Hi all.... I'm 49 years old and have 2 bulging discs, arthritis of the spine, and believe I have fibro. I'm 230 pounds and only 5'2". I know if i can lose the weight the pain in my right hip and back would be so much better. Anyone else struggle? What has worked for you? I'm considering keeping a detailed food diary. I like yoga but hate to exercise. I'm also an HSP (highly sensitive person) and deal with outdoor allergies, skin sensitivities and overall pain.
I know water excersize can be good for bodies that don't handle movement and "high impact" work outs well. I mostly walk, but my pain is all in the nerves and not changed much by movement. So I mostly just look for something not too hard on the fatigue. Lowering callories and upping movement is the equation for weight loss. So whatever small things you can do on either end is helpful. My biggest weight loss happened the summer I lived by the world health organization's sugar recomendations. There is SO much prossesed sugar added to our food, it hides in things that should be healthy. Cutting sugar alone was enough for me to loose 15 pounds in 3 months, though that was before my pain started, and I was 24 (now 27 so pain is the main difference) but I was way more active then.
Peppy, I lost 15 pounds with out trying. I am using the Walhs Protocol book. Put it simply I can not eat all the food it wants me to. 3 cups of leafy greens each day. 3 cups of colorful veggies and fruit, plenty of protein, etc. The foods that I have omitted is starches except rice, dairy, frozen meals, canned processed meals, white sugar. Also, it has cleared up my gut issues and I barely have any joint swelling and some pain reduction. I learned not to cheat with the gluten. When I ate a bit of noodles it caused so much pain and swelling. Don't look at it as a diet but a cleaning up of your eating habits. Food is tasting so much better now.
FatiguedFighter I mostly follow the Wahls Protocol diet aswell except I eat eggs occasionally. When you consume the amount of vegetables suggested it is not possible to gain weight. Best part it really seems to cut down my inflammation. I seldom eat anything processed and I eat mostly raw, it just works for me.
I’ve not heard of Wahls. It sounds a lot like the way I eat. My inflammation used to be over 90. Now it’s 2. The doctors keep telling me food has no impact on inflammation. That is complete and utter nonsense!