Foods & Fibromyalgia: What Should You Eat?

by Krissy Ward

     Please know that none of these is a cure for fibromyalgia pain. This is just to help you take back some control and manage it a little better.

     Fibromyalgia has a sensitivity to… well pretty much everything… and food is no exception. Paying attention to your food sensitivities can help Fibromyalgia Warriors avoid some symptom flare-ups.

Foods To Stay Away From:

  • Sugar. Food high in sugar can increase fibromyalgia pain. Reducing or even eliminating sugar can have a positive impact and potentially help in weight loss.
  • Unhealthy fats. Vegetable oils; such as corn and peanut oil can cause inflammation.
  • Carbs, such as cookies, bread and white rice can cause blood sugar levels to spike, making you feel hungry again when your blood sugar drops down. These fluctuations can make the pain and fatigue caused by fibromyalgia to worsen. Whole wheat foods help to avoid the highs and lows that happens with other carbs. This will also help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) also a symptom of fibromyalgia. 

Other foods that may trigger symptoms include:

  • Caffeine
  • Gluten
  • Red meat
  • Dairy products

Foods to Help Manage Fibromyalgia

  • Fiber, such as beans, fruits and brown rice are all good options.

Anti-inflammatory Foods

  • Almonds, macadamia nuts, and walnuts
  • Fresh or frozen fruit
  • Dark green vegetables
  • Whole grain foods, such as wheat, rice, oats and quinoa
  • Flaxseed oil and olive oils
  • Celery, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, sweet potatoes and onions

Eat for Energy

     Fibromyalgia can make you feel fatigued constantly. Eating certain foods can give you more energy to get through the day.

  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Tofu
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Oatmeal

     Journal your meals and symptoms and notice how you feel after having certain foods and you may be able to detect a pattern.