Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) has brought on a host of symptoms that sometimes make it feel like it’s impossible to live the life I used to. But reducing these symptoms is a step towards taking back my life and reducing that inflammation that makes me feel as though I can’t go on. Read below for my top tips for a tried and true RA diet!

  1. Avoid sugar

It’s so sad to say, but the biggest culprit is SUGAR! I love to eat—I am not going to lie to you. But every time I drink soda or sweet tea, the symptoms hit me hard. My pain, along with the inflammation, is in full effect. At times, I just lay down and say to myself, is it worth it? And my greedy ass says YES! Who wants to follow a diet? I don’t like being restricted. Yet, I promise you other options have reduced sugar that can help you avoid those wretched symptoms. I can drink Teavana tea hot or cold, and it’s absolutely amazing. This has helped me big time with cutting out sugar!

  • Cut dairy

Now, I can’t help it, I do love to eat cereal and milk. Yet, I found that dairy milk was a trigger for some of my worst symptoms. As a result, I eased off drinking cow’s milk, and I just have almond unsweetened milk with my cereal. I still get the food I love without the symptoms I hate. It’s a win-win! It’s so good, and I even use it as a base for my smoothies as well. Another excellent liquid base is coconut water. This makes my smoothie so delicious.

  • Go lean

I’m not a big meat eater, but I do love an occasional mouthwatering steak at Ruth Chris Steak House. However, when I begin to feel pain, I try to steer clear of red meat and keep my diet in the lean meat categories of mainly chicken and fish. If you can do just fish, that would be incredible. I tried it for about 3 weeks, and I felt amazing.

  • Get your vitamins

I’ve found that vitamins can also ease my symptoms. Every day, I take folic acid, B12, and one-a-day women’s vitamin. But I do make sure I have a smoothie every morning, so I can always be sure I get the nutrients my body needs.