Let me start by saying that I could eat an ice cream sundae every night and never get tired of it. I need to hide candy bars from myself or I will eat the whole bar in one sitting (72% dark chocolate with a hint of sea salt). I have been called a whoopie pie connoisseur. I would like to be a contestant on cupcake wars in another life. I am currently eating one of the 4 mint Oreo cookies (truly addicting and yummy!), that I had for dessert tonight. So as a result I never would have thought I would be thinking about any kind of “RA diet.”
I am also very fortunate to have been blessed with a fantastic metabolism and I have never had to worry about my weight. I can often eat what ever I like, in any amount, and my weight stays relatively stable. I often have thought that this has been my little health “freebie” since I have many other health issues to worry about. However, at this juncture in my life I would like to be on the minimal amount of medication possible to control my disease. And as I sit here after having achy knees all day, I find myself considering trying an “RA diet.”
Honestly, I have often been told to “Cut all dairy, it cured me!” “You really need to not eat gluten,” or “eat these five foods and all your pain will go away.” I have always dismissed these suggestions quickly. I know for many people these various diets have worked wonders and that is great! But, I personally have always thought if cutting dairy cures RA, then everyone would be doing it and I wouldn’t have tried the 20+ medications I have in my life. Plus, what would I do without my ice cream sundaes!
I still have a lot of research and experimenting to do. Do I just cut dairy or gluten or both? Do I try an inflammation diet such as Dr. Weil or another nutritionist. I am not sure what will work best for me or how long this experiment will last, but it is definitely worth a try!
And as a parting thought:
I will still find a way to enjoy my ice cream!