Is protein important for fibro?

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American Woman
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   Posted 8/2/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I read someplace that protein is important if you have fibro.  I don't eat much red meat, but I do eat some chicken, but have a tendency to eat things like popcorn, fruit, veggies and cereals.  Food isn't real exciting anymore and I don't know why because I love to cook (when I have the energy) and I used to love to eat.  I made some chicken noodle soup this morning and it's simmering on the stove, but I know when it comes time to eat it, I won't be that interested.
I know I'm not moving around as much as I used to, so I think that may be why the appetite isn't there.
So much of fibro is so confusing to me and any thoughts on this would be very much appreciated.
Thanks and have a great day!
American woman

Joie1
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   Posted 8/2/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
No clue...but so long as fiber isn't important...I'm all good.
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donnaeil
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   Posted 8/2/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
In my case protein is important. My type of fibromyalgia is severe and non stop. I tone down the pain with swimming, reduced stress, exercise and food. lol

I drink Ensure on the days that I do not think I have received enough protein. I eat eggs daily to reduce my appetite and provide protein. I think protein is essential for my muscles which give me lots of pain.

One thing I have discovered is that when I feel tired and am in a lot of pain a good swim and a steak ensures that I will have a better day on the day after. I also eat lamb, fish, chicken and tofu. However, beef provides the necessary creatine for my muscles.

I do eat a variety of carbohydrates for energy and do not do well at all on a low carb diet.

This is my experience.

Donnaeil

SleepyBug
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   Posted 8/2/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi AW,

I know protein's supposed to be very important for healthy muscle function, so I could see how it would be important for fibromites. I've never heard of it specifically being really important for us, though.

I have the same problem with food as you do. Nothing sounds very appealing to me anymore, and I used to be a total foodie. I am also pretty much living on fruits and salads and popcorn..with the occasional bit of cheese thrown in for good measure!
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ivy6
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   Posted 8/2/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
... Also, the traditional advice often given for severe fatigue is to eat protein for an energy boost during the day, and carbohydrates at night.
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American Woman
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   Posted 8/2/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the good advice. I am going to try ensure and some carbs at night to see if that makes a difference. I do some walking and seem to feel better after, but with the arthritis in my knees even walking is limited. I started doing some of the stretching exercises and that seems to help. Well tomorrow is another day and I will try to get more protein in my diet and see what happens.
thanks again everyone.
American Woman

ivy6
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   Posted 8/2/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Is Ensure full of sugar? If so, drinking it might be counterproductive, as you may get a sugar surge then crash.

What about a boiled egg, or some natural yoghurt, or a glass of milk, or something like that?
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American Woman
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   Posted 8/3/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ivy6, I didn't even think about the sugar content in ensure. I'll try the yogurt and eggs and see if that helps.

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   Posted 8/3/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I have eggs every day but usually will make scrambled or an omelet and use two eggs...but only one egg yolk.  By doing this, my cholestorol is just fine and I'm getting most of the nutrients needed. I do think a good, balanced diet is good for anyone. 
 
I always include fresh veggies and fresh fruits and I do count my carbs.  I'm diabetic plus I gain weight easily. 
 
Lastly, I pretty much avoid fast food places and prepackaged foods.  I'm an avid label reader and I can't even pronounce some of the chemicals they put in that stuff and that can't possibly help you at all.  And God only knows what fast foods hold!  smhair    So I stick to fresh, home-prepared food most of the time.
 
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