Our Autonomic Nervous System is split into two parts, the sympathetic nervous sytstem and the parasympathetic nervous system. Simply stated (very simply stated), the SNS has to do with activity/getting you ready for action/fight or flight, and the PNS has to do with relaxation/rest. Guess which one is hyper active in the person with FMS? YUUUP! You guessed it. The SNS is on overdrive while the PNS is sluggish, sometimes extremely so.
Around four years ago I noticed there were times when I felt like the food I ate was not completely digesting. It seemed to sit high up in my chest and set in my throat. I’m sure that’s not exactly what was happening, it’s the only way I can describe how it felt. For me, this is one of my FMS symptoms. You see, digestion has to do with the PNS and when that’s moving at a snails’ pace, all your food is not digesting.
Oh, the many wondrous and exciting adventures in Fibromyalgia Land! There is no ‘cure’ for the GI problems we experience, but there are ways to minimize the severity. Do your best not to eat processed foods, in the healthiest of GI tracts this type of food is difficult for the body to break down, so….for us…you know. Cut consumption of white four and sugar, and always~ ALWAYS listen to what your body is telling you. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, the human body has amazing alarm systems in place.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bombs (GF)
~1 cup chunky peanut butter
~3/4 cup raw organic unfiltered honey
~1 1/2 tsp baking powder
~1 tsp vanilla
~1/3 cup ground flax seed
~3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in mixer until combined. Drop spoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten out slightly by pressing down with spoon, these babies DON’T spread. Bake for approx. 10-15 min depending on how done you like them.
sympathetic vs. parasympathetic