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Weighting for ‘Me’ ~ 5 Ways To Improve Your Metabolism Even With Fibromyalgia

Poor sleep/carb intolerance/snail-like metabolism/lower activity level/off the charts stress levels/neuroendocrine abnormalities (fancy way of saying ‘screwed up hormones’).

These factors plus a few more contribute to an average weight gain of 32 lbs when an FMS diagnosis is given.

5 ways to improve your metabolism even with fibromyalgia

However, this is not a ‘death sentence’.  We are not destined to never lose weight.  Those of us with the challenge of FMS must be relentless in our pursuit of the ‘best we’ we can be. I firmly believe what you eat has the greatest impact on weight and overall health, yes, even over exercise.  Watch the video by Johnathan Bailor in this post.  He explains why certain foods affect the body’s ability to reach a healthy weight, calorie intake aside.

And of course, we are our worst critics.


  • *Never eat carbs alone.  Even vegetables should always be combined with protein.  Protein, protein, protein!

  • *Eat as much whole food and as little processed food as possible.  It’s a little more expensive and requires a bit more effort, but it is worth it.

  • *Feel good about whatever you could do today.  Some days the only activity I can do is mow the lawn, or clean the bathrooms and run the vacuum around the floors.  We shouldn’t be beating ourselves up on ‘rough days’ because we can’t put in 20 min of cardio! {major eye roll}

  • *Never fall for the b*** s*** ‘magic bullet’ supplements/solutions/snake oils that don’t work and only result in the weight loss of your wallet.

*Try really, really hard to ‘relax’.  {Yeah, I know. I suck at that too.}

yoga dog

*Never, never give up.


~Sesame Seed Dressing~

~3 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

~1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

~1/3 cup melted raw organic honey

~1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

~1/2 tsp dry mustard

~3/4 tsp sea salt

Combine all and shake well in quart jar.  Refrigerate.

spinach salad 1

~Spinach Salad~

~1/2 cup slivered almonds

~3 tbsp. raw organic honey

~1 bunch romaine lettuce

~1 bag spinach

~3/4 lb grated jack or sharp cheddar cheese

~1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

~10 sliced bacon, crumbled

~3/4 lb fresh thinly sliced mushrooms

~1 can mandarin oranges, drained

Cook almonds and honey till golden brown and let cool on oiled pan or foil (it’s sticky).

Combine all the rest of ing with dressing and toss.  Sprinkle with almonds.

spinach salad 2

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  • Reply
    Tina Muir
    June 1 at 10:13 am

    I loooove sesame seed dressing!! Thanks for introducing this to me, it sounds wonderful 🙂

    • Reply
      June 1 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you Tina! Hey, side note, when dressing is stored in fridge the honey will set up and make it thick. Just leave it on counter for about 20 min to bring back to liquid consistency or put jar in in hot water for about 5 min. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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    June 2 at 3:32 am

    Great tips! The information you share is so helpful. I hope that others going through the same as you get motivated to fight for a healthier life.
    I pinned the salad. I adore spinach!

    • Reply
      June 2 at 8:53 am

      Thank you Debbie, I’m lucky to be pretty high functioning. FMS can be debilitating for many, for some the pain is so bad they’re pretty much in survival mode. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Mary Beth Jackson
    June 2 at 5:52 am

    I love sesame seed dressing- thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      June 2 at 8:54 am

      Your welcome Mary Beth 😉

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    jill conyers
    June 3 at 12:41 am

    So much great info in one post. Thanks for linking up and sharing with the #fitfam!

  • Reply
    June 3 at 9:40 am

    Thank you Jill! Always a pleasure 🙂

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    June 5 at 6:48 am

    I have FMS plus many other medical complications and I have found that the food we eat is probably has the biggest impact on our bodies and pain than any thing else. I firmly believe processed food are poison to our system especially if we have something like FMS. I love your recipe and have shared it on twitter & pinned. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays.

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      June 5 at 10:04 am

      Ditto Marla! Thank you for the kind words. 🙂

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    June 6 at 6:19 am

    I don’t suffer from FMS, but have other medical conditions. I like your positive attitude. You can’t let a negative diagnosis bring you down, you have to keep on living. The spinach salad and sesame seed dressing look delicious. Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday link up.

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      June 6 at 9:37 am

      Enjoy Rachel! Thanks for stopping by 😉

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    Rattlebridge Farm--Foodie Friday & Everything Else
    June 8 at 11:49 am

    What a great post–everyone can relate to it. I like your reminder to “Feel good about whatever you could do today.” And, yYour salad is an example of smart eating–yet not giving up flavor.

    • Reply
      June 8 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks for such great compliments! I figure if it doesn’t taste good, I ain’t eating it! 😉

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    June 8 at 12:08 pm

    I really could take a few advices and lessons here to heart and follow suit. I am awful at the moment with my eating and I do so good and fall off that wagon so quickly soon after too. Its hard to stay on track. But I feel so good when I do you would think this would be enough motivating. Great recipes. Thanks for the tips. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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      June 8 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you Jenny! Hey, unless your an ‘Ultra Type A’, we ALL go through cycles! It’s just a matter of setting the ‘reset’ button and heading forward. Thanks as always for such great comments 😉

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    Deborah Davis
    June 11 at 8:00 pm

    Weight management is an issue that plaques many of us including me so thanks for sharing your thoughts on this issue. I am delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious Spinach Salad and Sesame Seed Dressing with us on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I appreciate it and I can’t wait to try your recipe. I’m pinning and sharing.

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      June 11 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you as always for the great comment Deborah! I wish we could wave a magic wand and be our perfect weight. At least having to eat whole foods not only helps with weight management but helps to heal our bodies as well! 🙂

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    Lisa kallas
    December 18 at 9:49 am

    So true.
    I am in a permanent relationship with carbs, I try to break it off everyday, but it’s so loyal.
    All jokes aside, it is a major daily effort for me to steer away from the easy and quick.
    I too was diagnosed with fibromyalgia/CFS in October 2013.

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      December 18 at 3:49 pm

      HAHA! Me too Lisa! Cut down, but not completely out. It’s importance to have healthy carbs, just not a lot of processed junk. 🙂

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