Volume 5 - Issue 4

Welcome to the November 2006 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

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  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. Your Information Resource on Arthritis and Glucosamine
  3. Liver Damage and Acetaminophen
  4. Healthy Food in Fighting Arthritis
  5. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Holidays and Arthritis

By J. R. Rogers

We are heading back into that time of year again. The holidays are on top of us and it means for most of us that food is high on our agenda.

I cannot argue with that. The holidays are a tough time to try to control weight issues but if you suffer from arthritis, it is one that we have to face. Excess weight causes an increase in pain and it puts more stress on already damaged joints.

Holding Your Own

Be realistic about this. You cannot exactly put yourself on a diet during the holiday season. Not with all those great treats right in front of us at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is just not that simple. So, I have my own approach to this and I hope it works for you.

Every day I step on the scales and check my weight. (There is nothing worse than letting a few pounds roll on and just ignoring it. It is twice as difficult to take off.) By doing this, I work hard to stay within a pound or two of my weight as it is now. And, if I see even the slightest jump in weight, I slow down on the food for a day or so.

This is what I call, “holding the line.” It is just a daily reminder that the holidays offer us too many chances to gain extra pounds we do not need.

Tricks and Tips

Whatever you do, do not skip meals and wait for the big load meal that is inevitably going to be offered up whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas. Eat a light breakfast and a light lunch. When the big meal is laid out, eat your fair share but at least you have a fighting chance of not eating too much.

And, the Inevitable Temptations

Turkey (and, other birds) almost always includes dressing. So, “dress to impress” rather than adding unnecessary calories. One simple example is to bake whatever bread you use separate and apart from the “bird.” That way, the fat does not get mixed in with the dressing.

Mashed potatoes are almost always on the agenda. So, use non-fat milk and low-fat or reduced fat margarine instead of butter. And of course, there will be gravy. So, make your gravy first and then chill it down in the refrigerator for a time long enough for the fat to separate. It is easy to “scoop it off” before using it. That same technique can be used for soups.

Salad Dressings

Always use the low-fat dressings and when it is called for, Miracle Whip instead of Mayonnaise. Or, stay with "greens" that do not need a “dressing.” Green beans or peas are a good example.

In other words, when reviewing your holiday meal plans just use a little common sense. It pays dividends for you when it is all said and done.

These are just a few examples to remind you that there are steps you can take to lower the risk of adding too many extra pounds. I know all too well how tempting it is. I have done it myself. As I said, it is much easier to "watch" your weight than it is to struggle to take off a lot of extra weight after the fact.

Lastly, if it is all too much to handle and you do gain a little too much weight, make sure you add some exercise time to take it off. It is a small price to pay and your joints will thank you for taking the time to do it.

In any event, I hope that you all enjoy your holidays and just remember that these events do not have to leave you struggling to take off extra pounds.

See you next time.

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Healthy Foods in Fighting Arthritis

Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing Recipe

This is the traditional star of the Christmas dinner table and is very rich. In the classical Italian family recipe collection it calls for sausage and pancetta to be included in the stuffing, but the version given here is the one generally used today.


For Stuffing:

8 oz lean pork, ground
8 oz turkey, ground
4 oz salt pork, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 egg white
1/3 cup shelled walnut pieces, chopped
3 tablespoons golden raisins, plumped in water
1 oz black truffles, minced
4 oz glaceed chestnuts, minced

For Turkey:
1 small young turkey, about 5 lb
1 1/3 cups butter
4 sage leaves
1 sprig rosemary
1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups dry white wine


Prepare the stuffing: In a bowl, combine the pork, turkey, salt pork, cream, egg white and salt and pepper to taste; mix well. Stir in the walnuts, raisins, truffles and chestnuts. Mix well and set aside.

Meanwhile, prepare the turkey: Slit the turkey down the back and bone it, taking care not to break the skin. Season the inside with salt and pepper as desired, put in the stuffing and sew up the bird with kitchen thread.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a roasting pan, melt one-third of the butter with the sage and rosemary. Add the celery, carrot and onion and sprinkle the white wine over all. Bake in the oven for 2 1/2 hours. Add a little water if needed.

Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest in a warm place. Meanwhile, push the contents of the roasting pan through a strainer into a bowl and bind with the remaining butter to make a sauce.

Serve the turkey cut into slices, with 2 slices per portion coated in the sauce and garnished with fresh baby onions and marrons glacees accompanied by mostarda di Cremona.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

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Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing Recipe

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.


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