Nine???

Recently, I googled “does eating sugar make my joints hurt?” I think this is often over-stated in blogs. I do not believe that if you eat a teaspoonful of sugar you will immediately be stricken with joint pain. But, my search led me to arthritis.org, where they did state that when you have arthritis, your body is in an inflammatory state. And sugar is a food that causes inflammation. There is enough information out there about this that I agree with that. Okay. Less sugar.

That search led to an article about “the ultimate arthritis diet.” Interesting. They say that a Mediterranean type diet helps stop pain and inflammation. Here are their recommendations:

  • Fish–salmon type. 3-4 ounces two times a week. I can do that. I like salmon. So I’ve started buying a half pound piece of salmon and having it on Sunday and Wednesday. Approximately 🙂
  • Nuts–especially walnuts. Oh my. I love walnuts more than almost any other food. But they are high in calories, so I usually measure out about 1/3 of an ounce. They recommend 1 1/2 ounces a day! That’s a lot of calories. But I have started having 1 1/2 ounces of walnuts in yogurt for my lunch almost every day. It feels very luxurious.
  • Olive oil–especially EVVO. They recommend 2-3 Tablespoons per day. That’s not happening. I can’t even imagine eating that much oil. But, I could eat more salads, and I could use real dressings with olive oil instead of my low calorie dressings. I’m working on that one.
  • Beans. Again, not happening. I DON’T LIKE BEANS.
  • Whole grains. They are recommending 6 ounces. I know I won’t eat that many whole grains, but I do have oatmeal almost every day in some form or other.
  • Fruits and veggies–all kinds, but especially the colorful ones. They recommend NINE servings a day! Now this is not a new number. Many diets recommend that many fruit and vegetable servings per day. I like fruits and vegetables. But I have yet to eat nine servings in a single day! I am being more cognizant of that. So far the most I’ve eaten in a day is seven. I mostly only like fresh fruits and vegetables, so you have to shop a little more often to keep stocked, or just remember to buy more when you’re at the store.

Notice there’s no mention of dairy or other animal meat sources. I guess Mediterranean’s don’t eat that stuff. I’m not stopping eating those things, because I enjoy them. But its fun to try a few changes in your diet. My arthritis pain seems to have decreased, but I’m not convinced its the dietary changes. It could just be the changes in the weather. Nevertheless, these are healthy changes, so they’re worth a try. I also think that some of the amounts are probably based on a “normal” 2400 calorie diet. If I ate that much, my arthritis pain might be decreased, but I’d have to buy a whole new wardrobe in a much larger size 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Nine???

  1. I probably do all of that except the nuts and maybe not quite so much olive oil. I can definitely eat 7-9 servings of vegetables a day, though I don’t always, especially this time of year which I find very hard to find good fresh produce.

    I will also say I have been eliminating artificial ingredients from my diet for the last few years and have about 90% gone back to real salad dressing, including making my own. My last splenda holdout is iced tea, which I don’t drink very much of anyway. I guess I have just come to feel the more real, whole foods I eat, the more satisfied I am and I seem to eat less of them naturally.

  2. I can see how sugar could exacerbate arthritis symptoms – my hands were really sore over Christmas, and that was with almost no knitting…but there WAS a lot of sugar being consumed. Worth a shot to cut back if it helps…plus there’s that whole “healthy eating” thing, LOL.

    I could eat nine servings of fruit and vegetables easily if I were on vacation in Maui, where the fresh fruit and veggies are abundant and so flavorful. Also if someone was preparing said food and serving it to me, because I get lazy and slack over washing and cutting up F&V.

    Oh, and I’m glad you are getting to eat your beloved walnuts guilt-free now! 🙂

  3. I don’t even know what 9 servings of F&V looks like!!! That seems like A LOT. But I would like to replace some of my weekly meat servings with salmon…just have to find a way to get the rest of the family on board. :/

  4. I have noticed a huge difference in joint pain when I do not consume any sugar or processed foods. HUGE. It is worth it to me to continue avoiding these things. As far as the 9 servings of fruit and veggies-the powers that be-that make up these guidelines have been proved wrong and fed us a pack of lies over and over. Just sit back a minute and think about all the times they have been proved wrong. I think (personal opinion here), that the closer we can get to eating things the way God made them the better of we are.

  5. Dang that is a lot of calories. 1-1/2 ounces of nuts and 2-3 tablespoons of oil a day? I could hardly eat anything else LOL!

    9 servings of FV actually isn’t that much. 1/2 cup of broccoli is a serving and I eat 2 or 3 servings at a time easily. I don’t get 9 a day, but I’m easily getting in at 5. Which is good for a non-veggie lover.

  6. I have noticed difference in joint pain if I can cut down my sugar but I try to do the paleo diet as I can’t have dairy or wheat. Can’t seem to get all the servings of fruits and vegetables either. Just don’t like cooked vegetables much and a salad in the middle of winter doesn’t float my boat

  7. I needed to read this today. Last fall I spent three weeks on the paleo diet and felt wonderful! Inflammation in my body was down and I had energy beyond belief. Since November I have been struggling with getting rid of sugar and wheat from my diet. And I feel it! Thank you all for your input and the blog.

  8. Grains and sugars make my joints ache. Dairy also. I wish I had stopped eating them sooner, as it is one stop shopping for me for long term weight maintenance and joints that work well. And, I’m only 50!!! Onward and life is very good without all those things.

    • Grains and dairy do not affect me negatively. And they are so delicious 🙂 Sugar is also delicious, but affects me negatively in a variety of ways. Minimizing it works for me.

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