Hii everyone! I am a very recent member of the kind diet and am optimistic of the changes this lifestyle will have on my mind, body and soul. I have horrible asthma no matter what time of year it is, and lately the joints in my hands are cramping up so badly I am unable to use them and am left in tears with no relief. I am hoping cutting all meat and dairy from my diet will help with these uncomfortable annoyances. I'm 25 years old and am ready to live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.
I chucked all the bad stuff from my fridge/pantry and replaced it with some vegan options but I felt SO lost while shopping around at my local health food store. I wasn't sure to get miso in paste form or loose in a bag...I wasn't sure what brands were good and what were not...or even exactly what most stuff was! Does anyone know of any good references to help a new vegan shopper? books? blogs? anything. I'm sure I will get the hang of it as times goes on but a few pointers never hurt :)
I know exactly what you're going through. This same set of problems kept knocking me off the veggie wagon during my college years. I have it (mostly) figured out now, but that's mostly thanks to my BF who had already been eating vegan for 4 years before I met him. For joint pain, stay away from things that are inflammatory like products with wheat flour and sugar. Eating alot of fresh food and staying away from processed foods will help with inflammation as well. You can buy a couple of vegan cookbooks (I like Vegan on the Cheap) but vegan doesn't always equal gluten-free so you still have that to watch out for when trying to steer clear of things that could inflame your joints. Keep what you eat as simple as possible. The closer it is to the vine, the less you have to worry about. Cream of buckwheat is a good breakfast option, quinoa and stir fry veggies is a great lunch or dinner option. Brown rice, steel cut oatmeal and The Farmer's Market are your new best friends.
everybody's different but for me i found when i stopped eating meat my joints pain stopped completely. I also found that when i started eating soy it made my joints real stiff and achy. U just gotta find those certain foods that don't agree with YOUR body. As far as miso goes get the paste. Alicia says to get barley miso. I mix barley with red miso, tastes like beef broth. Try experimenting with barley, rye, amaranth, millet. They really fill u up .
Thank you both so much! I was excited to see anyone even responded :) and both of your suggestions are very, very helpful! I'll be making another quick trip to the health store today and farmers market tomorrow!
Thanks again ladies!
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