This has been a long journey for me… I feel passionately about this! What works for me may not work for you and vice versa…
The aim of this blog is to hopefully inspire you to start your own journey of discovery – the healing powers of nutritious food await you!
I have discovered a lot about how what I eat impacts my body through a process of trial and error. Some foods really help reduce my symptoms and others seem to really aggravate them.
This was not done for fun or weight loss but out of necessity. I was so ill that I couldn’t function. Towards the end of 2016 I was bed bound with severe fibromyalgia symptoms, struggling with double pneumonia as well as other health issues. I thought I had the eating part all worked out prior to that crash! However my body changed and I needed to start from the basics again and see what helped and what didn’t.
The process took time and patience… it was 6 months before I was anything resembling functioning again. A huge part of that was down to nutrition and eating the right food for my body. For me this is an anti-inflammatory diet rich in vegetables, healthy fats like avocado and olive oil and avoiding processed foods. My symptoms are under control for the first time in my adult life. I still have daily symptoms from my fibromyalgia but the severity has reduced greatly.
I don’t believe in diets or strict rules – I try to listen to my body by recognising the link between what I eat and how I feel afterwards. For me it was a process of elimination and paying attention to symptoms. Be your own detective!
The process I followed was to eliminate one thing at a time – dairy first (I was having respiratory issues), then wheat (tummy issues, IBS etc!) and then reducing sugar (to help with blood sugar drops/shaking). Once I figured out what I needed to avoid, I then started incorporating small amounts of what I could tolerate back into my diet. Have a look at my top strategies for living with fibromyalgia post for the detail on how I identified which foods caused me the most issues. For example I cannot seem to tolerate dairy well but I can have a bit of wheat and gluten occasionally if I am functioning well and not in a flare up.
I then figured out what proportions of protein and carbohydrates worked for me. I stay full with ¼ of my plate protein, ¼ brown carbs and half vegetables.
I also change up my eating to work with my body’s own rhythm. I find a mix of carbs, protein and fruit works in the morning and not too many carbs at lunch or I am asleep at my desk!
Thanks for reading. Tune in for tip 3 next week!