My Arthritis

I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in late January of 2009, although I've had it since early 2005. It started out with swelling and pain in my left foot... 5 podiatrists and 1 orthopedic surgeon later (seriously!), no one could tell me what was really going on with my foot. Eventually (thank you, Lord!) I ended up seeing a rheumatologist. No more than 15 minutes with him and I had my diagnosis.

For several months I tried 2 different types of medication. I started out taking sulfasalazine, then ended up taking methotrexate. Neither medication worked, even on the highest dosage.  My arthritis was gradually getting worse, to the point where I was having a hard time getting up in the morning to take care of my girls.  The next step medically was moving to Embrel or Humira, but after researching the possible side effects, I decided they weren't for me. That's when I ended up seeing an ND and she suggested I try life on the "anti-inflammation" diet. 

I started the "anti-inflammation" diet October 12, 2009, and it has changed my life. I feel 50 to 85% better, although it depends on the day, weather, stress, etc... The diet consists of not eating: wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, potatoes, tomatoes, shellfish (including shrimp, crab, lobster, clams & mussels), oranges & grapefruit, cane sugar, white rice, peanuts, and fried foods. I can have eggs, but they have to be organic. My meat also has to be organic, although beef still give me problems - organic or not.

I know it seems like quite a hefty list, but I am determined to find and create tasty recipes for those of us on the anti-inflammation diet and for those suffering from food allergies. I love food... I love everything about food.... and I LOVE to cook. I am no chef, but I also don't think of myself as a bad cook either.

So, on that note, I hope you enjoy following my blog and trying its recipes. Happy cooking!!