I have several autoimmune diseases, FM being one of them. I found what worked for me was to track food & symptoms to find the connections. I've also read many books regarding this so I had an idea what to look for. Although there are several thoughts on this, the basics the experts agree on are to eliminate processed grains (only whole grains) for some, eliminate grains all together. And to eliminate sugar (this includes corn syrup, fructose, etc). Another way to help is to eat what reduces inflammation and reduces your symptoms.
I control my food. I no longer let food control me.
Ditto the protein, and I've read that a lot of people with fibro, arthritis, or other autoimmune issues do better when they avoid fruits & vegetables from the nightshade family, which can contribute to inflammation. You might also try Googling "foods that cause inflammation."
Note: you likely won't find a study about this; very few studies are done with regard to foods and inflammation, because most studies are done by drug companies, and there's no way they can patent eliminating a food from one's diet. If they can't patent it, they don't study it.
If you want to try reducing or eliminating them to see if it helps you, the Nightshade family includes: tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, and peppers (including salsa, hot sauce, & cayenne pepper).
Everyone's body is different, so keep a symptom diary for a month or so to see what makes you feel better or worse (including the weather -- barometric pressure changes affect a lot of us). From my own experience, although technically not fibro, I'm autoimmune and get joint pain when I eat too many potatoes or onions, too much white flour, or the day before a rain, and cayenne pepper usually makes me feel better, not worse. I also feel better when I eat salmon or avocados. (Sounds crazy, but those are the things keeping a symptom diary for 6 months uncovered.)
Edited by: THISYEARSMODEL at: 7/29/2011 (15:55)
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I've been told to reduce my carbs and up my protein. The increase in protein has helped but I'm not sure that reducing my carbs has made any difference. I'm also interested to here if anyone has any recommendations. :)
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