What foods to avoid and what food to focus on when on PMR
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Attaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is so important, especially in trying to move beyond PMR. I agree with pmrsuzie in weighing myself daily, preparing and eating healthy meals, and getting exercise several times a week.
When I joined the PMR group I read a few posts that suggested drinking a lot of water. This is so important, and while I don’t drink 64 oz a day, I consistently drink at least 45 oz. My SED was 15 when I was tests last week and the water I’m drinking is a direct result. (Water flushes toxins from the body) Yes you’re running to the bathroom a lot initially and when I run errands I’m strategic in knowing where clean restrooms are located. (Libraries are best).
We’re all on a path to get PMR behind us, so happy and healthy living to all of
My solution to drinking more water is adding ice cubes to what I'm drinking. I have cranberry juice in the morning and because of the sugar content, I dilute it with water and ice cubes. I just need a little bit of flavor in what I'm drinking and I avoid artificial sweeteners.
I looked at my spice rack to see what I'm already using that's anti-inflammatory and thinking how I could use more of it. An obvious spice is ginger. I found a recipe that calls for whole berry cranberry sauce, tangerines and ginger – pairs well with turkey, chicken or pork or by itself for a snack. No measuring needed for this recipe. I find that many recipes nowadays call for ingredients I don't have, are hard to find, or too expensive. I also add ginger to rice when I'm cooking it.
Celery Seed. I switched from celery salt to celery seed a long time ago. You can add celery seed to almost anything, and it smells good. Lots of health benefits here. I don't 'bread' a lot of things for frying anymore but I always buy plain bread crumbs and add my own seasonings. Celery seed is good in breading. You can also make your own lemon pepper breading ( lemon peel is actually a spice). Or make your own Italian concoction with oregano etc..
My topic this post is more related to weight gain. In the beginning I was concerned about prednisone and gaining weight. I started weighing myself every morning with the intent to stay within a couple lbs of that weight. Getting weighed every morning helps me focus on how much and what I can eat. Days when I'm under the desirable number I can splurge a little. I started using a smaller plate at dinner forcing smaller portions and I take smaller bites. I have always enjoyed sitting down to a nice dinner. We rarely go out to eat especially since the pandemic. We have some kind of salad at dinner even if it's just cut up tomatoes or cucumbers or celery sticks or tossed salad. For the celery I mix whipped cream cheese wth fresh homegrown chives and use it sparingly. If I'm having tossed salad, I use a dinner plate and the salad takes up half the plate. I started steaming
fresh vegetables and we have fruit at every meal. I only recently started buying cherries. I froze 2 bags today. In the evening I've been having a small dish of light ice cream with cherries and a handful of walnuts. I've been trying to incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods. Also trying not to focus not on what I can't eat anymore but what I CAN eat. It helps.
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I am a registered dietitian and I highly recommend eliminating processed food from you diet, especially white flour and sugar, and focusing on whole foods, which include those anti-inflammatory foods. You sound like you like your dairy, but it can be pro-inflammatory because it has far fewer nutrients per calorie than fruits and vegetables. A whole foods diet with give you far more fiber, which will greatly curb your appetite and also feed your gut microbiome, which is the key to good health. A healthy gut = a healthy human.
Okay, for the record, my dairy consumption revolves around skim milk on cereal for breakfast, nonfat yogurt and low fat low sodium cheese for lunch all in the name of calcium. I have no desire to curb my appetite, I like to eat. So I'm doing my best to make healthy choices that look and taste good.
I am down to 5.5 mg prednisone and my sed rate and crp numbers were low normal this week.
Goog for you!
I had breast cancer 15 years ago and went organic at home. Going organic means you give up most processed foods since processing and organic are not compatible partners. I still will eat out with friends just about anywhere. I do try to focus on places with scratch kitchens – so no fast food for a decade. I gave up white flour about 5 years ago and 18 months ago I eliminated processed sugar. I have not lost any weight as a result of giving up sugars but my Lipid Panel last year was better than it has been in 25 years. I'll take it!
Since organic foods taste better and are better for me I really don't eat as much so the added cost of organic doesn't make a big difference. Plus organic food last longer in the refrig than non-organics. Less waste.
I was diagnosed with PMR in March 2020. My Sed Rate and CRP have both been over 100 and it is not unusual for them to be in the 70's and 80's. Diet is a minor portion of these numbers. The lower my numbers the more the diet helps.
This July I had Covid and it sent my numbers out of sight again. Also, I have resisted taking steroids until post Covid – personal choice, but not easy in many ways.
"Good" for you!
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