If you’re managing an inflammatory condition such as lupus, gout, arthritis or osteoarthritis, following an anti-inflammatory diet is incredibly important. Anti-inflammatory foods include leafy greens such as kale and spinach, fatty fish, nuts and fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and oranges and high-fibre foods such as whole grains. A person with an inflammatory condition will likely work with a local rheumatologist. Many people with diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia or recovering from an orthopedic surgery may also benefit from working with a local nutritionist. A local nutritionist is a healthcare provider who is trained in nutritional science, which includes everything from understanding plant sterols and using food as medicine to how various supplements affect the body. A local nutritionist may work in a school, hospital, nursing home or private practice. In addition to helping you plan meals, a local nutritionist can educate you about potential food and medication interactions and how to fuel your body for exercise. If you’re interested in learning more about how a local nutritionist can help you, start by speaking to your local family physician or local rheumatologist.