Time to Advance RA Management Lifestyle Wise
Today is January 1, 2019. The new year has arrived and although I’m not one to make resolutions, I like the idea of a clean slate. Today is a great opportunity to look at my lifestyle and assess where I can become more disciplined to better manage my rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
For anyone new to reading my blog, which is a chronicle of my personal discoveries to keep my disease controlled, I believe lifestyle choices have been every bit as important to my RA management as the biologic I am on. From time to time I like to reassess what I’m doing to better help my body fight inflammation. I use the *FRESH* strategy, and it has been very effective.
This year I’m focussing on two points, more consistency limiting added sugar and decluttering.
- Limiting added sugar is an important piece to the F (food) part of my *FRESH* strategy. I seem to do pretty well avoiding added sugar if I’m mindful and disciplined about what I put in my mouth. The problem comes when I let my guard down and indulge in the yummy brownie or ice cream cone without considering the consequences. What happens when I eat a little added sugar is I start craving sweets and if I’m not thinking I will continue eating goodies to satisfy the craving. When I start feeling lousy I realize what has happened. This is exactly what I want to get better control of.
- Decluttering falls under the R (rest or relaxation) part of my *FRESH* strategy. When I’m in a cluttered space or I commit to too many things, therefore cluttering my schedule, I feel anxiety or nervousness. I’m then wondering what I’m forgetting, missing or losing. I want to thin out my belongings and give away or toss what I’m not going to use. Fortunately, one of my college friends is arranging an online group to give each other helpful ideas, encouragement and accountability with our New Year pursuits such as decluttering!
As my first day of 2019 winds down, I have just shared my plans to not only continue with a lifestyle that helps my body fight the inflammatory autoimmune disease I have, but to fine tune it for even better RA management.
And that is using Arthritis Wisdom!
I’d love to hear what the New Year inspires you to do. Leave a comment below!