Special Needs Travel & Shopping

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My daughter has fibromyalgia.  I have gout, arthritis, and a thyroid condition so I'm overweight.  I had a stroke some years ago that almost killed me.  I do all the cooking at our home and we are on a fixed income.  So I can't invest in making two meals for my daughter and myself separately.   We have however seen a huge improvement in our health after we changed our diets.

Because I have gout, there are certain foods I can't eat at all.  Foods like peas, beans, red meat, or any food that creates Uric Acid.  A list of those foods can be found here which I can't eat or I go into horrible horrible pain.  http://alothealth.com/conditions/10-foods-to-eat-and-avoid-if-you-have-gout--10740http://alothealth.com/conditions/10-foods-to-eat-and-avoid-if-you-have-gout--10740

For the arthritis, I try and not eat "inflammatory" foods.  They include a list which can be found here http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/foods-to-avoid-limit/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc  

When we read up on fibromyalgia, we read that avoid salicyclic acid  could improve her pain.  We found it does help dramatically to avoid foods with that ingredient.  They include foods on this list 

To further improve our health, I try and eat only unprocessed, organic, non-GMO, locally produced (when possible), free range, grass fed, BPA free, cruelty free, foods and products such as toothpaste, shampoo, etc.   Meaning I also check the other products I use to make sure they're not animal tested.  I like to eat kosher hormone antibiotic free white meat or wild caught fish when I can get it.  I can't stand the taste of farm raised fish or meat that's not hormone antibiotic free anymore.

It seems more expensive at first when doing this, but when you realize you're eating much less and feeling satisfied it actually evens out price wise.  So I do my homework as to animal testing on products, and I further try and avoid any product produced by Nestle's because of not only what they're doing with the water, but also because of using child labor for chocolate production.  A lawsuit is going on in California about the child labor allegations.  Meaning I also try and drink water that's not tap, but from sources as clean as possible.   Our diet is far from perfect as it's been really hard to make this lifestyle change.  I'm only on my second month off glutin also.  

But for this blog - I will be showing what we're eating.  I've found we are far from unique.  More and more people are finding out they have gout, fibromyalgia, arthritis and neurological issues.  My daughter also has a blip on her brain according to her MRI that we're trying to determine what it is at the moment.  It's on the pain center of her brain - so she's in constant pain.   However, when we keep her diet clear - she does feel a lot less pain.  

It's been so difficult not only figuring out what to eat at home, but also eating out.  Combine with the fact I have to keep our food budget at a reasonable cost AND I can't stand and cook for long periods of time - it's been a real challenge.  

Hopefully if I share with you what we're eating - it might help you figure this stuff out too!   I know new places are opening all the time making it easier to eat out such as Panera Bread.  Even Starbucks has a protein box that's saved me when traveling (I just give the cookie to the birds).  

So when I'm sharing food with you I'll be also telling you where we're eating out if ordering or going out, or showing you how I made a meal if cooking and eating inside.  I do a lot of "snacking" in the sense of foods I don't have to cook because of pain.   Things like yogurt, fruit, nuts, etc.  So I'll also sure what products we're eating if just "snacking" because I'm not up to cooking!

Please note I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist.  Please consult one before making any decisions about what to or not to eat.  This is just my experience.  

For the list of foods and restaurants - click here.