to Avoid List for Fibromyalgia
The foods below
are ones that I found it is best to limit to help my fibromyalgia and
Foods I try to limit or
- Whole and refined grains,
except for small amounts of refined rice, pasta and tortillas. I make
meals with grains for my family, but in general the less grains I eat
the better I feel.
- Most salads and raw vegetables.
I think raw foods are hard to digest for people with less than robust
digestive systems. If I do have a salad, I use ranch dressing or some
other kind of dressing with beneficial bacteria.
- Excessive amounts of
foods with blood thinning properties, such as onions and garlic.
- Olive oil - I know this
is supposed to be a health food, but personally I get tight muscles
- Eggs enriched with omega-3
fatty acids - my whole family has reacted negatively to these kinds
of eggs. This includes my husband, who normally doesn't have fibromyalgia.
We can all eat food with natural omega-3 fatty acids just fine, like
walnuts and tuna, but haven't done well with the eggs. I think it might
be because omega-3 fatty acids are known to thin the blood, and I've
noticed a link between increased fibromyalgia pain and too many blood
thinning foods. Maybe the eggs we bought just had unnaturally high amounts,
at least for our body types.
the labels on the eggs you buy. This may not be an issue for others
due to differences in diet, genes and biochemical individuality,
but my entire family didn't do well on omega-3 fortified eggs.
- Coffee, tea, and anything
else with caffeine. Coffee seems to be the worst offender for me. I
love the taste and I love the smell of coffee, but the feeling just
- Anything with yeast, sugar,
trans fats, dyes, preservatives, fortification, sulfites, artificial
- Fruit juice. I do drink
fruit juice for a quick pick me up, but in general I think it is better
to eat the whole, fiber rich fruit.
- Refined sugar tends to give
me an upset stomach, though honey doesn't seem to cause me any problems.
- High vitamin C foods.
Some juices and snacks are fortified with 100% of the daily values.
I think this can cause an imbalance with vitamin C and other nutrients.
- Excessive amounts of strawberries,
blueberries and most other berries because of their blood
- Mushrooms - because it is
a type of fungi.
- Soy milk
- Lemon juice or hot lemon
- Milk and most dairy products
except for small amounts of yogurt with active cultures when I need
it for better digestion.
Because everyone has a unique biochemical
makeup, it is likely that this list may not be right for everyone.
A good idea is too keep your own food journal and track how you feel
after eating different kinds of foods.
I avoid most of the above
foods because they are either high in salicylates, sugar, vitamin
C or they lower magnesium levels.