General Diet Guidelines for Common Forms of Arthritis

 

Increase intake of:Forbidden foods:
Fresh fruit, especially cherries, berries, pineapple & avocadoWheat, rye and products containing these foods
Fresh vegetables, especially green leafy vegDairy
OatmealAcidic fruits
Brown ricePaprika
Extra virgin Olive oilAlcohol & fizzy drinks
Salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerelSugar and products containing sugar
GarlicCaffeine
OnionsCorn
Green teaFried food
TurmericRed meat
EggsAubergine
Flaxseeds/linseedsChocolate
Almonds and brazil nutsTomatoes
Potatoes
Peppers
Tobacco
Salt

 

 

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Migraine Headaches

Tyramine is an amino acid found mostly in foods that are aged, pickled or smoked, and has been found to be a causal factor for chronic migraines. If you are susceptible to migraines, follow a diet low in tyramine to help ease your symptoms and reduce the recurrence of these headaches. Take a look at the list of foods containing tyramine below to find the culprit in your diet:

Cured and processed meats eg: pepperoni, salami, ham, sausagesPotatoes
LiverShrimp paste
AvocadoRaspberries
Ripe BananaRed plums
Alcohol, especially beer and wineTomatoes
CabbageCaffeine
Canned and pickled fishYeast & products containing yeast
Dairy productsNitrites
AubergineMSG
Hard cheesesChocolate
Soy products eg: tofu, soy sauce, misoSauerkraut


 

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Eating Out The Healthy Way This Festive Season

The end of year can often be a dieters nightmare, with work functions, Christmas lunch and dinners and other family events, often taking place in a restaurant, where you as the dieter have no idea what is going into the food you are about to eat. So this year be prepared and take note of the suggestions below:

 

Best Menu Options:
badFoods to Avoid:
  • Fresh salads with healthy toppings (avoid the croutons and dressings)
  • If you have to have a sandwich ask for rye bread or whole grain bread, no butter and no mayo
  • pasta with tomato based sauce and vegetables, no mince etc
  • steamed or stir-fried vegetables
  • sushi (best as a starter as the rice quantity can add up the carbs quickly)
  • steamed or grilled prawns
  • red meat: ostrich, veal
  • grilled fish
  • turkey
  • chicken breasts
  • baked or boiled potato/sweet potato
  • brown rice
  • grilled chicken burger
  • fresh fruit salad
  • Roasted vegetables are often drenched with oil, so rather opt for the steamed option or a side salad
  • creamed spinach
  • deep-fried vegetables
  • pizza
  • pasta’s with creamy sauces
  • lasagne
  • rissoto
  • potato chips
  • snails
  • fried prawns
  • ribs
  • red meat: beef, mutton, lamb
  • gammon
  • battered and fried fish
  • chicken thighs and legs
  • hamburgers
  • mashed potato
  • fried rice
  • all sauces
  • all desserts/ puddings/ tarts/ cakes/ pastries

 

 

When in doubt always ask the waiter to check with the kitchen or just say no. Remember that this is supposed to be a happy time of year, so enjoy yourself and if you do give in to that cheesy pizza, enjoy it and make sure you get yourself back on track as soon as you walk out the restaurant doors.

 

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