April 3, 2012 - 8:00pm
Hello, I had my first gout attack in January, 2011. I diagnosed myself. I found this website www.gout-aware.com which gave me all the information I needed to: diagnose and treat myself. After being diagnosed and treated with prescription medications at the ER because I could not walk, I sought a registered dietitian so that I could lose weight (I was 224 lbs) and know what food I could eat. She basically didn't know what foods I needed to stay away from but gave me a 1600 cal diet and gave me sample meals for 3 meals a day. I kept reading online information and bought books on acidity and alkalinity of foods, which was very helpful. Basically, you need to eat fruits and vegetables (which are alkaline) with each meal (counteracting the acidity of: meats/proteins and breads/starches) to help you be more alkaline. I started drinking 2 liters of water each and every day. I make sure I drink 1 liter before noon and then the other liter the rest of the day. I took the Bragg apple cider vineger (1 TB Bragg apple cider vinegar in 1TB of water) twice a day after meals--however, at times I would forget or not be home or be lazy and it wouldn't always work for me. Then someone told me to take: 2TB Bragg apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water in the a.m. when I woke up--before eating or drinking anything else. This was the key to my success! In less than 1 yr I lowered my cholesterol level from 250 to 193. I lost 14 lbs. I was told to exercise 1 hr a day in Jan, 2011. I laughed because I didn't even exercise at all. Now, I am exercising 6 days a week 40 minutes and sometimes up to an hour. I barter with a trainer (I do massage for her and she trains me--hour for hour). I don't drink alcohol, stopped eating shellfish, and rarely have beef. I will eat pork, salmon/grouper/talapia, chicken, turkey, dairy foods, and nuts for my protein. My other dilemma was kidney stones of oxylase consistency. This was challenging because what was good for gout was bad for kidney stones. The dietitian told me not to stress over the foods and to eat them in moderation. For instance, nuts are bad for kidney stones--so don't eat them too often. Limit the days to maybe twice a week.