Nutrition and Diet
What to Add, What to Avoid
Add - If pain is one of your symptoms, try “pain-safe” foods: brown rice; cooked green vegetables (leafy greens, broccoli, artichoke, asparagus); yellow and orange vegetables (squash, sweet potatoes); fruits (cooked or dried, such as cherries, pears, cranberry, prunes). A low-fat, mostly vegetarian diet rich in beans, grains, fruits, and vegetables may help you combat inflammation and lose weight, and may prevent or relieve symptoms as well.
Avoid - Caffeine, alcoholic beverages, refined foods including sugar, saturated fats. Caffeine will put an enormous amount of strain on your adrenal glands which are already exhausted. Unlike the old days when caffeine would give you a boost it will now wipe you out. If you have a real craving for cup of coffee, check with your doctor about an occasional decaf until your energy reserves are replenished. Similarly, refined foods, also known as processed foods (anything white - sugar, starches, and dairy) are incredibly challenging for your metabolism when you are compromised with chronic fatigue.