Archive for the ‘Diet’ Category

New Level of Weight Loss

December 3, 2021

In the Winter of 2012, I stepped on the scale at my pain physician’s office, CPM Scarborough and was flabbergasted when the number came up. 303.6. I was absolutely horrified.

From there I started to eat less and to get moving more and slowly over the years, the weight has slowly and consistently, bar some plateaus, come off..

While my regular pain physician is no longer in that office, I do, in the winter, see her colleague in that Scarborough location This Wednesday I stepped on that same scale that years ago said 303.6.

It read 189.2.

Do you know what that means? As it is the same scale, it means I have lost 114½ pounds so far.

Do you know what else that means? I’m at high school weight. No just able to fit in high school clothes, but the actual numbers?! I’ve not been this light since I graduated highschool. At the end of Grade 13 I was 191lb. So I am about the same weight I was in my highschool graduations pictures .

I’m the same weight, give or take, in these 2 pictures..

Food Choices with Fibro X

October 19, 2021

The one other thing that many Fibromites have is common, but varies greatly is MCS – Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.

MCS is considered, in the most part, an environmental illness – a condition activated by the things in the world around us . Possible triggers that set off people’s symptoms vary including tobacco smoke, auto exhaust, perfume, insecticide, new carpet, chlorine, and more. Other chemicals that can set someone of are also in food or beauty products like moisturizers, or facial cleaners..

But there are also chemicals in our food.. Some of those chemicals are pretty scary.. I’m allergic to a binding chemical in food, but its also in the adhesive in bandaids & the other is found in moisturizers.. So makes you wonder..

My MCS issues in the way of food are Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum & Carrageenan.. This limits my food so I cant eat:

  • Ice Cream / Frozen Yogurt
  • Breaded foods like Chicken fingers & fish sticks
  • Sauces including mayo, bbq sauce & salad dressing
  • Most dessert
  • Most premade meals
Foods most take for granted that I shouldnt even touch

I also react to certain products but i dont know why such as KD. The brand name Mac & Cheese does a number on me, but other brands dont.. Another example is Campbell’s Chunky Soup – Beef, but I can eat any other chunky soup by Campbell’s.

As you can see, I cant eat alot of pre-processed food.. Whats sucks the most is the Ice cream & desserts. Only ice cream I can have is Haagen-Dazs.

And yet every one is different. Some people react to sulphites, some to food dyes, and others are sensitive to certain products like milk but not cheese. It makes no sence but there it is.

Food Choices with Fibro IX

October 12, 2021

Sugar is a kind of cellulose, that is to say, a material that offers energy for the body. This perk often appeals to people whose fibro symptoms leave them exhausted. In large amounts, sugar can pack on the pounds, causing fibro patients to experience even more pain. An article in the Journal of Pain found that overweight FM patients agonized more extreme symptoms, including sleep problems, stiffness, and pain. If you are yearning anything sweet, Batayneh says, go for the things having natural sugars, like a slice of fruit.

Sugar…Sweet, sweet sugar…

i definitely agree that with being smaller does help with the physical stress on my body and significantly lowered my pain level.

While I have lost a shit-ton of weight, I still very much have my sweet tooth.. Yum!! Probably why I’m stalled for over a year..

Various Sweets
More Sweet Desserys.

Food Choices with Fibro VIII

October 5, 2021

Dairy products, unless lactose intolerant, for many people, whether or not they have FM, are lactose deprived and have gas and bloating that can slow them down after they eat dairy merchandises or drink milk. Try excluding milk based merchandises like yogurt, cheese & frozen desserts from your diet for some weeks to see whether your symptoms progress.

Milk, cream, butter, yogurt (natural and strawberry), cottage cheese and cheeses

If you do feel recovering, look for calcium rich dairy substitutes, like soy milk, along with tuna, broccoli, and salmon.

Food Choices with Fibro VII

September 28, 2021

The study also showed that low alcohol drinkers have lower severity of fibromyalgia symptoms and better quality of life than non-drinkers.

Alcohol intolerance is a rarely seen symptom yet most people who have FM or ME/CFS find that they can no longer drink much, if any, alcohol.

Alcohol, no matter the kind, can be devastating to Fibromites.

While a few are able to occasionally have one or two drinks with only minimal problems, for others even a very small alcoholic beverage can trigger a severe flare or relapse that may last for days, weeks or sometimes even months.

So, for most, alcohol is so obvious that it’s was not even originally in the list. So, you have to stop drinking alcohol.

On that note, I also have a fairly high alcohol tolerance (when not mixed with THC) that I inherited from my father.. I used to be able to drink most of my friends under the table.. For the most part I still can. But I have noticed at the club I am toast for days afterwards but have since realized that it’s the dancing at the club, not the alcohol that is responsible for that.. My BFF, as she has increased in weight has been slowly had her alcohol tolerance increase. I don’t know if she realizes that it from the weight gain & when she loses it again her tolerance will drop. ☹️

Food Choices with Fibro VI

September 21, 2021

While it might be appealing to battle FM symptoms like fatigue with a balanced dose of cola drinks, chocolate, tea or coffee, but caffeine can impede with your capability to get the relaxing and restorative sleep that we require. This is a big issue in diminishing painful FM symptoms. The journal, Arthritis & Rheumatism, also advises that sleep difficulties might in fact play a vital role in FM development. If you enjoy drinking caffeinated drinks or highly caffeinated foods, ingest them through the first half of the day merely to abate sleep issues.

Caffeine in its many forms, Pop, chocolate, energy drinks, Coffee/Tea/ Hot Chocolate

Again, because of the Coke products that I like this is another Achilles heel. Fortunately I have recently found Coca-Cola flavored Tic Tacs it actually taste like Coke. They don”t have the high amount of sugar or caffeine which is a good thing but it also does not have the fluid and hydrating aspects to help keep my body hydrated (yes, I know there’s also salt & stuff in there)

Food Choices with Fibro IV

September 7, 2021

Pop (Soda) is enormously harmful for your body. The acids in them can destroy the stomach, the additives can destroy your entire body and the sugars are very harmful too. Still, when thinking of unhealthy sodas, most of the people believe that only those which contain sugar are bad for them but aspartame is just as bad.

Coke vs Pepsi

This is my Achilles heel… I’m a fan of Coca Cola. Mind you I drink of much less of it now than I used to..Used to go through a 6pack of 710mL in a week or less. Now, it usually takes a month or more to go through those same 6 pack.

Food Choices with Fibro III

August 31, 2021

Aspartame is synthetic sweetener, also recognized by the brand names Equal and NutraSweet, is used to sweeten some frozen desserts, beverages, yogurt, and some other foods without adding calories.

Artificial Sweeteners including Equal & Nutraseeet

There have been a case information connecting aspartame to fibro. In one of these, a fifty year old lady who had been living with fibro for ten years experienced development of her painful symptoms when she vacationed in overseas and didn’t use aspartame. Though, her symptoms reemerged when she got back home and started aspartame use again. In the other occasion, a forty-five year old man found that his hand, wrist, cervical spine, and forearm pain stopped when he stopped aspartame use.More study is required to approve these conclusions, however it might be a wise idea to avoid aspartame if you have fibromyalgia.

Try using a small amount of natural sugar instead. Apparently, you can even add beets to some dishes for a hint of mellifluousness.

If you have to use synthetic sweeteners, try using sucralose, which is derived from calorie and sugar-free.

Personally, i can not stand the taste of the stuff

Food Choices with Fibro II

August 24, 2021

MSG & Sodium Nitrate are used as flavor enhancers and preservatives in many handled foods, for instance preserved meats and sauces. They are full of salt as well, which can worsen pain or inflammation in some fibro patients.

Fibromites. To reduce the effect of nitrites and MSG on your fibro, avoid prepackaged foods as much as possible and emphasize on whole foods like brown rice, fish, and lentils.

Food Choices with Fibro – Intro

August 17, 2021

This is a series approximately 10 weeks long, looking at food choices.

It’s been reported that beyond OA, fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal conditions. Over 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia that’s about 4%.

Sticking to a personalized fibromyalgia diet is one of the ways you can manage the pain and get more out of life.

Most people with FM know the necessity of taking it easy when pain flares. Many, however do not realize how much your food choices impact your fibro symptoms. Because it not studied extensively there is not much data on have exactly particular food ingredients and items impacts us. In a recent nutritive article published in Rheumatology International, small study of 101 FM patients determined for this group, that 7% had food intolerance or allergies, & 30% had made changes in their diet to help their situation.

While there is no particular diet suggested for FM treatment, some Fibromites have noticed a correlation between poor food selections & fibro symptoms. One nutritionist suggested that Fibromites seem to have excessive level of a dependence on ‘luxury’ foods (foods easy to prepare or buy premade) due to the inability to prepare & eat health choices on a regular basis Unfortunately, for many it leads to weight gain which leads to being overweight which can aggravate many fibro symptoms.

“Luxury Foods”are ones you can make fast or just pick up. . The examples above: Tim Hortons Donuts, KD, Chef Boarder, McDonald’s, KFC, Little Cesar’s..

Living with fibromyalgia, your food selections could be making your pain or other symptoms worse. As each of us deals with fibro differently, there is no one-size-fits-all diet, but making changes can help!

Come back next week for more!