Since being aware of the relationship between what I eat & my pain levels (after reading the book Food and Chronic Pain) I have noticed that I absolutely experience MORE pain the day after eating dairy or sugar. Has anyone else noticed this connection? Has anyone else out there tried Dr. Bernard's elimination diet? If so, what are your results?
I do not know about Dr. Bernard's elimination diet; I have recently started reading There is a Cure for Arthritus by Pavo O. Airola and also How to Eat Away Arthritus by Lauri M. Aesoph. How to Eat Away Arthritus, talks about elimination diet and changing things you eat and trial and testing your indiviual results. These books talk about pain levels with Arthritus and also fatigue issues. I fould the Kind Diet also seems to go along similar path to overall health. By not eating meat and Dairy, I am feeling better. Feeling better is all I can ask for, so good results so far but nothing scientific.
What foods does your book say to eliminate? Mine says sugar, coffee, meat, dairy &wheat. And that you can add them back one at a time to see if you can tolerate them. Have you tried eliinating foods? How is it going?
Doctor Barnard's Elimination Diet (to ease pain & infllammation)
Start with a simple baseline diet, excluding foods that are more common triggers (dairy products, corn, meats, wheat, oats and rye, eggs, citrus fruits, potatoes, tomatoes, nuts, and coffee), and including only those foods not implicated in arthritis, listed below:
Brown rice. Cooked or dried fruits (cherries, cranberries, pears, prunes). Cooked green, yellow, and orange vegetables (artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, chard, collards, lettuce, spinach, string beans, squash, sweet potatoes, tapioca, and taro). Plain or carbonated water. Condiments (modest amounts of salt, maple syrup, vanilla extract).
After approximately 4 weeks on this diet, if symptoms have improved or disappeared patients may introduce previously eliminated foods one at a time, every 2 days. Patients should keep a food diary and add these foods in generous amounts to observe which cause arthritic symptoms. Foods listed above as common triggers should be added last. A newly added food associated with increased joint pain should be removed from the diet for 1 to 2 weeks, and reintroduced to see if the same reaction occurs. If no symptoms are experienced, that food can be kept in the diet.
I like the sound of that elimination diet - my mom went into remission from rheumatoid arthritis for over 15 years by doing a diet that eliminated animal food, sugar and processed foods/artificial additives. Her transformation was nothing short of miraculous.
Elimination diet it is! I just have to do it!! I have found my pain levels sky rocket the day after having meat and/or sugar. Today is a really bad day & I am finally willing to try it. Just a little scared because it seems so daunting - not much left to eat.