Many of you might be new to the concept that food might help keep your inflammation under control so today I want to talk about an Elimination diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Anti Inflammatory diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis, The Best diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis and The benefits of a Macrobiotic Diet.
I wish that I could tell you to do what I am saying and all your problems will be gone. Unfortunately that is not the case. This is not an auto-immune disease that you can cure per se, you can however keep it under control. I mentioned it in my previous post “The Best Natural Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment”, that what you eat can either help your body or it can harm your body. For a person with Rheumatoid Arthritis or R.A., Perhaps even other forms of Arthritis and other auto-immune diseases, diet is very important.
So can you treat rheumatoid arthritis naturally? You might not be able to treat it, let´s face it, medications can´t treat it but you can make it a lot easier to live with, perhaps a life completely symptom free.
Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?
Elimination Diet For Rheumatoid Arthritis
A few years ago I had enough of being in pain and having to take all these medications that didn’t really help me at all.
They made me sick, I was always tired and depressed and pretty much always in pain and unhappy. I had enough.
By coincidence, I saw a documentary on Discovery Channel about a diet that healed cancer. I started researching this diet and realized that this is a diet that is highly anti-inflammatory.
It must have been faith but one of the worlds most renowned health and nutritionists on just this subject, was coming to Stockholm. I managed to book an appointment to go meet him. This is when my life started changing.
With one look he could tell me exactly what was wrong with me and what to do about it. Needless to say I was very doubtful at first but I did not have much to lose.
So I did what he told me to.
About a year later I started incorporating ancient Chinese remedies into my diet and guess what I was symptom free – with no medications – for the first time in my life.
This is the first step into changing your life.
An elimination diet is basically eliminating, pretty much everything to start with. If you go with the idea that R.A. is your bodies way of saying it is allergic to something, it will be much easier to follow along. So just go with me for a moment.
Your body is allergic to something that is causing a severe allergy attack – your inflammation – but what?
To know what you must really go back to basics. I am talking basics.
An elimination diet is a way to test your food sensitivity. You need to avoid the foods and then slowly introduce them back into your diet to see if you get a reaction, with this case a flare-up.
Let me start you off with the basics for you.
Eliminate all dairy, meat, gluten, sugar, processed food, fast foods, alchocol and nightshades. If you do not know what nightshades are they are: Potatoes, Capsicum/Peppers, Chili, Eggplant/Aubergine and Tomatoes. You might wonder why, See nightshades are related to the tobacco plant, we all know that smoking is not good for you especially not if you have R.A. These plants carry a toxin that will increase your inflammation. I will be creating a post further a long on the subject of nightshades, so for now, do not eat them as they will cause an increase in inflammation in your body. Exclude them from your diet.
My diet for the next month was basically Brown rice, fermented vegetables (make sure that they are naturally fermented) and leafy greens, not too much spinach tho, spinach contains a lot of iron, which also can trigger inflammation (also something I will come back to in another post). Then slowly start adding things in but try to keep it as natural as possible.
One item per week is usually pretty good, as it will give you time to see how your body reacts to the food you are eating. I do not mean to add in sugar or fast food etc. I am talking about “let´s try mushrooms”. By eliminating something from your diet does not necessarily mean never have it again but yes, you do need to limit yourself and perhaps only have it once in a while, and when you do be prepaired that it might cause pain. I feel instantly when I have had something I should not have had.
My joints will get very sore and painful.
What is a macrobiotic diet?
A macrobiotic diet basically view your body as a reflection of what goes in it. This is a Buddhist way of living and the diet a man named George Oshawa. Your diet should consist of 40-60% whole grains, 20-30% fruit and vegetables, 10-25% bean products. This is every meal. Not just lunch and dinner, but also breakfast. You usually have some kind of miso soup in the day, lots of fermented vegetables. Limit your intake of animal products.
What are the benefits of a macrobiotic diet?
For me this was living a life without any symptoms of my R.A. It was like I had never had it.
I did however explore this further and added more ancient ways of life into this new lifestyle I found.
A macrobiotic diet is considered an anti-inflammatory diet when it comes to Rheumatoid Arthritis and it can help decrease risk and symptoms of crhonic disease.
If you eliminate the things that I have mentioned you will notice a difference. It also brings with it great health benefits for your body such as lowered risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
It will be a big change to begin with, I have been there and I have done it, I know it is not easy, I also know the feeling when nothing ever works and you get to the point where you will try anything to see if it works. This might be just that time for you.
What have you got to lose.
Being on a macrobiotic diet has been of great benefit to me. I have more secrets that I will be sure to tell you all about. However, this is a start. Limiting your sugar intake might be the first step for you, this includes limiting your fruit intake as well. Nothing happens overnight but at least you are willing to take the first step at try. You do not have anything to lose.
I tried this and it changed my life. Eating this way has not limited me in anyway, I cook anything I feel like but I always make sure to use good ingredients. If anything, eating this way gave me my life and the possibility to do the things I am able to do today.
I hope that sharing my knowledge and what I have learned will help someone else to live a life without pain.
Thank you for reading, If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and I will get back to you.