It took me awhile to embrace the concept because let's face it, we live in a fast food, instant gratification, the higher fat content the better society...
I went to an RA specialist, who after almost three years of unsuccessful drug treatments, convinced me to try Humira, a biological drug, because it would address my RA caused chronic pain (7-9 scale most days), and severe digestive/intestinal issues... I received an injection once a month and learned to dread week four (because previous injections have meant a miserable week four with a full return of symptoms and pain flairs from hell) only to get an injection and have a full week of intense flu like symptoms...the trade off was that for two weeks out of four I felt mostly normal. Not twenty-something, but not sixty-something either. The problem was that after three injections I started having severe mood-related problems...read depression that lasted 4-7 days... and then my body rebelled and all of my allergies went haywire, meaning my mold allergies and msg sensitivity went berserk.
I had to change my diet to survive...no eating out, no processed food of any kind, meaning everything had to be made from scratch...and avoid mold at all cost, even a spec of bread mold or bathroom tile mold could send me to bed for days.
I had to go off the Humira because the side-effects just got worse and worse.
I went on Simponi because it was supposed to be the newest and best...and for me it was amazing for four months. I still had the msg and mold allergies I thought might kil me but I was pain free and didn't feel like I had the flu... and then I took the fourth injection and a chaos bomb went off inside my body. A bout of rage based depression hit four hours after the injection and the return of the flu-like symptoms starting the day after the injection...both severe side-effects lasted two full weeks.
I haven't taken the Simponi since and refuse to try another biologic. Whatever hapens to cause the symptoms I had was scary enough...on top of all the other risks I faced: lowered immunity and heightened risk of infection and cancer.
After ten days of absolute misery I did a ten day juice fast to try to flush the toxins from my body and it must have worked because within four days I felt amazing. No flu symptoms, no anger, no depression, no joint pain.
I'm now back to 90% raw...and feel better than I have in a long time.
That doesn't mean cold, rainy days don't make me a little achy, but on a level of 1-2 not 7-8...
My social life ceased to exist.
I found a great article on a low-fat vegan diet being used to reverse RA. It gave me the back-up I needed to convince others who feel I might be following a fad...
Hippocrates said, "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be food."
That pretty much summed it up...I planned to reverse RA with diet...knowing I didn't get sick overnight...this may take awhile but I know it will work...and it's working!
2013-Tweeking The Diet
Mostly raw worked for my RA, by maintaining less than 10% fat in my diet, I could guarantee no joint pain.
The problem being food temptations...eating out...holidays...and I paid a heavy price every time I went off the raw wagon...and going raw wasn't exactly having the same success with my Chronic Gastro-intestinal complaints so tweeking-the-diet has been part of this adventure... not any one diet works 100% for everyone, although I am a firm believer that EVERY chronically ill person who want to Live and See Change should begin with Juicing...followed by Raw followed by improved health...followed by tweeking.
Discovering the Low-Fodmap Diet and using the approved food list in conjunction with my 90-5-5 to
80-10-10 daily goal range and tracking my food intake on Chrono-meter has vastly improved my GI problems.
DON'T GIVE UP... my journey of 3 years improving daily has been hugely better than my three prior years stuck between bed and couch!
Nov 2011- 144 pounds
Some will argue that the biologic drugs are solely to thank, I disagree...because I know how my body actually feels...but the proof will be revealed over the next 100 days after I do not take any more Simponi injections...
April 2012: June 2012: