FEEL YOUR WAY
Last week we started our FOOD DIARY and tracked what we eat and how it effects pain, mood and energy. What we eat can increase inflammation and make arthritic pain worse. There isn’t one diet plan that will work for everyone so let’s TUNE IN and observe the effects of what we eat. Learning what’s right for us is trial and error, tweak and tune. How we tweak and tune is a personal decision. Some of us are comfortable doing this ourselves, others prefer a one-on-one relationship to support us. Tune in and decide what’s best for you. If one-on-one feels right, check out our COACH DIRECTORY to find a specialist that is part of the Brilliant community. If you prefer a self-guided approach, review your 3-Day Food Diary and read on.
Food sensitivity and intolerance
Many of us have sensitivities to different foods that affect pain, mood and energy. Tuning in and noticing how different food affects us is an important step to feeling better. Trigger foods that commonly cause inflammation include sugar, aspartame, saturated fats, trans fats, alcohol, gluten, casein, refined grains, dairy. Trigger effects can include joint stiffness, headaches, fatigue, weight gain, stomach pain, bloating and digestive problems. Let’s review our 3-Day Food Diary and look for patterns in how food affected pain, mood and energy.
Eliminate and run tests
Do you have a feeling that a food type is causing a problem? Run a super short 3-day trial and eliminate one food type, ingredient or category at a time. Reintroduce the food and note the effect. Yes, because we’re all different, this is trial and error, tweak and tune. While removing a food or food group for a short period of time won’t do us any harm, if we remove it longer term, we need to replace it food with an alternative that offers the same nutrients. For example if we eliminate milk, let’s make sure we replace the calcium from a non-dairy source. This week, let’s tune in to tune-up.
What is your food diary telling you?[progressally_note note_id=’1′ allow_attachment=’no’]
Tune-in to what helps and what hurts.
REVIEW FOOD DIARY
- Review the info collected
- Note pain, mood or energy patterns
- Look for patterns connected with food and drink
ELIMINATE AND EXPERIMENT
- Identify foods that may cause you problems
- Eliminate one food at a time for 3 days
- Observe results. Rinse. Repeat.
"There are a few foods I think are causing issues"
I'm ready to run an elimination experiment.
Toni, Chicago, IL
"I skip meals and eat junk"
"Wow. Sugar really affects me."
Every time I eat something sugary I get a headache and my energy drops.
"Refined carbs cause an arthritic flare"
"Alcohol reduces my energy"
It also affects my sleep and I feel tired the next day.
Ron, New Buffalo, MI
"I eat when I'm bored"
"I love working with a coach"
Bill, St Joseph, MI
Let’s make and create choices that help us feel, think and move better.