It was a really long time between when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and when I learned that living a healthy lifestyle consistency really paid off. Years in fact.
Want to feel good tomorrow? Eat well today. This was on repeat until I listened.
Here are some simple things you can add into your diet to make it more alkaline & begin to starve out disease. My philosophy has always been to just add small reasonable steps (like lemon water in the morning or green juice to awaken the digestive system) and let the bad habits fall off, one at a time.
Making food your ally definitely has its benefits. According to most plant based nutritional authorities most people suffer from food triggers and sensitivities. This was most definitely the case for me & I learned by cause and effect what to and not to eat. The key is in the identification of the masked triggers. It was also obvious to me early on that I needed to pray over the food I did eat, to make peace with it and ask God for help because I would always have to think about food asthough I was bracing before impact. It's not as bad now as it used to be, but once you've had severe reactions, you start to pay attention. And there's nothing like being humbled, or reduced to feeling like a little short stump nugget of pain like RA.
#1 Eliminate wheat, sugar, dairy, all processed foods and meats. Immediately. You still need to eat food, so get ready to change some things.
#2 Begin a pain journal (that is if you have pain or flares). Just make a line right down the middle of one page (see example below) write what you ate on the left & how you felt an hour afterwards. Continue this with every meal throughout the day. This will teach you food sensitivities, triggers and trouble spots quickly if you’re looking for direction on how to change right away. Do this for at least 7 days to see what your habits are & how your pain fluctuates.
Pain Journal Example:
Date: Pain Level
Foods Eaten Today: 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
#4 Practice Gratitude