You’re in pain. You’re exhausted. The only thing you want in this whole wide world is to feel good again. You don’t sleep because you can’t. You’re up and down all night long. You don’t get quality sleep. You’re in pain all the time. No matter what position you’re in, be it standing, sitting, laying down, on your side, on your back, with your legs propped up, bent over, crouched over, or slumped over, you can’t get comfortable, no matter how hard you try. You deserve nothing more than to have comfort in your life.
For many of you out there, just like myself, you have spent years being constantly uncomfortable. You have tried every single trick in the book to try to find some semblance of comfort. A lot of the time nothing works and if you’re lucky, every once in a while you’ll find a magic trick that you can pull out of your hat and find that little piece of comfort you have been longing for.
Unfortunately, many people with Fibromyalgia turn to sugar as their comfort food. I will be the first to admit that I did the exact same thing. I couldn’t stop turning to sugar. I thought I could not live without sugar. There was a point in time in my life when the only thing that was going right for me was the fact that I could eat sugar and mentally feel better. That spark of happiness would light up my brain like a kid on Christmas.
There’s a big problem with that though. Sugar hurts Fibromyalgia people. It doesn’t help you, no matter how much you think it does. Sugar actually makes your Fibromyalgia symptoms worse. There’s a huge list of foods out there that make your Fibromyalgia symptoms worse and we will work on moving through that list so you can be educated about what your real triggers are. But sugar is in everything. Everything!
If you buy meat at the store and it’s in a package, have you ever looked at the label? Have you read the labels of the foods that you buy? If not, I suggest you start reading them because you will be shocked at how much sugar is in the boxes the food that you buy, the packages of food, that you buy, the containers of food that you buy, and the jars of food that you buy, and the bags of food that you buy, and in the beverages that you purchase.
Sugar causes inflammation. I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s true. I’ve been there! I’ve been a sugar addict! I have been the one looking for sweets to help make me happy because I was so desperate and distraught for some kind of comfort in my life, because I could not find any at all. Ever! It took a lot of souls searching for me to really look deep down inside of myself and make a decision that I was hurting myself, instead of making myself feel better from Fibromyalgia.
Some of you know this about me some of you don’t, right before I started to get better from Fibromyalgia and finally see some relief in my symptoms, I was suicidal. I was laid out day, after day, after day, unable to function because of pain and exhaustion. While a lot of you find the exhaustion to be debilitating and can’t handle it, I was OK with being exhausted. I was exhausted enough I would literally pass out. I think that would be the only time I wasn’t in pain because I was passed out.
So, I had to make so big changes and big decisions in my life. First off, I couldn’t get a diagnosis. It took seven years and 15 doctors, and then I finally had three doctors confirm that I had Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I went to pain management for the first time in my life for about a year, and pain pills did not work. Nothing worked on my pain except for Prednisone. The second time I was told by a rheumatologist that she couldn’t help me, and she would refer me to pain management. I knew at that moment that I had to do something about it.
I had already been on an elimination diet for a couple of years and saw little mini wins here and there when it came to my symptoms. The real turnaround in my life when it came to feeling better from Fibromyalgia was my mentality and my attitude about how I was going to get myself feeling better, despite the lack of help from western medicine.
Mentally I struggled with not being able to eat what I rightfully felt was the only comfort I had in my life. Sugar is a drug, and it makes us feel good, but only for a very short period of time. That’s when sugar starts acting like a real drug. You get that high, and you get that crash. When you crash, you crash real hard when you have Fibromyalgia.
All you want is comfort, right? I mean, everywhere you turn you’re uncomfortable, you’re miserable, you’re in pain, you’re exhausted, you can’t even think straight anymore. Shouldn’t you at least be allowed to eat some sugar so you can have at least that in your life? Just a little bit of comfort?
So that was my attitude. I deserved it I owed it to myself. My family came to terms with sugar being one of the big things that were holding me back from having a normal life again. I had to give up the anger, the anxiety, the depression, the bitterness, of not being able to eat sugar like “everybody else” in the world. I had to change my thinking because my thinking was wrong.
The more I researched and the more I studied and the more I learned about nutrition, the more I realized that we have been fed one big, fat sugar lie after another. It doesn’t make us happy. What sugar does is cause us pain. It causes us to be exhausted. It keeps us from sleeping at night. It affects our brain and causes us to be confused and unable to think straight to focus or to concentrate.
I realized that we as human beings were not designed to eat sugar every day. That’s the bottom line. We are not supposed to eat sugar every day. Do you think 100 years ago, or 200 years ago, or 500, or 1000 years ago, people were eating sugar every day? No, they weren’t. It’s hard to grow fruit in the winter when you have two feet of snow on the ground…
The bottom line is, if you want to start feeling better from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you cannot eat sugar every day. Your temporary comfort will turn into a crash of exhaustion and pain that is not worth it. You miss time from work, you miss time from your family, you miss time doing the things that you used to love and enjoy doing, and hobbies. That is what sugar does to you.
So, in the 5- Day No Sugar Challenge, you will learn the steppingstones of quitting sugar and getting it out of your life. The 5-Day No Sugar Challenge is not an abrupt elimination of sugar on day one. It is designed to help you prepare your home, prepare your body, and prepare your mind for the things that you need to do to eliminate sugar from your life.
I want you to join us. I want you to sign up. I want you to share this challenge with a friend, a family member, or a loved one that has Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or chronic pain. I want you to do this because: 1) you care about these people in your life so much that it breaks your heart to watch them suffer, day in and day out. 2) I want you to join us because you love yourself so much that you are tired of suffering day in and day out. I want you to know that you don’t have to suffer every day and that you can dramatically reduce your Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms and live a full, productive life again.
I want you to join us so you can learn about new comfort foods that actually nourish your body and make you feel good. I want you to learn about foods that give you energy, as opposed to taking it away. I want you to learn about foods that help eliminate pain, instead of causing it. I want you to learn about foods that stop your Fibromyalgia fog instead of leaving your tongue-tied because you can’t think of words anymore.
I want you to join us in the 5-Day No Sugar Challenge for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because I want you to have comfort foods, just not sugar. I quit sugar to the point where I don’t even eat fruit most days anymore. If I can do it, anyone can do it. I’ve been a sugar addict for almost 40 years, and that’s a long time to be an addict.
So, to join the challenge you need to register here. Then, once you register, you need to hop over to our private Facebook group and join the below links. Your welcome kit will be emailed to you to get you started on the challenge. Extra support is going to happen in our Facebook group. So, you are not in this alone. I hope to see you soon at the 5-Day No Sugar Challenge for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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