Hello My Fibromyalgia Community,
My name is Amanda Elise Love and I’m a registered holistic nutritionist who works with those with Fibromyalgia. As I know your plight of not finding answers, the answers you so desperately seek. I personally was diagnosed with it over 10 years ago. That is why it is my mission to work with 156 people with fibromyalgia this year to get back to enjoying your life again through lifestyle changes ,supplements, food choices and mindset . I hope you want that too this year.
I hope you enjoyed last week’s episode 47 with Sherianna on Emotional Detox. Definitely check that out the episode if you haven’t.
I am bringing you a solo episode! Make sure to reach out if you are enjoying the guest experts. Or you just like me! Or maybe you like both. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Now let’s talk about today’s topic which is “Fibromyalgia And Food Part One “But First why did I choose this topic because dietary changes are not part of the standard treatment for those with fibromyalgia. Which is horrible to me! The two recommendations are medication and physical therapy. Which we all know don’t work.
When you are suffering daily with the common symptoms of horrific pain, fatigue, sleep issues, brain fog, and digestive issues. Then you should look no farther than what you are eating. Look at what improvements you can make with your food choices so you can start feeling better.
This is honestly one of the things I work on with my clients is telling you what foods are going to give you back your life.
So what you are wondering should I change what I’m eating.
My first suggestion is Avoiding Gluten. Episode 12 Food Allergies and Intolerances. This is one of the foods I say that you should really consider not having. A lot of people with fibromyalgia have food sensitivities so you should check this episode out.
Do you know what Gluten is?
Gluten is a gunky glue-like protein found in cereal crops. Most people are familiar with wheat as being a main source of gluten. We forget that it is also in many other grains such as barley, spelt, and rye.
You might think that you are following a healthy gluten-free diet by avoiding wheat but you might inadvertently be interesting in gluten from other grains. One molecule of gluten can stay in your body for weeks up to months.
Something you might not know Oatmeal of course does not contain gluten but you might have seen the gluten-free oatmeal. This might have confused you. Oatmeal is most of the time processed in a facility with other grains so it may become cross-contaminated. So that is why you buy Gluten-Free Brand.
I personally enjoy Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats.
Getting to know the grains you eat should be your first step. You also have to think that gluten is so many processed foods. The gluten-free products are not what you should be having too often either as they are heavily processed and contain additives that might make your fibro symptoms worse. A lot of them are very high in sugar or have ingredients that quickly convert to sugar. The best thing is to have foods as close to their natural state as you can. If you are going to have something that is not natural. Just make sure to read all the labels for gluten.
You might be wondering why so many people are having issues with wheat. It is because today’s wheat grain is genetically different from wheat produced decades ago.
I’m sure most of you have heard of gluten sensitivity? If you don’t know I have two genes from both parents that predispose me to that gluten sensitivity.
If you have gluten sensitivity – This means that when you have the smallest amount of gluten going in your body it causes an immune system response in the small intestine. This of course ends up being the end result which is called leaky gut.
If you want to learn more about “What is Leaky Gut “. I talk about it in episode 13. Which will be in the show notes.
Think about this gluten big cause of body-wide inflammation. Researchers are saying that it is not an inflammatory condition. The symptoms of body-wide inflammation and Fibromyalgia can overlap.
What inflammation and Fibromyalgia have in common :
Body wide aches and pain
Issues with the digestive system: like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or reflux
Poor Sleep and Anxiety
You might find this interesting. There is a report that if you have Fibro patients with a non-celiac gluten sensitivity improved when placed on a gluten-free diet.
The way they measure this improvement was the study patients achieved at least one of the following criteria.
Returning to normal life
Returning to work
Remission of pain
Discontinuation of opioids(pain meds) This is not in my scope of practice) This is something you should ask your doctor.
Now you should know that gluten sensitivity is not the cause of Fibromyalgia. But you can see improvements in your health when following a gluten-free diet.
So what do you have to lose by not least trying it? It may help to keep a food journal and record any symptoms that occur after eating particular food items! If any patterns, it may be worth considering avoiding those foods for a while to see how this affects symptoms!
Next to do is Vitamin D
The National Institute of Health actually says there might be a link between Fibro symptoms and a vitamin D deficiency.
There is some research that shows that if you have chronic issues like fibromyalgia. You are most likely low on vitamin D. There are also studies that found if you take vitamin D supplements this has shown to improve your mood, sleep, and overall well-being.
Of course, more research needs to be done on this topic.
Foods that have vitamin D to include each day.
Egg Yolks (if you don’t have a sensitivity to Eggs)
Swordfish and Salmon
Tuna, canned in Water
Remember that bodies work differently from someone else. So it might not reduce the symptoms in everyone with fibromyalgia.
Spinach – Another study says that they have found a connection between low magnesium levels and Fibro symptoms!
It shows that your digestive system and urinary issues are linked to the condition which in turn causes magnesium deficiency. When you are not getting enough magnesium that can contribute to muscle spasms and weakness, agitation, anxiety, restless leg syndrome (RLS) sleep disorders, and menstrual pain! Which we know are all fibro symptoms.
Other great sources of magnesium are :
Legumes, Kale, swiss chard, other leafy greens
Brazil Nuts, Cashew, Pumpkin and squash seeds
Those are three suggestions that I have given you in this episode! This week think about which one you want to do. Then take action on doing it.
If you struggle with following recommendations accountability is a huge thing I work on with my clients as a coach/nutritionist on following through on what they need to get better.
Would you like help with food so that you know which foods are right for you and your body? Then I invite you to do a short 30-minute phone call so that you don’t have to figure out the foodstuff on your own. Make sure to reach out through any social media or by email. Which will all be in the show notes.
Next week’s episode I will be Episode 49 Fibromyalgia and Food Part Two.