Friday, May 30, 2014

KNEESLES

My knee arthritis is feeling so much better.  I can walk without wincing.  I can do more than one errand at a time.  Stairs are still a bit of a challenge but I think I just need to build up some muscles.

The miracle cure?  I stopped eating gluten.  Yep, my medical doctor listened patiently and explained how to combine Alleve AND Tylenol to help with the pain.  Then he quietly mentioned gluten.

I have several (LOTS) of friends who have given up gluten (two have celiac disease) and they all feel their lives are much better now.  Dr. V said just try it for two weeks, if it helps ... great.  If not, no worries.  Consider me a HUGE skeptic.  But he is such a down to earth medical man who is now including alternative therapies that are worth a try.



Within a week, my knees were no longer painful.  Noticeable, but not hurting.  I remained off gluten (as much as possible).  Last weekend, Kate and family spent the long weekend here at the condo (they had an ant infestation!).  I thought I'd test this gluten thing and I enjoyed toast, pizza, pasta, cereal and crackers.

My knees hurt again.

I Googled foods that fight inflammation and now using more of those.  Maybe this Forks Over Knives philosophy is real!

6 comments:

  1. My knees no longer hurt now they are fake but I have other joints that sure bother me. I also have trouble int inflammation. I may have to try it but it sure would be hard!

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    1. It isn't very hard any more. Decent GF food even in grocery stores. A friend is GF, egg free, dairy free and cane sugar free! And I love being invited over for a meal!!!

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  2. hmmm, there really IS something to this plant based diet. I'm so happy gluten-free clearly helps your knees. Why is comfort food so uncomfortable for our joints or our waistline? Time to watch Forks over knives... I just bought a couple green smoothie books so I can mix up healthy smoothies as one of my daily meals, instead of an occasional snack. I'll report any changes I feel.

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    1. I need to do that too. There is another documentary called "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead." I think we can do ANYTHING for a month or two. I don't have a sweet tooth so I enjoy a smoothie with some green stuff tossed in ... or any veggies!

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  3. Sugar also is inflammatory for me. All my joints act up if I eat sugar. Everything moves smoothly if I completely cut out sugar for a month or more. I know this and yet I can't seem to stay away from sugar for more than three months. I would like to challenge myself to one whole year without it and see how much better I feel.

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    1. I do think sugar IS a big one. And a very powerful temptation. Might be easier to aim for SIX MONTHS ... since three has been your max!

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