So, I’m gearing up to ease into Dr. McDougall’s diet plan as I mentioned in a previous post. Last night, I printed 12 days of the McDougall meal plan. Today, I had a gander through the list of menu items. Mulling over my strategy, I determined that I would begin the program by focusing on one meal per day for the first week. So that means that I will follow the McDougall meal plan for breakfast this week. I’ll make a list of the groceries I need and pick them up over the weekend. (To see what I’m referring to just click on the underlined links and it will take you to Dr. McDougall’s website.)
I completed the mindfulness program homework however, I felt like I rushed to get it done because it was a busy day so I’ll have to plan better next time.
I’m thinking I should post some markers so that I’ll be able to identify how a change in diet may help alleviate RA symptoms. With the RA meds I currently take, I still experience inflamed swollen joints to a greater or lesser degree. For instance, the other night I went to the tenants association dinner and when I stood up to leave, my left ankle was so painful and swollen that I limped home. Was it something I ate? I wish I knew. Hopefully, the change in diet will answer this question.
Inflammation and pain level seems to change daily and sometimes hourly. Gastrointestinal pain and discomfort is due to the meds even though I take the prescribed acid-blocker. It’s just downright frustrating.
Next week, I have an appointment with the Interventional Cardiologist. Did you know that there is a type of doctor called a Non-Invasive Cardiologist? I wonder what his treatment would have been for the pericarditis or would he have referred me to the Interventional Cardiologist. I’ll have to ask when I see him. I like the sound of the Non-Invasive Cardiologist.
Thanks for reading and blessings to all. May your day be filled with loveliness.