Life without Sugar is No Piece of Cake

chocolate cake

As I wait to start feeling the results of Orencia infusions on my Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), I thought I’d do whatever else I can to help east the pain and stiffness.  While reading about autoimmune disease and food that may contribute to inflammation, I decided to eliminate certain foods from my diet.

I’m already careful to avoid meat and poultry that might have been raised with antibiotics or hormones.  It simply makes sense.  So I decided I would try eliminating a few more elements from my diet.  I’ve taken excerpts from the Paleo diet focused on those inflammation producing foods like sugar, artificial sweeteners, and gluten – also avoiding any pesticides on fruits and vegetables.

This has become quite a challenge.  I began by cutting out the sugars, corn syrups, and artificial sweeteners of any kind.  This leaves me with honey and maple syrup. Both need to be pure and free from additives. And since artificial sweeteners have been linked to inflammation, I’ve decided to eliminate them.  Doesn’t leave much sweetness in my life, does it?

I am in week two of this adventure, and wondering how long I can maintain this new way of eating.  I think the answer is “As long as I feel it makes a difference.”  So the first thing I need to determine is how much better I feel – or if I do feel better at all.  Too early to draw that conclusion.  And since I’ve also started a new treatment for the RA, it might require a bit more experimentation to determine where any benefits lie.

Watch out, gluten.  You’re next!