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No pIzza

Nay, nay and thrice nay. Get thee behind me food satan.

Large, and lardy.

You can’t be around RA for long without a huge array of dietary advice floating by you. I didn’t tackle any of it significantly for ages though. It seemed so minor compared to the other stuff going on health wise. Of course, food purists and enthusiasts will tell us that may well be the fundamental reason I’ve developed auto-immune disorders. In my case, no! It’s been immune storms as my system came back online altered and wrong after both pregnancies.

On the other hand, they are right about its fundamental role in supporting the health we have or want. We all know how food helps and hinders our feeling of well-being, in different ways for all of us. In my case, I’d long since given up eating processed food as far as possible. Bad habits though were still with me, and during the early months of RA I could no more manage to prepare myself a healthy diet than I could have re-roofed a house. Peeling, chopping, mixing, lifting were near impossible. Veg especially had to come from packets as far as possible, pre-prepared. My poor boys got a stunningly dull diet of not the greatest food value for ages.

With the Humira having kicked in, I felt able to tackle this. I took up the kind offer of a book group friend to have a student session at her school of nutrition, in early December. They were terribly polite about my frankly ghastly, rich, salty, coffee sodden diet. I went away and implemented much of what they suggested – the classic diet for arthritis I saw by looking online again.

Out went most meat, most dairy and I tightened up on excluding the gluten which has been making me ill since the birth of our first boy. In came more fish, more veg and more berries. I found losing the dairy very hard. I’d been a veggie for years in my misspent youth, but had compensated with dairy back then. During the coldest spell of winter, I was craving saturated fats, and had to fall back on lots of coconut milk curries, and added olive oil.

Positively, it worked. My face skin stopped having reddened areas and I stopped snoring and slept better. I had more energy, and the last traces of puffiness around my joints subsided to nothing.
I broke out back on the cheese on Xmas day and undid some of the good. Then I got bored and lazy and the old habits came back a fair bit in mid-January. Skin went pear shaped again, and I’ve had a RA flare, possibly related? Anyway, I’m back to being more careful now.

So that’s where I am. Over the course of a month, probably 98% dairy free, 90% meat free, eating between 8-10 veg and fruit a day, going heavy on the pulses, roots and legumes. I am getting good at making up stacks of flavourings for food, great drenching amounts of chimichurri and other such drizzles and dips and bastes and sauces. That’s the secret to enjoying an otherwise Spartan diet it seems. Plus an occasional drink, some sweets and a bit of Swedish Glace now and then. Let’s see what more time this way feels like.

(Still irrigating self in coffee in the morning though, oops)

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