In 2019, "Iron Chef" Michael Symon spoke to Salon about his struggle with both external lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis. While he sought medical treatment for the pain, the celebrated chef looked to his passions — food and cooking — to better manage his chronic ailments.
Symon removed any foods that could cause inflammation from his diet and found that he felt less pain from his conditions, calling the concept “Fix It with Food.” Per a Harvard study, some inflammatory foods include refined carbohydrates, red meat, fried foods, and sugary beverages.
While Symon admits the lifestyle modification is not a cure, it does help him feel better. Still, the celebrity chef recommends that each person get to know their trigger foods for themselves, admitting that he still enjoys some of his in moderation, because "life is all about balance.”