I’m trying to take better care of myself these days. After my most recent wicked rheumatoid flareup I determined that if it at all helped with the pain and swelling it was time for a major lifestyle change in the form of an anti-inflammatory diet. I had an inkling that I was screwing myself with what I was eating, so I finally got my shit together and read the books my Sister gave me on the subject.
I’ve cut out red meat, dairy, gluten, sugar and nightshade veggies. I still take a small amount of milk in my coffee (which is the one thing I have cut back on but refuse to give up)but will probably switch to coconut milk. I have noticed a decline in symptoms since starting the diet six days ago. This, I’m very certain is also from the Enbrel kicking in.
I was pretty stiff this morning and have some pain and synovitis but the diet seems to have taken some of the punch out of the swelling. I realize that pain is never really going to disappear but it has been diminished lately. Except over the weekend when I cheated on my diet at my friend’s wedding. I felt that the next day for sure.
So, been cooking lots of fish and chicken and various beans, lentils and brown rice as well as loads of veggies. Fruits and nuts (you are what you eat) as well. I’ve been managing to keep my cuisine pretty interesting so far, naturally I’m happy about that. I’m currently enjoying a lazy day of giving my joints a break for once.
Chilling with my kitty and pondering what to prepare for dinner. We shall see. This diet is rough but I want to give myself whatever edge I can on my disease process. At least I still have coffee. If I can just get back to using the elliptical every other day I’ll be in good shape 🙂
I continue to be immensely excited about Iron Maiden live in June. As well as a few other upcoming shows. I might just try to get another jacket project going soon now that my hands are relatively calm.
That’s about all I have for now.