this. I know I could google this, yet I would like YOUR opinions, experiences.
Any and all opinions are welcome!!
Having Fibromyalgia makes it a wee bit difficult, as I need to avoid nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, etc).
Thank you all,
sweet lemon (Lara)
Hi friends and newbies! I'm considering a vegatarian diet, and would like to know the benefits of?
this. I know I could google this, yet I would like YOUR opinions, experiences.
Added 5 Nov 2011:
durrrrr, I misspelled 'vegetarian', too early for this Irish lass, need more Java!
Hey Lara, just one tip about that. I have pretty much cut red meat (and eat other meats infrequently) out of my diet for cholesterol reasons, but have become anemic in the process. If you are going to do this, be very careful to take a women's vitamin WITH IRON in it; and to eat plenty of dark, leafy veggies like spinach which contain iron. You don't want to go doing one thing for health benefits, but acquire another problem like anemia in the process. So plan your diet carefully, that's my ten cents!
my dearest Sweet One, I was thinking about this the other night when Dave and I were watching the Nopalea infomercial, it is a drink derived from the nopale cactus and claims to alleviate inflammation throughout the body. There has to be some diet that also helps with that, fibro and RA are made worse by inflammation. I could use a diet like that too. I am at work, therefore on my phone texting, so it is harder to look stuff up, can someone Google anti inflammatory diet and see what it looks like for us fibro sufferers. Ummm and oh yeah, ROLLLLLLL TIDE!
I am so proud of anyone who is being attentive of their daily diet! I did without processed sugars and flours, eating healthy, no processed foods. Lost weight, felt great! Now I am just not getting with the program! I plan to start then I keep saying I will start tomorrow then, just this last time, just this once. Grrrrr! Let me know how it goes! I wish you all the best!
I have been a vegetarian/vegan for over 15 years. Because of it I don't have diabetes, heart issues, high blood pressure, or any health issues consuming animal flesh and derived ingredients can cause. My birthmother does have those problems.
A wonderful film called Forks Over Knives shows how a vegan diet reverses heart diseases, diabetes and many other ailments caused by the meat diets.
Our bodies are alkaline based. Meat and milk and eggs are acidic. Thus consuming such things throws our Ph out of balance.
Your best meals contain fresh fruit, vegetables (have a rainbow of colors), and multiple of grains.
I know it will be difficult to start at first. We found there are great frozen vegan and vegetarian dinners out there. That would help. Also for breakfast, shredded wheat or raisin bran with soy or almond milk.
Your protein comes in many different forms: grains, leafy veggies, broccoli, etc. You don't have to worry about that. If you do it right with combining all the veggies, fruits, grains, nuts, etc., you will find you have more energy and feel fabulous. It will also subdue any genetic illnesses you carry as well. If you have pain, you need to get omega-3 foods like flax oils.
There are wonderful recipes out that make yummy meals and snacks. Joanne Stepaniak has awesome cookbooks out. Not sure I spelled her name right. But she put out easy to make things that makes cooking a breeze!
Hope I've helped!
OH BTW: Did you know that when they examined the Iceman, he had heart disease from eating meat? Our bodies were never designed to consume meat.
It will improve your health greatly. Make sure to have whole sprouted grains, nuts and seeds that are raw, not roasted, and most;y organic produce if possible. Stay away from canned products and oh my I can email you a list or give you websites. Lol. Just watch out cause even in healthy lifestyle there are people trying to make a buck and claiming their products are healthy. I will message you tomorrow. Night!
Thanks to all that offered their opinions and advice to me!!!
I've a major sugar jones in the morning, so that is going to be difficult.
Also, I've read such disparate stuff about what fibro/RA sufferers should and should not eat!! Anyone else? I've heard soy is great, then I read DON'T EAT SOY, ugh, I'm confused!! I don't want to become too thin either!!
CALGON, TAKE ME AWAY?
Lara the Irish witch!!! (add maniacal laughter here_____________)
Little Sis, & I mean l "little"literally! You know about nightshades already for fibro which would most probably be included in a vegetarian diet. Fibromyalgia sufferers usually have allergies , & allergies to certain foods can be a culprit. You need plenty of iron, & if you go to a meatless diet, I almost guarantee you would become anemic. I say runnermpom has the best ideas on this so far as far as reading. You don't have to eat fish to get the benefit of the fish oil. You can just take fish oil capsules each day. I would suggest a diet that includes poultry at least 2 days a week so you are a semi vegetarian. Chicken or turkey meat is good to help with the iron problem, but also take an iron supplement calledFerrous Gluconate. Do not take ferrus sulfate as you will be constipated again.
Take the fish oil capplet before bedtime with a light snack ie; crackers & cheese. I cannot eat chess, yogyrt, milk etc... as I am allergic to milk proteins. All of your problems as of late & longer ago, I would suggesty ou get tested for food allergies as well before you start out a new diet. They can wreck havoc on you system like you have been going thru as of late. You do not need to lose anymore wieght, girl, so please listen. Would I ever steer you wrong? The test is just a blood draw unless the do a stick test on you back or arm. Doesn't hurt at all. Have had it done numerous times , but always refused the food part, because I love to eat whatever I want. Well, to make a long story straight, I found out the hard way how allergic I was to certain foods. This can wreck havoc on having fibro! Big time! Talk to your doc about it, he should know. So please promise me you will try to get this done. If you are allergic to certain food products you will have to be very creful about ingredients everywhere. I am allergic to corn & milk proteins! It is awful because anything store bought has either corn strch or corn syrup, or whey & casinate which are the 2 milk proteins in it!! I just feel since you have been so sick this avenue might help you too. I found out my meds (pills) are binded with corn starch! It's a bitch to have all this to do on top of everything else.I guess what I am saying is because of all your recent problems with # 3, constipation, nausea , etc, maybe you should request allergy testing before just jumping into a new diet that could actually make you sicker. It may not be your meds at all that is making you feel so sick. Not the med per say, but inert ingredients!Please heed my warnings. I would never steer you wrong my Sister...
Hi, i've been vegetarian for 22 years and as far as i know it has not affected me negatively. I am not anemic, i don't have any heart trouble (so far) even though both my parents do. I am of a good weight, not over weight/not underweight. I take a multi vitamin with iron each day but haven't always done this. I eat a good range of foods; bread, pasta, rice, veg, fruit, cereal, cheese and dairy products, as well as chocolate, crisps, etc! I never find it difficult having enough variety of foods. I eat a lot of Quorn products and Linda McCartney products, really delicious! Also, Holland & Barrett do some great vege' food in their fridge's/freezers at the back of their stores. The Quorn range is lush! So much choice and all very low fat and most of it average to low calorie content.
Be careful of 'hidden' animal products in foods that you wouldn't think contained them, such as most jelly type sweets, they contain gelatine which is crushed animal bones. You can buy vege' ones though. Also buy vege' cheese otherwise it can contain animal renet. Also some crisps have animal fats in, etc, etc. Good luck if you decide to go with it, i would never consider eating meat/fish etc again!
I have been a born vegetarian now its 53 years since, never ever eaten any kind of meat even by mistake, I guess vegetarian food is more healthy, survived a major stroke 4 years ago because of being a veg. that's what the doc said.
Consider, turning a vegetarian, its never too late, me not preaching but its surely a more healthy diet.
Take care, best wishes!
I have been a vegetarian for 6 years now,since I was 12,and i'm very glad I did this.I've lost weight because I actually did my research before becoming a vegetarian.Make sure you are eating healthy and not substituting meat for unhealthy food items!Protein shakes might also be a good idea.Morning Star is a great vegetarian brand and it's where I get most of my protein.They have everything from chicken nuggets,burgers,to bacon,and it is all delicious.Good luck!
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