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The phrase “You are what you eat” is really true. Research shows that what you eat has a profound impact on your overall health and wellness. And this includes our ability to cope with Arthritis. Healthy eating and drinking for people with Arthritis is simple. It’s just the same for healthy eating for everyone else.

Vegetables and fruits should form the largest part of your diet. They should make up half your plate for every meal. Go for smaller portion of protein and whole grain foods. Animal proteins like lean meats, fish and dairy are ok but take them in moderation. You’re going to want to choose protein foods that come from plants way more often. This approach is very similar to the Mediterranean diet. And this diet has been recommended for people with arthritis for years. Healthy eating my sound expensive, but it really hasn’t had to be. You can choose frozen vegetables and fruits. They are an affordable option that can be kept longer. They have enough nutrition and they are easier to prepare especially when you have sore hands. Your body actually needs fat. It needs healthy fats because it gives us more energy, and helps our body absorb some nutrients. But we have to make sure to select healthy fats and avoid saturated fats and trans fats. Be careful of products that advertise of being low fat or fat free because they may have replaced the fat with sugar, or something else that may not be better for you. Stick with healthy oils like Olive oils and other sources of healthy fats. If you choose to eat processed foods, learn to eat them once in a while and in smaller amounts especially snack foods. Snack foods are typically high in salt, saturated fats, sugars, additives and preservatives. It is always better to prepare your own meals and snacks using natural ingredients. When your thirsty, drink water. This is what your body wants and needs. Sugary drinks like soda offers you little or no nutritional value. When it comes to changing your eating habits, keep in mind that a very restrictive diet can be very difficult to stick to. But by making small sustainable changes that embrace healthy eating, you can improve your over all health and the ability to manage and live well with your arthritis.