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Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:12 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have been dx with fibromyalgia since 2003. I have tried everything under the sun, but nothing really helped. Yoga helped but I needed to be on a muscle relaxer to do the poses. I can't work on a muscle relaxer. Swimming also helped when I had a pool, but I moved and don't have one now. Also, when I lived in Mississippi I had the most wonderful coop store. They are awesome. I shopped every two to three days there, bought fresh in season and planned my meals around that. Eating that way and swimming made me feel the best. However, I moved to Indiana and had to say goodbye to the coop store. I have lived here for 3.5 years and I am sick again. I noticed after eating out at lunch one day that I was really sick. I got a pounding heart, dizzy, headache, tired, just needed to put my head down. THe next time I ate at that place, same thing. I told my husband every time we eat there, I get sicker. He said sounds like an MSG issue. I talked to my dr about it and they pretty much laughed it off. I stopped eating there. But then I noticed that I had the same issues at other places just not as sever. I thought I had an issue with MSGs but no one would listen. I'm thinking my "fibro" could be an MSG reaction and I am just way overloaded.

I want to try this diet, but I feel overwhelmed. I already have memory issues and fatigue. This sounds like a lot of work. And I am so confused. The test diet is like eat this but make sure it is this way and not that. The stores in my area are not very good or I would have ate better already. I am so tired and fatigued that my husband just grabs fast food every night and calls it quits. We are getting a divorce so I should be happy he at least gets me dinner. But he will not help me cook or prepare anything special. I will have to do the shopping and prepare everything. Just finding the foods alone has been eating into my spoons. I think I found a place to get eggs, but I have to travel to another county to the farmers market to get them and the farmer travels from a few counties over themselves. Please help make this simple for me. If I travel to get a few dozen eggs, and scramble or make veggie omelets, and eat organic fruits and veggies, no tomatoes or mushrooms, wash the produce, and maybe brown rice, will this do for the week test diet? I need this really simple or I just won't have the energy to prepare my meals. I also read on a site that grapes should be avoided. Is this true? I love grapes and had planned on snacking on them.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 9:15 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh, I forgot to say I will cook the eggs and rice in coconut oil.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 8:29 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi there, I am also very new to having "just made the MSG connection" and I completely understand your being overwhelmed. It is a lot to take in. The test diet may seem extreme, but try to think of it as a short experiment. You can see how you feel after eating 'clean' for a few days and go from there. Start keeping food journal and write down everything you eat for awhile. This will be really helpful later when you start adding foods back in. Then you can tell, for example, if grapes are okay for you.
Order Deb's book/cookbook soon, its full of helpful information that is eye-opening to those of us who have suffered for years.
Finding the website and reading the book has absolutely changed my life.

Good luck with it,
Deb A.
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Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:56 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anon, all of us have been where you are now. I remember going into a grocery store and almost bursting into tears, I was so frustrated and scared that I would not be able to find anything safe. I wrote the book because I knew there had to be others out there like me. It took me a couple years to figure out what I could eat, but it will take less time and frustration for you. Yes, what you suggested eating as a test diet sounds good. If MSG is your problem, you will find that as you begin to eliminate it, your symptoms will begin to disappear, giving you more energy, and the ability to shop, cook, and eat like you did before the FMS. It is worth EVERY effort you make, no matter how overwhelming it seems right now. It will take time and a few mistakes before you get a handle on how to avoid MSG in the beginning...allow yourself that and don't beat yourself up when you do get a reaction. You are on a learning curve, so be patient with yourself...babysteps!
Deb A.
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Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:01 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anon, as Lee says, the book will walk you through this new way of is actually not a diet, but the way people ate before the late 1940's when MSG began to be added to foods. You don't have to eat organic everything....just be sure to wash things well....and I do okay with most eggs. The reason I say to avoid grapes is because most are sprayed with sulfur dioxide, which many of us who are MSG sensitive, react to. It is just a precaution for some of those who may be allergic to sulfites and don't know it....there is a chapter in the book about that.
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Posted on Sunday, March 01, 2015 - 10:55 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thank you for the comments. I think I will get the ebook soon.

I tried to eat clean Thursday and I think I did. I did eat grapes, but I asked the store and they said there was nothing on the box about sulfur dioxide. I did wash them before I eat them. Friday I woke up feeling better than I had in along time. Friday I ate clean for breakfast and lunch, but my husband brought home pizza for dinner and I caved. It wasn't long after the 2 slices that I had chest pain and a pounding heart. I woke up Sat not feeling as good as Friday. I had a clean breakfast and then went to the farmers market and ran some errands. I was gone less than 3 hours and wiped out. So I had fast food for lunch. Again, the pounding heart was back. I ate clean for dinner and felt better. Today I have ate clean as well. I am sure I have a problem with msgs, but I do think it will be a long road and I will slip when I am tired. I do have some peanut butter in the house that has nothing listed in the ingredients on this page. It does say palm oil. Is this okay to eat?
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Posted on Friday, March 06, 2015 - 12:29 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just take it one day at a time or rather one meal at a time. Looking into the future can be overwhelming. :-)

Peanut butter should be fine. What brand do you have? I look for peanut butter that just contains peanuts and salt. But palm oil is safe. :-)

Ada Lovelace
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Posted on Friday, March 06, 2015 - 2:39 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The peanut butter is Jiff natural. But I got smuckers the other day without the palm oil. I got the ebook and have started reading it. I am taking things one meal at a time. It has been a week and I actually lost a pound.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:25 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread: peanuts, sugar, palm oil, salt, molasses.

Smuckers Natural: peanuts, salt.

Some people on here experiences issues with molasses. But not everyone. So just listen to your body. :-)

Good luck and yes, one meal at a time! Because that's the only meal you ever have!

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