When you’re battling with a chronic health illness like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome often the last thing you feel like doing is preparing and cooking a meal. However, enjoying homemade food is so important, especially when your body could do with the helping hand that nutrient dense wholefoods have to offer.
Before I developed fibromyalgia, I really enjoyed cooking and baking. I had been baking cookies and cakes since I was a teenager and had developed a love for cooking in my early 20s. I didn’t want to stop being able to cook, not only for the nutrients, but for the joy and relaxation that cooking brought me.
Unfortunately, my energy levels don’t always see eye to eye with my intentions!
Over time, I figured out ways to make my time in the kitchen easier and how to maximise a good day when I have extra energy to spend on cooking. Here are my tips for cooking with a chronic illness
In this article, I have listed some of what I find to be the most helpful guides for mental health support and contact information to charities that can help you and your loved ones.
As with physical health, learning more about mental health and where to start with improving your own mental health, or that of a loved one, can be overwhelming. The internet is absolutely full of blogs, guides and resources and this list of helpful guides for mental health support will (hopefully) serve as a starting point.
You may have read that certain foods can trigger or contribute to fibromyalgia symptoms and flares. I myself have certainly found this to be true with sugar, dairy and nightshades. This article will explain a little into why that might be, some research about nightshades and fibromyalgia and what to do if you think you might be nightshade sensitive.
What is fibromyalgia like? Relentless, widespread stabbing pain, burning sensation and muscle spasms which I woke up with and went to sleep with. Combine that with dizziness, sleep disturbance, nausea and anxiety.
After years of living with fibromyalgia, I have come to a point where I can manage it and live a relatively normal life, but it wasn’t easy and I didn’t get here overnight.
This is my story of how my condition developed, how I got diagnosed and how I manage my symptoms.
When I cut out refined sugar, I was shocked at commercial food that contains added and/or refined sugar.
In my first shop, I bought a bottle of ‘healthy’ salad dressing. The packaging looked wholesome, the word ‘healthy’ was proudly shining up at me, there was an illustration of a vegetable, you name it, this bottle had it and I thought I was on the right track.
Until I read the label.
So you’ve made the decision to reduce or cut out refined sugar from your diet. The decision itself is easy but sometimes the next steps to put in this positive change into motion can be a little harder, luckily it doesn’t have to be.
That’s where I come in.
I used to eat a huge amount of refined sugar every day so if I can do it, so can you. Here are the tips I wish I had been given when I cut out sugar.
A big part of cutting out or reducing refined sugars is learning how to read commercial food labels. To begin with, I thought that so long as the label didn’t have the word ‘sugar’ on it, I was good to go.
Unfortunately it’s not always that obvious.
Reading commercial food labels can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Use the below list of common sweeteners to help you when you do your next food shop.