Diet – Healthy Diet in ME/CFS


In this leaflet, our diet and nutrition advisers examine the role of what we eat and how it can help our health when suffering with M.E. They also suggest ways we could improve the way and what we eat.

Sue Luscombe (Diet and Nutrition Adviser to the ME Association) and Nutritionist Dr Michelle Dobrota-Gibbs look at the role of diet in maintaining the best possible health when suffering with M.E., and suggest ways you could improve the way and what you eat.

This illness can have far reaching effects on day-to-day diet, eating habits and abilities. There is a lot of conflicting advice and information, in print and on the internet, which makes it confusing to know what to believe.

The leaflet explores current evidence about diet and healthy eating in relation to M.E. and the myths around them. It also considers food links with symptoms, such as energy fluctuations, feeling sick (nausea), other gut symptoms, unwanted weight changes, caffeine, alcohol intolerance and orthostatic intolerance.

We do not attempt to discuss the complex topic of individual nutrients or supplements as an intervention or therapy for M.E.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


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