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By September 27, 2014 - 7:58pm
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More than thirteen years ago, when my fibromyalgia was raging out of control, I was ready to give up and spend my final days in a nursing home in excruciating pain. I had tried everything I could find medical and holistic. If I had heard of it I tried it, to no avail. The symptoms just kept getting worse.
Finally I was introduced to the beautiful mind/body/spirit wellness work of Joy of Healing. Thanks to them my fibromyalgia is in remission and I am pain free! They helped me to recognize and resolve all of the issues in my life that were helping to make me so very ill.
Together we also worked with diet and nutrition specific to my needs. I never realized just how harmful processed foods, sugar, dairy and wheat were. I continue to eat healthy, getting enough greens—spinach, kale, chard, broccoli etc. My own body digests chicken and fish better than beef, so I eat accordingly. I substitute almond milk and enjoy healthy grains such as quinoa, and spelt. Black rice, also known as canoe rice is both tasty and nutritious.
Health is physical, emotional and spiritual, so don't forget to look after your entire being. Your thoughts, nutrition and exercise all play an essential part in wellness.

October 24, 2014 - 9:50am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger

Hi Esha and thanks for your question!

To help manage fibromyalgia a diet with a variety of healthy foods is recommended. This includes  antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, cherries, spinach and bell peppers. Nutritionists also recommend avoiding refined grains and eating more whole grains including brown rice, whole-wheat bread and whole-grain cereals to increase your intake of fiber and nutrients. Healthy proteins can be found in lean meats, cold-water fish, soy and beans. You should avoid processed foods that offer very little nutritional value such as cakes, cookies, fried foods and soda.

Exercise is also helpful, please see this article written for the EmpowHER community, Exercise is Still the Best Treatment for Fibromyalgia. 

Hope this helps! Do you have any tips or suggestions you'd like to share with the Fibromyalgia Community on EmpowHER? We'd love to hear them.



September 28, 2014 - 12:35pm
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