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Kitchen tips for fibromyalgia

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If you have fibromyalgia, making your own food from scratch can be a serious challenge that adds to your daily fatigue and stress. Although it is tempting to turn to fast food or unhealthy packaged items, this is not the best solution because fibromyalgia patients need a healthy diet.


Cooking can be an exhausting process for fibromyalgia patients who may find it difficult to stand because of chronic fatigue and may suffer from muscle spasms. In addition, brain fog or fibro fog can make remembering recipes a nightmare and trying to concentrate on one task may not be easy. However, you still need a healthy diet, and cooking from scratch is one of the best options.

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If you are struggling in the kitchen, then you may want to consider rearranging it completely to fit your needs. Items can be relocated, so they are easier to reach. In addition, you can replace tools with better options, so they are easier to grip and hold. By keeping the necessities such as your favorite skillet and flour near you, you can reduce the need to search for them and the need to bend or reach for them. If you have trouble standing for long periods of time, then consider getting a chair specifically for your kitchen that can be adjusted to reach the counters.

A healthy diet is essential for fibromyalgia patients, and cooking from scratch is cheaper and better for you. If you are able to do it, then you can cook extra portions and freeze them ahead of time. You may also want to consider buying a subscription service, such as Plated or Blue Apron, which delivers fresh ingredients and recipes to your door, so you simply have to put the meals together. You can also purchase complete meals from a variety of companies, such as Diet-to-Go or Freshology, that are healthy and preservative-free.

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