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Sugar Causing Flareup?

Here is a thought. I have been feeling rather fatigued over the last few weeks, ( I do know why.... doing too much, but having fun), lol.... but I do find I give in to the urge to eat rubbish when I am tired. Sweeties (sports mixture) chocolate, etc. I know its gonna make me feel more tired in the end but still do it. However, this change in my normally good eating plan has coincided with a bit of a flare up.

Has anyone else noticed that sugary foods do this?

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Ive been told sugar doesnt help.my flaw is chocolate.thats it.


Definetly! The same things happens to me I tend to over indulge in sweet and sugary foods a few days prior to my periods and ive noted an increase in my fibro symptoms i.e. increased pain levels, and a deterioration in my mental health resulting in severe mood swings an interuption in my sleep pattern and increased feelings of lethargicness. I am currently trying to steer away from sugary treats but find im caught in the trap of comforting eating when in pain or depressed. Its a vicious cycle and one which I will strive to master but for now it will remain a work in progress. :-)


Recommended Diet For Fibromyalgia Sufferers -

An anti-inflammatory diet is best for people with Fibromyalgia. A quality omega-3 fatty acid supplement (anti-inflammatory) is needed to balance out the excess omega-6 fatty acids (highly inflammatory) in the typical diet. A low fat/high protein diet also helps regulate blood sugars and reduce inflammation. Refined carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar should be avoided or used to the minimum. Some Fibromyalgia sufferers are gluten sensitive, so they should avoid wheat, barley, and rye (oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat, look for gluten-free certified). While fruits and vegetables should be increased, avoid the nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and aubergine) which can cause a flare-up of Fibromyalgia symptoms.


Hi libby de do you follow this diet? And do you have any literature or a website llink to it for further reading? Also what brand of high quality omega 3 anti inflammatry would you or others on here recommend? Thanx Dixie


Hi Dixie, yes I try to follow a diet like this, it's not always easy with a family as I don't want to restrict them because of me. I am a great believer in natural foods, I don't have any additives for me or the family. I cook with fresh vegetables and fruits. I don't have anything processed, no artificial sweeteners, flavours or preservatives. No ready meals, all home cooked from scratch. I take 1000mg Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Omega 6 Fatty Acids, I buy these online, it doesn't have to be a top brand as long as it's the correct dose. I increase my intake by adding pumpkin seeds and nuts to my diet. I don't get too obsessive about it, I have learnt that natural foods are better for my Fibro so automatically only eat those, so it comes naturally to me now.

I have noticed a big difference in how I manage my Fibro since I cut out all processed foods and additives, sweeteners etc. I seem to be able to manage all the symptoms better.

Here are some links regarding diet and Fibromyalgia -





Hope you find the links some help, if you need any more hints or info, please don't hesitate to contact me any time. :)


Thanks Libby I find this a great help

Love viv


Hi Libby

It's been a help for me thank you

Love Viv


Hi Libby,

I too have been doing much the same diet as you although I also have NASH so I have to be wary of high sugar fruit and I love fruit . In an ideal world I would eat fish chicken and veg. Nuts I also find filling and nutritious. My failling is cake and chocolate yummmmy thank for the hints xgins


Hi, I do ususally follow a low fat hi protein diet with a lot of fruit and veg, but tiredness is my downfall. I am upset to hear tomato's are bad as I love them. Also peppers, but I can avoid them easily.... but Tomatos..... :(



Sugar gives a short term gain but suffer in the long term, feel hung over the next day. I am trying to loose weight as although I was slim when I first became ill lots of inactivity caused weight gain, so I am do low fat and low sugar.


Hi and thank you Libby :-) going to have a look at the wee links you sent and try to implement a better eating plan as i've fallen into the habit of eating too much sugary foods when i'm in pain and feeling down, It really does have a detrimental effect in regards to both my moods and the levels of pain I feel on a daily basis. You would think it would be an easy choice between chocolate and pain but have to say the lure of an other hit for a 'chocoholic' can over ride your sensible side lol Any ways i'l just keep on plugging away and heres hoping :-) x Dixie


Diet sounds very sensible - but I am genrally so tired that it is whatever is in the freezer unless someone else is cooking for me :-( I solve the chocolate by not having it in the house too often, I have type 2 diabetes so have to watch my sugar in any case ... but it can be miserable as I do have a sweet tooth. Dr Pepper Zero and Crunchy Nut Cornflakes are my secret vices!

Julie xx


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