Healthy Living

The Pain Toolkit team have carefully collated some information to access support, advice or both for leading and living a healthier lifestyle.

Healthy Living

Healthy eating and living options

Eating well, losing weight if you have to and generally improving your overall health will help you manage better with your persistent pain.

Foods like pasta, fish, lentils, chicken, vegetables and fruits can help joints, muscles and nerves work better. Using olive oil as your main cooking oil is very healthy. These types of foods are known as the Mediterranean diet.

Healthy eating cannot only help you lose weight but reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, cancer, constipation as well as depression and anxiety.

Eating small meals regularly through the day, rather than skipping breakfast, helps the body become less stressed, tired - and painful! Try porridge or fruit. Start with easy, small portions like two or three tablespoons of cereal or half a banana in a morning. Many people with pain who rarely have breakfast find eating very small portions can be a good start to living better with pain.

Reducing caffeine drinks like tea, coffee and cola-type products can help reduce tension, sleep problems and anxiety symptoms. Cut back gradually over days and use more decaffeinated choices, pure fruit drinks or water instead.

More useful information about health eating on NHS Choices.

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How to start making changes and becoming active and healthy

If you are unsure about becoming active or exercising, your GP can refer you to their GP exercise on referral scheme. These types of schemes are run with local gyms and fitness centres and can include facilities for swimming and many other gentle, but beneficial exercise and keep fit regimes.

Looking after your body is very important and so it is vital that you look at what you put in to it, that you get enough of the healthier types of food and the right amount of sleep and that you also keep yourself clean.

Pete Moore, The Pain Toolkit