I also have Nutritarian goals in mind. I had food sensitivity testing done with Alcat labs. I dont think any nightshades came up on it. I found that processed foods, additive, and MSG were my biggest trigger culprits for pain. I tried to do a water fast but couldnt. Now I am on methotrexate and Dr Furhman advises against it when on chemotherapy. I have started juicy mainly vegetables. I am reading more about inflammatory foods. If you put a food in the nutrition lookup section at self.com, it will give you the inflammatory factor. The nutritarian diet is anti inflammatory. Read the Eat to Live book.
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This sounds interesting, but I'm glad you aren't doing a strict water fast without supervision. I've recently cut most wheat/gluten from my diet and "I think" I'm doing better. I can now tell a huge difference when I do eat something with a lot of wheat/gluten (like biscuits).
Do what works for you. As with medications and RAD, diet is very individual.
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I am really interested to seeing your updates on this type of diet for RA. I have read several books on this issue and they all seem to chime in on the same types of things, like avoiding nightshade vegetables, sugar, and unhealthly fats. But I have never seen anything on this type of fast. Keep us posted and good luck!
I am a firm believer too, in knowing that we are what we eat. It's just a matter of having a strong enough WILL to do that. Wow, I comment all who do that! I know that I could NEVER get my family to eat a more stern, strict way of eating. And I don't like the thought of cooking separately. So I just take a day at a time and try to conjure up healthy eating that we all can enjoy eating. I have found that when I do make healthy dishes, they are happy to eat it as long as it's creamy enough, cheesy enough,e tc., and then they can eat alot more portions!!
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Cynthia, Years ago when I was first diagnosed (12 years), I read lots of stuff that claimed diet has EVERYTHING to do with RA and other autoimmune diseases. You know, it just makes sense - YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!
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Just because doctors have patients with promising results doesn't mean that the diets work on relieving RAD. Now verified studies with thousands of patients over long periods of time do. I'm not a believer in case study successes.
Having said that, good luck with your experiment. Your more likely to improve with a solid diet like the Mediterranean diet. It's well rounded and healthy.
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I've read several books lately talking about diet resolving RAD. Eat to LIve by Joel Fuhrman claims that this doc has had much success in halting RA. The Pleasure Trap which promotes a similar lifestyle claims that monitored prolonged water fasting will more quickly get results and then after that you switch to the Eat to LIve , salt free, oil free, plant based, diet and you can maintain your progress. These doctors all have case studies that back up their claims....and they have science behind them to explain WHY this works. I have been on the EAt to Live diet for 7 weeks now....Maybe I'm noticing some improvement, particularly in my hands but I am not expecting great things Dr Fuhrman says that if you've had the disease for some time and had a lot of damage from it, your results will be less spectacular. I think I fall into that category. It may be with with a long water fast I would get better results. I'm currently looking into finding a doctor with experience along those lines who would be willing to monitor my fast. However many tradtional docs are simply ignorant of what a proper diet consists of and how it can benefit a person. But there are a handful of docs who are preeminent in that field (maybe 6 or 7 of them) and they all make similar claims. It's worth looking into ....With this much smoke, there has to be some fire.
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