Naturopathic Nutrition

Fibromyalgia and Diet – alighting the sugar train.

No fancy blog post today. Just my latest challenge. I’ll keep it short and sweet!

Diet can be one the hardest things to maintain in any health regime. We are constantly surrounded by adverts, restaurants, smells, and invites to dinner. And with so much deliciousness around us it can feel nigh on impossible to resist.

I like to think that I’ve taken on the gluten and dairy free challenge quite well. Yes, I have the occasional blip, maybe once a month, for one meal, but thats not bad. Yes, I think on the whole I deserve a big shiny gold medal for my non complaining efforts. Thank you.

I do have one food nemesis though that is proving harder to conquer since I was told to cut it out at my last nutrition assessment. SUGAR.

I love sugar. I love the taste, the variety and the high. I don’t like the slump, exacerbated fibromyalgia fatigue and fog though. I’ve fooled myself into thinking that as I have cut out caffeine, sweeteners, artificial additives, gluten, dairy and alcohol that its ok to have sugar, everyone has to have something right? WRONG. I really do need to cut out the sugar. We all know sugar is bad for us in large quantities, and I’m not that bad, but cutting it out almost completely, argh. The thought of that makes me sad.

The problem I have now that I am competing daily with a chronic illness, is that this is no longer a choice but a necessity. OK, the amount of sugar I have won’t kill me, but I know for a fact that sugar makes my fibromyalgia symptoms a whole lot more difficult to deal with. By giving in to my urges I am making myself feel worse and then kicking myself when I didn’t have the willpower to say no. JUST SAY NO SARAH!

So I’m compromising. I’m cutting out sugar a bit at a time over the next two weeks, so I don’t get a banging 3 day headache, and I’m cutting myself some slack, sometimes.

Like any good diet change, I’m starting tomorrow. Too many jelly beans today.

So here’s the rules. If its been a looooooong day at work, I’ve eaten well, done my exercise and hydrated myself enough with water, I will allow myself a can of pop made with natural products. At the weekends, if I want to bake for the family. I’ll allow myself a slice of cake. If we go for a meal, I’ll allow myself a pudding. This way I can still satisfy my sweet tooth, but without quite as much guilt, and I know that the next sugar rush is never too far away (I mean, I love baking and given the chance I will, and there is a long day at work at least once a week!). The main rule is not to have ‘just a little bit’ every day, a little bit can be hard to stop at.

I’m going to attempt to share with you all my tricks for beating the cravings, most of which I will learn along the way. For now, just wish me luck. I’m going to need it!

If you have any tips for me PLEEEEEASE leave them below! Or if you would like to join me in my journey then give me a wave over on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. I promise I don’t bite (unless you are a jelly baby of course).

 

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6 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia and Diet – alighting the sugar train.

  1. I think you’re very brave, do you need to cut out entirely or can you still get away with the odd bit? I try to keep to low sugar, low dairy, but I still have milk in my tea and the odd chocolate bar πŸ™‚ I hope you can find a balance that works for you.

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  2. Hey! Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚ I don’t mind the sugar and dairy free, it’s actually easy and my lifestyle now. But the sugar will be hard. However, I’m a hard worker and will try my bestest!

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  3. Daily free, sugar free, gluten free for the win! We’re food twins! My advise is: stevia, stevia, stevia! This isn’t a groundbreaking tip, I’m sure, but I mix a little stevia into my GF oatmeal, in smoothies, and sprinkle it over fruit for dessert. In small/medium amounts it tastes similar to sugar! Just don’t go overboard or it tastes kind of sour :/

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  4. One more thing, in my personal health/diet journey, I have found that giving myself “cheat meals” actually made it harder for me on the non-cheat days with sugar. Like, once you’re totally off added sugars you might want to consider not even having that one piece of cake even if you’re out with people. At least for me, that made me crave it more and I would “relapse” in my sugar cravings once I tasted it again. But, it varies from person to person, so obviously do what works for you! Good luck! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi! Thanks for both of your helpful tips! I’m not a sweetener fan, but will give stevia a go if I’m feeling I need that sweet kick! I’m looking at cutting out refined sugar, so will still be having raw honey, and anything where sugar naturally occurs, but only from time to time. My problem lies in the added sugar. I love it πŸ˜‚ yesterday was a success so here’s to one day down! I’m think if I bake I will only use natural sweeteners too, like honey and fruit, bananas etc…… glad to have found my diet twin!

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