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Fibromylgia and Emotional Overeating.

Updated on June 21, 2014

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What Does Food Have To Do With it?

Many people with fibromyalgia have problems with food. Staying away from foods that flare your fibromyalgia and increase your pain are important skills to acquire. Those skills will help you to control pain long term.

People tend to avoid talking about emotional eating. Emotional eating is so difficult. It’s like a monster trying to destroy you. It’s like an alcoholic or a drug addict.

You might not necessarily be violent or destructive like some addicts or alcoholics are. The constant emotional turmoil is part of emotional overeating just the same as alcoholism or addiction.

I had to learn how to identify things going on in my body, my mind, and my life that bring on the nervous intense feelings. I also have to learn how to overcome the nervous intense feelings.

Eventually your body, mind, and spirit will start to equal out.

As one system starts to repair, the other one will go out of balance. Eventually everything will become equal again and hopefully be better.

Foods should be used to nourish your spirit as well as your body. As your body becomes more nourished you will want and need the foods that are not good for you less. It may take a long time.

If you believe fibromyalgia is triggered by stressful experiences in life it is important to remember your mind and thoughts are at the core of what you had suffered.

I have my own interpretation of God and His healing for me. Everyone can develop an interpretation of this.

My Emotional Go To

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My Higher Power

Good Attitudes

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Attitudes To Work On

Alert, awake, aware – These seem to be good for emotional overeating and fibromyalgia.

Generally "up" and "light," (mood) – A person might need to act ‘as if’ they feel this way. Kind of the fake it till you make it process.

Usually realistically optimistic – I have problems with this one. I’m the half glass empty kind of girl.

Focused, clear, and centered – Fibro fog may make it difficult to be too focused. That shouldn’t stop people from trying. It is helpful and calming to be centered.

Compassionate, kind, forgiving – People need and deserve this. It is good for the giver and the receiver.

Firm, strong, confidant, purposeful – Good qualities even when we feel bad.

Calm, serene, peaceful – Emotional overeating and fibromyalgia can make this difficult. Fibromyalgia feeds into emotional overeating and vice versa. Cultivating these qualities will help with both.

Usually has a wide angle, long range focus - accepts delayed gratification – Being able to wait is a skill that children are learning every day. Sometimes we need to make like a child.

Balances long and short-term payoffs – Being able to weigh our options is a more complex skill. Be kind to yourself while you are trying to learn this one.

Spiritually open, aware, "connected," receptive, growing – This is so important to views on God and his healing for you.

Consistently self-nurturing without egotism – Without egotism is the hard part.

Respectfully assertive – When we need or hurt it is harder to be receptive. We tend to gravitate to passive or aggressive.

Socially engaged and active – Maintaining ties with friends helps us take our minds off ourselves, our pain, and food.

Physically healthy: balanced diet, exercise, work and rest; gets preventive checkups – Taking care of our physical needs helps us stay in touch with what is going on in our bodies.

Spontaneously expressive of all emotions real-time, without major anxiety or guilt

Able to form genuine bonds with others - This may be difficult when you hurt or if you keep food between you and other people.

Able to judge who to dis/trust with what – This skill appears to go along with the skill above.

Realistically self-responsible – People may find it hard to be responsible. It is even harder with the pain of fibromyalgia. Not wanting to accept responsibility is a recognized characteristic of addiction so we have to be diligent when emotional overeating is part of our problem.

Often able to forgive self and others –Some of our worst pain and addiction comes from not being able to forgive ourselves.

Frequently maintains a two-person "awareness bubble"

Seeks Self-guided people and high-nurturous settings – Actively surrounding yourself with the right kind of people can make your goals easier.

Evolving and living a clear life purpose – A personal mission is suggested in many arenas of your life. This is true in the area of emotional overeating and fibromyalgia.

Work, play, and rest are generally balanced – It is important to balance many areas of your life.

Good Attitude

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      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for providing more information regarding fibromyalgia. Reminding us to be mindful of what we eat and how we manage stress can cause one suffering with this disease the opportunity to make changes that can make a huge difference. While I do not know much about this disease, I do know that the more I learn about it, the better equipped I am to help others.

      Blessings and wishing you relief from this terrible disease,


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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I have friends who know the serious connection and flare ups of fibromyalgia. Your suggestions on keeping focused on what is good in life works well for all of us. Good write in this topic.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      a very important hub had to leave a comment thought I left one earlier.. sorry :(

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      Linda, a very well written hub... this type of hub should be voted hub of the day... it got my vote

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Stressful situations sure can lead to overeating, esp' if you're in pain. I relieve stress by getting busy, cleaning, etc. Your hub is informative with some very good advice.

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      DJ Anderson 

      4 years ago

      Linda, this is a very nice hub.

      I have had fibromyalgia for over 10 years. Nothing affects my symptoms

      like an emotional upheaval. And, I get plenty of emotional upheaval from a grown son with a personality disorder, who still lives under my roof. Yes, my Higher Power has been in on this from the very beginning.

      Cymbalta and Lyrica have been my saving grace. But, Lyrica is notorious for packing on the pounds. And, the weight brings on a new set of problems. Enough about me.

      I dearly love the "Happy" song by Pharrell Williams. So very glad

      that you put it in your article. A couple of times a week, I go to you tube and listen to this song.

      Thank you for bringing this condition to the forefront. Not many people understand the pain of fibromyalgia. I appreciate your efforts to help

      educate the public.



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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Linda: Very interesting and informative hub. I didn't stop to realize that diet and emotional eating could affect fibromyalgia, but it makes sense. I can emotionally eat during stressful times and I have to watch what I put in my mouth because of this. Really diet is everything to having a finely tuned body running smoothly. We all need to be more kind and caring toward one another especially in this day and age. I hope your pain is easing and eat those veggies instead of Milky Ways! LOL! I keep small amounts of veggies in small zip lock bags as snack food and it does make all the difference to the body.

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      4 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Thanks for sharing this valuable information. An educating and worth reading hub. Voted up. Nice job.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very informative Linda; and great tips. ^


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