Eat Healthfully

Eat Healthfully

To help live with less pain, fuel your body with healthy foods. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean protein can make your body stronger, help you maintain a healthy weight, lower your risk of heart disease, and aid digestion.

Conditions: Migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain,constipation, weight gain, weight loss

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Categories: Food

Duration

14 (waking hours)

How to Eat Smarter

Avoid foods like white bread, white rice, and baked goods like donuts, cakes, and cookies. Instead, try nutrient-rich whole-grain breads and cereals, and brown rice. Shun oily, fried foods or canned foods with added salt. You may come to love baked or grilled fish and lean meats when you see how much better they make you feel. And choose fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Your body deserves only the best.

Prompt: Got hunger pangs?

Call To Action: Feed your hunger right.

Conditions:  Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: pain, weight gain

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Add Plant Foods

Try to go for fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables to fill you up. Avoid foods like fatty meats and refined carbohydrates (such as white bread, white rice, crackers). Instead, try nutrient-rich and fiber-rich whole-grain breads and cereals and brown rice. Go for baked or grilled fish and lean meats and you'll see how much better they make you feel. Try to avoid anything fried.  Your body deserves only the best.

Prompt: Eat Your Veggies!

CTA: Add color, flavor to your meals.

Conditions:  Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, reduced joint movement, pain, weight gain

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Healthy Comforts

When you're in pain, it's all too easy to rely on habits like smokingcigarettes, drinking alcohol, or snacking on junk food to comfort you. But long-term, these behaviors can make you feel worse and even harm your health. So pamper yourself. Listen to soft music. Sip a cup of fragrant tea after a long hard day. Take a quiet walk with a friend. You deserve the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Prompt: Need pampering?

CTA: Break health-robbing habits.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: aching, burning, muscle pain, pain, pain when standing, pain with movement, lower back pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, electric pain, all over pain, pain at night, pain worse in A.M., throbbing pain

Triggers: smoking, alcohol

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Categories: Food

Portion Control

To get a healthy ratio of all the food groups follow USDA's My Plate guidelines. Fill half your plate  with fruits and vegetables. Fill one quarter of your plate with a serving of whole grain such as brown rice, and the other quarter with a serving of lean meat, fish, chicken, or another source of protein like beans. Round out the meal with a low fat serving of dairy, for instance yogurt or milk.

Prompt: Overeat often?

CTA: Choose the right amount of food.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: weight gain

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The Right Balance

To stay healthy and satisfied, your body needs the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat throughout the day. Variety is key. Vary your lean protein sources with servings of lean meats, fish, beans, and soy products. Choose whole grains such as oats, whole wheat, and brown rice. Aim for "healthy" fats from fish, avocados, nuts, and olive oil. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Be sure to mix up the colors of fruits and vegetables to get the most nutrition out of your diet.

Prompt: Balance your meals.

CTA: Choose the right fats, proteins, and carbs.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: weight gain, weight loss

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Expand Your Palate

Instead of focusing on the foods you try to avoid, think instead about foods you can eat. Go on a food adventure! Search out new recipes that use unfamiliar, nutritious foods. Then every week, cook with 1 or 2 foods you've never eaten before. For example, this week try mangos and pine nuts, next week give grilled eggplant a try. Mix it up and have fun.

Prompt: Go on a food safari.

CTA: Explore new foods and tastes.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraine, Back pain, Neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Nerve pain, Undiagnosed

Symptoms: weight gain, weight loss

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Categories: Food

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Christine Mikstas, RD, LD on January 11, 2019

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