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Posted by Linda on September 16, 2000 at 08:02:49:

In Reply to: Diet -Re: R.A. - does it help?What book to get? posted by Dorothy E. Morris on September 10, 2000 at 15:40:30:

: Hi, I'm the "recently diagnosed (victim) of R.A.
: Afer nearly 7 weeks on Prednisone and Plaquenil -- not
: much relief and a couple of new Joint Flare ups!! Not
: very happy!! Heard that diet is important - - anyone tried anything that has helped? I am TRYING hard to stay with POSITIVE attitude, but very hard to do with
: so much pain and so many joints in flare-up-"swollen and painful"! Appreciate any advice re what helps! I'm on a wait list re "consultation " Occupation Therapy (not treatments - just advice)-- but here in Ont. Can --can take forever!!!
: Thanks so much,-Dorothy Morris
: [email protected]

:Hi,I never bought a book about the arthritis diet but one thing you can do is eat mostly veggies and fruit, microwaved or grilled chicken breast or turkey, natural foods with no additives and unprocessed, for a week to 10 days. No coffee, pop, or tea or anything like that. Then start introducing other foods and you will notice which ones bother your arthritis. I did this for a couple of months and find that I can eat almost anything again if I only have it once or twice a week. For instance, I used to have a baked potato for lunch every day. Now I have it once a week and it doesn't bother me. I can drink coffee, etc. but not as much. It has shortened my flares to last only 3-4 days rather than being constant. It really helps to experiment with it. Everyone is different and when you have something chronic, you eventually will see what is right for you.

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