You've had a hectic day, your body hurts relentlessly, and the LAST thing you feel like doing is making dinner. I get it—because I've been there too.
What if I told you that meal prep didn't have to be time-consuming or draining? What if you didn't have to stay in the "what's for dinner" rut any longer?
As both a fibromyalgia fighter and a certified dietary manager, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I want to share with you. From knowing which foods to embrace to fibro-friendly recipes to shortcuts in the kitchen and great tasting meals, I've got you!
Are you ready to save time and energy all while eating healthy? These go-to tactics will help you feel less stressed because you'll learn how to quickly & easily put nutrition-packed meals on the table, which will allow you to save time and avoid dinner time chaos. Regardless of your culinary skills, here is my surefire way to own mealtime and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!
Knowing What to Eat
As a fibro fighter, one of the best ways to avoid the overwhelming dilemma of figuring out the "right" vs. the "wrong" foods to eat is to understand how food choices may indeed impact how you feel.
When newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia, my doctor recommended tracking what I ate. There was a definite correlation between my food choices and the pain I experienced. A few days after eating that delicious peach pie (loaded with added sugar), my pain increased. My own body told me added sugar (which caused inflammation), worsened my symptoms. Check out our Fibro Food Cheat Sheet - you'll want to keep it handy!
5 Dinner Ideas that are Quick, Fibromyalgia Friendly, and Delicious
Getting a fibro-friendly meal quickly on the table starts with two things: having reliable recipes to follow and the ingredients on hand. Here are five great tasting, easy recipes to get you started:
Zucchini Frittata by Rasa Malaysia via Yummly
How to Save Energy While Making Dinner
Ready for a few tips to help conserve your energy while preparing dinner?
Keep healthy snacks on hand to keep your body fueled.
Ask others in the household for help when available.
Use kitchen gadgets to assist you (blender, food chopper, food processor, slow cooker, electric can opener).
To limit standing, sit on a kitchen stool or at the table while chopping/preparing food.
Buy pre-prepared fresh or frozen veggies (nutritional value is comparable).
On difficult days, it's okay to use disposable plates and silverware.
There you have it! My game plan to help you get nourishing meals on the table when time and energy are in short supply. I know you can do it - just keep it simple.
So go grab the Fibro Food Cheat Sheet, choose a few recipes, get your shopping list together and start cooking!
Fibromyalgia is not a "one size fits all" diagnosis. What works for some doesn't work for others. The information provided is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Should you have any health-related questions, please consult your physician or other health care provider promptly.
Teresa is a certified dietary manager, wellness coach, fellow fibromyalgia warrior, and co-founder of Fight Against Fibro. We're on a mission for a life with less stress and more energy.