One diet that many people with fibromyalgia find beneficial is the ketogenic (keto) diet.  The ketogenic diet is a diet that limits carbohydrate intake and increases consumption of healthy fat. Carbohydrates come in the form of starches, grains, fruits, and vegetables. The idea behind the keto diet is to have the body turn to fat for its main energy source.  On the keto diet, carbohydrates are limited to 40 grams per day or less and 70% of calories come from healthy fats.  Research suggests that a ketogenic diet reduces inflammation through the increased production of adenosine.

An anti-inflammatory diet also shows health benefits. Although it is very different from the ketogenic diet, some people find it very effective in helping to manage fibromyalgia symptoms. On this type of diet, an emphasis is placed on eating whole grains, fish, fruits, vegetables, and olive oil.

IMPORTANT: Eliminating foods is not meant to be a long term solution. These “trigger” foods should slowly be added back into your diet one at a time. Give yourself about 5 days before introducing a new food again. Make sure you take notes to keep track of which foods agree with you and which ones do not. If there is a food you still can not tolerate, eliminate it and try that food again at a later time. Do not try to introduce more than one food at a time back into your diet.

Pay close attention to how the foods you are eating correlate with how you feel, your weight, and important measurements, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. Keeping a diary or using the chronometer app is the best way to sort out all of this information.

It is important to keep an open mind when it comes to trying new ways of eating. It has been reported that changing how you eat can have a significant impact on your symptoms.

The information provided is not intended to promote weight loss.  The only intended purpose is for your own health benefit and to improve symptom management.