Naturopathic Nutrition

Fibromyalgia and diet – My top ten tips!

I’ve come to realise that these last few fibromyalgia and diet posts I’ve just warbled on about me and my food loves! I hope that you are finding it helpful, particularly if you are thinking about going gluten or dairy free, and also hoping that it shows that gluten and dairy free doesn’t mean boring or the end of good food!

So this week is a little bit more of the food Ive eaten recently, but also wanted to give some tips that I have picked up along the last 8 months or so since I have made the changes to help manage my diet, particularly from the gluten and dairy aspect. So here’s my top ten tips!

  • Make a food plan for the week and try to stick to it.
  • Cook as much in advance on a good day as you can, that way if you have a bad day you have something to fall back on.
  • Have plenty of fruit in the fridge to snack on for your desperate times!
  • Don’t alway be drawn towards the food that is labelled as gluten or dairy free, check out the labels on some regular foods too and you might be surprised and you’ll save money.
  • Cook things from scratch where you can so you know exactly what has gone into your food.
  • Get some good cook books! My particular favourites are 26 Grains, River Cottage Light and Easy and The free from cookbook from the Intolerant Gourmet. I have the Leon Cookbooks and Deliciously Ella on my wish list.
  • Try to alter some regular recipes and replace some ingredients with those suitable to your diet, for example replacing butter with coconut oil. Sometimes it may be a disaster but other times it will be a triumph.
  • Visit a decent health food shop for inspiration. While they can be expensive, I often go just to get ideas and then make food out of ingredients from my local supermarket which is much cheaper.
  • When eating out, check out the restaurant menu online if you can so you aren’t under pressure to work things out when you are there.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask what the chef can do for you if there isn’t much on the menu that fits your needs, most places are very accommodating.

I’m really keen to know what your top tips are, and also what you would like to see on the blog from a diet point of view. I’m planning on carrying on with the anti inflammatory series and whizzing up some more easy recipes for you, but what else would you like to see? Do you like to see what I’ve been chowing down on, or is that getting boring now? Please let me know in the comments section below!

Now for the food porn. Admittedly I’ve not snapped much food this week so this is more from the past month or so….

Honey, Lemon and Blueberry cupcakes from the intolerant gourmet cookbook. Refined sugar free!
Honey, Lemon and Blueberry cupcakes from the intolerant gourmet cookbook. Refined sugar free!
Smoothie
Raspberry and banana smoothie made with coconut milk
Gluten and Dairy free Yorkshire pudding
Gluten and Dairy Free Yorkshire pudding and featured as Recipe of the Week on the blog. Click here for the recipe.
Coconut Porridge
Gluten and Dairy Free Coconut Porridge with almonds, nut butter and banana.
Thats all for this weeks food dairy, see you next week! Don’t forget to come and say hello over of social media on Facebook, Twitter Pinterest or Instagram!

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11 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia and diet – My top ten tips!

  1. This is great thank you for sharing! I am on week 2 of my gluten-free diet exploration and have been trying to do a lot of the things you mentioned above. Last night I made lasagna with oven-ready GF lasagna noodles and I couldn’t even taste a difference! That being said, I am still eating dairy :/

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    1. This is an amazing step, well done! Honestly, once you start you never look back! Everyone is different, the dairy has helped me hugely but gluten alone is a really positive change! Well done to you 👍 crack the gluten and then see how your symptoms are, don’t feel too tempted to do it all at once otherwise it can feel like a chore and too hard, therefore you are less likely to succeed. Slow and steady 🙂 xx

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  2. Love your blogs! I was going to start similar myself but then when I did my research I found yours so I often share your stuff with my fibro support group.
    My intolerances are wheat, rye, dairy, onion garlic beef and chocolate. I did have egg on the list but now I find I can eat them again after an annual re test. I’m going to try some of your cakey recipes but I have found there is life after sweet things.
    Keep up the helpful work 😎

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  3. Those cupcakes look delicious 🙂 I think that’s so true, gluten and dairy free food is not boring at all. I would really recommend the LEON Fast and Free cook book – all of the recipes are gluten and dairy free 🙂

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  4. Making a food plan for the week and trying to stick to it is so important for me. With Fibro I can often “give up” and just have tea and toast (etc). I dread it when my family asks “What’s for Dinner?” when I don’t have a plan so this really helps and makes me feel on top of things. Also taking time to prepare healthy go to snacks like carrots and celery and have them in the fridge has really helped everyone in my family eat better. Thanks Sarah

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