It can be overwhelming to try to find the “right” way of eating for YOUR body and to cope with YOUR rheumatoid arthritis.
The foods I’m sharing here are ones that I found hard to find (like snacks and treats) that were within the common “approved” foods across a variety of diets recommended for RA.
Each person needs to find what works for THEIR body as there is no “one size fits all” diet.
In my own experience, I have found a huge improvement in my symptoms by eating clean and healthy foods and by eliminating the following from my diet:
Grain Fed Meats
The foods I share below fit within those boundaries and are some of my favourites!
These bars have been a staple for me! I eat one every day, either for a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack. My favourites are the Chocolate Mint and the Cinnamon Pecan.
I love that they are:
- Grain FREE
- Gluten FREE
- Sugar FREE
- Peanut FREE
- Keto/Paleo Friendly
They also offer savory nut & seed bites, grain free granola, and cake in a cup. They offer FREE SHIPPING when you purchase two or more products.
Obviously things like candy and sweets are an occasional treat and not a staple part of a healthy diet….but when you are trying to “splurge” and not throw your body into confusion or a flare…it’s good to treat yourself with healthy alternatives.
The Moto for Smart Sweets is : Kick Sugar, Keep Candy!
This candy is delicious and I never feel like I’m missing out when I can indulge in one of these. I usually treat myself to one of these on our family movie night each week. Then I’m not tempted to eat their snacks 😉
My favourite candy is the Sweet Fish and the Gummy Bears. I found the sour candies too sour for my taste (just my personal preference, I know many others who love them).
Their candies are:
*Packed with plant based fibre
*Free from Sugar Alcohols
*Gluten, dairy, tree nuts and peanut free
*Naturally flavoured and coloured
In order to reduce my inflammation I eliminated a few items that I know are triggers for me…SUGAR being a big one. Even if you don’t notice it as a trigger, if your focus is on healing, it’s best to give up sugar as much as possible.
Giving up sugar was challenging, but these Zevia sodas helped me so much and are a treat I look forward to each week. I don’t feel like I’m missing out when I have one of these. I bring them with me when I go to potlucks so that I have something “fun” to drink.
Zevia is sweetened with stevia (a natural sweetener and it doesn’t effect the blood glucose or insulin response). Some people feel stevia has an after taste and don’t like it, but I’ve been using stevia for years and I quite like it. It’s worth a try to find out if you like it or not.
My favourite Zevia drinks are Cola, Ginger Root Beer, and Cream Soda. They are available on Amazon but your local supermarket or health food store might carry them too if you look close.
Giving up grains doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite foods!
These noodles from Jovial are so tasty and have such a great texture. I actually feed this to my whole family and no one notices that the noodles are different from “normal” ones.
I always keep a stock of their grain-free pasta on hand and it makes for really easy and quick meals. I usually add some veggies, seafood, or grass fed meat and throw it on top for a delicious one dish meal.
If you are going gluten free or grain free, you definitely need to give these a try! You can find them here on Amazon or perhaps at your local health food store.
This grain free noodle is perfect for quick and easy meals. I always keep some on hand for nights when I really don’t feel like cooking a lot.
I make a quick stir fry or toss together a few veggies and some fish and place on top of the noodles for a delicious and satisfying dinner. I also like adding the noodles to soups or broths to give it some more substance.
These noodles are great because they are:
- Ready in 3 minutes or less
- Grain Free
- Gluten Free
- Plant Based
- Organic (some varieties)
Have a cup of positive-tea !
Nothing is more comforting than a warm cup of tea in your hands and breathing in the sweet aroma as it steeps. (Ok, I may be biased here)
Some teas can have health properties as well, making it the perfect way to enjoy a treat, increase your water intake, and also enhance your wellness journey.
When choosing tea, look for herbal tea blends, organic varieties, and if you are consuming caffeine then green tea and matcha are the best as they have been shown to have great anti-inflammatory benefits.
David’s Tea ships across North America and you can earn tea points with each purchase. They even have a seasonal tea box for a great way to be introduced to new teas!