Question About Nutritious Replacement Food

  1. Dh has Fibromyalgia, as many of you know. He has also been ordered to lose weight and I have been losing right along. Now, it was suggested by someone else with Fibro. to cut out certain things. These generally make sense to me as they seem like they would also help him to lose the weight. I'm not debating cutting them out, so please let's not go that road. What I need is different alternatives to these items that we are cutting. Any ideas? Here are the items:

    simple carbs....and that is white
    potatoes, yams, white rice, wheat products, ie pastas, etc. no peas, or corn
    either. And cut him back on his protien...especially red meat.

    Any thoughts on what to substitute? As far as the meat goes, we generally eat fish and chicken and pork chops even once in a while. We are not big red meat eaters anyways.

    TIA..........
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Energizer Bunny
    Do you think this would include all wheat products or could we try whole wheat things? Ezekiel bread is a good substitue for regular bread...we like it and usually have it around.... we don't want to go Atkins either....
  4. by   Tweety
    Sounds like someone has recommended cutting back on refined foods. You can substitute whole grain pastas, etc. But they are expensive. I love Ezekiel bread too. I've read never eat a bread that isn't whole grain or have 3 grams of fiber a slice.

    Don't forget veggies. Everyone should try to get five or more servings a day. The body can be very forgiving of a lot of things if there are a lot of fruits and veggies involved.

    And BEANS! They are so good for you!

    Sounds like you guys are on the right track, but it's tough on a budget.

    The problem with a lot of diets is that they substitute with empty calories. People want to diet and eat their cake too.

    I don't know enough about fibro to say if they allow whole wheat or recommend cutting out all wheat products due to a possible allergy connection. Let me know what you find out.

    Good luck!!!!
  5. by   Energizer Bunny
    THanks Tweety....we ordered a book from half. com that is supposed to be somewhat of a holistic manual to help with Fibro. since so many insurance companies won't accept it as a "real" diagnosis and frankly, dh would rather not be on so many meds. When it comes, I'll share info!

    Thanks again.....
  6. by   gypsyatheart
    Sorry, i may have gotten your OP a little confused, but I believe the key is to cut out the refined starches. In other words you want to keep the whole grain/whole wheat products. For example:
    White potatoes: sub sweet pot/yams(these have a lower glycemic index and are much higher in fiber)
    White rice: Sub brown/whole wheat/whole grain rice
    White bread: Sub 100% WW bread, remember it must be the whole grain
    Regular pasta: Sub whole wheat pasta
    You are correct re: corn peas, white potatoes, very starchy....turns right to sugar!
  7. by   Energizer Bunny
    Thanks! I'm just going by hearsay now until I receive the book...I'll take any and all suggestions.......mostly for side dishes and casseroles, etc. Suzanne.....you out here with all your food ideas?
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    I've got fibro too, and I know it's been a lot better since I got rid of the refined "whites" (sugar, flour, rice, potatoes etc.). I don't know why it makes such a difference, but it does..........wish I could help you out more, I don't have a handle on the specifics of the anti-fibromyalgia diet except for that.

    I think one is also supposed to cut out caffeine.....but that is my LAST vice and I'm not giving it up!!
  9. by   suzanne4
    Quote from CNM2B
    Thanks! I'm just going by hearsay now until I receive the book...I'll take any and all suggestions.......mostly for side dishes and casseroles, etc. Suzanne.....you out here with all your food ideas?

    Here I am..................................
    Make it very easy on yourselves and don't go crazy worrying about anything.
    Very, very simple. Cut out white sugar, white bread, white pasta, and white rice. I eat brown rice at lunch six days per week, and my waist and thighs have never been this thin.............by cutting out the sugar you will notice a significant difference in a very short time. If you do need to use sugar, use Splenda, it is more expensive, but the health savings eill more than make up for it. I normally do not make any sandwiches. I do have a special whole grain bread made for me because it is not available in the stores here and keep it in the freezer. When I want a treat, I will have a slice of that with either some swiss cheese or cream cheese and in the microwave for about 30 seconds. I had a small amount of pasta tonight, but only have it about once a month. There are so many things that you can do with fresh vegetables at this time of year. Spaghetti squash can be used in place of regular pasta, caulifower can actually be diced and used in place of rice. You can also puree cauliflower and use in place of mashed potates. Also love curried cauliflower soup. Just steam it until soft, put in blender, and top off with some milk or cream and curry powder. Vegetable stir-fry with chicken and a sprinkle of nuts, flourless quiches like I have described in other threads, using up whatever leftover things you have in the frig, almost any ingredient will work with the right combination. Grilled chicken breast topped with tomato and grilled onions, you can make what we call fresh spring rolls. They are made from rice paper, which looks like a big tortilla that you can see thru, just soak it in warm water for just a few minutes, then put in chicken, cucumber, bean sprouts, and ??? and you can dip it in a peanut sauce, made from peanut butter melted in the microwave with some chili cause if you want the spice.

    I have not cut out any food groups, just try to avoid simple carbohydrates, and eat complex carbs instead. You won't have the surge in insulin production to compensate for the sugar rush in the morning. Nor will you be hungry by 11AM, just by adding some protein to your breakfast meal. If you have to have the simple carb for some reason, do not eat it plain, if bread, make sure that it has cheese, butter, peanut butter or something like that so the carbs do not convert so quickly. If you eat white rice, change it to brown rice. Basically you want to cut out refined white foods. If you do that, you will feel much healthier and will be eating more healthy.

    Hope that this helps and at least gets you started.................
  10. by   Energizer Bunny
    Suzanne...thank you so much! Bryan had some questions for you but he's already at work and I won't really see him again until Wednesday so I'll ask you then. I really appreciate this. I'm sure my nutrition class will help some too once it starts in two weeks.
  11. by   suzanne4
    Don't put all that much hope in your nutrition class. It will contain many contain many observations, and more than likely the particular views of that particular instructor. You need to make choices for yourself based on reading that you have done.

    Certain things work for certain people, and you need to find what works for your body. What I have posted is what works for me..............
  12. by   Energizer Bunny
    Suzanne...I am printing all your suggestions out (from this thread and others) and letting Bry read them and get some ??? together for you. It's his homework assignment while I am gone today! LOL! I'm sure I'll have lots for you tomorrow. You are so incredibly full of knowledge...I don't know what I'd do without yoU! LOL!

    Thanks again!

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