Foods For Fibromyalgia
Sugar - Beware The Sweet Thief
Foods for fibromyalgia needs to include an understanding of sugar (sucrose). Really it should be avoided. Here's why.
These seemingly innocent-looking white crystals feed marauding enemies. Things like pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and even fungus.
Processed food is often full of it. This is why you must read the labels. Be careful not to rely too heavily on the nutrition label. It can be misleading and even leave out nutrients not deemed important. Magnesium content is not even mentioned on a chocolate bar even though there is a substantial amount.
This is where problems with the low fat diet come in. They encouraged heavy consumption of carbohydrates which spike and then later drop blood sugar which is wearing on the adrenals and other organs of the body. All the fat was replaced with high amounts of sweeteners and strange or unhealthy contents like too many omega-6 fats and fake ingredients.
Here is an important fact: One teaspoon of sugar suppresses the immune system for 4 hours.
Even though it has no nutrients like minerals, vitamins, enzymes, fatty acids or amino acids, the body still needs nutrients to process it.
So the body will steal away minerals, like magnesium and calcium from the teeth and bones. Here you can see that the low-fat diet and consumption of sucrose can cause mineral deficiencies and the development of fatigue-type illnesses such as fibromyalgia.
Sweeteners to avoid include
• Corn syrup
• High fructose corn syrup
• All chemical sweeteners
Corn syrup doesn't spur insulin release or leptin. Leptin makes you feel satisfied. So it may encourage overeating. Corn syrup is also not good for your arteries.
For more information about foods for fibromyalgia and the effects of sugar on your health, see this.
Even though plain sucrose and other artificial sweeteners are not a healthy choice to add to foods for fibromyalgia, there are many natural sweeteners that are safe to consume.
Unsulfured, blackstrap molasses has all the minerals such as magnesium, and sulfur and potassium that has been removed from the end product - sugar.
Other Natural sweeteners
• Stevia (use liquid extract) Now available with flavorings!
• Raw honey
• Agave nectar
• Xylitol (bark only)
Candy used to be a highly nutritious snack full of minerals and natural energy with things like raw honey, fruit, and seeds or nuts and was nothing like sugary treats with all the additives we see in it today!
Here is a delicious treat that you can enjoy guilt-free!
Super Seed Balls
These freeze well or refrigerate. Makes about 20 balls.
3/4 cup plus 3 Tablespoons Super Seed (Garden of Life)
1/2 cup tahini (sesame butter)
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon high-quality whey/goat protein powder
6 Tablespoons cacao powder or carob powder (fudgy flavor)
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup raw honey
2 1/2 Tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond or orange extract
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and then form into balls or bars.
I like to add handfuls of pecans, shredded coconut and dried fruit to these.
Dried fruit like cranberries are good to fight gum disease.
Goji berries are also good to add. High in beta-carotene and zeaxanthin.
So sweeten your life with natural sweeteners and treats that are delicious and may even boost your quest toward good healthy foods for fibromyalgia.
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