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Eat a vegetarian diet to cure fibromylagia?

Vegetarian protein sources a must!

Changing to a vegetarian diet in an effort to restore wellness requires replacement of animal proteins with vegetable protein sources.  Anyone who considers a vegetarian diet in their efforts to cure fibromyalgia must ensure they include protein. 

But where to do you get protein if you have eliminated meat, fish, and poultry from your diet?

Good question.


There are various sources of vegetable protein available when eating a vegetarian diet.

Consideration should be made when thinking about what you will be eating everyday to ensure you eat enough protein.

What will happen if I don't get enough protein in my diet?

Insufficent protein in the diet can be reflected in various ways.

*weakened immune response

*increased allergic response

*decreased ability to fight infection

*decreased mental focus and ability to concentrate

*changes in emotional stability

*weakened nails

*muscles weakness and possible deteriorization

*loss of hair

*a decrease in energy and physical strength

*wounds may heal more

When incorporating protein rich foods into your diet, it is better to eat small amounts more often, rather that one large portion.

Legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grain are good sources of protein.

Soybeans are rich in protein.  They are best taken as:


*soy sauce



*soy mil

How can you incorporate these vegetable protein foods into your diet?

Tempeh can be cubed and put in a stir fry or salad.  It tastes great mixed with a little barbeque sauce!  Soy sauce can be used on steamed vegetables or lightly sprinkled over brown rice. 

Miso is a nice soup base that when mixed with hot water can be a nice afternoon snack on a cold day. 

Cut up tofu and add to vegetable broth and chopped vegetables in a homemade soup or slice firm flavored tofu to make a sandwich for lunch, on a wonderful whole grain bread, of course! 

And a little soy milk on your morning cereal is a great way to start your day.

Take nuts and seeds in smaller quantities as they can lead to digestive gas.  Ensure the nuts are not rancid. 

Tahini dressing from sesame seed butter is a wonderfully, nutty addition to any fresh green salad. 

Try putting warm, cooked brown rice on top of green salad with a little healthy dressing of your choice.  The contrast of the cool salad with the warmth of the brown rice is a delighful dining experience.

Other grains to consider adding to your vegetarian diet would be:





Health food grocery stores sell all of these grains, in whole form and in many products.  Spelt bread is an option to other refined grain breads.  Amaranth can be used in cooking, but also come in crackers and cookies. 

Other high protein sources:



These foods can be purchased in your local health food store and help build the body, improve mental function, as well as cleanse and purify.

Mix one teaspoon of spirulina into a morning smoothie to start your day with the equivalent protein of one ounce of beef.

So, you can see that there are a lot of ways to ensure that you get sufficient protein in your vegetarian diet.

Be thoughtful of vegetable protein sources as you plan your daily vegetarian diet</b> to ensure sufficient protein intake ... and you will be on your road to restored health.

Can a vegetarian diet cure fibromyalgia?

It can help, if done right.

A vegetarian diet alone is not a cure for fibromyalgia. It can, however, provide the nutrition needed to heal while reducing the toxins, chemicals and hormones that can be found in meats, poultry, fish and other processed foods.

The positives of a vegetarian diet are many.


As you eat more fruit, more vegetables and focus on non-animal products, you provide increased nutrition to your body, cleansing and detoxing in support of the healing process.

The challenge of dietary change can be the elimination of toxins. This can be reflected through healing reactions which, generally, last no more than a week, although some can last longer. Your body is cleansing and adapting to the change, so anticipate possible physiological responses.

The healing reactions, as you eliminate animal products from your diet, may include:

*an increase in pimples, rash, body odor

*a change in digestion, gas, bloating, diarrhea 

*emotional responses such as anger, impatience, moodiness, depression

*increased need for sleep, fatigue

During this time, toxins are being eliminated from the body.

There are foods that can help during this transition, including:






Chlorophyll rich foods can, also, be helpful with the elimination of animal toxins during this transitional period. They, also, help build blood and support cell renewal.

Besides green vegetables, you may want to include green food products such as:

*pure extracted liquid chlorophyll

*micro-algae spirulina


*wild blue-green algae

*cereal grass

These food products that provide chlorophyll, protein and beta carotene can be purchased at your local health food store.

Other foods that help neutralize the toxins include:





*Swiss chard

In considering all of the above aspects of dietary change from one of animal product consumption, consider purchasing organic produce. Why would you want to transition to a vegetarian diet that can help with the healing process while continuing to feed it chemicals, pesticides and other toxic substances?

Transition slowly.  Begin by eliminating red meats and follow with poultry and fish.

If you crave animal products as you eliminate them from your diet, take small amounts, rather than one large portion, or take broth or soup. Introducing whole grains into your diet can help eliminate or reduce the desire for meat.

As you begin to reduce animal products, also begin to reduce eggs and dairy products.

Both these foods are mucus producing. In Chinese medicine certain foods can produce phlegm in the body. It can be sinus, digestive or in the tissue. If you have what I call "cottage cheese under your skin" (run your fingers up and down your forearms or thighs and you may feel lumpiness under the skin)then you will want to reduce foods that are phlegm producing.

Many vegetarians will continue to eat dairy as a source of protein, in addition to -


*wild bluegreen micro algae

The challenge of dietary change can be the elimination of toxins. This can be reflected through healing reactions which, generally, last no more than a week, although some can last longer. Your body is cleansing and adapting to the change, so anticipate possible physiological responses.

Many vegetarians will continue to eat dairy as a source of protein, in addition to other vegetable protein sources.

Ensure you incorporate other sources of protein into your diet if you do decide to eat vegetarian.

Sufficient protein,  Omega3s and B vitamins, also, need to be taken into consideration.

If you do decide to change your diet, then take your time transitioning.

Rome was not built in a day and fibromyalgia is not cured in a day.

Better to transition gradually and become accustomed to the dietary changes than jump in all at one and feel frustrated and give up.

Becoming a vegetarian is only one consideration in relation to diet and the cure of fibromyalgia.

Before your leave the site, remember to go to the FREE Worksheets page, print them out and get started! 

The worksheets have been designed especially for you, to help begin to collect the information and data that will be a valuable assist in helping you to make solid, well-informed decisions that will help in creating your very own personal Fibromyalgia treatment plan.

Dancing Cedars Healing Arts

Everett, WA, USA