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  • Maintain a normal weight! Recent studies show that staying at a normal weight may play a role in the pain you feel.
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    Did you know? That weighing just 10 to 15 extra pounds puts you at high risk of osteoarthritis of the knees, hip, and spine.
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    Calories IN + Calories OUT = Weight Loss! It is that simple...to lose weight you must burn more calories than you ingest.
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    Exercise! Of all the treatment therapies for arthritis, exercise is the gold standard. Check with your doctor and make sure you can gradually begin a program. Ask if there are any restrictions on exercise and activities. We'll show you how!
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    Sleep! Sleep is vital for all people to stay healthy, but for those with arthritis, sound sleep can make the difference between an active day or a day spent in misery, nursing aching joints or muscles.
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    Select Foods Low on the Glycemic Index! Familiarize yourself with foods low on the glycemic index such as: yogurt, soy, fruit, vegetables, and lentils. Avoid foods that are high on the glycemic index such as white bread, potatoes, pasta, and desserts.
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    Portion Control! No matter what eating plan you choose, portion size counts!
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    Vitamins? Start off with a multiple vitamin that has the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) as suggested by the American Dietetic Association. Consult a Registered Dietitian (RD) about your specific vitamin and mineral needs. Take into consideration your age, current health status, type of arthritis, and medications.
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    Diet for a Pain-Free Life Program
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    Get Started: when you are ready to make the commitment to a healthy lifestyle change, you are ready to participate in the original Diet for a Pain-Free Life Program.
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        Our diet includes:

    The support you need to stay on your diet
    Loss of up to 10-25 pounds in twelve weeks
    A "...godsend to pain sufferers" American Dietetic Association
    Packet to help you get started with detailed instructions
    Copy of Diet for a Pain-Free Life
    Pedometer
    A mostly plant and fish based diet
    Exercising your way to good health and less pain
    Controlling stress, blood pressure and cholesterol
    Learning to sleep well
    Recipe a week by Chef Virginia given at office visit
    Subscribe to Chef Virginia of the Cordon Bleu's Blog


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