It’s hard to swallow, but we are what we eat.
We really don’t want to admit that all the snacks and goodies we eat are hurting us. After all, we feel bad and all we want is to find some comfort food.
- We, southerners, might go for a bowl of dumplings.
- As a dairy farmer’s daughter, I would love to pull up to a big bowl of ice cream.
But the truth is that some foods cause or aggravate many of our ailments. @ggmandy http://wp.me/p7NFKu-1ze
Aches and Pains
Long before I was diagnosed with FMS and RA, I began realizing that my aches and pains sounded a lot like R.A. and I didn’t want to go there. My doctors had their simple answer, “You getting old”. Well, thank you very much.:)
I found a series of books called “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About ….”. The first one I bought was about menopause, and then hypothyroidism, and later Fibromyalgia. There is a book on several different problems and diseases.
Diet is the key
I found something in common with all these books. Diet is the key to most of our issues. It’s partly due to how our food is processed now, but largely it is just what we are eating that is causing the problems. And as the title of the book suggests, I have never had a doctor tell me I needed to eat healthier. They will agree that a healthy diet is important, but they have never said, “If you eat right, most of these problems will go away or improve.”
So, I started seeing a holistic nutritionist. She did what is called muscle testing and then directed my diet and suggested supplements that my body needed. The biggest help was accountability. Turning in that list of everything I have eaten was a deterrent to putting that dessert in my mouth. 🙂
It was also good to have someone besides a family member keeping you on track. Family sometimes are reluctant to hold you accountable and then too when they do, it could cause some irritation. Also, “money talks” … If you are paying someone to keep you accountable, you will probably stay on track better.
My friend Brandi at Being Fibro Mom has the hows and why of food journaling.
If nothing else, start tracking what you eat. Then pay attention to when your pain is worse. As you track your food intake and your pain levels, it will help you realize which foods may be causing you more pain.
My Fitbit app will track food and there are many others available as well. Spark People has a good app that already has the nutritional values for many foods including restaurants. It will also save you regular meals, like breakfast is often the same.
To get you started here are some basic rules for getting on a healthier diet.
I’ll be writing more specifically about these things soon. But this will get you started and you may even begin to feel better with just this initial step.
A NOTE TO THE FAMILY AND CAREGIVERS
This is a touchy area. I understand. This is truly an area that a person must decide for themselves what they will eat.
However, without saying a word, you can support this effort. @ggmandy http://wp.me/p7NFKu-1ze
If you do the shopping and the cooking, you will have a lot of control. At least put the options out there for your loved one.
- Always have fresh fruits and vegetables available. For me, if they are available, I will eat them.
- Limit the sweets. The opposite is true, as well. If there are no sweets around, I won’t be tempted by them.
Think of it this way.
If your loved one was an alcoholic, would you keep lots of beer and drinks around?
- No, you would free the house of them.
- It’s the same for those of us who love bread and sweets.
- DON’T HAVE THEM AROUND.
- Don’t offer it to them.
This is the tough love part.
Help them help themselves.
Well, I hope I haven’t been too harsh here. I’m preaching to myself because I really love the bread and sweets.
Let’s do this together!
Feeling Your Pain!