I may have mentioned before that
I have I had arthritis. Five knee surgeries, pain and bony nastiness in my fingers, and it was spreading to my shoulders and elbows. I was on constant pain relief and sometimes strong anti inflammatories as well.
Well, a strange thing has happened since I took up all this healthy living malarkey. Arthur has gone. Not completely gone, but minimal pain in the fingers, and the rest of the old joints are young again. No more Arthur Itis.
So how did this happen? Can’t say for sure if it was one thing, or a combination, but here are the things I believe have done it, and how you can too.
Of course, I’m no expert, so I cannot guarantee that this will work for you too, but shit – its worth a go!!
- Stop eating crap.
If its in a packet – don’t buy it or eat it. This basic advice saves scouring the shelves for “healthy” alternatives and reading ingredient lists in supermarket aisles. A little bit of research will show you that the crap thats in this food is not a good option. Most of it is man made, mass produced and stuff like flavourings are a long long way down the food chain from the original article. Don’t waste your time or money.
If its packaged, forget it.
2. Stop eating sugar.
I know, another negative, but processed refined sugar is really the same as item 1. Its in a packet so forget it. Sugar does so much harm to your body its not even funny, and has been proven to increase the bodies inflammatory processes. You can find out the truth about sugar here: https://iquitsugar.com/
3. Eat not the wheat.
For me – this is the hardest thing to do. I love bread, pasta tortillas etc etc, and the alternatives have been hard to find, but so well worth it.
I can honestly say, in my experience, this is the one immediate thing that I can see and feel a difference with. If I have a bowl of spaghetti, or tacos or something with wheat, I will suffer the very next day. Not only bloating and gut problems, but my joints will be crying at me to stop.
There are heaps of proper research articles on this, and its all about the protein in wheat and how it effects your gut. This particular article is simple to read, and says it all:
4. Eat real food.
So if you cant eat it out of a packet – make it yourself. Fresh food is the best – but you already knew that, didn’t you…….
Its not that hard, not that boring, and really quite fun once you get into the way of it. I do a reasonably sized cook up once a week, and always make more than I need, so I have leftovers. I keep the cut off parts of veggies when I prepare them, and boil the shit out of them with either the carcass from a roast chicken, or soup bones, or just some herbs to make stock to flavour later meals. This gets frozen, so its just as easy as a stock cube, and gives heaps more flavour. Minimal effort, maximum gain.
Another no brainer, but its essential. Really really essential. Theres nothing as bad as immobile joints, left sitting in a chair for years on end and then trying to get the buggers going again. I know, I’ve stopped and started exercise so many times, but not this time – this time is for life. Even if all you can muster is a wee wander around the yard, or up and down the driveway, lace up those shoes and do it. Push it a little more each time, and trust me, you will feel the difference. You will feel better, and by God, you will look better, and who doesn’t want that!!
If you need any further encouragement, I can highly recommend this website, and associated books. No they don’t pay me, you realise its just the two of us here, right? No one reads this shit but me lol!!
The younger next year for wimmin is really funny, and tells it like it is. You can grow old slowly and nastily, or you can be younger next year. Thats about it. Check it out here: http://youngernextyear.com/
Over the next few weeks I’ll share some of my tips and tricks for getting the most out of your food – how to cook up a storm and not use packets, and more about healing your gut. My new research topic.
Cheers for now,