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5 Tips for Sticking to Gout Reducing Diets | Cure Gout Now

5 Tips for Sticking to Gout Reducing Diets

If you have a gout attack, coffee may be beneficial, but to more effectively treat gout and stop it from occurring, you need to learn how to successfully stick with gout reducing diets.  The following are 5 different tips on how you can create a diet plan that will work for you:

Tip 1 - Know what foods to avoid and what foods to welcome into your diet.  The goal of any gout prevention diet is to stay away from foods that increase uric acid levels, which increase your risk of a gout attack, and stick with those that keep uric acid levels under control. Make a list of foods to avoid, as well as a list of friendly foods, and keep these lists posted on your fridge and in your organizer/planner, so you’ll never be without them come mealtime or when making an effective grocery list.   Below are two brief lists to get you started:

Foods to avoid:
All alcoholic beverages
Yeast
Red meat
Organ meat (hearts, kidneys, liver, etc.)
Meat extracts
Gravies
Anchovies
Fish roes
Herring
Mussels
Scallops
Legumes (peas, dried beans, etc.)
Sweetbreads

Beneficial foods:
Complex carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, cereal, etc.)
Dark berries (black berries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
Cherries
Bananas
Oranges
Pineapple
Tomatoes
Kale
Cabbage
Parsley
Tofu
Flax and flax oil
Olive oil
Water
Fruit juices
Coffee/tea

Tip 2 – Eat a balanced diet – Knowing what foods to limit and increase in your diet will help to prevent a gout attack, but it’s still important to remain healthy by making sure you’re feeding your body a balanced diet.   A balanced diet for gout – according to the American Medical Association - is one that is:

Low in protein - it is recommended that 15% of calorie intake be from sources such as soy, poultry and lean meats, while a maximum of 30% of calories should be from fat.

High in complex carbohydrates (I.E. fruits, vegetables and whole grains)

As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to eat more frequent and smaller meals than fewer larger meals.   This will not only help you better digest your food; it also allows you to limit your portion sizes.  This way, you can ensure that the protein portion of your meal is always the smallest.

Tip 3 - Plan your meals ahead of time – Planning your meals helps to strengthen your will power when it comes to making food choices.  By planning your meals ahead of time, you will avoid giving into your craving for purine-rich foods, which is more likely to occur when you are hungry and haven’t thought about what you are going to eat.  For this reason, it is very important that you take the time to prepare yourself a lunch/dinner for work ahead of time, so you don’t continuously eat out, as most restaurants don’t offer menus with meals that prevent a gout attack.

Tip 4 –Know how to make substitutions when eating out – Everyone eats out from time to time, and just because you are prone to gout shouldn’t stop you from this enjoyment.  Of course, this doesn’t mean you should indulge in just any food offered on the menu.  When it comes to eating out, you need to learn how to substitute food to save yourself from a gout attack, while still tantalising your taste buds.  Here are a few suggestions:
Appetizer – Instead of mussels try garlic bread or a vegetable salad (Note: make sure to eliminate any veggies that are not conducive to a gout diet)
Entrée – Instead of steak have salmon with rice or a vegetarian dish
Dessert – Instead of cappuccino and cheesecake, go for a cup of tea/coffee and a fruit bowl

Tip 5 – Create and discover different gout recipes – Eating the same foods over and over again, or preparing meals the same way, becomes extremely boring and downright depressing after awhile.  The last thing you want to do is not look forward to eating, because skipping meals or reverting back to an unhealthy and purine-rich diet will only bring back the gout attack.   Take some time to look into gout reducing diets and recipes or started creating some of your own recipes.


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5 Responses

  1. January 25th, 2008 | 2:31 am

    Lisa,

    You should try sticking to a gout diet which is direct opposition to the syndrome X diet I need to be on, plus the veggies interactions withthe bloodthinner and the need for plenty of omega 3’s from fish for my heart–did I mention salt-free ? Lol With my restrictions one would think I would be thin as a rail. My gout is secondary from lasix and I rarely get attacks but my uric acid stays at 8 and should be below 6–doing the best I can!!

    Micki Peluso

  2. Jennifer
    June 30th, 2008 | 11:30 pm

    Any tasty recipes you could offer that are purine FREE would be greatly appreciated because, I simply just do not know what to eat anymore. Thanks, J

  3. July 11th, 2008 | 12:45 pm

    Jennifer -

    I have written a Gout friendly Recipe book that will can find here:

    http://www.cure-gout-now.com/gout_catalogue.html

    Also, these posts/ articles may be useful to you:

    http://cure-gout-now.com/blog/.....cipe-book/

    http://cure-gout-now.com/blog/.....gout-diet/

  4. Buffalo Woman
    July 31st, 2008 | 7:43 pm

    As an American Indian Medician Woman I am finding out more was to help not only my own husband, but also other people who have swollen joints. Many of the remedies you talk about can be found right here on the Reservation.

    Thank you for all the HARD WORK you have done for all the American People.

    May the GREAT SPIRIT BLESS YOU & yours with good health and an abundance of Happiness.

    Buffalo Woman Lakota American Indian

  5. sallie
    September 4th, 2008 | 8:52 am

    thank you!!!!

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