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Confusion about diet for fibromyalgia

My naturopath put me on a very strict diet of only animal protein and veg, no carb/sugar/fruit, little dairy (mostly cheeses.) While I do notice a difference in how I feel, it is very hard to stick with. I notice most foods have carbs/sugar. I also notice if I ‘cheat’ even a little with foods like beans or whole grains, I start to feel bad again and even gain weight. Naturopath told me to work out more and this will help, but it seems like I have sensitivities (not allergies) to so many foods now that I can not eat much of anything. Food used to be fun, now it is a huge chore. Advice on how to get on a better path?

Answer:

I personally am not a fan of extreme diets that cut either carbs/proteins/fats out as they are usually unsustainable in the long term, and can cause deficiencies and other problems in themselves. You mention sensitivities, if not already done so, I would recommend getting both an IgE allergy and IgG intolerance test done. In cases where you believe you may be sensitive to certain foods, it is worthwhile getting a clear picture as to what are your triggers. In my own experience I have found people have miss-diagnosed themselves, and believe they have an intolerance or allergy to something, when in fact it was something else that was the cause. Until you have a clear picture of what your sensitivities are, you cannot build a diet program that works for you. As a side note regarding your diet, is your current diet ensuring adequate levels of Vitamin D? Fibromyalgia patients have been found to be deficient in this vitamin. Ensuring you get adequate daylight exposure every day is also important so your body can produce your own Vitamin D. Omega 3 has also been shown to have benefits for fibromyalgia as it reduces inflammation and may reduce the amount of pain experienced. Consuming Oily fish as part of your diet a couple of times a week is something worth considering if you are not already doing so. As an alternative treatment you may also want to consider drinking camomile tea, which not only has anti inflammatory properties, but also is a natural relaxant and has a soothing effect on the digestive system.