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  • By Rebecca Keymaster

    Have you made any changes to your diet (such as vegan, paleo, gluten free, etc.) as a way of managing your symptoms?

    If so, what are your favorite recipes and meals to make?

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  • By Rebecca Keymaster

    Okay, I’ll get this party started!

    I went vegan quite some time ago (not for health reasons) and when I manage to eat vegan I find that my chronic pain condition improves TREMENDOUSLY! It took about 3 months for me to see a difference – and my family actually commented on it before I really realized it. They saw a big increase in my energy and I guess I was “complaining” a lot less about my pain!

    Anyway, here are some of my favorite sites for getting recipes:
    OhSheGlows.com
    VeganRicha.com
    MindBodyGreen.com

    I really like preparing Indian cuisine – I like my food spicy! I try to add in turmeric and ginger as much as possible to help with reducing inflammation.

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  • By rjones

    I did the Whole30 Program (http://whole30.com/) and then ended up going entirely gluten free. It made a huge difference in my pain and my overall energy. It took a little while to see the benefit (I actually felt worse when I started it before I felt better for some reason) but interesting now if I have a slip-up I feel lousy within a day or so. I’m now trying to really cut down on my caffeine intake (5 cups a day eek) and trying to swap out my starbucks for green tea 🙂

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  • By Smnyc

    I believe nutrition is the “missing” link that is given little attention in the management of the pain of PSA. I finally went to a holistic doctor who in a matter of days has helped me. I have some food allergies but have gotten very strict with my diet – no wheat, no sugar, no caffeine, no beef, no nightshade foods (these are inflammatory), added supplements such as magnesium, sulphur and boswella complex to help decrease the inflammation in my body. Amazing results for me and down 8 pounds. It’s not easy but once you begin to feel the renewed energy and lessening of pain and inflammation it’s all worth it. Remember to ask your own doctor before adding supplements since some can work against arthritis meds. I take Stelara injections every 3 months and am approaching my one year mark since diagnosis. I must be honest that the dietary changes gave me more relief than the Stelara, but the Stelara is needed to prevent further joint damage.

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    • By CathyD Moderator

      Smnyc, it’s wonderful to read that the changes you have made have made a difference for you – so pleased for you!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  • By PrisPsA

    I am totally new to this. I have ached so much over the past year that I have done nothing but sit, eat and feel sorry for myself….and run to doctors trying to find out what’s wrong. My rheumatologist “thinks” I have PsA, but told me I need an eye exam before he will prescribe any meds. Of course the ophthalmologist is booked out 30 days! Meanwhile, I am wondering if I should try some changes to my diet. I don’t know where to start and I don’t want to give up meat or wine, if that’s not necessary. Are there any basic changes that seem to help most people with PsA? I don’t know what my triggers are since I hurt every single day. Any help would be appreciated. Where should I start? Thanks!

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    • By Rebecca Keymaster

      Hi there and welcome to the community!

      In my experience, most find it’s easier to make dietary changes gradually. I’d first recommmend removing dairy – there are great substitutes I’d be happy to recommend.

      I’d also recommend checking out this site: nutritionalfacts.org – it’s a doctor who talks about science behind food and health.

      I know a few members have talked about an anti-inflammatory diet and there are books on the topic.

      Can anyone weigh in on that? Thanks!

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  • By PrisPsA

    Thanks Rebecca, I look forward to hearing from others also. I want to do this gradually, so I know what helps. I hate to run out and buy a bunch of supplements without knowing what I’m doing.

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  • By Meg2017

    There is a group called Autoimmune Wellness in Facebook and they focus on the AIP diet. I don’t follow it exactly but it is many of the items suggested above. Gluten free, Grain free, dairy free, soy free and more. There are great recipes and resources there as well. Personally, I see a big difference in my daily pain levels when I consistently follow a diet in foods that are considered to be anti inflammatory. I also find that days I eat whatever I want (like dairy or cheeseburgers) that I can tell a difference within hours of lower energy, pain and stomach issues. My best advice is to start somewhere you are most comfortable in eliminating food groups and move forward from there. Some folks can go cold turkey and make dramatic changes all at once so if you have the will power then you can do that too! Best of luck!

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    • By VickiN Moderator

      Hi Meg2017!
      I am so happy to hear that this new diet is working out well for you! I am definitely a dip my toe in kind of person. Start with changing one meal a day, then a snack, etc. etc. until you’re where you want to be. I can relate to the gluten free and dairy free! I think oats bother me too, but grains like quinoa are okay. It’s all so individual, though it would be much easier if it were the same for everyone. I’m really appreciative to you for sharing and hope you will stop by again!
      -Victoria, Community Moderator

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  • By Kelaran

    I don’t have those diet that mentioned above. In my case I only reduce my intake of foods but I can eat anything I want.

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    • By CathyD Moderator

      Thank you for sharing, Kelaran!

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  • By Beth V

    One thing I’ve done is switch out the bread crumbs in my meatloaf and meatballs for ground flax seed. It actually makes the mixture more moist as well as adding the omegas and fiber and cuts down calories a bit.

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    • By nlschumm

      That’s a great idea! Never thought if that. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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