Fibromyalgia Elimination Diet

Many fibromyalgia sufferers have never learned that certain food items can contribute to their symptoms. Pinpointing the precise food type(s) may reduce the pain intensity by as much as 80% or more. So I’m going to walk you through the elimination diet that I recommend to patients.

There are six foods that patients can be sensitive to, but not even realize it: Citrus, Dairy, Corn, Wheat, Soy, and Nuts.

To determine which of these may disagree with your system, completely eliminate all of them from your diet for two full weeks. No exceptions! Even if you don’t think you’re allergic to them, I still encourage you to eliminate all six for two full weeks.

After 14-days, begin Day-15 by adding ONE of the six previously eliminated foods. Monitor any changes. For example, you may notice your pain levels increase within a few hours (or minutes) of eating that particular item. If any of your symptoms get worse after reintroducing the food to your body, you’re sensitive to it and should avoid further consumption. Pay attention to these changes for two days at a time. If your symptoms don’t get worse, it’s unlikely that this item is affecting you.

On Day-17, add another item. Monitor any changes for another 48-hours. Again, if your symptoms get worse after reintroducing this into your body, eliminate it from your life.

Continue to do this every two days for the last four items. The “reintroduction phase” should last 12-days (6 items; one every two days). This means that the “diet” itself lasts 26 days.

At the end of the diet, you will likely notice you’ve lost weight, even if you haven’t been actively working out. That’s a bonus!

When the elimination diet is complete, you’ll have learned which foods make your symptoms worse, and know which items to avoid to help reduce your discomfort.

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