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Fibro and Vegetarian Diet??

Aug 22, 2016 1:34 AM

So Im in need of some advice and light on this situation. Ive been a vegetarian for almost a decade now and since moving in back with my mother she is VERY persistently insisting that if I ate meat my symptoms wouldn't be so bad (and continues to guilt trip me by saying things like "You're in so much pain and you're so young, this isnt any way to live life, why don't you just eat a little chicken, why do you beleive in doctors but you won't listen to me?, etc"). Other than believing eating meat wont effect me much, Im also highly uncomfortable in reverting back to meat. I mean, I still eat seafood and take b12 vitamins and biotin gummies! Ive been ignoring her canter about my eating because Ive always tried to be healthy. But now that I know I have fibro its been more difficult to deal with because she acts as if I could easily make myself feel better. She acted like she knew why I was having sleeping problems all those years when it was actually fibro and I understand she's just concerned and wants me to feel better but in all honesty her ignorance and general negativity and pressure is driving my anxiety and depression thru the roof. Ive tried giving her a pamphlet about fibro when I first told her but she JUST informed me she thinks its a general name that doctors give patients for conditions they dont know about so they wont sound stupid 😱😵😨 I dont what to do or how to explain this to her. Is there anyone who has genuinely felt a great improvement in reducing pain by eating meats like chicken??? Any info or tips would be appreciated ♡

Aug 22, 2016 12:15 PM

I eat meat, but really, do not listen to people who tell you ,you have to eat meat to make you feel better, it's the biggest pile of poo ever!!!

Aug 22, 2016 12:31 PM

Everyone reacts differently to different foods. Personally I like meat and my body seems to need it. However any and all processed foods, sugars, eggs and dairy make me ill.
After not eating meat for that long I would assume that your body would not be able to process it properly.
I don't digest fat and oils properly so my meat intake is limited to very lean meats (and I hate poultry).
Do what you want not what anyone else tells you to do.
I know people who are vegetarian for religious reasons, personal beliefs and because may makes them feel ill. Everyone is different

Aug 22, 2016 2:03 PM

I have fibro. I had to stop eating meat because it was making me sick. Then I cut out dairy because I was still hurting. Now I'm a vegan and I don't eat wheat or processed foods. Some things I've cut out and been able to reintroduce, but when I've tried to reintroduce meat or dairy it feels like my joints are all on fire. You could try keeping a food journal to track what your triggers are. They're different for everybody.

Try taking your mom with you to a doctors appointment. Maybe your doctor can help educate her.

Aug 22, 2016 11:22 PM

I'm a vegetarian and have fibro. I know I've had some Drs recommend eating meat for improving various different things but I eat well and make sure all my levels are good and have worked 13 years to get it right. I hear my Drs and wonder if I should try but won't without good reason. I've got a lot of Drs on my team and am working to be a dietician so hopefully ill get more answers as time goes on.

Not sure his helps. My mom still acts like this and always. Im an adult and on my own and have been for a while so I hope your relationship with your mom improves

Aug 23, 2016 8:14 AM

Hi JunglistAna,

Your mother is so wrong. It is scientifically proven that eating meat and other animal products is not healthy. I suggest watching the following documentary movies with your mother:

- Forks over knives (watch this one first, it is about chronic diseases and food)
- Fat, sick and nearly dead (and "Fat, sick and nearly dad 2")
- Cowspiracy
- That sugar film (not about meat but another unhealthy thing: sugar)

I was a meat lover, but those movies have dramatically changed my opinion and diet and I am trying to live a vegan life. I am not a 100% vegan yet because sometimes I just can't resist eating meat, chocolate, ice cream and other delicious things ;-) (and I am allergic to a lot of fruits and vegetables).

Watching some of those movies will hopefully change your mom's opinion (and hopefully her diet too) and she will stop bothering you. If not, you will have the ultimate proof that she is just ignorant regarding this topic and likes to nag on you... Parents aren't perfect ;-)

Aug 23, 2016 8:55 AM

Personally, my body doesn't react well to cutting out meat. However, to each their own. Talk with your doctor if you feel inclined, and continue doing what you feel is best for you.

Aug 23, 2016 1:52 PM

Can you get in with a dietician appt with your mom and have them map out your vegetarian diet based on your blood work metabolic type etc?! Hopefully your insurance covers it and it's super helpful info for you to have too

Aug 23, 2016 11:03 PM

My niece has fibro, she has a young doctor that stripped her of glutton, cow dairy, white sugar. She was a changed person within 3 to 6 months. She only buys grass fed beef, pork raised the old fashioned way, chickens open ranged, eggs her mom raises, you get the drift. I would not have beleived all the natural hype if it were not for her. She hasn't taken a prescription drug in over 4 years. She is less moody etc. I'm trying to get on the band Wagon but most days lately my husband has to fix meals after a 12 hour work,

Aug 24, 2016 5:49 AM

I think it's really up to how your body reacts and what you prefer to eat, not your mom's preference. I don't handle fatty foods well at all, due to my IBS-C & GERD. I was raised on a farm where we ate everything from. Finding good meat in a grocery store is hard to do, or veggies & fruits. Due to my health i can no longer garden and can or freeze our own produce. My body needs some beef and I love seafood & pork. Poultry I can give or take. Regardless of what meat I may eat, it's a small portion size. Back in my 20's I'd eat a whole steak on my own. Now my hubby and I can share one steak and get 4 portions from it. Our family gives us grief every time, but we don't care. I've been increasing my fresh fruits and veggies since stomach surgery in May. I've also been reducing and eliminating as much starches, sugar, & processed foods. I've found I'm lactose intolerant big time, and I've always loved milk, so I'm drinking Lactaid. I can tell I'm actually feeling better, and the swelling in my joints has gone down. It's your body and no one else knows it better than you. Educate your mom, or at least try to. I'm 54 and I remember all the hype being hammered into our heads as kids; eat meat for muscles & drink milk for bones. Good luck with your mom! Hugs love & prayers! .🙂💕🙏🌸

Dec 21, 2016 5:41 AM

Hello all. I too went to vegetarian eating after watching Forks Over Knives. I am very overweight could not find a balance without meat so I'm working with a Paleo diet. I also had developed Type 2 diabetes. I no longer have high blood sugars but do get low blood sugar when I don't Balance my protein &carb.
In The Fibro Manual by Dr. Ginerva Liptan, she talks about the role certain amino acids (from protein) play a roll in carrying iron into the cells. Latest research is finding abnormalities inside the cells of fibro patients. Mitochondria is needed for energy production in our body. Has to be beefed up (sorry for the pun) or supplemented to get the energy that improves our fatigue issue. You will find this book very helpful for you & your doctor's. I found it on Amazon. Or go to her website....fibromanual.com. The complete information is given in one of the pain companion threads. Will post again later today.

Dec 21, 2016 6:32 AM

Im fibro and veggie ( like you i eat 🐟 but not weekly- its a once in while thing)... i was warned about making sure i eat a balanced diet and get all my nutrients but also warned not to listen to people who tell me to eat meat and all will be well again!... listen to YOUR body and not your mother

Dec 21, 2016 12:22 PM

Also, I am a meat eater however there is solid science that animal protein is inflammatory and since inflammation plays a role in Fibro then that would be a good argument against meat. In the end, I have to believe as a mother that this is coming from love and she's frustrated that she can't help you.

Dec 21, 2016 2:31 PM

Meat that has been feed lot raised & full of antibiotics & hormone s is inflammatory. Range raised & grass fed no GMO corn & ground animal bones in there feed. That's the meat to eat . Have to be careful. Just commenting on how I understand it. This safe & natural meat is what I try to get if I am going to eat meat.,😀🤔☺

Dec 21, 2016 6:14 PM

I eat vegan because animal proteins trigger my fibro. I also cut out fried and processed foods. I feel a lot better eating this way. That being said, I have a friend who triggers from tomatoes. It's different for everyone.

Dec 26, 2016 1:01 AM

I came in here wondering if cutting out meat helped anyone's fibro or similar (I'm still a ?lupus)
My dad gets hives from pork and my youngest brother just went pescitarian because meat made him feel sick.

Jan 14, 2018 10:17 AM

I am not a vegetarian, but i really respect people who choose that way of living. It is very honorable what you do. I would say you are better off without meat. Red meats cause inflamation and makes my pain worse. And other meats do not give you anymore benefit then plants, beans, and nuts as far as protein goes. You are not making yourself sick. People just think they have all the answers for your problems. You strong are strong. Do not let your mom change that.

Jan 14, 2018 3:16 PM

In reality, meat and dairy contribute to inflammation in the body. That's the long and short of it. Denial is not a river in Egypt. Most people are in it.

Jan 14, 2018 3:44 PM

A good documentary is What the Health

Jan 16, 2018 2:55 PM

I was going to,say exactly what Zen said. So I second that. Was a meat eater all my life. Became vegan 7 months ago since evidence is overwhelming that meat and dairy INCREASE inflammation in your body, thereby making pain worse. It took over 5 months to notice a difference, but it has helped. It's no miracle unfortunately but i do notice a slight decrease in pain and swelling is alot better.

Jan 16, 2018 2:59 PM

Also meat these days is full of so much artificial additives, if i ever ate meat again it would only be if i hunted it myself :)

Jan 18, 2018 10:56 PM

I get meat from local farmers no additives for me, but pain wise i am better off without meat.

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