Is There a Fybromyalgia Diet Plan?
Fybromyalgia (FMS) patients often wonder whether avoiding certain foods or adding certain foods to their diet will help with the symptoms. The verdict on this is still out at this present time. Researchers have not really linked certain foods with FMS symptoms, although there is anecdotal evidence by many patients to this very thing. Many patients confirm that avoiding certain foods does help with the symptoms but it can vary from patient to patient.
Keep a Journal
The best way to analyze your particular situation concerning fybromyalgia is to keep a journal. Within this journal, write all the activities you do each day along with all the foods you eat. In this way, when symptoms flare up, you can look back through your journal and see if there is any certain pattern that brings on your symptoms. It could be something simple like eating chocolate. Many people are sensitive to certain foods which could cause symptoms to appear or worsen.
Dietary Guidelines and Food Recommendations
Many health organizations recommend that you eat a balanced diet to manage your fibromyalgia and contribute to your overall health. Eat a variety of foods; include more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Limit your fat intake to no more than 30 percent of your calories, and reduce your salt and sugar calories as well. Consume only a moderate amount of alcohol.
A wide variety of antioxidants like blueberries, tomatoes, and spinach can also aid in symptom control. Consume more lean proteins such as cold water fish and beans. Include tofu to your diet, if you’re not allergic to soy products. Use healthy cooking oils such as olive oil, and drink six to eight glasses of water every day.
Besides a balanced diet, there are certain foods that will also inhibit sleep. Sleep problems are a common symptom for FMS and controlling these substances may bring about more restive sleep. Stay away from these foods in the evening: caffeine in coffee, soft drinks, and chocolate; alcoholic beverages, herbs, supplements, and cold medicines. Each can affect your quality of sleep.
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, and aspartame are found in many foods. A limited study was conducted where women with fybromyalgia eliminated these two artificial ingredients from their diets. The result: fybromyalgia symptoms greatly reduced over a period of a few months. When added back into their diet, the symptoms re-appeared. Although this was a limited study, it shed light on the theory that artificial ingredients may enhance or initiate symptoms of FMS. More research has to be conducted to actually prove this hypothesis.
There is no absolute fybromyalgia diet. However, a balanced diet along with caution when it comes to certain foods and additives may help you improve your symptoms. Keep a journal to find the actual culprits that cause symptom flare-ups for your case of FMS and you, too, can experience better symptom control and quality of life.