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5 Types of Food to Avoid With Tendonitis

foods to avoid with tendonitis - 5 Types of Food to Avoid With Tendonitis

Tendonitis is a painful condition that affects the tendons, which are cord-like tissues that connect muscles to bones. It is caused by repetitive movements, overuse, or injury, and it can affect any part of the body where tendons are present – from the tendons in the wrist and elbow to those in the knees and ankles. While there are many treatment options for tendonitis including physiotherapy and chiropractic care, one of the most important factors that can help alleviate its symptoms is diet. In this blog post, we will discuss foods to avoid with tendonitis and why they can exacerbate the condition.

Processed Foods:

Processed foods are high in salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats, which can increase inflammation in the body. Inflammation is one of the primary drivers of tendonitis, so avoiding processed foods can help reduce the severity of its symptoms. Instead, opt for whole, nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.

Red Meat:

Red meat is high in saturated fat, which has been linked to increased inflammation in the body. It can also contribute to weight gain, which can put extra pressure on the tendons and aggravate the condition. If you do eat red meat, choose lean cuts and limit your portions.

Dairy Products:

Dairy products like cheese and yogurt contain casein protein, which has been shown to increase inflammation in some people. If you have tendonitis, reducing your intake of dairy products may help alleviate its symptoms. Instead, try plant-based alternatives like almond milk and tofu-based products.

Fried Foods:

Fried foods like French fries, chicken tenders, and onion rings are high in unhealthy fats and calories. They can also increase inflammation in the body and worsen the symptoms of tendonitis. If you crave fried foods, try healthier alternatives like air-fried vegetables or grilled chicken.


Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it dehydrates the body. It can also increase inflammation and exacerbate the symptoms of tendonitis. If you do decide to drink alcohol, do so in moderation and be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

In conclusion, if you have tendonitis, making changes to your diet can help reduce its symptoms. By avoiding processed foods, red meat, dairy products, fried foods, and alcohol, you can help reduce inflammation in the body and provide relief to your tendons. Instead, choose whole, nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Remember, a healthy diet is just one of the many tools you can use to manage tendonitis, so be sure to seek the advice of a naturopathic doctor or dietitian for personalized treatment options.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Bhavin Mistry, BASc, MAN, RD or another Kitchener registered dietitian in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Bhavin Mistry, BASc, MAN, RD

Bhavin Mistry, BASc, MAN, RD

What does food mean to you? A question that has many complexities and layers to it. When you work with Bhavin, he will take all factors into account when it comes to nutrition, food, and your health. Areas of health and nutrition that he specializes include: men’s health & wellness, chronic disease management, and pediatric/family nutrition. Bhavin holds a Master of Applied Nutrition degree from the University of Guelph where he also completed his dietetic practical training. Prior to this, Bhavin completed two Bachelor of Applied Science degrees: the first majoring in Child, Youth & Family from the University of Guelph and the second majoring in Nutrition & Food from Toronto Metropolitan University. Bhavin is passionate about providing the most current evidence-based nutrition recommendations to his clients. He ensures that he supports his clients in building plans that are sustainable, realistic, and individualized. Bhavin wholeheartedly believes in the importance of tailoring nutrition care plans and interventions to a client’s cultural background while also considering the social determinants of health. Ultimately, Bhavin will work WITH you to reach your health goals while also supporting you in fostering a positive and healthy relationship with your body and with food!

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