Yes, researchers have discovered gene markers for pain, but that doesn’t mean diet is not affecting your fibromyalgia.
In parts of the world where plant based diets prevail, the following diseases are much lower: certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases, lower rates of obesity, and Type II diabetes. These are illnesses we all hope to avoid, but they are harder to deal with in conjunction with another chronic illness like fibromyalgia.
And extra weight makes breathing harder, exercise harder, and impairs movements. These issues are already affected by fibromyalgia, so why make it worse by constantly eating foods that cause weight gain?
The secret of weight control is eating better, fresher foods and smaller portions. This doesn’t mean you will never eat a piece of cake again. It just means that you will recognize the difference between a healthy, enjoyable everyday diet and what you eat on special occasions. Each day is not a special occasion that justifies going off your diet. In fact, don’t think of it as a diet, but a way of eating for life.
Some people find that they stick to eating healthy for life if they set aside one day a week to eat what they want, then return to a more restricted diet during the week. The week could be a great time to incorporate a plant-based diet into your life.
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