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Healthy Food With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Healthy food I have found is so important when Living Life With RA. The food we eat is probably the number 1 important aspect of living healthy, at least in my opinion.
In my endeavor to live as pain-free a life as possible while living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, it has been my experience that whole plant foods are the best way to get the most nutrients in my body.
Healthy Food, My Story
Living life with Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the most difficult things I have had to do. A few years back my RA took a rapid spiral downhill. There were many days of anguishing pain in my joints. Many days of fighting the side effects of RA drugs and more days than I wish of not being able to dress without help or even get out of bed. My kids had to do almost everything for me on those horrible days. Some days my daughter would have to zip up my pants or button my shirt. I am more than grateful for the help my kids have given me during this time of living with RA.
One night I was watching Netflix in bed, I was half asleep and I heard a character on the show say, “your disease does not define you”.
It was literally at that moment that I decided to change the way I was living and healthy food and a healthy lifestyle are how I started.
What is Healthy Food?
Clean eating is probably the most common description I can use. I eliminated ALL processed foods and foods that are commonly known to be allergens to humans. In their place, I consumed nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits, and legumes. Fruits and Veggies contain so many important minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants among other things that our bodies NEED!
Cruciferous Veggies like Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower not only have many beneficial vitamins and minerals they also contain phytonutrients which is a very powerful antioxidant.
Colorful Veggies like tomatoes and peppers contain carotenoids which help fight free radicals.
Dark Veggies like spinach and kale are full of vitamin K which helps support bone health.
Berries, otherwise known as superfruits are FULL of antioxidants. All berries are great! Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries are popular favorites.
Legumes such as chickpeas and lentils or kidney beans are a few favorites to get your much-needed protein. Other places to get your protein are from Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, brown rice, and nuts. (although it’s a good thing to avoid peanuts as they are an allergen for a lot of the population.)
I switched from cows milk to dairy-free almond milk or hemp milk. Cow milk is a common human allergen. Another good choice is coconut milk.
Healthy Carbs like sweet potatoes are a great way to get that needed now energy.
Healthy Fats, Omega 3 from Avacado, nuts and nut butter are a few examples that will give your body important vitamins such as vitamins A and D. They are full of antioxidants.
So What Do I Avoid?
Foods to avoid include:
- Gluten, Wheat, Yeast
- Red Meat
For a laid out custom diet plan, you can go here and get the Whole Food Nutrient Diet from Arbonne. I went on this diet and continue to use this plan every quarter. It’s a great detox for your body. At the end of the 30 days, I slowly introduced some of the “forbidden” foods to find out which ones my body is allergic too. Now I can avoid these foods or know that if I don’t I’m going to be hurting sooner than I want to. Yes, I know what foods to avoid! After going on this diet I decided to get involved and share it with others that it could help. If you order this from my link, I do get a discount from Arbonne. If you have questions about Arbonne don’t hesitate to email me.
Healthy Foods, My Results
By week 2 of my healthy foods diet, I no longer needed to go home from work at 1:00 PM to take a nap. My bedtime went from about 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. My pain went on a scale of 1 -10 with 10 being excruciating to a 3. From 10 to a 3! Week 3 I was sleeping soundly and waking up in the morning completely refreshed. Week 4 I was smiling and working and enjoying my family and living life with RA. I had also lost about 15 pounds. I wasn’t planning on losing weight, it just happened.
Don’t worry, it doesn’t stop here. Wait until I tell you about my stress and exercise routines that have also helped change my life!
If you have a success story I would love to hear about it. Tell me in the comments.
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