This article is reposted from an article I wrote for MindBodyGreen, on my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet.
Having had CFS since I was 18, I’ve dabbled in lots of nutritional fads and special diets in my time. Now having fully recovered, I can say there are a few dietary tips I would always recommend people consider if they have this frustrating illness.
1. Flaxseed oil, you little beauty!
2. Put the coffee down!
3. Don’t reach for the junk food.
I know, it’s rubbish—I’ve been there. If you’ve got the energy to eat properly at all, you’ll probably go for the easy junk food, the ones that you don’t even have to cook: chips, chocolate, bread, and cheese. Your body knows you’re out of whack, your mind is telling you constantly that you’re ill, so you deserve it, right? But maybe try substituting chocolate with a piece of fruit once in a while. Some might argue that fruit is still pretty sugary, but it’s packed full of nutrients and it’s got to be better than what you have in your hand right now.
4. Limit your dairy intake.
5. Eat your greens.
These are just five tricks that work for me, but you have to be patient and find what works best for you. If you’re suffering from CFS, investing in good nutrition is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself. I’d love to hear from you about your experiences. In the meantime, you will get there.
Absolutely brilliant blog. I’ve had cfs for 7 years after glandular fever and I pace my life, monitor diet. Notice bread, red meat, dairy & sugars aggravate symptoms. I live in Brighton now instead of London which is a happy open minded place biggest problem still is dealing with other people’s opinions cause don’t always look unwell ‘but you could do it yesterday’ etc but getting there with ignoring it and knowing my own truth. Thanks for sharing your advice & stories
My pleasure Aymi! xx
I have type 2 diabetes so slight complication with all forms of carbs. But me/cfs plus diabetes is a shit combo am really struggling at the mo and will have to go back to basics and try some new stuff am very low at mo and off work can hardly function!
So sorry to hear you’re having problems at the moment, Dave- the diabetes as well must be difficult to manage. You could maybe try consulting a nutritionist? Hope you feel better soon- x
its getting the balance right but my me/cfs has gone haywire I feel so ill!!!!!!!!
I was just reading through your blog and I find it very inspiring
I’ve just had another relapse and am feeling very low as the fatigue has affected my vision and that could be permanent apparently. I’m in bed right now which doesn’t make much of a change and I feel like every cell is weighing down.
I was wondering if you’d be able to tell me what smoothie recipe you would recommend it would be great to know. Also what are your thoughts on pufas? They seem to be getting a lot of bad press at the moment so would be good to know your thoughts
Thanks for your blog and for giving people like me hope