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How does Eating Paleo Help with Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia patient adopts a paleo-friendly dietDue to the lack of objective diagnostic tests available for fibromyalgia, this is a chronic condition which often remains vastly misunderstood. People who have fibromyalgia can suffer from a wide range of symptoms, and often, they may live large portions of their lives without realizing what the root cause is.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are a variety of methods that can be used to help keep this condition in better control. For one, more people are finding that they can use their diet to combat their fibromyalgia.

 

A Customized Paleo Diet for Fibromyalgia

In particular, more and more support has been mounting in favor of a modified form of the paleo diet for fibromyalgia patients. Robbe Wolfe, Dr. Chris Kresser, and other leading figure heads for the paleo lifestyle have spent some time informing their followers of the potential benefits that paleo eating can provide against chronic disease.

Dr. Kresser works full time as a naturopathic doctor who has become quite an influential advocate for the Paleolithic diet. In fact, he has reported seeing some incredibly remarkable results in his own patients after they started adapting the caveman diet. Building upon his own research, Dr. Kresser was able to develop his own custom version of this diet.

Eliminating Potential Fibro Aggressors

If you remember from some of our earlier posts, the modern day paleolithic diet is based on a very straightforward principal, that we should be eating the foods that our ancient ancestors lived off of. The foundation of the paleo lifestyle is a diet that is rich in lean-meat protein, vegetables, some fruits, and seeds/nuts.

Paleo dieter orders lean protein for lunch

 

By adapting this caveman diet, people can effectively remove all gluten and dairy products, as well as most processed foods and grain from their everyday meals. In some cases of fibromyalgia, such food items as eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes (these are all classified as nightshade vegetables) can cause symptom flare-ups. However, you can also eliminate these with the help of a modified paleo diet.

Other Benefits of the Paleo Lifestyle

Advocates of the paleo lifestyle also do a lot to promote getting plenty of sunshine exposure and exercise. In fact, popular alternative methods of fibromyalgia treatment include such activities as yoga, massage therapy, and even meditation in order to help relieve some of the worst symptoms.

Now, for anyone who is afflicted with a chronic disease like fibromyalgia, they must take great care when making any serious changes to their diet or lifestyle as this can have some unforeseen effects on their condition. It is important to consult with your health care provider before you decide to make a significant alteration in your diet.

For that reason, it is often recommended that fibromyalgia patients stick to a stricter whole 30 or similar diet plan for 1 to 3 months before choosing to make any subsequent alterations to their eating habits.

Conclusion

According to various reports, some people have been able to achieve complete symptom reversal after adapting the caveman diet. Of course others may need to implement an elimination diet first in order to establish which food groups most affect their particular condition.

By following this elimination regimen, fibromyalgia patients can establish a full list of “approved foods” and “non-optimal foods” from which they can build their own customized paleo diet.

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6 Comments

  1. Germaine BLADES says:

    Can you send a list of to eat.and not to eat fibromyalgia has changed my life 40 lbs weight gain and pain as nd more pain when I eat

  2. Achieve Clinical Research says:

    Hello Germaine,

    If you are looking for a good resource, we recommend checking out this resource for more information (http://www.ctds.info/fibro-food.html). It’s got a food list for fibromyalgia. Of course, we also recommend that you consult your doctor before making any significant change to your current diet.

  3. I’m so happy to see you guys share this information. When I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia I felt so incredibly lost. Thankfully a friend of a friend mentioned that she didn’t feel pain since going gluten and dairy free. So I tried researching online but there was nothing. Well I did the Whole30 like you suggested and my pain disappeared! I’ve been living pain free for 3 years by eliminating gluten, dairy, and soy. Keep spreading the word! Because it’s a simple life change that could possibly make a difference.

  4. Achieve Clinical Research says:

    Hey Rachel,

    Thank you for your comment and we are really happy that you enjoyed our post! We’re also extremely happy to hear that you have found such success through these dietary adjustments. We’ll be sure to keep spreading the word and please stay in touch!

  5. Lou Ann Livengood says:

    I was diagnosed a few months ago with fibromyalgia, but I also suffer from Chronic Pain from multiple surgeries, degenerative disk disease & spinal stenosis. I just recently starting seeing a chiropractor who suggestedthat changing my diet would help. I’ve looked at bookstores & online and have found a lot of info about going gluten, dairy & soy free. My problem is that I need a set food plan to follow but I am a picky eater. I don’t like pork or any seafood or beans and only like some vegetables. Do you have any suggestions on where I can find info on a food plan that’s easy to follow? Thanks.

  6. Hey Lou Ann,

    Thank you for leaving a message. Diet is of course a very important aspect of living with a condition like fibromyalgia, but something that many struggle with. We’re planning on adding more content related to this topic soon, but in the meantime, we recommend checking out this introductory guide to the autoimmune protocol diet. It should provide you with enough details to work around the foods you don’t like (seafood) and start experimenting with a better diet for your condition.

    Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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