**Update on diet changes & RA

*Update* I am having huge successes in alleviating my symptoms from changing my diet!! Please if you are visiting and have RA...try this. Or contact me... I am not only a mission to fix myself but to help others!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello All!
It's Thanksgiving and it looks beautiful outside.  One thing I've noticed of late (since feeling good) is that my outlook is much more positive.  I've always been a happy positive girl, but some mornings waking up in so much pain, really took it's toll on me and my attitude. 

Now when I wake up, I feel energized and pain free.  It's like a gift every morning.  I am trying not to take it for granted.  I have realized that I have been successful in relieving my RA pain by changing my diet.  It's so amazing.  I hope that other RA sufferers will read this and give it a shot.  Some people think that eating in such a strict and controlled manner is one of the most difficult things, but really?  If it helps your disease, the way you feel, gives you the option of going off of serious drugs & meds?  Doesn't seem that hard to me. 

Some people have been asking me to update my food list and how I got started... so I'm going to recap ;)  I started my elimination diet on August 1st.  The diet info can be found here  http://www.frot.co.nz/dietnet/reviews/mcferran01.htm

I found this site after I was told I needed to go on an IV drug for my RA.  I was on a lot of meds (naproxyn, plaquenil, prednisone, Humira injections).  This diet changed my RA and now I am in the process of cycling off of prednisone.  Then I won't be on any meds!!

My friend, Cam, has some very informative and great posts (especially her latest about RA and fasting) ... check it out at:

Here is my current safe food list (keep in mind, it has been a process... lots of ups & downs)

Veggies:  sweet potato, celery, carrots, spinach, cucumber
Fruit: mango, blueberries, POM juice
Meat: chicken, beef
Other:  SunWarrior rice protein, rice milk, rice crackers, olive oil, sea salt, flax seed, almonds, eggs
Supplements:  probiotics, omega 3
Oh and just introduced goat cheese yesterday!!

Happy Thanksgiving all!!


  1. Thanks for posting this Jen! I know exactly what you mean by pain taking it's toll on keeping positive. It can be so hard! I'm on the same meds as you, naproxyn, & plaquenil. I'm still waiting for the plaquenil to take effect, so I'm having many painfull mornings. To hear that you are med free is AMAZING!! Thank you for posting the link to Robert McFerran's book. I'm going to read up & examine my diet. I currently avoid gluten & sugar, but it's not enough!
    How on earth did you stick to your diet over Thanksgiving? I indulged in everything & am paying for it already!

  2. Hi Zoey!! What is so interesting is that I thought that gluten and dairy would be the big culprits, but I think that there are other sneaky foods (in my case corn and banana) that can be the big problems. Let me know what you think of Rob McFerran's ebook and if you might give it a try! To be honest, the first few days were hard, but I don't have cravings that much anymore and I'm pretty well high on feeling good, so don't feel deprived. (even at Thanksgiving!) Let me know what you decide!!