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Dietary Modification to Manage Inflammation

Oct 24, 2008 - 4 comments
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In December 2008, my nurse practitioner (NP) asked if I would be be willing to try a diet to help control inflammatory disease, of which I have MS, arthritis and asthma. I told her I would give it a go.

Evidently, some foods contain components that irritate the digestive tract, allowing these components to slip into the blood stream. The immune system thinks they are invaders and goes ballistic, hence the autoimmune response.

Arachidonic Acid is a fat associated with inflammation in the body. Lots of Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the pain and inflammation. I was given a list of foods with the mg of this acid in various meats. Poultry and soy have virtually none, while egg yolks have a lot.

The diet for me consists of whole grain foods, lots of fresh fruit and veggies, low or non fat dairy products, nuts, good oils, etc. The list of no-no's is longer, but I have found it pretty easy to do. These include: no sugar, enriched flour, egg yolks, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, cheese except for cottage cheese or ricotta, white potato, turnip, parsnip, rutabaga, corn, banana, pineaple, papaya, fruit juice. Basically anything high on the glycemic index.

I have lost almsot 25 pounds and my lipids are where they should be! I had a fatty liver and while I have not had an ultrasound to confirm it, that is probably back to normal also! My blood pressure is way down and I have lots of energy most days.

It sounds hard, but sugar is a really addictive food! When off it for awhile, you don't crave it! I allow myself a treat once in awhile and then it is really a treat. I find that really sweet stuff doesn't taste so good after all! I have found brown rice syrup, brown rice pasta and Kashi products to be for the most part great substitutes!

This is just my own testimonial, and I don't expect others to jump on my band wagon at all!  I have to be careful not to become too zealous or come across as holier than thou! I'm just so excited to see that it works for me!

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by wonko, Oct 24, 2008
Thanks for journaling this experience!

I'm one of those undiagnosed folks, but lately it is starting to come together that I have some sort of systemic chronic inflammation.  I'm still not sure why or what it means, all I know is that some of my old blood work and lots of my symptoms suggest widespread inflammation.

I adjusted my diet in an effort to improve my health in general this spring.  Now, I am thinking of tailoring it specifically to be anti-inflammatory.  I was already in line for the bandwagon.  Seeing your post, I do hope to learn more about what I can do.  I try to take OTC anti-inflammatory meds like motrin, but my stomach can only handle so much.

Thanks, and I hope you continue to feel well.


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by GrannyJo6, Oct 24, 2008
I'm so glad you are being proactive, Wonko! A few more hints: fish is of course, the best, followed by pork tenderloin, turkey breast, flank steak, ground beef and chicken. Turkey is actually better for you than chicken! Who knew?! I found a mayonnaise called Veggenaise in the refrigerated section of the health food section of one of our grocery stores. I like it a lot better than any of the low fat or fat free ones out there! It is made with canola oil. I make my own salad dressings - olive or walnut oil, balsamic or white/red wine vinegar and seasonings! No sugar is needed if you use flavorful seasonings. Tarragon is one of my new favorites! My appetite is so much less without sugar and I love cottage cheese with either fresh peaches or pears. Breakfast can be oatmeal with lots of cinnamon, a few raisins (I know, they are a little high, but a few is a treat!) or blueberries and some chopped walnuts. I used to use skim milk, but I get so little fat that I now use1%.  Lunches are either the cottage cheese or a sandwich made on whole grain bread (w/o sugar or high fructose corn syrup {pure poison!}) with almond butter (yum) and a fruit only type spread. Fruit of course and/or carrots, etc. A typical dinner is a grilled or baked chicken breast with lots of yummy herb seasonings, brown rice, salad and veggie. Fruit for dessert. I find that frozen dark cherries curb my sweet tooth and they are cold and crunchy! Stevia is a sweetener that I can use, although spendy. Lots and lots of water.

I used to pooh pooh the role of food in health except for the obvious - too many sweets, too much intake, etc. I had no idea! Now I am just appalled at all the food at the grocery store! Do we really need a whole row of cereal -  most of it laden with sugar? But that's another rant!!

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by spott2, Apr 04, 2013
I found a book a few years ago, talked about women s roller coaster moods..swings..sounds like the same diet. No white flour, sugar, fry food.
Took me a month to wean myself off, but it all creeping back into my life. I feel like either I have to exercise my fool head off, or never see a donut again!

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by GrannyJo6, Apr 05, 2013
Well, I was unable to maintain the diet. I think I was too hard on myself and too rigid. So, I've gained back the weight and know that I need to get back on track. I had the worst exacerbation I have ever had while on the diet. While I was down we had people bringing in meals and well........  I have been pretty much in remission since, but I think that was discouraging to me. Anyway, it is always a battle to do what we know to do! I am back to exercising pretty regularly and I think that will help me stay on track better. We shall see! No promises!

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