You Are What You Eat.

I underestimated the truth behind this saying until my health was rocked by fibromyalgia. It was time to take a long, totally honest, look at what I was eating each day…it was shocking!

Let’s use the analogy of the sports car; would you ever knowingly put diesel in a petrol engine?
What would the consequences be if you did?
Would you expect the car to run at optimum performance?
No of course not…
The spark plugs won’t fire and the engine just won’t start. Before the car will work again, the whole engine has to be drained and cleaned.

So why on earth do we do this to our bodies and expect them to work at optimum performance?

This was a question I asked myself, as it’s how I had lived for years.

I skipped breakfast because I was late for work.

Worked until lunch and then rewarded myself with a coffee and croissant.

Back to work until the end of the day…drinking the odd coffee to keep myself going.

Once I got home, exhausted I would often grab the fastest meal, probably pre-prepared then fall into bed only to repeat the same routine the next day.

Eating was just a necessary part of life and something I never really thought about too much in terms of health.

The Arrival of Fibromyalgia.

Now I’m not saying that bad nutrition was the only reason that I have fibromyalgia, there were many other factors. But I am sure my nutrition or lack of, played a big part. Nutrition is absolutely key to health and mental well-being.

There are many factors that cause chronic disease but lack of nutrition is definitely right at the top of the list.

What you eat can either BOOST your immune system or damage it. As we head towards the holiday season, with tables laid full of sweets, cakes and other foods and drinks high in sugar, it’s so important to remember how damaging these can be and limit your intake or better still opt for healthier alternatives.

Excess Sugar

Eating excess Sugar is known to cause many chronic illnesses such as diabetes type 2, coronary heart disease, obesity and so many more. Sugar is also known to deplete important vitamins and minerals such as:

• Vitamin B,
• Magnesium
• Calcium

Deficiency in these vitamins and minerals will cause the immune system to be depressed making us more vulnerable to catching bacterial and viral infections. At the best of times these illnesses can totally throw life off balance, but with fibromyalgia they can be completely debilitating.

Ensure you are eating a healthy, nutrition packed diet all year round!

Have a wonderful, healthy day x

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