Today is World Health Day and today's topic is daily nutrition and diet.
After my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis diagnoses, I found I had to alter my diet and health routine. Prior to my diagnosis, I was eating lots of everything, all the good things and all the naughty things, especially after relocating from Atlanta to Jersey City. My husband and I joke that we were eating our way across lower Manhattan!
Once I learned I was autoimmune and that some of this could be mediated with diet and exercise I got to work. Painful joints made activity difficult, so for the first few months, I only walked on the treadmill in the gym for 30 minutes every day. I gradually added the elliptical trainer, gentle yoga for arthritis and later, weight training.
Diet was another story. If you show up at the gym, there is a buffet of machines to use. It is okay to use all of them. In the City, there is a wide variety of cuisines, all delicious. It is not okay to eat everything in unlimited quantities.
Being a dedicated bookworm, I started researching. The first book I found really helpful was "You: on a Diet" by Drs. Oz and Roizen. It reads like a "Dummies" book, with lots of helpful hints and diagrams. I learned how my body works, how it digests foods, how it treats different nutrients and how some of the foods I was eating on a regular basis were causing inflammation and reactions in my body which triggered the need for more unhealthy foods. It was strange to think that not all the fuel I was feeding myself was treated equally, as if a wrong fuel choice could cause your car to only drive to certain locations and malfunction regularly!
A couple of years later, I found "Super Immunity" by Dr. Fuhrman. His book builds on what I had already learned and took things a step further. This is my favorite health book. Do I stick to this eating plan all the time? No. Do I see negative effects when I do not? Absolutely.
Maintaining a daily health regimen is not easy for me. It seems when I am on track, I stay on track. One small indulgence is no big deal. Several in one week usually derails me for a while. Do you ever feel like this? When on track, I eat an anti-inflammatory diet, as outlined in "Super Immunity", practice Hatha yoga five days per week, use the elliptical trainer for a total of an hour per week and weight train twice per week. Although this is not much, the benefits are huge! After being ill all winter, I am excited to be working with a health coach and starting back to my regular regimen!
My husband have become great consumers of food documentaries on Netflix. These are some of our favorites, which specifically address the safety of our food supply here in the United States. If you are interested, we recommend Forks Over Knives, Food, Inc., Super Size Meand Vegucated.
Search #HAWMC on Twitter to read what other e-health advocates have to say about their health regmien. Until tomorrow.