What you eat? When you eat?  What is more important?  When it comes to gout, the answer is…? Both.

What you eat is so important and there are a million and one diets and weight loss programs out there that cover all aspects of what to eat, what not to eat, how much and much not to eat. Some even go into how many meals and calories throughout the day.

In her article about what you eat, “Your Eating Schedule: Timing Is Everything”, Amy Paturel, M.S., M.P.H., she says it like this:

“So, it’s no wonder that many of us wake up in a fog. After eight hours of sleep, your system is food-deprived. If you skip breakfast, you’ll pay for it later on when food cravings hit hardest and blood sugar levels dip to extremes. At that point, you’re going to grab whatever you can to get glucose, and you’re more likely to overeat.”

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Your drink combo to relieving gout attack helped me more then you know, thank you again. Still hanging in there with staying on better foods going forward. Health and fitness goals are helping to reinforce to continue chosen better lifestyle choices.

Thanks again

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What Are Your Choices…

My purpose for this post is not to make a point about any particular gout diet but more to keep in mind the idea that not only what you eat, but when you eat, needs to be the basis of how you maintain a consistent amount of fuel in our system to avoid the extremes in metabolic reactions . . . i.e. hypoglycemia.

Personally, I found back in the days when I had gout attacks that an attack could be just as easily brought on from a day of mismanaged, erratic eating as it could be by eating steak and shrimp and beer. Usually a day when I missed breakfast, ate a late lunch, and then gorged myself at dinner, I was awarded with a nasty gout attack in the next day or so.

Our friends at Answers.com confirmed why this theory proved correct:

“Starvation causes the body to metabolize its own (purine-rich) tissues for energy. Thus, like a high purine diet, starvation increases the amount of purine converted to uric acid. A very low calorie diet without carbohydrate can induce extreme hyperuricemia; including some carbohydrate (and reducing the protein) reduces the level of hyperuricemia. Starvation also impairs the ability of the kidney to excrete uric acid, due to competition for transport between uric acid and ketones.”

    Remember!  What you’ve been eating AND when you’ve been eating might be giving you gout.


Bert Middleton

“I know your pain. Let me help you kill your gout for good!  And teach you to advocate for yourself and take ownership of your gout recovery, by showing you how to live the gout-free lifestyle.” Two decades ago, Bert Middleton found himself diagnosed with gout. Like 8.3 million other people in the United States (approximately 4% of the population), he struggled helplessly with the physical, emotional, social, and financial impact that gout left unchecked can have on your life. Prescription drugs were of limited help… And the terrible pain of regular gout attacks left him unable to enjoy even the simplest daily pleasures. His marriage was suffering. His finances were spiraling due to the impact gout had on his ability to work. And maintaining a social life was often nearly impossible. Tophi surgeries left him in terrible pain.  And he found himself depressed … and angry … that gout was stealing years of his life.

Until one day, after hundreds of hours of research and self-experimentation, Bert finally had a breakthrough and created a blueprint for a way of living that would prove to be “the answer” to living gout-free for nearly a decade now. Today, Bert and his “Gout Wife” Sharon devote their evenings and weekends to educating other gout sufferers on how to live the gout-free lifestyle. Showing others his 911 Emergency Response Gout Recovery Plan for getting PAINFUL gout attacks under control in as little as 4 hours. And then, how to make daily choices that keep gout under control for GOOD! So you can finally start LIVING again!