Hello Mardi. Thank you and the others for the welcome. With my diet I removed foods that tend to cause inflammation such as sugar, red meat, processed meat, refined carbs dairy, vegetable oils and saturated fats, etc. I became a vegetarian eating lots of foods that reduce inflammation such as green leafy vegetables, berries, nuts, good fats such as olive oil, avocado and pasture raised, organic eggs. I watch my intake of alcohol as well only having a glass of wine on the weekends to help relax - that one was hard to do! I avoid all animal proteins with the exception of pasture raised, organic eggs.
I started with giving up sugar and all white products - such as flours, pasta, rice, etc. My diet has constantly changed over the last few years as I learn how foods affect my body. It wasn’t an easy road but I can honestly say that it was so worth the journey. My symptoms are so much better and I have more good days than bad now. When I do have a bad day it’s usually because I’ve overdone myself physically such as working in the yard or running too much without rest. And I will have a bad day if I allow the stress to take over my life - which I do at times.
I exercise now on a regular basis which I’ve found is critical for my body’s movement. Nothing extreme. I simply walk on a treadclimber that I have at home and do yoga. My rotation is one day on the treadclimber, yoga the next day and I rest on the third day and repeat the cycle as long as I’m not in a flare. If a flare does occur I take time to tend to my needs and rest until it passes and go right back to my exercise.
It’s not a perfect answer - my diet and lifestyle choices - but I found what works for me and managing my own symptoms. I think that’s what we all have to do - find the balance for our own lives.