Thank you for dropping by our Food & Nutrition section, remember you’re invited to come back each month. I will be providing additional information, which will encourage you and create hope that you can Live Well.
Wow, what a huge topic Food/Nutrition is. There is quite a bit of information to chew the fat on (please pardon the pun, but it was intentional). Speaking of fat, have any of you really gotten a handle on the fats in foods? Where they are? How they can be hidden? Which ones are best? Which ones are sort of okay? etc. etc.
I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, however as Malcolm Caldwell stated, "anyone that has done 10,000 hours or more on a topic, should be listened to". I will say this - for more than 50 years, I have lived with Arthritis which has made me more than curious regarding the topic of diets as it relates to the needs of the body.
I hate the word diet. It is so full of negative connotations. Nutrition is my favourite word because it is simply more precise. Think of the body as a car. It needs/requires certain fluids in different areas to run properly and functionally.
Well, our bodies are exactly the same, from the cellular level, to the organs, to the muscles, to the brain. Each group or area needs to be fed properly, for the best functional output. Gosh, Mom was so right. When she said, “Mark, eat your vegetables. Mark, eat your fruits”. Not now but back then all I could do was go YUK! , then look for the family dog. He ate healthy because he got to eat all the good nutritional stuff I was supposed to be eating.
This month I am starting out with basics for everyone to have a better functioning food plan. I am, and so should you be, well past the times when I could actually tell which day of the week it was, by the meal my Mom was cooking for dinner. You know, Monday was casserole, Tuesday ham, Wednesday meat loaf, Thursday liver (Yuk again).
An arthritis-friendly food plan needs to include variety. Science has proven that as North Americans we just really have no clue as to how we can Live Better just by eating better. Yup, I didn’t want to listen either. But it’s true! By eating better i.e.: fuelling better. Then we all will perform better, especially those looking to control discomfort, inflammation, fatigue from pain etc.
Over the coming months. I will be sharing tips, resources, and personal stories ranging from how to eat out to how to figure out those darn fat questions. How to enhance your knowledge going into the grocery store; all of which will maintain the focus on Living Better with Arthritis, reducing inflammation, therefore reducing pain and discomfort. Please remember - always consult a trusted physician or nutritionist, when making major changes.
If you’re not getting the results you want or are in the place you want to be then change! Just be bold enough to not just do what you like or how you used to do things. Dare to do what’s good for the whole you. Dare to invest in the Bank called the body.
Honestly, there is no perfect food plan. However there is a nutrition plan that’s potent and can work for you! Focus on overall health (as stated earlier) and well-being by fuelling your whole body (bank account) properly. Then by adding muscle toning, fitness is knocking on your door.
Here are some plans that can help:
The bottom line here is to keep coming back to this website. Check out the areas, such as the Self Help and Self Care sections. Seek out various integrated health specialists. Challenge yourself! Defy your training. Defy the odds or previous diagnosis you may have had. I will never say ignore it. All I ask is for you to build upon it.
Cheers, see you next month. Or call us for a consultation.
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