What to Eat with Fibromyalgia

If I eat crap, I feel like crap. So I eat to stay healthy and energized, and to help me keep the fibroflares at bay. 

As with most chronic conditions, fibromyalgia symptoms and treatments are not a one-stop shop. No two people are alike in how their bodies react to the condition or to treatment. The thought of using food to heal oneself has been around for centuries, yet many people still reach for the over-processed, low nutritional value, fast foods – either from the grocery stores or eating out. I, myself, am hypersensitive to medications, so I have chosen to manage my condition through lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates

But just as no two treatments are alike, neither are the foods one should eat. A simple search for books on Amazon of “fibromyalgia diet” yielded 655 results, with this one being the most popular! But there are common foods that are more likely to trigger a reaction or flare and others that are good for reducing inflammation in the body. I offer some suggestions on finding what’s right for  you.

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10 Things to Inspire You This Month


Since the subtitle of my blog is “Finding Inspiration in Everyday Life” I decided it was fine time to start a regular series on the topic. So welcome to the first edition for March, 2018.

  1. I have to give a shout out to Dr. Andrea Dinardo for her blog post about her recent TEDTalk on Thriving Under Pressure. Watching that on Sunday night as I mentally prepared for the week ahead sparked some creative ideas, and I started my week inspired and focused on what’s right.
  2. Read this story in the Washington Post about 7 Marathons, 7 Days, 7 Continents and One Man with Parkinson’s: Can he make it? and you’ll think twice about complaining about a few aches and pains. Bret Parker should inspire us all. I participated in the Breast Cancer Three Day Walk about 8 years ago. 60 miles over 3 days. As someone with fibromyalgia, that was the most physically challenging thing I have ever done – close to two and a half marathons spread over three days. I. Can’t. Even. Imagine. 7 marathons. 7 days. 7 continents.
  3. There’s an app for that. This teenager worried about walking alone, so she created an app. And then she won the Congressional App Challenge in Virginia’s 10th District. I work in the tech industry and I love seeing young women use technology to solve every day problems.
  4. I enjoy watching Shark Tank and all of the interesting inventors and businessmen and women trying to jump their business to the next level. I remember the pitch back in 2013 for “Doorbot” that didn’t get the offer he was looking for. Well “Doorbot” became “Ring” and was just purchased by Amazon. Even though the deal could be close to $1 Billion, Mark Cuban says he’d pass on it again. It was good enough for Jeff Bezos though. Just proof that you should never stop believing in yourself and do not give up on your dreams!
  5. Normally churches collect tithes from their parishioners, but this local church turned the tables over the weekend, encouraging the congregation to pay it forward and giving them the means to do so.
  6. Sports fan or not, watch this story of selflessness because Life is Bigger than Basketball.
  7. Looking for more ways to incorporate exercise into your busy life? Or perhaps you need some gentle moves that you can do while in the midst of a “fibro flare” or some similar physical condition. Check out these YouTube videos from Robin of The Balanced Life, who believes in “grace over guilt.” I just finished her 10 day Mind Body Pilates challenge and love that I can get in a quick 10-15 minute workout when I am pressed for time!
  8. Some days I just cannot bear to listen to the news on my daily commute. But I do start every day reading The Skimm so I know what’s going on. It’s a fun, quick read format. Check it out here. Sign up here. Hey, it’s good enough for Oprah and SJP!
  9. Every once in awhile I like to rewatch this TEDTalk from Steve Jobs on How to Live Before You Die. Hear how a calligraphy class inspired some of the features we now depend on in our every day life, how rejection helped in Jobs’ success, and his take on life’s great change agent – death. Three quick stories from his life urging us all to pursue our dreams, follow our hearts, and love what we do.
  10. And finally here’s a link to a downloadable printable with some motivational cards to put in your planner, use as a bookmark, or just leave in front of your computer to remind you how awesome you are!

I hope you enjoyed these articles, stories, and videos and that I have inspired you just a little. Let me know what inspires you, and perhaps I will share it in an upcoming edition.

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs




It Begins with Sleep

I have taken a very deliberate break from blogging and social media lately, as the demands of my day job have been consuming my time and energy. And much like others at the beginning of every new year, I have been trying to lose a few stubborn pounds that have crept on. I already have a pretty healthy diet and exercise program, so I decided reducing stress and getting some extra sleep might just be the two missing factors. And when your schedule is already overflowing and you need some extra Zzzzs, something has to give – for me that was writing and browsing social media.

But, with Sleep Awareness Week around the corner it was time to write a new post….

It Begins with Sleep

If “cotton is the fabric of our lives”, sleep should be considered the fabric of bodies and minds, weaving together all of the ingredients to help us reach our goals. Sleep allows us to recharge, makes us less hungry, makes us more focused and productive, and keeps us happier and less stressed. For more about the benefits of sleep, visit here.

The word I am focusing on this year is Deliberate, so that included being more deliberate and intentional about getting a restful night sleep. I have some links below to past blog posts describing what I do to unwind at bedtime and prepare myself for bed and sleep. These days, even that takes preparation.

Sleep and Electronics

It seems that while most people know these things, not everyone is listening. People use their smartphones as alarm clocks – so the device is usually just an arm’s reach away from the bed. Tempting to reach for it when we hear the buzz or ding of some email or post! While it’s best to keep your smartphone in another room altogether, if you’re going to use is as an alarm clock, use these other features too:

  • Use the “Do Not Disturb” feature so that you’re not being bombarded with alerts all night.
  • Make sure the display is off to avoid “blue light” emissions that suppress melatonin.
  • Use a sleep timer and play some soothing sounds or music to help you fall asleep.
  • Keep it far enough away that it’s not easy to reach for – and definitely don’t sleep with it under your pillow!

Sleep and Children/Teens

The actual Sleep Awareness Week this year (March 11-17th) happens to coincide with “Spring Break” around here in Texas. I find this funny, since teens see Spring Break as a time to abandon their normal sleeping routines and bedtimes, preferring to stay up late binge watching Netflix, playing video games, or Snap chatting with friends. All of this extra electronic stimuli wreaks havoc on their ability to disengage their brains for some good quality sleep. And we all know that teens rarely want to listen to the advice of their parents when it comes to bedtime, but getting quality sleep and having a regular routine can help anyone better manage stress and maintain healthy habits during the day.

I find it disturbing that I opened my Target ad today to find a sale on “sleep aids, sleep vitamins, or energy supplements” and one of the items depicted was “Children’s Sleep with Melatonin” that promotes restful sleep. As a society have we become so addicted to our “always on, always connected” mentality that we now have to give our children aids for sleeping? We would rather reach for a pill than change our habits to adopt healthy life style changes. That is definitely not me. I will do anything first before reaching for a pill, save for the few vitamins I take.

Sleep and Fibromyalgia

As someone who has suffered from fibromyalgia for almost 20 years now, I know the double-edged sword this condition creates. Lack of sleep exacerbates the pain and daytime fatigue, and the pain makes sleeping at night difficult. Then you add to that the OTC or prescription medication used to help one sleep, and that can add to the daytime drowsiness and hungover feeling. Although I still usually sleep about 6 hours during the week and 7-8 hours on the weekend, my goal is for quality, uninterrupted sleep to help me recharge. And that comes from good bedtime habits.


Here are some links to additional reading and past blogs about getting better sleep:


My Past Blog Posts About My Sleep Strategies:

Begin with the End in Mind

When doing any sort of strategic planning session, I always “begin with the end in mind.” So when we are thinking ahead to the next day of our busy lives, we should think about getting a good nights sleep, design what we think that looks like, and then plan for that in our schedule as well. Remember, it begins with sleep.

Do you have any tips for better quality sleep? What are your bedtime routines?



Click here to learn more about Sleep Awareness Week 2018