Fibromyalgia: The Food Factor

If you don't already know, fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease, as is rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Many Americans suffer with autoimmune diseases with very little relief.

I suffered for years with painful flare-ups from fibromyalgia and never found medications to be helpful.

My Main Squeeze

I remember days when I would have my husband squeeze me all over. Somehow the pressure from his squeezes would give me some temporary relief. Not only were these flare-ups painful, but I had little energy to do anything besides lie in bed.

I had episodes that would last for days and I seemed to have them at least once a month.

When I changed my diet, my flare-ups disappeared.

Sugars and Breads Cause Flare-ups

After 5 months without a flare-up, I went on vacation and ate vacation food. I ate bread and sugar for the first time and low and behold, I had a flare-up.

I remember being in Mexico, waking up with pain I hadn't had in months, making the connection immediately.

As soon as I got back home, I went on a sugar detox and flushed my system with lots of lemon water, apple cider vinegar, and kombucha and my body bounced right back. 

I then went another 4 months and had food-nesia (amnesia of food) and "treated" myself to some cake. I now know my body doesn't respond to sugar and breads as a "treat." 

These things cause inflammation and my body then turns on itself...I'm the person that needs to burn my hand on the stove a few times before I get it.

I'm not perfect. I can say without a shadow of a doubt, I will eat those things again when food-nesia sets in.

The important thing is to be fully conscious of the consequences and weigh them before I indulge.

This consciousness keeps the "treats" to a minimum and allows me to have more control of my health.