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   Posted 3/25/2010 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been doing alot of research about FM.  Found some really great suff.  However, it seems like every other site I find has to do with Nutrition and certain foods, etc to avoid.
Has anyone changed their diet to include or exclude certain foods?  Have you noticed any differences in pain levels or flares?  And what about vitamins?  Do you find some more tolerable than others?

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   Posted 3/25/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I would like to know what foods you found to avoid and what foods to add. The reason I am asking is because I cook pretty healthy and am curious.
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day, soma, fioronal, tramadol, zoloft.
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   Posted 3/25/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Denise:
Most of the foods I found you need to AVOID are caffeine, dairy products, sugar, eggplant and any other "nightshade" vegetable, simple carbs, fried foods and you should LIMIT red meat intake.  By eliminating or decreasing these in your diet it is said it will decrease the inflammation your body is in, thus reducing pain.   They recommend eating foods that are minimally processed or in their "natural" state.  You're also told to keep a diary of what foods you eat and your bodies reaction to them.  This way you can fine tune your diet.
I haven't tried this yet.  I HAVE to have my cup of java in the morning and I don't think I can skip dairy.  Sugar is a HUGE issue for me also.  I notice the worse I feel the more sugar and carbs my body craves.  And, like most drugs, my body goes thru a pain cycle unlike any other and only calms down once I've fed the craving.  It's such a vicious cycle.
So, maybe there is something to diet and FM.

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   Posted 3/25/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I think our diets might be as individual as our meds. What works for one might not
work for another. I know that binging on salty or sweet things can cause me more
pain. As a rule, I try to eat enough protein, to help with maintaining muscle mass and
try to eat whole grains, veggies and fruit and cut back on the refined carbs. Drinking
lots of water helps me too. I need something to flush out the

Because I have trouble sometimes with vitamin and mineral deficiencies I supplement
my diet with supplements.

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
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   Posted 3/25/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read about some of these diets. I think just making sure I'm not eating sugar etc. would stress me out. I just try the best I can to eat healthy food every day and avoid a lot of junk. But every once in a while I crave some junk and I give in. tongue
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   Posted 3/25/2010 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
From what I can tell basic healthy eating is a good start.
What I do is try to pick a healthier choice.
For example: Say you just MUST have waffles ... ok, but get whole wheat ones with fresh fruit or if you can't stand the thought of eating whole wheat, eat only half as much.

I find that staying hydrated helps a lot, so I try to keep a filled waterbottle with me wherever I go.

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   Posted 3/26/2010 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I read recently in a email from that bananas are the best food for us it is packed full of different things we need, needless to say I can not remember what it says. And of course I have deleted it. But for me bananas help with the pain. I also advoid coffee, refineds sugar also red meat, which is fine as I love chicken and fish. I think we all have to do a trial and error thing for each of us some of my friends are totlally diferent to me. I love the really hot weather and they like it mild. Like our pain our diets are at the mercy of this stupid illness.


FMS, CFS,IBS,Migraine

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   Posted 3/27/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was going through physical therapy I was advised to eat high protein/low fat foods for breakfast and lunch then high carb/low fat foods for dinner. This is partially to combat fibrofog. I've got to say that since I've taken this advice, fibrofog isn't nearly as bad as before. Too much protein at night supposedly affects the ability to sleep.

It can be difficult to find breakfast foods that meet this criteria. I've found that some protein bars (those with lower sugar content) are the best for me. Balance brand cookie dough flavor is my favorite.
1999 Fibromyalgia and all the fun stuff that goes with it came to live with me.

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   Posted 3/27/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I had my gallbladder out, not as many foods irritate my bowels, but I still find that I eat pretty much the same foods every day, because 1)it takes too much energy to think of something different, let alone make it, and 2)I don't want to incur the wrath of the gas monster. I can't eat too much of anything at one time or I'll get that yucky bloated feeling. This has been true for about the last 20 years. I have to be careful with too many raw veggies, and I'm a vegetarian, so I eat a lot of cooked veggies, eggs, cheese, whole grains, peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. Going off coffee once for 2 months didn't change a thing so now I drink it with attitude!!
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