Why did I start this blog? I have been having episodes of inflammation in my hands and fingers, feet and toes, and joints for some time now. I’ve consulted the doctor and have had tests done. It’s not rheumatoid arthritis and my uric acid is normal (tho at times borderline normal). In an effort to determine which food triggers the inflammation, I have been systematically eliminating certain foods from my diet and then bringing them back. After several years, I have now come to the conclusion that I seem to be reacting to animal protein in general (like some sort of allergic reaction). Different animal proteins affect me to different degrees; some cause inflammation faster than others. So I have decided to reduce my intake of meat. No, I am not going vegetarian; maybe semi-vegetarian if there is such a thing. I will be adding interesting and not too difficult recipes here as I find them. I will also include arthritis management tips that have worked for me.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

How to have a PERF-ect day

I read an article from Reader’s Digest (July 2010 issue) and I thought I’d share with you these four things that you should monitor daily to make sure that you are living healthy.

Produce (fresh) – the amount of fruits and vegetables you ate that day

Exercise – whether you walked and were active

Relaxation – whether you got at least 15 minutes of laughter and fun time for yourself

Fiber – whether you got enough beans, grains, and other high-fiber foods

If you can say you did well on all four, your day has been extremely healthy.

(Needless to say, this doesn’t apply if you spent the rest of the day, say, drinking, smoking and eating chocolate).

Source: Reader's Digest July 2010 "10 Easy Ways to Be Your Own Doctor"

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