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Vegetarian Diet

My Rheumatologist put me on a vegetarian diet. She said new research showed it significantly reduced pain. I have been on it for about a month. I want to know if anyone else experienced significant reduction in pain. Some recipes from a very good vegan cookbook I ordered have so many steps that it takes me two hours to make them. By the time it is ready to eat I am in so much pain I don't want to eat. I use a bar stool to chop and stir fry but I still have to lean forward which wrecks my back. I found a plant base magazine with simpler recipes to make. Yeah I am also diabetic so all the pasta, beans and starch squash I have to eat in small portions. I find that the recipes are just variations of the same ingredients. As well as containing ingredient I can even find at Sprouts or whole foods. I am not a supervisor cook and this is a challenge for me.

  1. This is so interesting! I had no idea about this. I was vegetarian before being diagnosed but really struggled to cope so I started eating meat again shortly after. Thinking back now, it is around that time that my disease began progressing faster. I'd never considered this and think it might have played a bigger role than I realized. Although, I can't say for certain.

    1. I use Daily Harvest. It is a vegan meal delivery service that is healthy organic anti inflammatory and frozen to supplement my meals. It’s very helpful when not feeling up to cooking. Also like that it’s pre-portioned and eliminates a lot of food waste.

      1. I agree with your rhumatologist, the vegetarian diet does help control inflammation. However, to balance expectations, as the disease progresses I find that overall pain levels continue to increase.

        1. So very correct! This disease takes so much more than just a great diet to control inflammation. It is very complex and takes so much energy and time to manage. It entails, a diagnosis (finally - which is the ultimate struggle), a treatment plan (and another, and another when one doesn't help), home therapies (to soothe the mind, body & soul), being adaptable (changing your life's plan and finding a better path), and the will to continue the struggle (going through pain, exhaustion, and emotional baggage) associated with living through a debilitating chronic illness. Balancing expectations is essential to move forward while dealing with spondyloarthritis. Thx for sharing - Rebecca (comm advc)

      2. Hi ,

        How is the diet going so far, have you noticed any difference?

        My doctor actually suggested to me to go on a vegetarian diet when I was diagnosed but I was actually already a lifelong vegetarian anyway! So unfortunately I don't know what the difference is with this condition between vegetarian and meat eating diets.

        Although I did go vegan

        Here is one recipe that I love to cook whenever I am having a high pain or inflammation day, as it is both delicious and anti inflammatory!

        I think with time you will see that there is actually a wealth of vegetarian options out there - it is just about doing a bit of trial and error to see which ones you like!

        Wishing you all the best,
        James (Community Member)

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