Though Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember those we have lost, it is also a weekend packed with cookouts, outdoor activities and parties throughout the US. For those suffering with Arthritis or cartilage damage, this can be a difficult weekend to maneuver. Here are a few tips & tricks to help you enjoy the weekend activities so your pain doesn’t get in the way of your fun:
- Wear the right shoes! Women especially should avoid tight fitting, uncomfortable footwear and high-heels. Even tight fitting flats can cause problems. Loose, flexible, flats, low heels and sneakers are your best bet this summer.
- Eat Natural: Avoid processed foods that increase inflammation such as hot dogs, hamburger buns, cake & dairy products
- Instead of high-fat greasy side dishes, choose grilled summer vegetable skewers with zucchini, peppers, and yellow squash. Salads are always safe too.
- Grilled fish, especially wild caught or grass fed beef and organic chicken are great alternative to those greasy burgers and hot dogs.
- Stick with foods rich in omega-3’s as they help with reducing inflammation and aid your body’s immune system.
- Snack on Berries and Nuts! They are full of antioxidants that protect against inflammation, which can help ease your arthritis symptoms. For best results, eat two to three types such as Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries & Cranberries. As for nuts: unsalted walnuts, pistachios and almonds make a great choice.
- Drink Alcohol in moderation (One or two glasses). Alcohol, whether wine, beer or spirits, can worsen arthritis pain and interfere with some medications. It can also cause you to gain weight, which in turn worsens arthritis symptoms. Drinking may help you feel better at the beginning, but in the end it will hurt more than your head!
A little planning and attention should help make this weekend a lot more enjoyable. We wish everyone a Happy & Safe Memorial Day Weekend.
For foods/drinks to avoid please visit the arthritis Foundation: http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/foods-to-avoid-limit/