So, to make a long story short...I've been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for a year and a half. The hardest part for me is the joint pain and the fatigue. It's like having the flu without any cold symptoms. When it's bad I can't get out of bed. I'm cranky. I'm sore. I'm no fun to be around. The doctors have suggested going on some pretty strong meds for the rest of my life. For someone who doesn't even take Tylonal, this is hard to stomach. So I did my research and explored other options.
Which leads me to the important role that food can play in your health. A few weeks ago, I won a food sensitivity testing from Doodle's preschool and last week, I got the results. It turns out I am "highly sensitive" to a great number of foods: eggs, legumes (all beans except adzuke, mung and black eyed peas), apples, strawberries, all dairy (even goat's milk). well, those are the big ones.
How does this relate to my RA? Researchers are now discovering that food sensitivites can bring about an inflammatory response in your body. Bombard your body with foods you're sentive to day after day, year after year and you can develop all sorts of illnesses including autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cancer to name a few. (*I am by NO means a doctor and I am NOT giving medical advice here, just sharing my own experience in hopes that you will ask your own questions). So the idea is if you avoid these certain foods, your body's system can recover and settle and the symptoms will go away.
Let me tell you by experience this is easier said than done for this here foodie!!! But I'm trying! The nutritionist who did my testing also explained that it's a good idea to have your diet be on a four day roation system, that way, no one food is repeated until four days later, so that if you do react with some inflammation, you give yourself four days to recover. She placed all the foods I am able to eat into four columns...now I just see what day I'm on and only eat food from that particular column (this goes for drinks as well...before, I was using coconut milk all the time! Now I alternate between coconut, almond, hemp, flax and rice.
I am on day 7 of this diet and I have to say that two days ago, for two days straight, I experienced a full 48 hours of being symptom free (for the first time in a year and a half) it felt miraculous and I am so motivated by the results that I am trying my hardest to stick to it!!
So, if the recipes seem a bit different in the next coming months, this is why. In a few weeks I'll be able to add back my sensitive foods, one at a time and see if I am still reacting to them. If I am, I'll need to wait another 6 months before trying them again.
Here are some online resources if you're interested in the subject of food elimination!
Alcat Testing (this is one of the diagnostic tests I used)