- High-Glycemic Foods: That post-sugar crash? It's not your friend.
- Red Meat: It’s not just about the fat content. There's something about red meat that doesn't sit well with fibromyalgia.
- Caffeine: A double-edged sword. In moderation, it can be uplifting, but overconsumption might lead to a caffeine hangover—a trigger for fibro fog.
- Artificial Additives: It’s a far cry from "mother knows best" when it comes to man-made flavors and preservatives.
- Start a Food Journal: Write it down, every morsel. Not everyone keeps a journal, but this one might hold the key to your health.
- Experiment with Elimination Diets: Think of it as a lesson in learning to listen to your own body.
- Stocking Your Shelves the Smart Way: You are what you eat, so be a smart shopper. Load up on whole, unprocessed foods.
- Supplement Sensibly: Your plate might not be getting all the nutrients it needs. Talk to a holistic practitioner about supplementing your diet.
- Hydrate and Recover: Water isn’t just for fish. Staying well-hydrated helps with overall pain management.
- Take snacks with you. Some that I find easy to grab and go, even if I’m flying, are trail mix, rice cakes, Lara bars (or another healthy fruit or granola bar), and fresh or dehydrated fruit and veggies.
- Stay in a place with a kitchen. Even if you don’t plan on cooking the whole time, you’ll want a kitchen. Trust me. You get a bigger area to store all the yummy goodness that’s going to fuel you while on vacation. And you might just find inspiration to cook a time or two.Or at the very least, have salad ingredients on hand for a healthy, throw together meal. Other healthy options to stock your kitchen with might include smoothie ingredients and oatmeal.
- Scope out healthy eats before you arrive. You can find healthy choices when eating out. You just may have to look a little harder to find them.
- Get active! Go for a hike, find other outdoor activities, take your yoga mat and find your zin, head to a gym (some places will have one included in the price!). Whatever you do, make sure you move your body. Don’t just sit and let your vacation pass you by.
- That being said, also be sure to get some much needed R&R. Grab a book, find a hammock, and just enjoy being.
Earlier this year we decided to go Paleo. Brandon had had great luck in the past with a Keto diet (the two are very similar), so I thought why not? If this helps him, I’m all for it.
We continued with the Paleo way for a couple months. (If you’re not familiar with Paleo, think caveman and you’re on the right track!) Brandon lost 20 lbs. I, however, found 10 of those.
*Let me say here, that I’ve never been one to gain easily or quickly. So this was odd for me.
I started thinking back to what had worked for me in the past. I’ve always leaned heavily toward fish or chicken when it comes to animal protein. I’m happy to eat rice and other grains and even went vegetarian for a while a few years ago (I felt amazing by the way).
I remembered seeing something about the Blood Type diet years ago. So I decided to do a little research. Turns out, it’s super accurate for us. He’s type O and does best on a heavy protein diet with little to no grains and legumes. I am type A and do best on a largely plant based type diet. It's all quite interesting and I'm enjoying experimenting with this theory.
It makes sense, though. We’re all so unique in how our bodies respond to everything. Illness, temperature, different workouts, foods. Y’all, we are not all made the same. So why would one way of eating work for all of us.
So I’m curious. What diets have you tried? What’s worked and what hasn’t?