Q: What energy foods do you recommend for people with fibromyalgia? Are there any foods I should avoid?
– Katrina from Denver
A: I wish I had the magic answer for you, but unfortunately there is no credible research yet on fibromyalgia. Researchers aren’t even sure what causes the disease, let alone how to treat it. The best advice at this point is to fuel your body with the best-quality foods, so it can defend itself against all ills, including the fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. That meals including the following in your daily menu: 5 to 9 fresh fruits and vegetables, at least 6 servings of whole grains (1 serving is a slice of bread or a half cup of cooked cereal or pasta), 3 glasses of nonfat milk or calcium-fortified soy milk, 2 to 3 servings of beans, chicken, or fish. Drink lots of water. Cut out or cut back on coffee, alcohol, and junk foods such as sweets and soda pop. Don’t smoke and avoid smokers. Exercise every day or every other day, such as walking, water aerobics, or other mild activity. Finally, take a moderate-dose multiple vitamin and mineral, a calcium-magnesium supplement, and extra vitamin E. -Elizabeth Somer