CarolineCalcote Posted October 20, 2013 Share Posted October 20, 2013 My father is 78 and has chronic knee and hip pain, and lately has even been having pain in his chest/ribs. All of these are areas where he has had surgery in the past (knee replacement, pins in hip from a break related to a motorcycle accident, and bypass surgery). His pain is so bad that he has practically become a hermit because walking and standing are so painful and he refuses to give in to a wheelchair. So anyway, I sent my parents a copy of It Starts with Food a few weeks ago and they are both very interested in it. I am kind of shocked since my mother is a retired Registered Dietician and my father is a retired General Surgeon. But I am glad! I have done the Whole30 twice and had significant improvement with chronic IT Band tendonitis causing severe pain in my hip. So he is willing to try it because he is basically desperate to improve his quality of life. He has been on a very low fat diet for 30 years so this will be a drastic change for him. He basically lives on rice and beans and statin drugs. But in the last year or so he has had trouble keeping weight on and is currently underweight and needs to gain. To that end he has been having a big milkshake every day. He is very concerned about the many references to weight loss in ISWF. He can not afford to lose any weight. So, I am going to e-mail my Mom (Dad doesn't do e-mail or the internet, haha) with my suggestions on how he can make sure he does not have a calorie deficit, but I was hoping some of you may have suggestions. Any experience with elderly people trying the whole30? I know that his pain is caused by chronic inflammation and I really hope he will get some relief. He takes anti-inflammatory medication all the time and he believes without it he would just be bedridden. I hate this for him and I really want to help him. Thanks for any advice! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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