Many studies show that maintaining a healthy weight is an extremely important factor in managing your osteoarthritis pain. Surprisingly however, there are no specific nutritional guidelines for what an arthritis friendly diet should be.

Most doctors recommend eating a healthy diet. But what exactly does that mean? Portion size is crucial, but it’s also important to ensure that around two-thirds of your diet include fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The other one-third should include low-fat dairy and lean sources of protein.

Eating fresh fruit daily is a good place to start. However, it is important to remember that fruit juices can be very high in sugar. Vegetables, especially dark green and orange vegetables, and dried beans and peas are essential to a healthy diet as well. Recommended amounts of these foods will vary with age, gender and level of activity, so it is always best to consult with your doctor.

Your daily meals should also include whole grains and calcium-rich dairy products. Choosing low or non-fat milk, cheese and yoghurt is often good practice. It is also a good idea to choose lean or low-fat proteins, such as chicken, seafood, beans, peas, nuts and seeds.

Additionally, remember to prepare your food in a healthy manner. Broiling, grilling or baking poultry and fish can help lessen the amount of added oil and fat in your diet.