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Fibromyalgia – Quick Reference Nutritional Guide

Nutritional Guide to Help Ease the Pain and Fatigue of FM and CFS/ME

A multifaceted approach is essential to achieve FM healing, including chiropractic and nutrition. This summary of nutritional information should get you started toward that goal. This sheet is not intended to be the only alternative for the FM patient. Always consult your physician before implementing changes to your diet or lifestyle.

Inflammation in your body causes pain. Avoid these inflammation causing foods:

  • Red Meat
  • Green Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • White Flour
  • Processed Sugars
  • Wheat products
Substitute rice pasta and spelt flour for wheat products.
Use honey, agave nectar, and fruit for sweeteners. 

Foods to enjoy in unlimited amounts

This is not a restrictive diet, but an inclusive one. It is important to maintain a broad and well-balanced diet, rich in antioxidants and a wide variety of foods, including chicken, fish, vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Dietary fiber is vital in keeping your GI tract working optimally. Fresh ginger is a powerful antioxidant. High phytonutrient value can be achieved with these colorful foods. The more color, the higher phytonutrient value:

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids  

These and other antioxidants are often depleted in the FM and CFS/ME patient. It is important to supplement omega-3 and omega-6 and include nuts, seeds, and fish in your diet.  A multivitamin is also recommended.

Food sensitivities and allergies

If you think you are sensitive or allergic to certain foods, consult your physician or nutritionist about an elimination diet to determine what may cause allergic reactions or digestive problems for you.

Resource: The Fibromyalgia Cookbook by Shelly Ann Smith with Foreword by Alison C. Bested, MD, FRCPC, hematological pathologist; and Alan C. Logan, N.D., doctor of naturopathic medicine; all from Toronto, Canada. Copyright 2002, 2010, Sourcebooks, Inc.  See blog: http://www.mttop72.wordpress.com.