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Hi all

I've recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I'm really struggling with my diet, all through my life I've been eating the wrong things and I just don't know how to stop. How has other sufferers coped if they like things like all the things that enhance the pain. I'm trying to eat veg and I'm also trying to cut down. It's just when I start getting pain, I then comfort eat. Any suggestions?

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Hello and Welcome Annmurry from forums members and all admin If you take a look at our mother site you will find a list of Fibromyalgia symptoms on there

I see you were recently diagnosed the comfort eating is probably due to struggling to accept your illness. I would arm your self by doing as much research as you can. Understanding your condition is the first part of acceptance.

.If you are able to see the homepage there are some pinned posts in blue covering, symptoms and treatments, locking your posts, guidelines to the site and navigation around the sight if there is anything that you don't understand please come back to me and I will talk you through it,

Everyone on the forum is very friendly and supportive and I am sure you will make many friends we are all here to help and support you as much as we can.


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Thank you. X

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Hi Ann,

When I feel like this, I cut up loads of different fruit and make a fruit salad then pour a toffee or banana custard muller light over it, I also make myself a graze plate of a night, carrot sticks celery cucumber and dip them in some hummus or a rivita with laughing cow cheese I know it hard I struggle too. It's all about planning your meals. Would you not join a skimmers club? Skimmers world is brilliant. You can join online too. There is loads of different sites you can get ideas and share stories with people too. Hope this helps.

Hope you have a lovely day 😊💐


I agree with Jennifer that planning is the key. It’s easy to eat unhealthy snacks because they require no preparation and you can just dive straight in so I find it easier not to buy things that may tempt me. I try and make sure I have plenty of fruit, veg and nuts in the house to snack on when I get peckish. I love dips but they are fattening so I get low fat hummus or make my own dip from greek yoghurt, spring onion and garlic to dip carrots and cucumber in. I also use honey instead of sugar to sweeten things (except tea as can’t give up my one sugar in that!). I don’t have butter or spread on bread and instead use a thin coating of low fat mayo or some other low fat condiment. I also ration myself to a maximum of 2 pieces of bread a day (don't always succeed as I love me bread!). Another good way of filling up on low fat meals is to make your own soup. I use any left- over veg, cook it and blitz it in a blender, it can then be frozen and then taken out the freezer and used when you’re feeling hungry. I wouldn’t try a drastic change straight away as it’s likely you will not stick with it but just try gradually substituting fatty foods for healthier alternatives. Also don’t deprive yourself of treats totally as this will just make you crave them more. For instance if you like chocolate then let yourself have a couple of pieces but ration yourself. Also sometimes you think you're hungry when in fact you are dehydrated so I try and drink plenty of water each day. It is easy to turn to food when you're in pain but is there anything else you can do to try and distract yourself from the pain? I listen to music and read to try and give my mind something else to focus on. I know it’s not easy to change lifetime habits but I promise you, you will start to feel better. Good luck lovely and take care. xxx


Hi Annmurry

I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? Welcome to the forum and it is wonderful to make your acquaintance.

As the others have said planning is probably the best way forward. I am a diabetic and I love my sweeties! I try not to buy them and then I cannot have them? It is so difficult though when you really want a particular food to eat.

I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

All my hopes and dreams for you


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