Over the past 10 years I’ve tried numerous diets in an effort to improve my Psoriatic Arthritis pain. And most of them have failed. It has been a lot of trial and error. Some have been sensible arthritis diets while others have been anything but.
Curing Arthritis – The Drug Free Way – Margaret Hills
I think my first attempted diet was the apple cider vinegar diet which I had read about in a book my Margaret Hills. Margaret was a nurse who suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis and came up with this diet after conventional drugs failed her. It centres around the avoidance of an acid diet and how arthritis sufferors should move to a more alkaline type of diet.
I don’t remember much about the book except the need to drink apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water with some honey every day. Yuck! I’m a little odd in that I really don’t like honey and I certainly don’t like drinking apple cider vinegar.
I seem to recall that molasses were involved with the diet too. Anyway I never stuck at it long enough to see if it worked. I think I lasted 3 weeks and didn’t see any benefits. I’ve just checked on Amazon and there is a newer, updated version on the book and the reviews are quite promising. Reading through some of the reviews it would seem that the updated diet is more in line with my own diet.
After giving up on the apple cider vinegar diet I tried juicing after watching ‘Fat Sick and Nearly Dead‘. If you’ve not watched it look it up on YouTube. It’s makes fascinating viewing. It revolves around a fella called Joe Cross an Australian who treks across America drinking juice juice for 60 days from a juicing machine he carries in the back of his car.
His transformation as he travels is amazing. He loses a ton of weight and comes off his meds by the end. He was on Prednisolone, the same as me hence the reason why I had added interest in his story.
It convinced me enough to go and buy a juicer and I did use it daily for some time and saw some improvements in my health overall. I lost weight, looked and felt a lot better and did stop my taking my steriods but the pain soon came back and I had to go back on the steriods.
I have not given up on juicing and we as a family still juice now and again as a boost to our health, so to speak. But it’s not a daily routine anymore because it wasn’t enough to stop to Psoriatic Arthritis pain.
And you can’t live on juice forever. You’re going to have to eat solid food eventually. But I do recommend juicing as part of an overall healthy diet.
Gluten Free Diet
In the past couple of years Gluten Free eating has become all the rage especially when celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow start extolling its virtues. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat and barley. It acts like a glue which enables foods to keep its shape.
Recent statistics estimate that 1 in 100 people in the UK have Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and as many as 500,000 aren’t even aware of it.
I’m a member of a health website where a number of members were discussing their experiences of going gluten free and how it was helping their arthritis. So naturally I gave it a go.
After my juicing experiment my weight went back on once I started eating again. I know this is a common problem for many people who diet, you lose weight while on the diet but it all comes back once you start eating normally again. Well the same happened to me! I should point out that I’m not too bothered about losing weight. The whole reason for me trying this diet is to manage my pain and to get off the steriods. Losing any weight is just a nice bonus. It’s not a deal breaker for me.
So it was great to lose weight when I went gluten free. I dropped all grains from my diet since they all pretty much contain gluten. I then went off buying all those gluten free products you can get at the supermarkets, but boy were they expensive. £2 for a small gluten free loaf of bread! And I have to be honest, it didn’t taste that great either.
I did see some small improvement and my arthritis pain was slightly lower. My psoriasis improved too so I knew I was getting some benefit from going gluten free. So was it the gluten causing the problem? I wasn’t convinced. I therefore decided to investigate further and started coming across lots of posts by people saying to drop all grains from your diet to see improvement in psoriasis and arthritis.
That’s when I came across the Paleo diet. This is a diet that suggests you should eat as our ancesters did. Eat meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. No processed foods, no grains, no legumes, no sugar, no alcohol and of cause no smoking. In other words just good old wholefoods.
I find it easier to remember it this way….. if a human made it, don’t eat it!
Eating a Paleo diet can’t be summed up in a couple paragraphs and I will devote a complete section for it in time. But changing to this way of eating has completely transformed my health. I’m actually doing an even stricter version of the Paleo diet called Auto Immune Protocol and I will be going into this further in due course. The results I’m experiencing are remarkable.
Please stayed tuned.