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How I Healed

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Introduction

After developing rheumatoid arthritis, I was forced to slow down and take a close look at myself. Obviously something had become seriously imbalanced, so I began looking into every aspect of my life.

Although I had always been conscious about my diet, I noticed the inflammation would intensify after certain meals, so I took a more serious look at what I was eating. As well, I began to take into account my overall emotion and spiritual wellness.

The following document is divided into my experience with Nutritional changes to my diet (including helpful herbs and supplements) and Emotional & Spiritual well-being. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to follow me on this journey. God bless, and read on!

 

Overview

Nutrition

Nutrition is critical to the path of healing. The body cannot restore itself without the proper nutritional support, so choosing the right kinds of food needs to be a top priority.  Those with the least amount of processing are always the best choice, but unfortunately, some very natural foods can be inflammatory as well. This is definitely a case of what we do not know can definitely hurt us.

            Each person’s body reacts differently, so pay attention to how you feel after eating a meal.  Most people with arthritis experience pain and inflammation after consuming inflammatory foods, most of which can be found on the “bad list”, so avoid them as much as possible. The doctors who treated me did not know much about the relationship between food and disease, which I found baffling, so do not be surprised if your doctor does not acknowledge this unless they are holistic.

            The intestines constitute a large part of the immune system, which is increasingly implicated in controlling disease development elsewhere in the body. The choices we make regarding food and how it is digested are a major part of our well-being. I make an exception to the dairy rule regarding buttermilk because of its role in digestion. Like many fermented foods, buttermilk is rich in probiotics, which greatly facilitates the process of breaking down food. Only about a ½ cup per day is sufficient to make a noticeable difference. Be certain it is natural buttermilk without large amounts of salt and other unnecessary ingredients. Other fermented products like Kefir are good too but tend to have a high percentage of sugar.  Refrigerated probiotics are another good alternative.

            Remember, real food nourishes, restores and heals the mind and body.  Anything that does not meet that requirement is not to be considered food. For example, cheese puffs and doughnuts would not be considered food because they do nothing to nourish, restore or heal.  They actually cause the opposite to occur.  Food requires enzymes to digest, which are present in whole foods. Processing removes the enzymes necessary for proper digestion, so they are pulled from our bodies instead. Over time our bodies can become depleted.

            Eat whole grain as much as possible. God gave us plenty of wonderful foods to maintain a healthy body and in such great variety.  If you can afford to eat organic, it is definitely the way to go. It is more important to buy organic if you eat the outside of the fruit or vegetable, like apples and lettuce. They have become more popular and are more affordable. Most grocery stores carry them. If you buy conventional produce, scrub the outside thoroughly before consuming. For proper digestion, all meals should be consumed prior to 7:00 pm.

             Plenty of clean filtered water (about a half-gallon daily), is essential for carrying toxins out of your body, along with other important bodily functions. This should comprise at least 90% of your fluid intake.  Beverages containing caffeine dehydrates the body and should be very limited or avoided altogether.

Be mindful of what is put into your body, because for better or worse, it becomes a part of you. Our bodies are holy temples and should be treated as such.

FRIENDLY FOOD

Broccoli, carrots, onion, garlic, lettuce (all kinds), sweet potatoes, cabbage, cucumber, celery, winter squash, greens (all kinds, not seasoned with pork), yucca, avocado (be aware that most restaurants add lime or lemon juice to guacamole, ask beforehand), raisins, prunes, fresh pineapple (including the core), most fruit (except citrus), unflavored Knox gelatin* (explained below), honey (in moderation), molasses (in moderation), whole grain bread (preferably sprouted wheat, soy-free), brown rice and other whole-grain rice, eggs (free-range or organic), walnuts, almonds, peanuts and natural peanut butter, olive oil, fish oil chia seeds, chicken (4 oz. max. daily), fish (once a week), venison and other wild game.

*Use unflavored Knox gelatin (or store brand instead), which has worked very well for me. Pour 1 packet into 2–3 tablespoons of cool water to dissolve, then add warm liquid, like unsweetened almond milk, and stir. Carob powder can be added for flavor.

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FRIENDLY FOOD

Broccoli, carrots, onion, garlic, lettuce (all kinds), sweet potatoes, cabbage, cucumber, celery, winter squash, greens (all kinds, not seasoned with pork), yucca, avocado (be aware that most restaurants add lime or lemon juice to guacamole, ask beforehand), raisins, prunes, fresh pineapple (including the core), most fruit (except citrus), unflavored Knox gelatin* (explained below), honey (in moderation), molasses (in moderation), whole grain bread (preferably sprouted wheat, soy-free), brown rice and other whole-grain rice, eggs (free-range or organic), walnuts, almonds, peanuts and natural peanut butter, olive oil, fish oil chia seeds, chicken (4 oz. max. daily), fish (once a week), venison and other wild game.

*Use unflavored Knox gelatin (or store brand instead), which has worked very well for me. Pour 1 packet into 2–3 tablespoons of cool water to dissolve, then add warm liquid, like unsweetened almond milk, and stir. Carob powder can be added for flavor.

FRIENDLY FOOD

Broccoli, carrots, onion, garlic, lettuce (all kinds), sweet potatoes, cabbage, cucumber, celery, winter squash, greens (all kinds, not seasoned with pork), yucca, avocado (be aware that most restaurants add lime or lemon juice to guacamole, ask beforehand), raisins, prunes, fresh pineapple (including the core), most fruit (except citrus), unflavored Knox gelatin* (explained below), honey (in moderation), molasses (in moderation), whole grain bread (preferably sprouted wheat, soy-free), brown rice and other whole-grain rice, eggs (free-range or organic), walnuts, almonds, peanuts and natural peanut butter, olive oil, fish oil chia seeds, chicken (4 oz. max. daily), fish (once a week), venison and other wild game.

*Use unflavored Knox gelatin (or store brand instead), which has worked very well for me. Pour 1 packet into 2–3 tablespoons of cool water to dissolve, then add warm liquid, like unsweetened almond milk, and stir. Carob powder can be added for flavor.

INFLAMMATORY FOOD

(EAT SPARINGLY OR AVOID ENTIRELY)

Soy (contains HIGHLY inflammatory proteins), oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, white potatoes, eggplant, green peppers, raw tomatoes (especially grape tomatoes), corn, cauliflower, refined sugar, white flour, hydrogenated oils, corn oil, highly processed foods, chili (with so many varieties, try and see how you feel), dairy products (almond, rice, coconut or goat products are good alternatives), raw squash (yellow and zucchini), watermelon and strawberries (limited amounts), MSM and glucosamine-chondroitin* (RA only; good for other types of arthritis that are not autoimmune-related), green tea* (and other immune boosters), soft drinks (regular or diet), shrimp, pork, beef.

*These items should be avoided only by individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. When I took glucosamine-chondroitin and MSM, flu-like symptoms occurred, but disappeared after discontinuing their use. I have talked with others with RA who experienced the same reaction. I am uncertain what caused the reaction; just be aware it could cause problems.

 

Helpful Herbs & Supplements

Anti-inflammatory and liver detoxifier.
 

Anti-inflammatory. 

If you have a source of fresh yucca, it is delicious baked.
 

Anti-inflammatory, a property found in pineapple, especially the core.
 

Leaves and/or roots. 

Dandelions are encouraged to grow in my garden so I can utilize their leaves. About five large leaves are needed per day, eaten with a little peanut butter to hide the bitter taste. Be sure you know which plants are dandelions. They are very common and easily identifiable. They have bright yellow flowers that grow close to the ground with tall, thin stalks that elevate seed spheres a few inches above the ground. The seed spheres are white and round. The smooth hairless leaves have large triangular patterns formed along the edges.

Make sure they have not been sprayed with anything.

Anti-inflammatory.

High in absorbable calcium.

B-Complex: If not enough in multi-vitamin.

Vitamin C: 1,000 mg daily recommended.

Cinnamon: Helpful for circulation.

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