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The diagnosis for my back pain is arthritis and inflammation. Here’s the thing—I’m okay sitting or lying down but standing and walking can sometimes be a killer.

I’m a health nut and I knew there had to be a way food played a role in this degenerative condition. Here’s what I came up with when searching the internet: What foods to eat and which ones to avoid. See the links at the end of this post. Regardless of inflammation issues like arthritis, I firmly believe this food guide should be followed by everyone for optimum health benefits, including weight control. So, here’s my list of what to eat and what not to eat:

The Good

  • Fish—I like salmon! Tuna, too.

  • Fruits—“Berry” delicious. Love strawberries, cherries, blueberries

  • Green vegetables—Mama always said, “Eat your greens.” That means spinach, broccoli, romaine lettuce, and kale

  • Walnuts—I love the crunch.

  • Good oils—Extra-virgin olive oil and avocado oil. Here’s my secret: I use olive oil to remove eye makeup. ☺

  • Green tea—Not exactly wine, but as beverages go, it’s fine.

    The Bad

  • Sugar—Oh, no! Say it ain’t so!

  • Saturated Fats—No more cheese? Pizza, too? Dairy, pasta dishes, & grain-based desserts? Holy cow!

  • Trans Fats—Processed snack foods, cookies, crackers, margarine. Just shoot me ☹

  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids—Excess consumption of omega 6 make it worse. Corn, grapeseed, soy, peanut, safflower, and vegetable oils, mayonnaise, salad dressings.

  • Refined Carbs—Breads, rolls, white rice, white potatoes. I’ll lose weight, too? I’m in!

  • MSG—Never touch the stuff

  • Gluten and Casein—Not good for autoimmune diseases either.

  • Aspartame—An unnatural substance that should never leave the chemistry lab.

  • Alcohol—Are you kidding me? Now you’ve gone too far.

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Two Resources. Have a look-see:

Anti-Inflammatory: What Foods are Best for Rheumatoid Arthritis? 

8 Foods Ingredients That Can Cause Inflammation

About Susan MIlls Wilson

Susan Mills Wilson is a native of North Carolina where she writes romantic suspense. She is the leader of the Charlotte Writers Club Mystery Critique Group and a member of Charlotte Writers Club. Subscribe to Susan’s blog at
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