits your system , which causes a spike of insulin (blood sugar) and then an awful crash. Try keeping hydrated, only eating sweets on special occasions, eating whole grains instead of refined flour (in white bread, pies, cakes, etc) and you should have more energy in no time!

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS I’m a sucker for Splenda in my coffee, and I know it’s AWFUL for me. They create a taste for sweet things and make you seek out more, and usually that leads to overeating even if you are using sweetener! Plus, Aspartame has been known to cause headaches and increase your chances of diabetes. Ugh.

TRANS FATS- It’s found in everything delicious like crackers, icing, microwave popcorn, anything that makes your mouth salivate, you got it! They make sure that your food can stay on the shelf longer and have no health benefits.

ARTIFICIAL COLORS- Look out specifically for FD&C Blue No1 and 2, Green No 3 and Yellow No 5 and 6.

SODIUM NITRATES- They make your bacon so delicious. Just so so so delicious…drools. Anyway, even though they make your food look good, they do the complete opposite for you; it’s known to trigger migraines and can develop cancer. Search for “nitrate free”.

MSG- Are you ready for a mouthful? Monosodium glutamate (that name should make you want to stop eating it ASAP) makes your food tasty. It’s used in canned foods such as soups and most fast foods! A lot of people report that it makes them feel ill.

Tobacco products

Poor sleep

2 thoughts on “Things to avoid if you have fibromyalgia

  1. Victoria Thostrup September 26, 2018 at 4:21 am

     I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia around 7 years ago although I’m certain I have had it much longer than that. I have suffered from sleeplessness, joint stiffness, severe pains, depression and fatigue. My neurologist prescribed duloxetin 40mg daily (Given as 20mg twice daily), although it did relieve some of the pain, I still suffered from joint stiffness and extreme fatigue. Finally, i started on Fibromyalgia herbal formula i ordered from Natural Herbal Gardens, this herbal formula did the magic! almost immediately i started usage, i started noticing a general reduction of symptoms including the very severe pains and fatigue. 9 weeks into usage, the disease has totally succumbed to this herbal treatment. The whole pains and terrible fatigue has seized and i am now able to function fully well again. (Visit www .naturalherbalgardens . com ) I’m able to get out of bed in the morning and have more energy to go about my daily activities.

    1. Fierce Fibro Femme September 27, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      You gave me the link, awesome ! I’ll go check it out 😊

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