Vegetarian Diet is Helping

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TiBoBi
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   Posted 4/14/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
Now that I am thinking about it, I think I forgot to post about starting my vegetarian diet. Anyway, I started a vegetarian diet and will be transitioning to a "plant based" diet soon..which means no meat, no dairy, no eggs, etc. Has anyone else tried doing this as a way to deal with the Lupus?
 
I started this 4 weeks ago, and I have to say.. I have a bit more energy in the late afternoons and my aches don't seem to last as long once I begin moving. I am anxious for my bloodwork to see if it has actually changed anything. I want to be off the BP meds that I have to take because of the Pred. I would be thrilled just to have normal BP again.
 
A friend suggested it so I thought..why not? Can't hurt. I will give you an update if my bloodwork shows anything good.
 
Ti

mom46
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   Posted 4/14/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ti,
   It's good to hear this diet is helping you feel better.... yeah . I'm not much of a meat eater but, I love my cheese and chocolate milk! I may try this for a few days to see if I can tell a difference in my energy levels. I do love veggies and carbs so I may be able to handle it for a short time anyway.... :-) .
   Good luck with your labs. I hope they show much improvement! Keep us updated and take care. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
                                                                  Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


mom46
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   Posted 4/15/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ti,
   I just have a quick question about the veggie diet, if you don't mind? Can you have butter on the cooked veggies or is that a no no too? Tks
                                                    Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


hippimom2
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   Posted 4/16/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ti. I was a vegetarian for over 20 years and then a litle over a year ago, my body really went haywire and I could hardly eat any of the healthy vegetarian stuff I used t eat. Since that time I have eaten small amounts of meat - mostly poultry and fish. It was very strange to eat meat after so long. I just think I wasn't getting the nutrients my body needed.

I'm all for a vegetarian diet, especially if you can figure out a way to get everything your body needs.

Babs, eating butter depends on how far you go with being vegetarian. Some vegetarians will eat butter, milk, eggs and cheese. Others are more strict vegans who don't eat any animal by-products.
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TiBoBi
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   Posted 4/16/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
For Babs: I have not yet given up dairy or eggs. That would have been a huge leap for me but I plan to do so soon. I would like to be totally on a "plant based" diet if at all possible.
 
Ti

mom46
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   Posted 4/16/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Tks Hippi and Ti,
    I love veggies, but have to have some flavor to them like butter, salt and pepper.... when they are cooked... :-) .
                                                                Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.


PattyLatty
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   Posted 4/16/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Babs, I use some butter and no fat sour cream when I'm making my mashed fauxtatoes. That's caluiflower prepared just like mashed potatoes and every bit as good. Takes lots of sale and pepper, some butter, and the no fat sour cream. I cut up a large caluiflower, cook it till tender, drain, and put in blender and then add seasonings. It's yummy and tastes like comfort food.

A great snack is to peel a sweet potato, slice it real thin (like potato chips), spread the chips in a baking dish that you've sprayed with pam, drizzle a little olive oil on them, mix them with your hands, and bake for about 45 min at 400 degress. Then add salt. MMMMM good.

It works with regular potatoes too but sweet potatoes are better for us and have a high anti-inflammatory content.
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mom46
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   Posted 4/16/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Tks Pat,
    Both the recipes sound great! I will definately try them. I eat at least a couple of baked sweet potatoes a week. Your recipe sounds yummy!  I also love caliuflower so I'm sure the mashed Fauxtatoes are good as well. Tks again and take care.
                                                               Babs
 
Dx: Lupus,RLS,RA,Asthma,Fibro,Sjogren's,Raynaud's,Divertic, Stroke,Atherosclerosis,Seizures,Neuropathy,CAD
Meds:arava,prednisone,plavix,aspirin,protonix,,zanaflex,xanax,
mirapex,advair,foxamax,Vytorin,folicacid,lunesta,Tramadol
 
JOB 5:18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

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