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Vonnie
November 28th, 2015, 11:46 AM
Anybody here have arthritis and have problems with certain foods like dairy and sugar?

The last couple of weeks I have overindulged in dairy and sugar and now I'm in a lot of pain in my joints. So I have been googling arthritis and foods to avoid.

Anybody have any advice that suffers from this? Any particular food that really inflames your joints? I'm having a hard time going up and down stairs. I have to keep my left leg straight or it tries to buckle on me. And of course, I live in a split level house.

Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If I'm not better by Monday or Tuesday I will be making an appointment with my doctor.

catmama635
November 28th, 2015, 11:57 AM
Thanks for this post. I, too, have alot of pain in my left knee and hip from arthritis. I will be interested in seeing if anyone has any advice. Will check in later--now I have to take my arthritic self to work! :(

gshalom
November 28th, 2015, 12:03 PM
Many years ago, there was a famous nutritionist on the radio, Carlton Fredericks. He was ahead of his time in this field and he mentioned that the vegetables in the 'nightshade' family should be avoided or at least used in moderation for those who suffer from arthritis.....among them are peppers and mushrooms. You might do a google search to find out what else is in that family....

Angelia
November 28th, 2015, 12:03 PM
I've never noticed a food-related connection--mine usually seems to be weather-related. Here in MO, the weather changes so often, I don't have time to notice other triggers! :)

Cool Breeze Quilter
November 28th, 2015, 12:21 PM
I'm curious as to what kind of responses you will get here. The only food related suggestion I can think of is that ginger is a natural anti inflammatory.

Vonnie
November 28th, 2015, 12:23 PM
Many years ago, there was a famous nutritionist on the radio, Carlton Fredericks. He was ahead of his time in this field and he mentioned that the vegetables in the 'nightshade' family should be avoided or at least used in moderation for those who suffer from arthritis.....among them are peppers and mushrooms. You might do a google search to find out what else is in that family....

Yikes - we love mushrooms!

shirleyknot
November 28th, 2015, 12:39 PM
Eat more pineapple.

Vonnie
November 28th, 2015, 01:08 PM
Eat more pineapple.

Interesting: Foods that Help Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis ? Rheumatoid Arthritis Food & Fitness ? Health Monitor (http://www.healthmonitor.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/food-fitness/written-article/3-foods-help-fight-rheumatoid-arthritis)

I happen to like pineapple. Thanks Shirley.

Quiltfreestyle
November 28th, 2015, 01:15 PM
I have arthritis too, mostly in my hands & knees & feet. I never noticed any food related triggers, only cold weather. I joined Weight Watchers a few months back & I am eating a much healhier diet now. I've noticed that since I've lost weight my knees & feet hurt much less than before.
Shirleyknot, I'm interested to know what about pineapples help arthritis?

carrie liz
November 28th, 2015, 01:22 PM
i try to eat as little sugar as possible but this time of year it is hard to avoid. I could blame the pie I ate but the weather here went from a high of 70 to a high of 40. A front like that really affects me. Combine a weather change with too much sugar and I don't feel good today. If I really get hungry for a dessert, we cut the sugar in the recipe down as much as we can. Mostly I eat fruit since the natural sweet doesn't seem to be a problem. Hope this helps a little.

shirleyknot
November 28th, 2015, 01:24 PM
Fresh pineapple mimics anti-inflammatory drugs (http://www.naturalhealth365.com/fresh-pineapple.html/)

I have found it helpful

Quiltfreestyle
November 28th, 2015, 01:29 PM
Thanks Shirley :). I love pineapples :)

SewnByBee
November 28th, 2015, 02:04 PM
I know some foods HELP like pineapple , and Elderberry wine.

Never thought they could HURT. ( hummm ?) Guess this could be an issue.

Lol....I blame it All on the weather, I say, I'm qa walking humidity barometer. I know when it's going towing rain or when the weather is fixing to change drastically. .....but sometimes I join hurt and stiffen up, with no way to know for sure why.

When I'm having a fair,
I do use the green alcohol.......in the shower, on my hads, and joints, under hot water, and a pulsing shower head. To help Relieve the stiffness and pain. IT's a WONDERFUL find, and it washes away and doesn't smell.
You get it where they keep the alcohol and peroxide.......hope this helps.

sewluvit
November 28th, 2015, 02:55 PM
When I was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis the rheumatologist told me that there wasn't any diet that would help or make it worse. I have heard that pineapple is very good for digestion and I love pineapple! We would all feel better if we ate a balanced healthy diet I am sure, but hubby and I keep falling off the wagon sadly lol

toggpine
November 28th, 2015, 04:08 PM
We took Mom to a pain specialist, as she was taking crazy amounts of pills to control her arthritis and degenerative arthritis pain.
The first thing Dr. Tick told her was to loose the sugar. It creates an inflammatory response, especially in arthritic joints. She also said to stay away from the chemical sweeteners too. The Splenda chemicals process in your body like formaldehyde, NutraSweet like paint thinner, and the list went on. Her suggestion for sweeteners in the order of lowest glycemic index: Stevia, Coconut sugar, then Honey.
Dr. Tick also suggested increasing the amount of fruit and veggies in the diet and reducing processed foods to a minimum. Mom was also advised to cut out soda pop. They worked on reviewing her list of medicines and cut the list from two pages down to half of one. I think that an outside review of that kind of a list of medicines every so often is a good idea in any case.

This change in her diet has certainly made a difference in her pain levels and mobility. The reduction in meds has also helped her mental acuity. I'd suggest a visit to either a pain specialist and or a doctor that practises Naturopathy in conjunction with Western medicine. They can give you better medical advice for your situation.

Sharyn J
November 28th, 2015, 04:35 PM
Like others, my body can tell me when it's going to rain or snow!

You may find the Arthritis Foundation helpful for information regarding diet. Foods to avoid are listed and explained, however, realistically, the foods listed are the same foods to avoid or limit on any healthy diet: sugar, alcohol, trans fats, carbohydrates, etc.

Arthritis Diet | Arthritis-Friendly Diet | Foods for Arthritis (http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/)

Grey Lady
November 28th, 2015, 05:26 PM
Try avoiding nitrates. Buy Items like uncured bacon. Also, reduce carbs and go for foods with a low glycemic index. My hands were getting painful, we changed our diet in the spring and have really felt the difference.

MaryD
November 28th, 2015, 07:20 PM
The nightshade family of vegetables includes tomatoes, potatoes, capsicum and eggplant.

If I have an average feed of any of those I severely ache in my joints for about three days afterwards. Capsicim is the worst for me. My tomatoes are just ripening in the garden and they are very hard to resist. I can live quite happily without potatoes (and they don't have such a major effect on me) But I adore eggplant and I really miss indulging in that.

Mushooms don't have any downside for me. I don't think they are in the nightshade family.

I have osteo-arthitis in one hip and nothing I eat seems to affect that. Glucosamine has kept that at bay for amost thirty years now. The nightshade veggies make my fingers, wrists, elbows and shoulders ache so much I can't hold scissors or do anything useful.

Patsquilting
November 29th, 2015, 08:36 AM
I belong to TOPS (take off pounds sensibly) - it's a weight support group. One of the women was given a diet called the "anti-inflammatory" diet by her doctor. She has done really well since on it. Less pain, lost weight. She said it has really made a big difference in her arthritis and joint pain. Do a search - and there is so much out there. I think nuts, salmon, avocado are just some of the items on this list. Good Luck. YES, foods do make a big difference.

Deegles
November 29th, 2015, 10:09 AM
There is a book out there that concerns diet and blood type. Everyone is different and this is one of the differences that a diet may work fantastic for one person and fail for another. Its called Eat Right for your Type, it does help. And lets face it anything in moderation is ok, it is when we indulge or over do it that tends to affect us, and after years and years of this behavior we tend to pay the price.
http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Right-Your-Type-Individualized/dp/039914255X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448802412&sr=1-1&keywords=blood+type+diet

Vonnie
November 29th, 2015, 12:23 PM
Thanks everyone. A lot of good info.

I stayed away from sugar and milk products yesterday and have been taking ibuprofen and am able to bend my knee today. Still a bit wobbly but bearable.

Will make a trip to the store tomorrow to load up on fresh fruits and vegetables.

I wonder, is frozen pineapple okay? I know canned looses some of it's nutrients but was wondering about frozen.

Thanks again everyone! I'm going to try quilting today!

SewnByBee
November 29th, 2015, 01:07 PM
Thanks everyone. A lot of good info.

I stayed away from sugar and milk products yesterday and have been taking ibuprofen and am able to bend my knee today. Still a bit wobbly but bearable.

Will make a trip to the store tomorrow to load up on fresh fruits and vegetables.

I wonder, is frozen pineapple okay? I know canned looses some of it's nutrients but was wondering about frozen.

Thanks again everyone! I'm going to try quilting today!




Yes, frozen is connected fresh because it doesn't loose it's nutrient.
It also helps me to justice take out portions, so it doesn't spoil so fast.

Listen, the genetic Aleve is called Naproxon , this is what the Dr. First told me to try three is the equivalent of a prescribed Noproxon , the doc said to take it consistent for two weeks and see if it made a difference and I'm telling you it did, and that worked for a pretty long time. Be careful and ask the doc if you on other meds, but I wasn't and it did take two weeks before It made a difference but it was a welcome relief.

Heat helps arthritis, hot baths, hot pad, flaxseed heat wraps, sun, all heat helps, I wear scarves to keep my neck warm, I have atheists in my neck and cranial of my head too, I have a Inflammatory issue due to, IGg deficiency, social I battle it from head to toe, lol

Oh yea, fresh Black cherries, on a steam, are suppost to be helpful as well, I'm gonna try them too. My aunt, was telling me she eats 10 every day, she has Gout, I think they might be good for your health anyways.

Good luck , I hope you get to feeling better, and all of you sweet people too.

mpattylou
November 29th, 2015, 01:11 PM
Mushrooms are not in the nightshade family....they are a fungi not a vegetable. Tomatoes are in the nightshade family. In fact if you have ever seen nightshade, it has little tomato-like thingies on it....about the size of big peas. They are green and turn orangish.

Hulamoon
November 29th, 2015, 01:24 PM
I was watching the Today Show this morning and there was a story about cranberry farmers. So I looked up on Youtube to find out more about them, I knew they were harvested in water, but wanted to see the process. Anyway they mentioned a couple of times about the healthy benifits of them and helping with inflamation. Very interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZPXQ7nw_9Y

shirleyknot
November 29th, 2015, 05:16 PM
That would be bog cranberries, which are the most widely cultivated. You can grow highbush cranberries at home on dry land.

Hulamoon
November 29th, 2015, 05:44 PM
That would be bog cranberries, which are the most widely cultivated. You can grow highbush cranberries at home on dry land.

I didn't know that. Most of the bog ones are farming for Oeanspray, some other story I saw. Since Kauai stopped growng sugar, it's now coffee and macnuts. I saw they want to grow pecans now.

Sorry I hyacked the subject.

Midge
November 29th, 2015, 07:15 PM
That would be bog cranberries, which are the most widely cultivated. You can grow highbush cranberries at home on dry land.

Actually the highbush cranberry, while it bears fruits that look like bog cranberries is not in the same family. The highbush cranberry is a type of viburnum. I had one when I lived out in the country, and it bore fruits prolifically. You can eat the highbush fruits - although they are way too tart to eat raw. They make a good jelly or preserve. I have made them into a marmalade with clementines and it was delicious as well as beautifully red. They are nutritious like cranberries and the birds just love them.

Vonnie
November 29th, 2015, 09:26 PM
No problem Lorie - interesting what we are learning here.

alliek
November 29th, 2015, 09:54 PM
The tips here are worth following, thanks. Anything to be able to walk without pain, and my hands. ouch, It really is awful.

Hulamoon
November 29th, 2015, 10:06 PM
I was thinking about cranberries and how the juice is hard to get used to if it's not sweetned. What if you did an Arnold Palmer and mixed the juice with tea? You get two benifits in one. I wonder if that would taste yuky. lol

SewnByBee
November 29th, 2015, 10:16 PM
The Cherries I'm talking about are just fresh cherries not in a jar, these are what my aunt buys at WalMart.

Cool Breeze Quilter
November 30th, 2015, 08:05 PM
I just remembered that turmeric is good for not only arthritis but joint pain in general. It does work, I tried it a few years back and was happy with the results.

JCY
December 1st, 2015, 12:41 AM
You might consider reducing or eliminating red meat. We felt much better & had less body aches when we quit eating red meat.