Especially at this time of year I eat a lot of frozen berries. They are reasonably priced, even for organic. I always have them in the freezer, even use them in summer when the fresh stuff looks too far gone. Mix them with plain Greek 0% fat yogurt and top with chopped nuts.
I am following a specific pain-free food plan from a book--eliminating pork, beef, and lamb while choosing red or blue berries (strawberries, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, red raspberries) and nuts (almonds, pecans).
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I have been trying to focus on adding more anti-inflammatory foods to my daily eating habits. But coffee is my hang up thing. I have to have 1-2 cups in the morning. I don't drink any more the rest of the day, and adding green tea to the daily fluid intake. Mostly adding 2 fish servings a week, like the salmon, tuna, and other ones that are high in omega-3s. More grains, and less sugary foods, but it is really hard! I have not necessarily omitted a lot from my diet, but cutting down on red meats, and processed foods. Not sure if I can tell much of a difference in my joints, but do feel a bit better.
I just read coffee is an inflammatory, along with sugar, chocolate, nightshade veggies. I ordered and I am drinking ginger tumeric tea. Yesterday, I made ginger pumpkin muffins. I started taking cherry extract pills.....so cherries are also anti inflammatory.
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I tried eliminating "nightshade" foods... tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, etc. It was hard because no peppers eliminates most spicy foods, and I eat a lot of things with tomato. It didn't help at all. I toy with the idea of eliminating gluten to see if I'm sensitive to it. What anti-inflammatory foods are you talking about? I think of salmon, leafy greens, cranberries, etc. I just read that sugar is inflammatory, sadly.
Right now I am trying to focus on specific things that are inflammatory that I should know better than to have.....coffee and chocolate. I am drinking echinachea tea and I just received my turmeric/ginger tea. I made a blueberry angelfood cake hoping to stay away from chocolate.
I am eating a gluten free diet, which while not officially an anti-inflammatory diet has had that effect on my joints. My hands/wrists are much less swollen and my ankles swell less than they did. I have more energy, my skin looks clearer and I don't have the food cravings for sweets like I used to.
This is not empirical data, but that is what is working for me right now.
Just wanted to see if anyone was following, in any capacity, an anti-inflammatory diet? Do you think it is helping your RA or other health issues? I am beginning a process of adding anti-inflammatory foods to my diet and wanted to hear from others.
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