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What do you all eat on a daily basis

I have read about red meats, and night shades- tomatoes and white potatoes, so trying to avoid them.

today I had gulten free oat breakfast, and lunch a bit of turner salad, teatime samon fish, and a few sweet potatoes.

I brought conflakes for tomorrows .

what do you all eat day to day?

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Normal food,i don't cut anything out. I do eat granola for breakfast and a yoghurt my main meal is at lunchtime,and a light meal at teatime,probally a salad or just crispbreads with something on them like cheese.xxx

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I just try to eat a normal balanced diet. I know some people claim that diet influences their symptoms but I’ve not noticed any difference at all. This leaflet from Arthritis Research UK is quite interesting. arthritisresearchuk.org/~/m...

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I eat anything, tried the diet in the early days and found RA was ruling my life - don't let it.

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I do intermittent fasting and find its really easy to do. I do run my own business, so I can sort of please myself what I do to some extent. I don't rule out any particular food group, but I do find I feel better if I'm not raiding the biscuit /chocolate tin 😀

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Diet is the subject fairly guaranteed to get a heated response on here! After all we are all our own experts on what we eat.....

The arthritis research booklet bpeal1 linked is good. They are one of the reputable websites to look at. Anyway, since nobody can do everything instantly I think there is a list of priorities.

First off, if you smoke, stop. We all know it's bad but for us it's particularly bad.

Then make sure you are a normal weight. It's not just the pressure on your joints but there's more research that's starting to show people who are overweight have a lower chance of getting into remission.

Then look at your diet. I did the whole diet thing early on, which did nothing for my RA but did improve my overall health and got me into a normal weight category. Now I eat well, but am not obsessive about it. Basically I follow the "eat, not too much, and mainly plants" approach. We don't eat any processed food - apart from some bread. And we try to limit fatty and sugary food. That's it!

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I guess I’m fortunate, I’ve never had a sweet tooth. I’ve always had a balanced diet & never been overweight. My downfall is red wine 🍷 & coffee ☕️. I have cut them out for a couple of months on a few occasions but it made not a scrap of difference. As the folk on here have already said each to their own, what works for one might not work for another. You can only but try. Good luck

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i watered down red wine to 30/70 water and still liked it, but none recently xx

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I'm a fussy eater, have been since a toddler according to my dear ma, and my wife reckons I haven't changed much since then. So, it's not easy for for me to eat a healthy balanced diet. That said, I try my best and have cut back on red meat replaced by plenty of fish and some chicken, which I enjoy. Unfortunately I've never been much of a vege head (it's no wonder I'm so flippin' disease ridden) but I do like fruit. I know many folks try to avoid them, but I eat more than my fair share of bread, pasta and spuds, with chips once a week...if I didn't bulk up my diet with such carbs then I'd probably wither away to nothingness. I definitely have a sweet tooth but keep it under reasonable control. I'm over weight, but not by much, which isn't bad going considering I'm 67 and have been pretty inactive this past couple of years due to uncontrolled RA.

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'What we eat' is sure to bring some responses that give the impression that if only you change your eating habits to this or that, then the Rheumatoid Disease will magically disappear. If only it was that simple!

Many years ago, I very carefully did exclusion diet experiments - six weeks off several food group, then re-introducing one at a time. For me, the only thing that was strongly associated with joint swelling and pain was meat - whether it was the meat itself or stuff in the meat I don't know. That was easy for me as I had been brought up as a vegetarian and I didn't like it much anyway. But I'm sure that for others there will be other triggers and if you can be sure that it is a trigger then it's worth avoiding that. But be cautious about exclusion that you don't end up (like one of my friends) eating almost nothing and causing other problems with your health.

In summary - I eat a 'Mediterranean type' diet - just no meat. It doesn't stop me getting flares, but I do feel healthier overall.

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Normal food but I'm Celioc and don't eat gluten. But still got the RA and take LEF every night. Don't be fooled by so called cures by diet. If it was true I'd not have RA.

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A hospital dietitian asked me to try a diet for RA back in the early 80's, basically eliminate everything, including tap water, salt, pepper etc. Only two items were ok for RA - pears & lamb, according to her. Needless to say, the lentils were boring, nothing made any difference apart from losing a stone in weight and dropping to 7 1/2 stones! I've had the disease 47 years and haven't found any particular food that makes it better or worse. I try to eat healthily 80% of the time and occasional treat 20%, and maintain a normal BMI.

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Everyone is different, with different triggers. What works for one doesn’t work for all. I can’t eat wheat products. I don’t know if it’s the gluten or the grain itself, but it makes me hurt and gives me heartburn. I avoid most grains due to carb content and my blood sugar spikes. I try to avoid processed foods and shop mostly for produce, fresh meats, fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and dairy.

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Hi VeronicaF, there’s a lot of good responses there :0

The only thing I’d add, is that RA often causes Anemia, so have a think about eliminating lean red meat. If you do, have a look at the other options for replacement :)

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I eat anything and everything. I have my 5 a day, good quality meat, wholemeal bread, chocolate. The only thing I don't have is highly spiced food and alcohol - YUK.

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Thank you everyone, its given me food for thought, I have lost weight in the last couple of weeks through just eating salads, which isn't bad because I was and still am over weight for me.

today I had dinner out, and had more than just salad, I had turkey, not much because I don't like it, swead carrots and cabbiage, and feel better for it today in myself.

I know food doesn't cause it RA, I am just a bit scared of the pain and thinking some foods make it worse, I was on ibuprofen and they were great I got it to two 4mg a day,then I started to have stomach problems and acid sickness even with the stomach protecter,

so trying not to take any pain killers to give my stomach a reast.

my pain at the moment is not too bad, copeble at the moment.

so scared it erups again

so it makes you scared of food

please exscue spelling.

thank you everyone

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ps i take b12 daily and nuts galore, apricots n nectarines n satsumas too. add apples to salads but no tomatoes

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I alternate btwn oats made with water, with blueberries, raspberries and kefir. alt days its german rye bread with loads lettuce, fried egg n chestnut mushrooms [ hi in vitD].

greek Salad or homemade soup for lunch. tea/coffee rarely.

fish most eevenings after avocado salad.

Off alcohol, Meat, fresh or processed, and avoid nightshades. Will have to give up smoked salmon n cream cheese tho as my first Ritux infusion on Monday xx

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my diet before was awful, I never ate breakfast, I ate chocs, biscuits, sweets, chips with everything, white bread and lots of butter, a fry up.

lots of fast food

puddings

and I loved it!!

now is salads, fish veg, no sweets, no chocs boo hoo, no chips, no fry ups boo hoo hoo

and now I ate conflakes for breakfast and orange and fruit now too

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My main diet is fish (salmon/trout/mackerel) 3 times per week. Don't eat red or white meat. Veg either roasted or stir fried in olive oil or cabbage/ broccoli lightly boiled. Fat free yoghurts and apples & bananas every day. Granola. Avocado. Gluten free brown rolls sometimes. Gluten free pasta with tuna & spring onions. My downfall is red wine and Turkish delights! 😁 Snack on walnuts and almonds throughout the day. I think diet has an influence on my RA . I feel better cutting out all dairy products and gluten. If I eat sugary things I flare.

Suzie x

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P.s -. Salads ( how could I forget!) Eat them all the time. Especially in spring/summer.

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I cut totally meat and dairy for 9 months then gradually added chicken back in and was ok. Next it was milk and had a flare up - cut it again and things settled. I limit dairy as milk butter and cheese seem to be the main culprits them plus red meat. I was miserable when I cut everything so now I'm just careful really! M x

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