I lived for 20 years with osteoarthritis but nothing was as scary and painful as my Osteonecrosis diagnosis. I gained a lot of weight because I. Oils no longer work and I won’t lie I stuffed myself with food to comfort myself. I went up to 293 lbs. I can’t believe I let myself get that big. Something had to change because I was too fat for a joint replacement and honestly I didn’t want one. So I had to do something, so I changed the way I ate I noticed a great improvement. People thought I was crazy but I had less pain.
I didn’t quit everything cold Turkey. I did stop smoking cold Turkey best decision I ever made.
I added more plants raw and cooked and lessened the meat intake. I started out having meatless Monday Wednesday and Friday soon it was meatless Saturday also.
I cut out 85% of all the crackers and cheese puffs all the stuff that we love but know it’s not real food. When I wanted chips I made a baked potato or a baked sweet potato. When I wanted chips and dip I made my own bean dip and hummus and dipped peppers, celery and sometimes a few crackers. I wasn’t perfect but I really began eating to live not living to eat.
My cholesterol dropped to fantastic numbers I went from total cholesterol of 210 to a total of 172 in a matter of months then down to 158. My good cholesterol went from 38 to 60. So I was on the right path. It wasn’t easy, it still isn’t easy because let’s face it junk food is every place. My next post I will post about how to eat healthy at fast food restaurants and yummy food fast that’s healthy!!
I became a flexitarian meaning I ate mostly plant based and once a week ate chicken and fish. Backed or grilled .
Good bye to greasy fried food, I also cut out 80 percent of processed junk .
Stopped all cola and sugary drinks I never was much of a pop drinker.
Many thought this was crazy and would not do much. But it did.
Then in 2019 there was a study that also confirmed similar findings .
I got off blood pressure medication and my bones didn’t feel like a tourniquet around them.
I also with the ok if my Ortho started taking Cureamed curcumin 375 1-2 times a day for 2 weeks then just once a day. It seemed to help my pain and thinned my blood some. So if you take blood thinners don’t just try this.
Always talk to your doctor before doing anything new.
Fast forward to 2022 thank God still no joint replacement (knee)
Below is some info on poor diet and obesity is not good for Osteonecrosis. Actually obesity and poor diet cause our body to have more inflammation and that gives us more pain. And can lead to many things.
So see a nutritionist get your diet in check and if you are a compulsive overeater go to some OA meetings , see a counselor what ever it takes to reclaim your health.
I lost about 95 lbs regained 16 during covid lock down. But back on track in May 2022 I am hoping by May 2023 I am at goal weight of 145 -150 lbs. it’s not easy and the older I get ( soon to be 60) the harder it is to lose especially when you have bone and joint issues.
But trying and still no joint replacement.
If you have a problem with food like binge eating, or just an unhealthy relationship with it check out https://oa.org/
See link on study below.