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The Only Eating Plan for Arthritis

One of the biggest challenges you face with arthritis is with how you eat. So many foods trigger symptoms, especially dairy and processed foods. I want to share the ideal arthritis eating plan with you today so that you can start adjusting your lifestyle for the challenges you face ahead.

An organic, mostly raw, plant based diet focusing on dark leafy greens is thought to be the best eating plan by cutting edge, arthritis specialists whose goals are to get patients of prescription pain killers and bone builders. Yes, these doctors do exist but you have to dig deep to find them. I will be mentioning these doctors and including their books on my future blog posts and possibly in my next book. Most doctors today only know how to prescribe drugs. Raw fruits, vegetables and soaked nuts and seeds, and whole grains like quinoa, millet and amaranth are anti-inflammatory. Dairy (especially cows’ milk products like cheese and milk) and all meat (beef, poultry, lamb and pork alike) are not. But why go raw? Raw plants have all their nutrients intact. Cooked foods or to be exact, foods cooked over around 117 degrees F. are devoid of nutrients having had the nutrients cooked out of them. That’s not to say don’t eat cooked foods. Some cooked foods are easier to digest and assimilate than others. Most doctors and nutritionists agree wild salmon is acceptable. And starchy foods/vegetables like beans, brown rice and sweet potatoes are great too.

A plant based, mostly raw eating plan is wonderful for regenerating bones, hair, skin, nails and teeth. I’ve eaten this way for years and I’m seldom if ever tired. My body is extremely limber even with osteopenia, osteoarthritis and scoliosis. And the best part is, even though I’ve been diagnosed with these conditions and several more, I manage my pain and overall health without the use of dangerous pain killers or bone builders. That’s right my friend. No meds.

I realize your life is busy and at times it’s really challenging to balance it with excellent self-care so processed foods happen, right? If you’re buying packaged foods, keep them to a minimum and be sure and take the time to read your labels carefully. For instance I read the labels when I buy brown rice pasta, pasta sauce, tortillas, coconut milk, salsa, beans, hummus, almond milk, tortilla chips and goat cheese, etc. The brands of packaged foods I use contain only one to five real food ingredients. Unfortunately there are many more brands out there that fill their packaged foods up with preservatives, flavor enhancers and fillers. Calcium chloride is not a food! Look for labels that have only food in their ingredients list. They are out there but it will take some effort to find them. Brands often change the ingredients when they discover they are not making enough more money and substitute good ingredients with cheaper non-food one so you have be diligent. Preparing salads with raw fruits and vegetables and fresh juicing take time, but what meal doesn’t?  If you follow my plan, you’ll be doing much less cooking anyway!

Always make salad dressings from scratch. Bottled dressings like almost all packaged foods are loaded with chemicals and devoid of nutrients. For my every day salads I do the juice of ¼ to ½ of a fresh lemon, plenty of Himalayan pink salt for flavor, and 2-3 tablespoons of organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. Pink salt has some redeeming minerals and I have low blood pressures so I’m allowed to be generous. If you’re blood pressure is high however, you should really see a good nutritionist anyway, so ask about pink salt. I included many of my most delicious raw salad recipes in my last blog post. My big salads are highly flavorful and oh so satisfying! Be sure and try the strawberry-lime-honey-cilantro combo I created!

What does an arthritis diet look like? It is a majority of dark leafy green salads with romaine, spinach, kale and chard topped with raw veggies, lemon juice and high quality olive oil; fresh fruits; fresh green juices; highest quality starches like brown rice, quinoa, millet; plant based proteins like lentils, garbanzo beans and black beans; and high quality fats like avocado, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and raw nuts and seeds. They are highly acidifying and our bodies/dna doesn’t recognize them.

Getting enough water is oh so important for your joints! But it’s imperative that you invest in a good water filter. Drinking tap water is no longer an option for you or your family. Tap water is loaded with chemicals and known carcinogens. For daily water requirements a good rule of thumb to follow is take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. If you weigh 130 lbs. you need 65 ounces of water.  

There are a number of products I buy on a weekly or monthly basis that I believe in and I’d like to share with you. I don’t have any affiliation with these companies. I’ve researched them and believe their ingredients are superior to other brands.

I discovered almond milk a few years ago and began a quest for one that only had almonds. What an eye opener that was! Almost every almond milk on the market today has added fillers, preservatives and chemicals in them. They are not healthy! I found two almond milks that are healthy and all real food: Malk and New Barn. I drink almond milk daily with a teaspoon of organic, pure maple syrup and hemp protein powder or marine collagen powder. I’ve included the brands I use below.

Brands I love and use

Malk Almond Milk
New Barn Almond Milk
Synergy Women’s Multi-Vita-Herb
Synergy Bone Renewal
Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder (available on Amazon with Prime for under $12)
Triquetra Spirulina Powder (horrible taste, I plug my nose and think of chocolate milk or iced coffee)
Power Nutri Shop Turmeric Powder
Whole Foods 365 Organic Beans
Sprouts Organic Beans
The Hummus Guy
Amandean Marine Collagen (no bovine, porcine or foul collagen, only fish)
Ezikiel Sprouted Grain Muffins (not delicious if you’re accustomed to doughy breads but I love them when I need a heavier breakfast)
LaTortilla Factory Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla’s (they do have organic guar gum in them but everything else is just food).

With a plant based diet you need to make sure you’re getting enough B12. I eat beans and rice or wild salmon three times a week. I also take a high quality organic food based supplement that has the right amount of B12. It’s listed above.

Live beautifully. Eat beautifully, Shiree

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