Are there any tips on a vegan / gluten free diet that can help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

I was diagnosed last year with RA after having swelling and stiffness in my foot and ankle. I have been a vegetarian since I was younger and I want to eliminate dairy and gluten, but I've been having a hard time.

Is anyone here on a vegan /gluten free diet that they find has helped their RA & any tips on what to eat?

Brittney Burns
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I eat mostly vegan, though I do eat eggs, dairy, and salmon on occasion. I find also limiting white flour and sugar to be helpful.

Tiffany Watson
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I eat salmon too every once in a while and probably still will. Yeah I agree I think I really need to limit my sugar intake. How long have you had RA for and how long have you been vegan? Do you still eat things like pasta every once in a while?

Brittney Burns 3 years

I have been mostly vegan for 5.5 years. I was diagnosed 6 years ago and I am able to control it with diet and exercise. I will take Naproxen and Flexiril when I feel really crummy.

Tiffany Watson 3 years

Thanks! That makes me really happy to hear that it has helped you that much

Brittney Burns 3 years

I also eat mostly vegan. Since this change, my flares are minimal. I am off all meds. I eat mostly vegetables and fruits, nuts, blueberries, carrot stock, Skinny Popcorn (my fav). Pasta with a delicious sauce? Made with whole veggies. I feel really good. Bless you.

Karen Calloway
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I'm so happy to hear that it has helped you. I was on methotrexate for a few months and when it wasn't working my rheumatologist wanted to add another medication ... I didn't want to have to wait another couple years to have kids (by the time they hopefully work and then I'm tapered off) so he put me on plaquenil and it has helped so much more than mtx ever did... But I am hoping that changing my diet will help me to get off of plaquenil. How long since you have been vegan/been off of all meds?

Brittney Burns 3 years

I have transition slowly to vegan. So full fledged in the past two months. I stopped being played ginea pig by my rhuemy after a hypertensive crisis and other horrific side effects from Humira. I felt like I was going to die. That was three weeks ago. I am off prednisone as of six weeks ago. My body cannot handle immunosuppressantso I am banking on a vegan diet. My eye doc said to stay away from Plaq because it can cause blindness. With my luck I would be blind. I am waiting for other optiins to be FDA approved soon that do not suppress.

Karen Calloway 3 years

Overall tired of this disease.

Karen Calloway 3 years

Sorry for typos.

Karen Calloway
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Yes, no gluten or dairy. Helps a lot. I also watch my sodium, not eat any processed food. Lots of fruits, veggies and fish

Gabriela Spicer
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I think a large part of why I developed it is because of my eating habits. I never took care of myself and ate a lot of processed foods... Trying to stop now. I know once I do it, it'll be well worth it.... But it's so hard to break those habits. Are you also taking medication to control RA or you've been able to pretty much keep flares minimal through diet alone?

Brittney Burns 3 years

There are a lot of gluten free breads out there but I like Rudis multigrain. Not UTI's

Betty Hanna
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I like sometimes Trader Joe GF bagels

Gabriela Spicer 3 years

My son in law made bagels. Delicious. You boil then then cook them.

Betty Hanna 3 years

Hmmmm I will have to look into making my own bagels!!

Brittney Burns 3 years

You must get your oils, olive, coconut (not too much) and a few nuts each day, i eat 5 almonds a day, you can use peanut butter instead of butter, or freeze olive oil and it can be spread like butter ( it never really freezes) we need some gluten, this is false, very few people ever are gluten intolerant, I make my own bread, it is so simple, if only people realized how easy it is, I add freshly ground linseed, as this too has good oils but only when its freshly ground, you can grind it in a coffee grinder and add to smoothies (flaxseed some call it ) also sunflowerseeds. I find an excellent start for the day is oats (porridge) I soak a teaspoon of Chia seeds and desicated coconut and sunflowerseeds in the pot overnight and add the oats blueberries and banana to cook in the morning.. İts so nutricious, only use pink salt! But do have some salt, it is more damaging to the body to have a lack of salt, also i use honey more than any other sugar, and make a power packed pot of fresh lemons ginger tumeric!! and garlic in a pot and blend when cool for a concentrated anti inflamatory drink... So much i could tell you.. Avoid coffe like the plague it leaches calcium out of the body, very bad for arthitus, and dont touch white sugar, no need for this ever

Yvonne Patterson
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Thank you for all the info! Yeah I don't think I could give up alllll gluten, but I want to try for maybe 30 days just to see if I add it back if it actually does bother me. I know cutting out dairy for sure will make a difference. Oats is a great suggestion for breakfast.. I'm going to try that with the chia seeds, coconut, and fruit so thank you for the suggestion.. Sounds delicious! For the anti-inflammatory drink do you heat those ingredients on the stove and then blend? Giving up coffee is going to be the hardest of all.. But I know I need to. Thank you again.. So helpful!

Brittney Burns 3 years

Misty Mountain Health retreat in Australia, there is a woman called Barbera who is just so clued up, shes got lots of videos on utube, all about getting the right balanced vegan diet, and so so much more, one seminar is all about arthitus, Ive practised her advice and can vouch for it .

Yvonne Patterson
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I will look her up!

Brittney Burns 3 years

ps I would be very very weary of eating any fish these days, the tinned stuff is mostly fish farmed and fed pellets ( ie like cat foood) and the fish have little to no omega oils in them and God knows what kind of growth hormones and fecis, even the stuff "manufactured" in Canada is actually from China and Taiwan, eat local, eat organic, seriously dig a square metre of soil and plant some spinach and silverbeet it grows like weeds ... A cup a day of spinach and your iron is complete! And your red kidney beans boom fantastic! All the legumes are brilliant

Yvonne Patterson
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If I do eat fish I only eat salmon.. And it's not very often, but I will look into getting local salmon only

Brittney Burns 3 years

Advocado is also a great oil, I found as long as i got enough good oils in my diet I seldom craved for dairy, its just training your taste buds and recognizing what your body is really asking for when you get a "dairy" craving.. İt usually wants oils and good sugar, and some carbs

Yvonne Patterson
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Hi yvonne I hope you fine mind me asking but has this diet reduced your CRP and gotten you off any meds?

Sharon Thorpe 3 years

CRP? Sorry not familiar with that, and yes Im off the painkillers

Yvonne Patterson 3 years

I have focused on eating superfoods and keeping well hydrated as this is very important for arthitus sufferers, considering the 2.5cm difference in my legs since i broke one at 11.5yrs old, and the whole of my body is now crooked, S shaped spine, and long leg artritus, which Im getting a hip replacement this year soon, Im in great shape, I can swim and bike and never put on weight, Im looking younger than i did a year ago, its great

Yvonne Patterson 3 years

I am vegan and gluten free for a few months now was vegetarian before that for about 8 months
Huge difference in morning stiffness and pain since I went vegan and gluten free
I think it was the dairy and gluten that was aggravating my RA
I still have some bad days but not like before it's worth the diet restrictions

Michelle Akins
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This makes me so happy to hear! Was it hard for you to cut them out of your diet? I think I can easily do dairy, but gluten is going to be hard for me. Are you still on medications as well?

Brittney Burns 3 years

The dairy was extremely hard but after about two weeks you don't miss it anymore I make my own cashew cheese when I want it and it doesn't taste like cheese but its creamy I also use a lot of avacados they seem to fill that gap The gluten is easier than thought so many gluten free pastas now and I buy gluten free flour make focaccia bread for when I feel like it I was on methotrexate each week with folic acid and I stopped it my hands are pretty good in the mornings since all the diet changes the odd day I still have a bad morning but I think that's par for the course with these diseases I have RA, raynauds and sjorgens

Michelle Akins 3 years

Just eliminate dairy has helped me

Fran Fournier
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Glad to hear that Do you still take any medications as well?

Brittney Burns 3 years

The dairy and gluten definitely aggravate my RA i have coconut/ almond milk I cook with coconut oil & I have chicken bone broth which help. İ do miss cheese & have it every now & then as a treat. Most supermarkets stock a good range of gluten/dairy free products now

Beverley Kemp
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Cheese is basically the only dairy product I haven't been able to give up I have to find a good dairy free substitute! Have you found any you liked?

Brittney Burns 3 years

no I jhavent

Beverley Kemp 3 years

Brittney Burns island farms shredded cheddar and Mozzarella is the closest to real cheese for meltability taste I find... I find it at Walmart sometimes or superstore (live in BC Canada)

Michelle Akins 3 years

Yes I have eliminated meat, dairy, and gluten. It's only been 2 months but I'm feeling better and slowly getting off prednisone.

Kathleen Oliver
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That's awesome! I haven't been on prednisone, but I have heard it is not fun. I hope that your diet changes can help you to stay off of it completely. Do you mind if I ask (totally ok if not) - did you have RA before you had your baby? I was just diagnosed last year and asked to me taken off mtx after a few months because I didn't want to wait a couple more years to have kids... But I am worried about the consequences after the baby is born as my RA isn't completely under control yet.

Brittney Burns 3 years

Brittney Burns 6 weeks after I had my daughter I started getting bad foot pain. I found out months later it was RA. During my pregnancy I had preeclampsia which I wonder if that had something to do with it. I told my doctor I want to get pregnant again which is why I stopped taking mtx. It didn't work for me anyways. My rheumatologist told me to get pregnant and all my symptoms will probably go away. I decided to start seeing a functional medicine doctor who advised me to wait till I'm better to get pregnant just to make sure I have a good pregnancy.

Kathleen Oliver 3 years

Oh wow. Mine is in my foot too... Mtx didn't work for me either and the side effects were not fun. Yeah my rheumatologist told me the same thing. I guess it is better to be safe then sorry. I'm on plaquenil right now which is supposedly "safe" if I do get pregnant, but I would obviously prefer to get off of it. Thank you! I wish you all the best and hope that you can get off prednisone soon

Brittney Burns 3 years

Brittney Burns message me if you want to talk! Sounds like we're going through the same thing. My doctor wanted me to start plaquenil but I didn't since I seem to be getting better.

Kathleen Oliver 3 years

Sent u a PM

Brittney Burns 3 years