Plan A Gout-Safe Valentine’s Day Dinner
“Romeo, oh Romeo…bake me a delicious home-cooked meal, serve it by candlelight, and don’t forget a chocolate dessert!” Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly how the story went, but it is almost Valentine’s Day and all of you “Romeos” out there might be thinking about preparing a culinary delight for your sweetie. (We’ll go ahead and make sure the Dallas Fire Department is on high alert.) If you, or your significant other, suffers from gout, the master chefs and health experts at Dallas Podiatry Works have some tips on how to eat well while preventing toe pain.
Any diet worth its weight is obviously going to start with the “do not’s” and, keeping in that spirit, anyone living with gout should essentially skip all forms of animal protein, including bacon (sorry!). You can eat 4-6 oz. total during the course of a day, but are better off avoiding them altogether. Alcohol, sugar, and refined carbs (think of cake, candy, and white breads) should also be rather limited in—or excluded from—your diet.
It may sound like we’ve eliminated a lot of tasty options with those diet restrictions, but there is a whole world of delicious meals that can be made with whole grains, fruit, veggies, beans, legumes, and low-fat or fat-free dairy.
A bowl of oatmeal, loaded with cinnamon, apples, and walnuts will get your day off to an incredible start. If you want to mix it up, yogurt, almonds, and a banana will do the trick, too. Whole grain crackers, cheese, and grapes makes for a delicious snack. A peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread and a tall glass of skim milk is an ideal lunch that offers complex carbs and protein to power you through the afternoon. Try a little Mexican-infused flavor for your dinner and have bean, rice, and cheese burritos topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion.
When you need expert advice or treatment on any foot or ankle condition that is giving you trouble, whether gout or something entirely different, Dallas’ leading podiatry experts are here for you. Call us toll free at (888) 716-5283 or use our online form to make an appointment at either our Dallas or Plano, TX offices.
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