Prior to the summer of 2015, I suffered from unexplainable pain and fatigue for several months. My doctor ran test after test yet all blood work came back normal. I was finally sent to a rheumatologist. I remember him barely pressing on areas all over my body and being so sore. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at the age of 38. With this condition, I could no longer hit it hard in the gym and recover quickly. A hard work out would set me back five days and my body felt like it had been beat.
I refused medication and was determined to find a way to beat my pain. Unfortunately, the medical profession isn’t too knowledgeable about how foods can be used to treat disease so I set out on a journey of conducting my own research. Many things recommended I was already doing, such as consistent exercise, a healthy diet, and certain supplements, yet I still experienced debilitating pain. One thing I read over and over really stood out and it was the suggestion to eliminate dairy.
Dairy can be highly inflammatory and with conditions such a Fibro, more inflammation is a bad thing. I had been used to supplementing with high quality whey protein, so admittedly was a little apprehensive because I know how great whey is when it comes to protein synthesis. Still, I was in pain and was willing to try it. After cutting out dairy, nearly immediately my symptoms began to improve. I switched to a vegan protein instead so am still able to make my favorite smoothies! I can now say eliminating dairy was the BEST decision I have made in managing my Fibro symptoms. I only have a flare up if I push myself too hard physically and don’t get enough rest. I feel like my old self again and as a bonus lost stubborn belly fat too! My hope is that if you are reading this and have Fibromyalgia or know someone who does, please pass this article along.
With love and respect,