What you eat can have an effect on your energy levels. But should you go low-fat, low-carb, or no-carb for more energy? Well, you can forget about specific diet plans for fibromyalgia. We focus on what you can eat instead of what you can’t.
Food #1: Fruits
Fruits are complex carbs, which means they give you the necessary energy to get through your day—whether you’re at work, doing chores around the house, or exercising. Fruits such as apples and bananas can give you a needed energy boost, plus they’re filled with fiber.
Incorporate them at each meal, as a snack between meals, or swap them in place of your usual dessert.
Food #2: Vegetables
As with fruits, veggies take longer to digest because of their filling fiber, so they help keep your blood glucose levels—and energy levels—stable.
Incorporate them as often as you’d like: For example, eat a spinach omelet for breakfast, a salad with onions and bell peppers for lunch, and have roasted broccoli as a side for dinner.
Food #3: Omega-3s
Salmon and other foods rich in omega-3s give your brain a healthy dose of mental energy. Bonus: These foods also work on reducing fibromyalgia-related inflammation to ease your pain.
Incorporate them often: Try walnuts for your afternoon snack and cook your meals using olive oil.
Food #4: Protein
Protein gives you energy by fueling your muscles. Low energy and fatigue are some of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia, so eat more lean protein.
Incorporate it at every meal: Eat lean protein (eg, chicken, fish), beans, and nuts such as almonds or cashews.
Food #5: Water
While technically water is a drink, it’s still an essential part of a healthy eating plan for fibromyalgia. Low energy levels can be linked to dehydration, so be sure you’re drinking enough water.
Incorporate it with each meal and in-between meals. Carry water with you wherever you go so you can be sure your energy levels are constantly being replenished.
An Energy Boost for Fibromyalgia
Give your body what it needs. An overall healthy lifestyle that includes the energy-enhancing foods in this slideshow as well as plenty of sleep, moderate exercise, and down time can keep those energy levels steady.
Also, don’t skip meals because that can damper your metabolism and send energy levels plummeting. And talk to your doctor about any vitamins or supplements you plan on taking.