28 Jul 2021
Today I speak with the wonderful Emily Johnson, a patient expert living with seronegative arthritis for 7 years who has been documenting her journey through food, lifestyle, stress and its impact on her chronic condition on the “Arthritis Foodie” on social media.
Through starting an online community, Emily discovered all kinds of natural remedies, lots of conflicting advice as well as healthy ways to live with arthritis. She’s since written an amazon number 1 best selling book with contributions from a number of experts including rheumatologists, immunologists and more.
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Check out her book “Beat Arthritis Naturally” and episodes on inflammation with Dr Jenna on previous episodes of the Doctor’s Kitchen podcast (linked below)
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Who is Arthritis Foodie, what is Arthritis Foodie? I’m Emily, I’ve had seronegative arthritis for 7 years (since I was 20 years old) and I’m on medication – diagnosed as in between rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis – I currently take methotrexate, humira, and folic acid. After another flare-up in 2018, I decided to try to take control of my own body, health, and wellbeing. Google searches like: arthritis diets, arthritis food, best foods for arthritis, anti-inflammatory foods, foods to avoid with arthritis, young people with arthritis, ways to manage arthritis pain were all in my search history.
However, I couldn’t find a blog or a person dedicated to living well with arthritis. I was feeling fed up and alone. The first place I go as a young person is Instagram, and I couldn’t find anyone young blogging about arthritis*. So, I thought, why can’t that person be me? Maybe I can be the one to begin a lifestyle arthritis and food diary, to help myself and others at the same time. So, with the Arthritis Foodie instagram I started to document my journey – discovering all kinds of natural remedies – diet, exercise, and lifestyle.
I eventually discovered so many people, like me! Looking for other people with arthritis, and healthy ways to live with their arthritis.
Fast forward to now, and Arthritis Foodie is a lot bigger than just my Instagram diary! It is a community, a place to feel less alone where questions will be answered, comfort will be given, and positivity will be provided. There’s products to try, recipes to do, exercise tips to give a go, quotes to read on the days you need to read them, and a lot more