In my last post I started to list out the top three foods to avoid if you have fibro and we covered sugar. Here are two more foods I eliminated that made a huge difference in my health as I began to find my way back to health after more than a decade of fibro symptoms. It’s interesting to note than even though I was under the care of a gastroenterologist for severe IBS symptoms, and on medication, never once was it suggested to me that my problem may be food related.
Quite opposite, when I mentioned foods that I thought may be bothering me, I was given an endoscopy and told that although there was inflammation of an unknown origin throughout my digestive tract, I should just stay on the stomach acid-blocking meds and I’d be fine. I’m so fortunate to have found a naturopath and a holistic dietary expert who both put me on track.
Here are two more problematic foods to drop if you have fibro:
Many of us fibro conquerors find that we do much better once we forgo anything containing gluten, which would be anything containing wheat, barley or rye. Gluten is highly linked with digestive problems, especially a condition known as “leaky gut” which contributes to fatigue and all types of gastric distress.
That said, don’t simply replace gluten items like bread, cake and cookies with gluten free versions. Gluten free junk food is still junk food and won’t help you feel better. GF baked goods are still loaded with sugar and flours that raise your blood sugar level, as mentioned in my last post HERE.
Gluten is hidden in many prepackaged snacks and foods, so diligently read food labels and get familiar with code phrases like maltodextrin or modified food starch, that mean gluten. Carefully consider food for its nutritional value and realize that as a fibro gal, you need the best possible fuel you can find. You deserve that! That means more whole, unprocessed foods, like vegetables & fruit (ideally organic), lean, hormone-free meat, poultry and wild fish and less fast food, starchy carbs, packaged chemical-laden convenience foods, sugary drinks, caffeine, and alcohol. The better fuel you put in, the better your engine can run!
First of all, forget everything you have been brainwashed to believe that dairy is healthy and that you must drink milk for strong bones. That was a message cooked up by the Dairy Council to sell more milk and has zero scientific proof behind it.
In fact, there are many studies that show milk drinkers have a higher rate of osteoporosis. You can get more calcium in a bowl of collard greens with no nasty effects of milk.
The fact is, many people suffer from a food intolerance to dairy and get embarrassing IBS-like symptoms of gas, bloating, diarrhea and skin rashes from milk and cheese. Dairy also increases yucky mucus which I experience as having to constantly clear my throat and this also triggers sinus problems. Dairy can be another tough habit to break (who doesn’t want to dive head first into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every now and again) but once you eliminate it from your diet, you should see your symptoms subside.
Consider dropping all three of these problematic foods for a minimum of 30 days and take note of symptom severity. I’ll bet you feel so much better that you don’t miss these things as much as expected. If you do not feel significantly better, you should get a full IgG blood test for food intolerances (not the same as food allergies) because there may be another food you are eating that is still causing problems in your system. For instance, in addition to these Big 3, many people have intolerances to eggs, peanuts, soy, and corn. It’s always best to test.
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