Oct 24, 2008
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!