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Foods that Fight Fibromyalgia: Nutrient-Packed Meals That Increase Energy, Ease Pain, and Move You Towards Recovery Paperback – October 1, 2012
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Deirdre Rawlings, Ph.D., N.D. is a naturopathic doctor, certified nutritionist, sports nutritionist and healthy-cooking coach. She holds a Ph.D. in holistic nutrition and a Master's in herbal medicine. She specializes in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive challenges, food allergies, and immune rebalancing. She resides in Atlanta, GA. Visit her online at www.foodsforfibromyalgia.com.
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So why not a 5 star rating? First, the author assumes that you, the fibro victim, has a very good income and food choices are not limited by budget. There is no attempt to offer solutions, for example, if you are a SNAP recipient and your entire grocery budget for 1 person might be $200 (or less) for the month. For all the effort put in the first half of the book to look at food choices for an entire day, there's no sample meal plans that offer suggestions on how to take the recipes and created breakfast-lunch-snack-dinner-snack meal plans for a day or a week that implement all of the advice given on food combining, number of meals eaten, etc. There is also quite a bit of dried fruit thrown into the recipes after the author really discouraged using it because of the high sugar. None of the recipes note the actual glycemic load of the meal in question, which would be extremely helpful- as would a list of which 2-4 micronutrients are most plentiful in that recipe.
And lastly, which is my strongest complaint about most fibromyalgia cookbooks? There's no real thought put into how much time/effort/energy is required to prepare and cook the meals. When one suffers from a disease where it can be overwhelming to stand in place, chop ingredients, pick up plates, operate & clean blenders/food processors, or move plates and bowls around? Food doesn't only need to be nutrient-rich, it needs to be simple to make and easy to store, reheat, etc. Talking about avoiding microwave cooking whenever is possible is all well and good, but it doesn't necessarily take into consideration that during a fibro flare, its a major accomplishment to walk to the kitchen, open the refrigerator, put a dish in the microwave, and carry it to a table by yourself- you might need to go lay down before something is warmed up in the oven and may not have the energy to stir a pot on the stove.
After applying several of the principles, I have finally, after years of trying, lost 5 pounds. That may seem like an insignificant amount but in my life, it is encouragement to keep on. My pain level has decreased, energy level increased, mental attitude is more positive. Thank you Dr. D.!