Just the thought of summer makes me smile. There are fairs to attend, pie baking contests to judge, 4-H exhibits to see, and best of all.....there are picnics!
I have always loved to cook. Living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has given me the opportunity to find easier ways to cook the food we love. Since standing in front of a stove for an hour frying chicken is out of the question, I have adapted my recipe. I also cook outside a lot as the weather allows.
My favorite picnic partner is my husband. I am in charge of the food, and my husband takes care of the transportation and the eating utensils. Our picnic main course usually consists of grilled sweet Italian sausage brats with roasted red peppers on ciabatta bread, or fried chicken. I cook the brats out on my trusty Weber grill and roast the red peppers at the same time. We grab some fresh fruit from the refrigerator, and we are good to go. Water or iced tea are ...
The Home Remedy: Drinking tart cherry juice or eating tart cherries helps reduce arthritis pain and inflammation.
The tart or sour cherry is also known as the pie cherry, Montmorency cherry or Balaton cherry. These are different from the sweet cherries commonly sold at grocery stores like Bing, Ranier and Lambert cherries. According to research studies, eating tart cherries may also be beneficial for people with gout, diabetes, muscle pain, back pain or neurodegenerative diseases.
Why does it provide some relief for people?
Unlike for gin-soaked raisins , there has been a growing body of research in the last decade or so about the positive health benefits of eating tart cherries. The first study, published about 50 years ago, found that eating cherries daily helped to relieve attacks of gout and the symptoms of arthritis. Since then, in mostly laboratory studies on animals, cherries have been shown to contain high concentrations of compounds called anthocyanins 1 and 2 - ...
We all know how difficult it is to get through those days when we are feeling the pain and exhaustion of a flare. The chronic pain and persistent flu-like symptoms do not only affect us. They affect everyone around us, especially those we love, and those who love us.
I am not a marriage or family counselor. I do not have any degrees or certificates in this area. I am a woman with RA who has been married to the same man for 34 years. We have had our ups and downs, but we have always loved each other, and we have found ways to navigate this crazy life with RA.
Let's face it. It is tough to be in pain all the time. It is also tough to watch those we love live in pain. RA patients need to acknowledge the pain their loved ones are experiencing. That would be the pain of watching someone you love have really bad days, and feeling powerless to ease their suffering.
My husband is not a doctor. He cannot help me in that way. He can read about RA and increase his understan...
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