If you've had a blood test and your CRP is high then the anti inflammation diet may help. The CRP test measures systemic inflammation. Any infection or injury will temporarily raise your CRP so wait a couple of weeks after and event like that before being tested. That said, I bought a book on the subject and started to follow the plan. I found I had to cut a lot of food out of my diet completely....like shredded wheat. Just about all corn products are off the table. No alcohol etc. white flour etc. What is good that any fish except farm raised is good, most beef, most veggies except corn again. The book gives each food a rating as to how they affect inflammation and then you choose the foods that rate the best. As far as the diet end of it you are allowed on a 1,400 cal diet 47 grams of fat and 175 grams of carbs. Sounds a bit like a low carb diet doesn't it? What I know works is the cutting out any and ALL sugar! My joints have been 100% better since cutting out anything with sugar in it. BTW the book I bought was The Inflammation Free Diet Plan by Monica Reinagel, but there are more out there. Maybe a trip to browse in the book shop would give you a better idea of the plan. Good luck to you!
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to the team. I personally haven't tried an AI diet - takes me all my time to remember what may or may not be healthy for me and my arthritis and DH and his diabetes. I just try to work through a load of fruit & veg each day, and try to make sure I use as many different colours as well as different types, each day. Personally, I also try to have 2 or 3 days each week meat free (sometimes even completely vegetable).
Have you found any particular foods that are triggers for extra pain? I like to try to cut down on gluten for a day here and there as well, especially wheat gluten. I'm eating less pasta and rice than I did for a while, and that also seems to be helping - especially as I use ordinary cheap white pasta! And I'm adding in things like a small amount of wild rice, or quinoa - couscous doesn't help for me.
So loads of experimenting can help. Also, maybe a bit less in the way of carbo veg. But really I just try to have a good mix of fruit and veg every day, to go with my other requirements.
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I was diagnosed in August with a disorder which gives me many of the same symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Naturally I've been obsessively googling the condition and there seems to be a lot of people and quite a few doctors that think an anti-inflammatory diet can really help with the arthritis. Has anyone here tried an AI diet? What were your experiences? It doesn't look like it would hurt for me to just try it out for a bit, but learning a different way of eating always takes time and effort to get used to.
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