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  • Writer's pictureJessica Frizzell, PA-C

Nutrition When Living with a Rheumatic Disease: The Ultimate Guide



Think of your body as a finely tuned instrument and the food you eat as the melody that either soothes or disrupts its harmonious rhythm. Now, imagine facing the added challenge of a rheumatic disease, where the right notes in your diet could make a big difference in how your body operates and how you are able to live your life.


Welcome to the world where nutrition and rheumatic diseases meet! And we have the ultimate nutrition readily available to help guide you.


Let’s start with the essentials. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can be highly beneficial to your rheumatic disease as these foods may help reduce your disease symptoms and boost your optimal health so you can live your best life.


Click here to read the “Beginner’s Guide to an Anti-Inflammatory Diet” to learn the foundations to this diet and how it will benefit your rheumatic disease.


After gaining a basic understanding to an anti-inflammatory diet and why it is beneficial for individuals living with a rheumatic disease, let’s dive-in to more about this topic. We wrote a 3-part articles series to include all of the most-know information before you embark on an anti-inflammatory diet.

  • Read part 1 here to learn about the connection between inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis in addition to how an anti-inflammatory diet may be a beneficial diet for your disease management and treatment plan

  • Read part 2 here to learn about the 100 foods you can (and should!) eat when on an anti-inflammatory diet

  • Read part 3 here to learn which foods you should avoid when committing to an anti-inflammatory diet. We have a second article about this topic here.


Meal prepping is a great way to kick-off an anti-inflammatory diet and get ahead during your week. But sometimes, we need a little extra support getting started. Click here to read our article about meal prepping while eating an anti-inflammatory diet to better manage your rheumatic disease.


Now, it’s time to go shopping! Here is an article we put together with the ultimate anti-inflammatory shopping list. Take this list with you to the grocery store and stock up on all of the nutritious produce and food items to benefit your diet.


But what about vitamins and supplements? Are these important or even necessary to include in your anti-inflammatory diet? Click here to find out!


If you’re thinking about eliminating specific food groups from your diet, here are some helpful resources:


Thinking about going-dairy free but not sure if it’s the right fit for you?

Click here to read our article about all-things dairy-free diet. For more information about the pros and cons of going gluten-free, read this article.


If you are living with celiac disease and want to know if going gluten-free will be beneficial for your disease management, click here! This article explains why someone living with celiac disease may benefit from eliminating gluten from their diet.


Considering reducing or even eliminating caffeine from your diet? Click here to read if caffeine is helpful or harmful to individuals living with rheumatic disease.


Sugar can have many downsides to its consumption, especially when living with a rheumatic disease. Learn more about how sugar affects rheumatic disease, rheumatoid arthritis specifically, bu clicking here.


The holidays can be particularly challenging when you want to stick to your diet. Here is an article from our healthcare team about how to eat anti-inflammatory foods during holidays such as Thanksgiving to avoid unwanted flares.


If you have specific questions about how an anti-inflammatory diet may benefit your management and treatment of your rheumatic disease, ask your healthcare provider during your next visit to Paducah Rheumatology. We are here to help you with a unique disease treatment plan to help you live your best life.


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