No sweet diet

Hello everyone, I'm new here and I am glad I found this site. I have had RA for over 4 years.and am taking Plaquenil to treat it. I decided to try a no sweet diet to see if it helped with my pain and stiffness. I have been on it now for 3 weeks. What I have noticed is I have more energy, hardly no pain and stiffness and my moods greatly improved, before I was short-tempered and anxious. I just wanted to pass this diet on to you guys here to see if it could help you too.

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  • Hello Happy to hear you have found something that is working for you, I am not or ever been a sweet eater, But I have done some additional research on foods and effects on RA Apparently all citrus fruits orange, grapefruit, lime, lemon, (well you get the point) as well as all nightshade items, Potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers etc.. also Dairy is a bad one for RA, Processed foods, refined sugar, processed carbs, saturated fats, These all cause inflammation. You can also find more if you do your research, I have found this to be useful, Good luck, and we are all here to support you.

    Lisa ((hugs))

  • Thanks very much Lisa, I am trying to cut down on processed foods and saurated fats also to see if that helps. I am eating more fruits and vegetables. Thank you for the info and hope you are doing well.

  • Hi Penny, I agree that diet can play a part in how we feel. I try to eat a clean diet which avoids artificial sweeteners, additives or processed foods. I feel much better physically and emotionally for doing this and my energy levels are better than before. I also find I sleep better now. I've not gone down the road of an elimination diet as I love citrus foods, tomatoes, potatoes and dairy. I'd be worried about maintaining a healthy balanced diet cutting all these foods out but sweets I can definately do without. When I want anything sweet now I opt for honey :-)

    Thanks for passing on your experience and great that it's helped you

    Paula x

  • Your welcome Paulawoo. I love the same foods you mentioned. My energy level is better too. I eat fruits to get my sugar. Hope it can help othere too. Take care.

  • Manuka honey is really good because it has natural anti-biotic properties and was used during the war to treat infected wounds. I have avoided all refined sugar for over a year now and look and feel much better for it. I also avoid caffeine and wheat and only have a bit of dairy for the calcium. It's made no discernable difference to the amount of pain I have but it has taken a lot of weight off me which in turn has helped with the load bearing joints a great deal.

    I don't see it as food elimination really apart from the wheat - which gives me nothing that other grains can't. Cutting out wheat has helped with my gallstones and I no longer suffer from IBS like stuff so I stick to it rigidly. I'm on Plaquenil too but it was added in on top of Methotrexate recently so I don't know if it's working yet or not. If you are still experiencing pain and inflammation then it might well not be enough to control your RA by itself now so worth going back to your consultant or rheumy nurse to get your medication reviewed perhaps. Tilda x

  • Thans Tilda T, I am glad to hear you no longer have IBS. I am currently not having any pain or imflammation. I think my no sweet diet is really helping with that. The sugar that I do eat is from fruits. Nice talking to you. Take care.

  • Hi Penny and welcome.

    This is something I would like to have a go at. Is it just what it says in the title ie: cut out all sugar or is there a weblink somewhere?


  • Hi Creaky, I started this diet on my own to see if it would help me. I researched different websites for info. There are plenty of them out there. Check with or google No sugar diet. Good luck. Let me know if you try the diet and it helps you. Nice talking to you.Take care.

  • Thanks Penny. Will do. xx

  • Ladies, are you telling me that I can't drink, can't smoke ........ and now can't eat sweets ? What is there left to live for ?

    (Just joking) - might give it a go (once I've eaten all the chocs and sweets I bought on Wednesday ......... shame to leave them sitting in the dish). Plus I suppose the quicker I eat them the quicker I can get on to the sweet free diet!

    That means chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner then !

    Judi xxxxxxxx

  • Oh yes I agree! must have a treat now and then. I've been cutting down on everything since January and haven't lost an ounce in weight, side effects of steroids and lack of exercise due to pain. on a brighter note strawberry cream teas can only be enjoyed this time of the year at their best. Enjoy Well done Penny

  • Thank you caggy, I hope you feel better soon. I love strawberries too. Watermelon is a good treat too.

  • Hi Judi, I love your sense of humor. Chocolate is my favorite sweet or should I say was. I am amazed I am not craving it. Good luck with the diet. Let me know if it works for you.

  • Did someone mentione cream tea!!!!!!!!! This happened last week on this site and I HAD to go out and get one, ,,,,,ok mind over matter time ! Axx

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