Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diet

For those living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet is important.

The word ‘diet’ can bring up images of deprivation, or of something temporary.

It may help to think of the word ‘diet’ as simply referring to your normal way of eating.
Everyone has a diet. Some people's diet is coke and chips every day. It's not a diet I would recommend!

There is no official treatment for CFS/ME at this time. So it makes sense to have a diet which helps your body to be as healthy as possible.

For example, as you probably all know 5 portions of vegetables a day are recommended as a minimum.

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Perhaps you have little movement and energy to prepare meals.
If so, the changes you make to have a healthy Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet may be limited.
Be gentle on yourself if you can’t do all you would like to do.

In this CFS article I link to articles on 4 possible Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diets you might want to consider.

These diets alleviate symptoms often associated with ME/CFS.
In my opinion, the Reset Diet is the one likely to help the most people as it helps your liver to function well.
A healthy liver is necessary for your body to be healthy.

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  • Diet One: The Metabolism Reset Diet (MRD)
    Since writing this health article I have twice completed the 4 week Metabolism Reset Diet which I highly recommend and hope to do each year.

    The MRD helps heal the liver and is therefore generally suitable as a chronic illness diet.
    On that last link I speak of my health improvements from the diet.

    On the following link I speak of the detoxification symptoms I experienced the first time I did the diet (not the second time - phew!).

    On the following link I outline the basic components of the The Metabolism Reset Diet to help you decide if you want to do it for yourself.

In this health and nutrition article:

Other diet articles on my website:

Other health articles relevant to diet:

My knowledge of a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet is primarily from my own experience.
Diet is an important subject but not one that excites me.
Please take this CFS article as a starting point for further research.

This website contains the opinions and ideas of myself, the author, Katherine Owen.

I am not a medical practitioner and the articles on this website are not to be taken as medical advice. If you have a health problem, please make sure to visit your medical practitioner as necessary.

This website is intended to provide helpful and informative material. The information is generic and does not replace any formal medical treatment.

Cut down on sodas


If you drink a lot of canned drinks, fizzy drinks or sodas consider aspartame poisoning as a cause of some or all of your CFS/ME symptoms.

Symptoms of aspartame poisoning can include the following:

  • migraines,
  • dizziness,
  • tinnitus
  • blurred vision.

Cut down on or eliminate fizzy drinks or sodas.

Replace your sweetener with Stevia which is a natural sweetener. The natural Stevia is best if you can get it - green instead of white.

If you arccpe sensitive or allergic to aspartame, you may feel worse intitially if you give up your soda drinks, due to withdrawal symptoms. It may take several weeks to see the health benefits.

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What is Candida?

Candida is a yeast-like fungus found on human skin. It can live on the mouth and in the intestine. (For women, it is also found in the vagina).

What is Candidiasis?

The term Candidiasis indicates that Candida Albicans has overgrown and the balance of helpful to harmful micro-organisms has shifted. Symptoms result.

Symptoms of CFS overlap with those of Candida. For example brain fog is a symptom of both. Some people with CFS/ME find benefit from being on a candida diet.

A candida diet is especially worth trying if your symptoms include bloating and itching.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet for candida

The candida diet is one I followed almost through accident throughout the years of more severe CFS/ME.

The demands of a candida diet overlap with those of a diet for hypoglycemia combined with avoidance of common allergens such as wheat and dairy.

The recommended candida diet is as follows:

  • a low sugar diet,
  • avoid moulds such as those found on grapes or on some grains.
  • (A strict candida diet will avoid many other foods, at least at first.)

Please find a candida website to give you more details of candida symptoms and diet.

Be Mindful of the energy involved in food preparation

When considering your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet you are going to need to assess the following

  • The energy-time it takes to shop
  • The energy-time it takes to eat the food.
    If you have muscle fatigue in your hands and arms, you will find certain foods more tiring to eat.
  • The energy-time it takes for food preparation
  • The energy-time it takes for clearing up

One of the key symptoms of CFS/ME is post exertional fatigue. There is no point trying to have a perfect diet if it requires you to become exhausted in order to prepare it and eat it.

You may want to eat wonderful organic vegetables. But if they arrive covered in mud that requires extra washing, you may not be well enough to prepare them.

You may want to eat fresh vegetables, but find that frozen vegetables can be delivered to your house, last longer and are there when you need them.

If you have little movement and energy to prepare meals you might have to compromise on the healthy Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet you would like to have. Be gentle on yourself if you can’t do all you would like to do.

I take a protein drink as a meal replacement for breakfast as a quick way of preparing one of the meals. You might want to do the same.

My Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet

Since my significant dramatic improvement in 2008, I haven't continued to get better and better. Perhaps one reason is that my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diet is now far less strict. But it is oh so much more enjoyable!

I also gave up a social security benefit which meant I could no longer afford to take so many supplements. I have had periods of giving up magnesium and Vit B.

It is a dilemma how much to pay for CFS vitamins and minerals when the benefit of taking them isn't always clear.

It is SO important to consider a low blood sugar diet (hypoglycemia diet) for CFS.

Read here about the benefits of plant derived minerals over the usual rock derived minerals. These have helped me so much.

Move from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diet to read about CFS Vitamins and Minerals.

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