Keeping on keeping on on the diet and I am actually taking for granted how good I feel.
My doctor took me off my meds almost 2 weeks ago (for supposedly 1 week) and hasn't gotten back to me about what he thinks I should do next (one of my problems with him, actually, is that he never returns calls unless it is an emergency) so I have been medication-free for almost two weeks with only good effects so far.
Had some brown rice at a restaurant that almost certainly had some oil in it but that is it as far as 'going off' diet.
This weekend My husband and I were able to go for a 2-hour walk on the beach. Sand, my former arthritis nemesis is no longer a problem for me. I am not running or anything
but still, it is a vast improvement.
One thing that I have noticed is that my flexibility is increased. Now, I used to be fairly flexible, and would stretch every day but range of movement only came to me after much hard work.
Over the last couple of years I could not stretch at all so I lost a lot of movement range.
But I have been stretching daily, just 20 minutes or so, for more than a week and I am making gains far faster than I ever did before eating this way. It feels great!
I read Peter Escogue's "Pain Free" books ( Thanks to Star MacDougaller Burgess for the recommendation) where he basically says that most joint pain is from improperly aligned muscles pulling bones out of place, and am planning to start his exercises as well.
I wonder if a certain percentage of my pain was always mis-alignment? Well, we shall see.
My husband found a vegan and macrobiotic 'sushi' restaurant that has foods I can eat on the menu for us to go to on Valentine's Day, so he is officially 'on board' although not for himself, yet.
He still has eggs and sausage for breakfast and pasta with white sauce, etc, but he is starting to become more aware of how congested he gets after every meal so I think it is possible he may try this out at some point.
I also plan to start the elimination diet after a few or weeks, it is just too much to wrap my mind around right now. I had originally planned to do it right away, but then I improved so quickly I gave myself a break!