If you have been reading my posts for long, you will know I have been experimenting to perfect my diet. In doing so, I realized that what works for me may work for you, too. We are all humans and do have more things in common than not. Our bodies are very similar. We also share similar genes with the great apes, and they eat mainly fruits and vegetables. Maybe, we should eat the same as they…
First of all, there are foods known to trigger arthritis symptoms in some of us. But, to me, they represent potential pain triggers. Here’s the culprit foods (and, drink) I try to avoid and keep an eye on…
• Citrus Fruits
• Corn (gluten is a protein and corn has it too. It’s called by another name)
• Eggs, meat and generally all animal products
• High glycemic foods like rice and potatoes (I try to limit)
• Monosodium glutamate, additives and preservatives (I don’t eat anything I can’t pronounce)
• Nightshade vegetables like peppers, cucumber, squash
• Nuts like almonds, peanuts and cashews (lectins)
• Nutrasweet and other artificial sweeteners
• Oils like corn, canola, sunflower, coconut, etc. (I have been ‘testing’ using small amounts of olive oil)
• Onions (pressure cook)
• Potatoes (pressure cook)
• Processed and refined food like eating out and frozen TV dinners
• Refined carbohydrate foods like crackers and chips
• Soft drinks
• Sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave
• Tomatoes (pressure cook)
• Wheat, oats, barley, rye and white flour (I only eat avocado sandwiches on sourdough bread)
‘Fruits and vegetables are universally promoted as healthy. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommend you make one-half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Myplate.gov also supports that one-half the plate should be fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables include a diverse group of plant foods that vary greatly in content of energy and nutrients. Additionally, fruits and vegetables supply dietary fiber, and fiber intake is linked to lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and obesity. Fruits and vegetables also supply vitamins and minerals to the diet and are sources of phytochemicals that function as antioxidants, phytoestrogens, and antiinflammatory agents and through other protective mechanisms [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3649719/]’.
The list of foods above are known to cause problems. I found plant food ingredients like lectin and gluten in wheat and other grains affects me adversely. Maybe, you might want to stop eating foods in question and see how you feel without them.
Each week I eat a couple open faced avocado sandwiches. I use sourdough bread. Funny, how it doesn’t seem to affect me adversely like sprouted organic whole grain bread. Peanut butter is a lectin filled hand grenade! So, I know to avoid it because it causes inflammation, aches and pains throughout my whole body in joints, muscles and feet almost immediately.
‘Oh, what shall we eat we ask ourselves!? Answer: Lots of whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds (not too much of the seeds, nuts and avocados) and grains. You eat all you want, they are very filling, make you lose unwanted pounds, make you feel better and will likely cause you to live longer. Not a bad trade off for giving up those delicious terrible for you cholesterol laden fast foods like burgers and fries… ~ your author
I also avoid all sugar and most refined oils except for olive oil because I think it may have a few beneficial effects. I fry my potatoes with it and add some to the balsamic vinegar I put on my daily salads. Adding a touch of olive oil with salt and pepper makes me eat huge salads. So, how can that be such a bad thing?
Source- Slavin, J., & Lloyd, B. (2012, July 1). Health benefits of fruits and vegetables. Retrieved May 01, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3649719/
Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.