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Trying to lose weight with chronic illness

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I am trying to get into shape and lose about 20lbs, i was diagnosed last year with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and its very difficult to exercise with constant pain, and the medication has made me gain weight which seems impossible to lose. I am trying to eat better and this food log does help with that, but its difficult.

My question is, if anyone has a chronic illness and is able to lose weight how are you all doing it? all input is welcome THANKSLaughing 

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I don't have a chronic illness,but my mother has RA, had Graves' disease, and mystery blood loss. She tries to stay positive and focus on being healthy. She's 65 or 66 and she has a wide circle of friends who help her. She loves water aerobics in a heated pool at her local gym. She takes a few walks per day with my Dad and they use it as a time to reconnect. My mom realizes she will never be skinny again, but she can be healthy, a size 10, and happy. Good luck!
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Hi!  I was diagnosed with RA about 7 years ago.  The meds have definitely contributed to my weight...especially prednisone.  I started here at 155 lbs and am now at 143.  I'm not big on exercise (although I go through spurts of feeling better and am able to exercise), but calorie control seems to be the key for me.  It's tough, there are days that I feel like I at least deserve to eat what I want...but I have to say that I feel much better when I eat better.  I've not noticed any changes when eliminating certain food groups and that just isn't plausible for me.  Would love to stay in touch :)  What meds are you taking?

My husband has RA. He was diagnosed about 15 years ago. He was diagnosed with Celiac Disease about 4 years ago.

He had his best weight loss success doing the Clean Program. He lost over 30lbs and took himself off the steroids very slowly when he started feeling like he was getting better. He still takes is RA meds once a week, but hasn't gone back to steriods so far. After the 21 day cleanse was over we quite doing it and he has gained most of his weight back. He's back to eating a lot of junk foods especially late at night.

I recently went vegetarian, which basically means my family mainly eats vegetarian as well. I am pushing to do dairy free after they get use to the vegetarian life style a little better. Though I do plan on adding some fish in from time to time. After doing a lot of research it seems that this might be a good option for people with RA and other afflictions. I really want to push him towards this to test it out and see if it helps. He felt so much better on the clean program, but it didn't seem realistic long term for us. A vegetarian/dairy free diet seems a lot more doable in the long run. I want him to feel as good as he possibly can naturally. I know it's a lot to get on board with when you already have to restrict things like wheat, barely, and rye. But if you feel even 10% better 99% of the time and your staying healthy, it seems worth it to me. I will post any progress this makes on his body in a few weeks.

I have heard some people with RA have had great luck with raw diets. Though some vegetables can also cause inflammation, such as those in the night shade family. It's hard to say what your best bet would be, but maybe try one of these changes that others have had success on and see if it works for you.


Here's some things I sent my husband recently:


http://www.drmcdougall.com/stars/meredith_fis hman.htm

http://www.drmcdougall.com/stars/phyllis_heap hy.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11890437 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18348715 http://www.drmcdougall.com/star.html

I was diagnosed with RA 5 years ago and have gained over 50 pounds over those 5 years. Medication was one part but it also was trying to get used to the fatigue, managing my sleep and honestly depression from having to deal with all of it. I have since started to get healthy and have found I can exercise a few days a week but if I do it back to back, I get overtired which brings on more symptoms. So I have not started to break it up more, 2 days on, 1 day off, and so on. I have combined this with watching what I eat everyday. So far I am down 11 pounds and I started on Jan 1.

I know exactly what you are going through and the key is really to listen to your body and learn to adjust (instead of plowing through). It is a chronic disease that changes all the time in terms of symptoms so you have to be flexible but remain committed to taking care of yourself.

Good luck and it's good you are catching it now when you can manage those 20pounds before it hits 50.

I don't have RA but I did suffer from severe asthma my entire life, making it excrutiatingly hard to do any kind of cardio exercise.  Now, bear with me because this will sound like BS, but I've been doing something called oil pulling for 3 months now and I no longer have any breathing difficulties at all.  In fact I've been running for 2 months now, with zero ill effects, and not a single inhaler in sight for those two months (before that, I was on the highest possible dose, several times a day).

I'm only mentioning this because I've seen in the testimonials that oil pulling has helped people with RA as well.  The three most potent oils to do oil pulling with are sesame, sunflower and coconut, but I've read that safflower specifically has apparently "cured" people of their RA.  I would scoff but I no longer have asthma so I think it might be worth a shot?

I'll leave you some links, and I encourage you to do as much research on it as you can if it interests you.  I was reading about it for weeks before I started.


http://www.oilpulling.org/benefits/diseases-c ured/

http://www.livingwithrheumatoidarthritis.com/ home_remedies.html

http://foodfreedomgroup.com/2012/04/20/heal-a nd-detox-with-oil-pulling-the-what-why-and-ho w/

It costs very little to try (just a bottle of oil - especially compared to things like inhalers, for me) and I have yet to come across a single negative side effect.  

Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions!


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I have chronic migraines(daily) and was recently put in medication that made me gain 15 lbs. I have looked at changing my diet to help me feel better. One diet that is recommended for arthritis and migraines is the anti-inflammation diet, but it's more of a new way to eat. First, you basically cut out sugar. I found that I didn't really crave it when I substituted it with dried fruit, which is sweet and feels like a snack/dessert.
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