Hi there! My name is Stephie, and I’m a 28 year old arthritis suffer from Melbourne, Australia, who also has a massive passion for food!
I adopted an anti-inflammatory diet years ago to help reduce pain from the flare-ups and to try prevent them from occurring at all, and now, I would like to share my recipes to other sufferers!
See below for the story about my dodgy hips
Here is my food blog that is dedicated to recipes that feature anti-inflammatory ingredients to help relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
You’ll find meals categorised as:
Brekkie – for some healthy meals to start your day
Mains – a variety of meals that can be enjoyed for lunch or tea
Sides – including salads, veggies, other bits and bobs to relish with your choice of protein. These are also great for a stand-alone feed!
Snacks – little treats to have in between meals
- white potatoes
- bell peppers
- cayenne pepper
If you find that eating nightshades do cause you pain, look for these recipes.
Flexible – These are healthy recipes for those that can be a bit lenient with your ingredients (such as refined carbohydrates, processed foods etc.). If you know you can be okay with having a cheeky ingredient here and there, you’ll find some great recipes here that are still healthy and nutritious, but do contain an inflammatory ingredient.
My dodgy hips
I had grown and lived with pain in my left hip for my whole life, unfortunately I was under the “care” of a careless specialist who told me there was nothing he could do to help and to just get an MRI every 6 months to see if the condition gets better or worse… After several years of this, the pain was becoming beyond unbearable and I sought a second opinion.
At the age of 24, I finally found a specialist that was able to help me. He diagnosed me with severe bi-lateral hip dysplasia, a condition that should have been treated much earlier and unfortunately, as it was too late, I had already developed an awful case of Avascular Necrosis (AVN) on my left side.
I have had Periacetabular Osteotomies (PAO) on both sides, which are a series of extraordinary corrective surgeries that aim to preserve the hips as long as possible to postpone the need for a replacement. I also had a tantalum rod inserted into the left femoral head to prevent the dead AVN bone from worsening or collapsing.
Unfortunately though, there’s not a whole lot that can be done for dying cartilage…
At the beginning of 2021, I tore my left labrum. I had an arthroscopy to repair it and things were going well until later on in the year the cartilage completely collapsed and sadly I required a total hip replacement.
Although it is a shame to have this procedure so young, I am extremely excited to experience a life where my left hip is no longer debilitating most aspects of my life! No longer living in fear of flare ups, no more massive limitations on what I can do on a day to day basis, and no more excruciating pain!
As I write this I am still recovering from the replacement, I’ll be continuing my anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce pain from the arthritic right hip, as well as trying to extend the life of my new left hip.