Post # 1
I have finally decided to try a meal plan. It is vegan, gluten-free and low fat. What can I say? I want to be healthy and am tired of hurting… I heard that with food you can reverse the effects of pain associated with arthritis. So let the cooking begin and see what happens in a month…. follow this thread as I keep it updated every day!
- Cannot walk one block without limping severely and have to stop at least 5 times. Then I have to walk back home…
- Gettin in and out of the car is a royal pain.
- I have to lift my leg with my hand to switch from the gas pedal to the brake and vice versa. (driving)
- I AM ON “NOTHING” I do not take pain meds because I am so addicted to pain-killers from tooth problems and I can’t afford it, physically and financially. They don’t work on me anymore.
Post # 3
Good luck! I have heard from several people with arthritis that cutting out gluten & nightshades produced excellent results. I hope you see results with whatever meal plan you’re following 🙂
Post # 4
@happyface: Wow, good luck! I know giving up food is tough, so stock up on local honey for the sugar cravings!
Post # 5
This morning I had the Cinnamon Bun Smoothie… Oh, I adore Cinnamon Buns I could eat many in one sitting, but this smoothie was … yucky. I didn’t like it, but I gulped it down anyways. It sounded appealing and I was excited to try it out, but was it ever disappointing. I am also trying to steer clear of sugars, so I replaced the maple syrup with applesauce. Maybe that had something to do with me not liking it? Honestly, I will never find out because I will not be making this again!
The plan recommended a sliced mango with the smoothie, that was yummy!
I had half an orange in between breakfast and lunch. What am I supposed to do with the other half? I haven’t seen another recipe in the week that warrants 1/2 of an orange… uhm?
Lunch was Refreshing Hummus Salad. “Refreshing” is the key word here, made with loads of lettuce, it was a huge salad! Now that I bought a blender (for the smoothie) I will have to force myself to make homemade hummus instead of buying it at $3.99 per cup!
I had 8 grapes in between lunch and dinner. 8 grapes you ask? And did I count them? YES! This menu plan is for 1200 calories a day and if I had just one more grape, I would have gone over the 1200 calories… can’t have that!
Nacho time! With non-dairy homemade “cheese” sauce. Non-dairy cheese requires an ingredient called “nutritional yeast”. It is a deactivated yeast. So you cannot make bread with this! It has a cheesy smell and flavor and comes in two ways, flakes and granules. Flakes is the preferred way to make homemade cheese and sauces.
This is just plain strawberries. It’s a good thing I like strawberries plain, or I would have been tempted to pour some milk over them… making me go over 1200 calories… So plain it is!
Post # 6
This morning I had oatmeal and one banana – I miss oatmeal, I usually eat it in the winter months and have cold cereal in the summer.
Half of a cucumber, it was refreshing just as is!
I had a bean and avocado club sandwich. This was extremely delicious!
20 grapes, yes, I do count the grapes, don’t want to go over the recommended calories….
Tonight I had the Mac & Cheese with the cheese sauce made from nutritional yeast. Added some broccoli to that and a small side salad. Yummy is the word to describe this dish!
I had 1/2 of a cantaloupe for dessert, this is my favorite melon!