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   Posted 12/17/2008 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering something...

I've experience a curious phenomenon since developing fibromyalgia (and, therefore, my IBS got worse). I have always eaten a lot of meat, particularly red meat, and have always really liked it. But in the past year I've noticed that I will never ask for a steak. For one thing, I probably couldn't even eat half of it before getting full, but also I just don't WANT meat anymore. Chicken and turkey are still fair game, but I will still order a meatless dinner at a restaurant before I'll choose an entree featuring meat.

I've been told that FMS patients should try to eliminate animal protein from their diets and I've also heard a lot about how being a vegetarian can make FMS less severe. I always thought it was a load of bull but now I've been thinking. Usually, you crave things that your body needs. Maybe I don't crave meat because my body doesn't need it? It makes me sick sometimes when I DO eat it, but that's IBS and it generally doesn't get along with red meat (although I can totally get away with tomatoes and IBS isn't supposed to get along with them either). Aside from that immediate effect, I generally feel worse in the fibro way after eating meat (particularly red). I haven't had flares since the first couple of months I had FM; it tends to go more in waves for me, and meat puts me in a downer.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

I have considered that I'm just getting a little older (I'm only 20) and maybe my tastes are changing but that doesn't change how my body feels.

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   Posted 12/17/2008 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   

I don't know Sandi...I hardly eat any meat and I still get horrible flares.  So...don't know if a vegetarian diet would help.  I eat chocolate instead!


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   Posted 12/17/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Sandi, I pretty much gave up meat due to gastroparesis (stomach does not digest some foods) and I don't miss it. I eat small amounts of meat in pastas or rice and I do crave a hamburger once in awhile. I had a small fillet a few months ago and it made me feel bloated, tasted great. I've never been a big meat eater and I think as I got older I ate less and less meat probably because of the gastroparesis and the bloated feeling.
I've not heard that meat has anything to do with fibro. I don't know that not eating much red meat makes my fibro any better.
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   Posted 12/17/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I went through a long stage without eating meat, probably a year or so. I don't know why, but it just didn't appeal to me. Could not eat it. I eat it now though.

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   Posted 12/17/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never liked meat and I've pretty much illiminated it from my diet and I still feel terrible. I think why people say that you should give up meat is because now a days they are so pumped full of hormones and antibiotics.
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   Posted 12/17/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't be without my meat.  I love nothing more than a great steak or a wonderful roast beef!  I only eat it a couple of times a week because of fat and cholesterol but I do love it and it hasn't made a difference in my fibro.
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   Posted 12/17/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
Now this is food for thought. I am not much of a meat eater either, say that three times if you can, ha! most the time it does not even look good to me and the smell of it cooking gets to me and then other times it is ok.  I think that is more from my mingrains and have never put it together that fibro could cause one not to care for some foods.
Does anyone else have foods that they notice they donot care for since they have gotten fibro?  or that they just don`t care to eat anymore that is my problem, i am more of a muncher now, to sit down to eat i just have a hard time doing it.
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   Posted 12/17/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   

about 18 yrs ago I started having a prob w/ beef. I liked it WELL done and it was. The sight of red meat or blood and I would get sick. I would eat the meat and before I would finish the meal I had to run to the bathroom. Two yrs later I had my gallbladder removed, I thought that was the prob, but I still have that feeling till this day. I can handle a pork chop, chicken or some fish, turkey or beef I just can't handle. I also can't handle milk, eggs, cheese, even the smell of peanuts or peanut butter make me sick. I have a very small list of things I can eat w/o getting sick. I still cook the meats for the rest of my family, but I eat chicken. The smell of the beef and such cooking can make me gag.

I've had Fibro forever, but it has gotten worse in the past decade or so, and yes I have noticed that I can't handle some foods like I used to. If I can't handle it, I eliminate it from my diet, my mother will continue to eat the foods even if she gets sick from it. My DM hasn't been dx w/ FMS, but I do believe she has it, too.

The one thing I miss eating is popcorn, I have diverticulosis. The smell of the popcorn almost brings me to my knees, but the taste of it would really bring me to my knees. lol  Think about something else, Alice. shakehead

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   Posted 12/17/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
hi libertykitty,

i've read info too that says that fibromites should stick with a primarily vegetarian diet. i'm not so sure about that, though, since when i first started having symptoms i WAS a vegetarian! i went back to meat when i got pregnant with my 3rd child (i CRAVED it something fierce!) after my son was born, i pretty much lost the taste for meat again and ever since have only eaten chicken once a week or so, but i do still get a hankering for the occasional hamburger (once a month maybe) and i do still really like sausage for some reason. (though i have to blot it before i eat it) i haven't noticed any difference in my pain, though. i think a lot of the food recommendations for fibro are less about meat being extra bad for us and more about how important it is for us to eat a healthy, varied diet.


you know, in the past few years i've become the same way! i don't do well with large meals anymore, but do love to snack. i've definitely become more of a grazer than i used to be.

there isn't a particular food that i've lost the taste for, really (other than meat). i absolutely can not tolerate anything greasy anymore, though. anytime we have pizza or i eat sausage, i have to make sure i blot it really well before i eat it, or else it's just like a giant bomb in my system and i get achy and tired and feel awful! i wasn't a huge fried food eater before fibro, but i did like a burger and fries once in awhile or a nice pepperoni pizza. now my system just can't handle it-oh, that reminds me. one thing i used to love and now can never eat ever, ever, never is onion rings. :(


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   Posted 12/17/2008 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I heat meat a couple of times per week. Since I swim daily, I find that I need it. My muscles feel wonderful the day after I have steak or lamb for dinner.

A physicians assistant told me we did best on a vegetarian diet. I let her know that was not true in my case.

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