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Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/13/2017 8:35 AM
No, not the illegal kind, and not the alcoholic kind. Not even the prescription med kind.

Addiction to sugar, pre-processed foods, and other edibles that are horrid for us. Foods that FEED inflammation and make Lupus worse.

The last few days all my joints have been hurting, and I fear a flare is coming on. All because I can't keep my mouth shut. I CAN'T quit consuming soft drinks and processed white foods. I *know* these foods contribute to inflammation, without a doubt.

I can even go about 3 weeks with a protein, vegetable, and fruit diet. Then some little thing will throw my mental state off balance and I crave, addiction crave, a soft drink. And just a few cookies to go with it.

And, then, once I've fallen off the wagon, it takes months to get to eating well again. I *know* I feel better without this crappy food.

Surely many of you feel the same. Any suggestions on how we can support each other and break this cycle? I need help!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 1/15/2017 7:17:04 PM (GMT-7)


Posted By : couchtater - 1/13/2017 9:30 AM
I have the same trouble. If you can find an answer please share it. Meanwhile my mouth is craving a cheese danish.....ugh.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/13/2017 11:02 AM
Interesting that you post this topic, I am so in the midst of this right now!!! You have described my eating habits to a "T"! I am a person who can literally live on chips, salsa and Diet Coke. Lately, I have been craving chocolate like crazy. Like you I know I shouldn't have it but if it's in the house I will eat it non-stop. My eating habits are so bad that my labs show malnutrishment and my doctor is constantly on me to eat more protein!

So, to your point about how we can support or help one another, I would be totally in! Perhaps we have a check in here on the board a few times a week. We could encourage one another in ways to eat better incorporating fruits and veggies, etc. Thoughts?

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/13/2017 11:44 AM
I could get into a check-in. It could be as simple as, "today I met my food goals", or a smiley face or frown, or as complex as we want to go.

My food goal: clean protein, veggies, and fruit only. No sugar, soft drinks, pre-fab foods, white carbs, diary.

Today: I've already done poorly. No breakfast (which for me is a clear sign that the rest of the food day will go poorly), soft drink, salad, and pizza for lunch. At least the salad was healthful.

My hardest meal: Lunch. Breakfast I've almost trained myself to have protein & fruit. Dinner is w/friend. But eating alone at lunchtime is difficult and where I most often slip.

And note -- most of us are on, or have been on, prednisone. Prednisone messes with our metabolisms, making us susceptible to "pre-diabetes", etc. Increases out cravings for these foods that make us feel bad.

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/13/2017 12:47 PM
One rule I think we will need if this is to work: Don't mention the unhealthy foods by name. They can easily trigger a craving in someone else that might be their undoing.

For instance, Joy mentioned a cheese danish earlier. So now that's what my little pea brain thinks is NECESSARY as a dinner item. Not so, little brain, not so!

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/13/2017 4:20 PM
A check in would be good.

I need an outlet to keep me on track, even though we have been talking about this today I've already done poorly myself. I started off well with breakfast, then at lunch I did well with a protein, but got bored this afternoon and let myself given into a cup of coffee and a sugary snack.

I am going to make a healthy dinner and try to get back on track and start my weekend out right.
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/14/2017 8:46 PM
Saturday check-in. Vitamins - check. Three meals - check. Two sorta' balanced, one had too much sugar. But no extra bingeing & no over eating.

Overall grade: C (On Scale of A,B,C,D,F)

How'd y'all do?
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/14/2017 9:31 PM
Saturday check in -

Vitamins - check
Breakfast - balanced
Lunch - half of sandwich
Dinner - tea and toast

No snacking, but need to do better on getting fruits and veggies in

Overall grade: C- (because of lack of fruit, vegs and protein)
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/15/2017 6:44 PM
Sunday check in-

Vitamins - check
Breakfast - balanced
Lunch - fairly decent job
Dinner - balanced
No snacking (so far)

Overall grade B (got in protein, fruits and veggies today, yay me)
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/15/2017 8:16 PM
Sunday -
Vitamins, check
Breakfast - veggies, cheese, white carbs B
Lunch - sugar, ugh. F
Dinner, protein, fruit, vegs A
Overall - C+

Changing thread name to something that makes more sense!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Posted By : couchtater - 1/15/2017 9:57 PM
I give myself a F.
I've been having to care for my sister and her partially paralyzed husband for a month now. I'm a terrible cook and we've been eating bad. I'm also too tired from driving her to all of her doctor's visits.
Go to change something soon.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/16/2017 8:38 PM
Monday Check In:

Vitamins Check
Breakfast - balanced
Lunch - Out of town, out to eat, not so good
Dinner - out to eat again - ate poorly
Overall D
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/16/2017 8:58 PM
Joy, glad you are joining us. Just try to squeeze in a few vegetables, ok?

My Monday wasn't too great on the food front. Vitamins, check. Breakfast - darn those soft drinks! Lunch - C. Snack - ugh. Bad carbs. Dinner - skipped.
Overall today - D.

Hoping we all do better tomorrow!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Posted By : FW - 1/16/2017 11:56 PM
This sounds like a great idea. I would like to join in. I am gluten and soy free. Also allergic to peanuts, treenuts, shellfish. Dairy i can tolerate in small amounts.
I try to stick to lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables. That seems to do the trick.

Note to Lynnwood: thank you so much for suggesting a small therapy routine. I found a place that has pool therapy (water is 92°). The difference in getting regular exercise as well as eating properly has been so good for my overall condition.

Hope everyone has a good day.
Take care, Fran

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/17/2017 7:35 AM
Fran we would love for you to join us, the more the merrier! I think all of our goal is to eat healthy and excerise as this helps keep inflammation low and in turn we feel better.
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/17/2017 12:57 PM
Tuesday - finally got my vitamins down about 1:30, along with a late breakfast/lunch of unhealthy foods. Even with a balanced dinner, today is going to be a solid "D". Kinda' reflects my mental attitude for the day.

Hopefully I will manage to boil a few eggs tonight to have ready for quick breakfast protein. Anyone figured out a good way to warm up previously boiled eggs? I'm guessing maybe a short time in the microwave after shelling them?

Tomorrow's got to be an improvement!!!

Posted By : Lisabeans - 1/17/2017 1:58 PM
Today I had eggs and cheese with a touch of olive oil and coffee.
Lunch popcorn at Target while waiting for my medicine
Lisa
Ulcerative Colitis (remission) on lilada
Reflux on dexilant
Recently low positive ana and now on plaquinal

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/17/2017 2:20 PM
Lisa, Glad you are joining our "food watch"!

Just an FYI - try not to mention any specific "bad" foods, as it may trigger uncontrollable cravings in the rest of us. Thanks!

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/17/2017 6:38 PM
Tuesday Check In:

Vitamins - Check
Breakfast - oatmeal, but could have done better if I'd managed to get fruit in as well.
Lunch - balanced
Dinner - balanced

I'm going to give myself a B+ for today, breakfast I could have done
No snacking, managed to home cook all my meals today, lunch and dinner had clean protein and veggies. Tomorrow I'm back out of town again for doctors appointments, so I know my eating habits will suffer as a result.
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Butterflake - 1/17/2017 11:57 PM
Well this isn't a check in but I need help. St. Hubby is very set in his ways and still prepares the same spicy food he has eaten his entire adult life. Even without the spices I don't like what he prepares.

I can go for months where I am so sick that I can't prepare anything that takes longer than 10 minutes. For months I've been eating lots of Greek yogurt, chicken noodle soup, gluten free toast, diet soda and unfortunately some junk food too. Hubby almost always does the grocery shopping, and I know that I must leave junk food off my list. Most foods don't appeal to me (salad). I belonged to a swim club for
6 months and finally cancelled it because from October to January I have not been well enough to go and on most days can't drive.
So 1) I am too weak to prepare anything. 2) Most foods don't appeal to me 3) I need to exercise. I've gained 35 pounds. Does anyone have ideas that can help me? Love, Butterflake
SLE '05, Sjogren's, Fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency), Hypertension, Osteoporosis, CNS problems, GERD, angina, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: better living through chemistry

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/18/2017 11:59 AM
That's a tough one, Butterflake. I have a couple of ideas to toss out, maybe one of them will appeal to you or spark another idea that works.

1) Ask him to prepare the same food, but in a second dish make a version without the spices.
2) Ask him to try preparing something and hold the spices until the food is on the plate. It may not make as much of a difference as he thinks it will.
3) Try a protein drink. I have one that's not too bad. I find if I use it when my appetite is low sometimes it helps get me interested in other foods.
4) Are there any vegetables that you like in their raw forms? I find raw veggies have the crunchiness that sometimes is what I want in junk foods. And they need less preparation as well. Today some grocery stores have stuff already cut up for eating.
5) Tried any of the frozen meals? They are a LOT better than they used to be. Although I admit I'd be loath to try them myself.
6) For exercise, do something SMALL. Walk around the parking lot once a day, to start. Start with something you know you can achieve so you get a positive track record built up.

Also, some simple foods include tuna salad and eggs. Maybe egg salad. Sometimes I do sliced ham (the no-salt kind) rolled up with some swiss cheese and maybe a lettuce leaf.

That's all that comes to mind at the moment, will add if I think of anything else. Hope that helps a little.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 1/18/2017 11:46:07 AM (GMT-7)


Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/18/2017 8:12 PM
Wednesday check in - vitamins - check, breakfast - poor, lunch - ok, dinner - ok. could've eaten more veggies. Overall -- C, I guess.

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/18/2017 8:17 PM
You are in a tough situation Butterflake, I've been where you are. There was a period of almost a year I lived on packaged peanut butter crackers, Diet Coke and very little else. I am blessed that my husband would (still will) cook anything I wanted, but I was like you very little appealed to me.

When I finally did start eating I did exactly what Lynnwood is talking about, I buy lunch meat and Swiss cheese, so I can just grab it quick when I get hungry and it keeps me (most of the time) from snacking. When my husband is at work I also buy Healthy Choice TV dinners for variety, they are low calories and I think the flavor is actually pretty good. I also buy the prepackaged salad mix to make a quick salad and then cut up the lunch meat and cheese for a quick chef's salad.

When I'm feeling bad my husband does the grocery shopping, I make a list of things I want and I ask him to please not bring junk food in the house because it helps me to stay on track.

Lastly, my rheumatologist recommended yoga for arthritis, I thought he was crazy and let's admit getting down on the floor and stretching is easier said than done when you're swollen and sore. I did some research on YouTube and I found chair yoga, it's about 15 minutes long, there are several to choose from. It is actually quite a workout and I have to admit I do feel better when I do it.

Hope this helps a little.
Hugs;
Melissa
_____________________________________________________
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/18/2017 8:21 PM
Wednesday Check In:

Breakfast - balanced
Lunch - poor
Dinner - poor
Was traveling and I'm bad about snacking when in the car
Overall D
Hugs;
Melissa
_____________________________________________________
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : couchtater - 1/18/2017 9:27 PM
Ok on meals, but snacks were bad. Too much sugar.
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/19/2017 11:40 AM
Feeling really, really stressed today, so am having horrible carb cravings. Fortunately, don't have any in the house, so as long as I can stay out of the car, I'm relatively safe. Unfortunately, I have a haircut at 2:30, so pray that I can get back home safely without buying any carbs!!! nono

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/20/2017 11:41 AM
Thanks to y'all, I did not buy/eat carbs yesterday. And now I'm boiling a dozen eggs to keep me in protein! Woo-hoo!

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/20/2017 3:25 PM
Way to go Lynnwood, great job yesterday! Hope your stress levels are down and you're having a better day today.
Hugs;
Melissa
_____________________________________________________
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/20/2017 8:36 PM
How's everyone doing?

I still had a high-stress day (moving everything out of my very densely packed business office for some much-needed painting, carpeting, and other improvements), so my food was not great, but...

I did NOT binge. So I'm counting it a success.

Hope y'all are hanging in there with good proteins, veggies, and fruits!

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/20/2017 9:05 PM
Friday:

Vitamins - Check
Breakfast - not so successful (sugary)
Lunch - balanced
Dinner - balanced, got in clean protein and veggies
No snacking

It was a so so day, overall I give myself a C
Hugs;
Melissa
_____________________________________________________
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/22/2017 4:48 PM
Weekend check in:

Vitamins - check

I think I'm going into a flare, so I've been pretty much living on tea and toast for breakfast lunch and dinner this weekend. No appetite at all. The good thing is I'm not wanting to snack, but the bad thing is I'm not getting any protein.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend and y'all have been able to eat healthy.

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/22/2017 5:21 PM
Vitamins - Check. Breakfast, Lunch - ok.
Dinner - well, let's not talk about dinner.

F-
Is F minus even a grade? LOL

Tomorrow must be better, not sure it could be much worse!

Posted By : FW - 1/23/2017 12:28 AM
Did not do so well this past weekend. But I plan on getting back to a better schedule/diet starting tomorrow. I honestly do find that it helps!
Take care, Fran

Posted By : 10bmd10 - 1/23/2017 6:56 AM
Good News, my diet for the past 3+ weeks has been stellar. All lean proteins and veggies and zero cheat foods.

My rheumy said a Gluten Free diet could help me. I'm not celiac, but she said it could cut down on inflammation. so, that's what I've done...

Bad news, I've pretty much been sick to my stomach the whole time, either due to my body trying to process so many vegetables, or still getting used to Plaquenil? Also, I have lost zero weight in those 3 weeks. It's just hard to believe given how upset my stomach has been and how little bad food as gone in...

so, I'm frustrated and ready to go back to all the unhealthy food, since carbs make my stomach feel great!

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/23/2017 8:56 AM
10bmd10

How are you feeling other than being nauseous, is your inflammation and energy level good? Maybe you should add a few carbs back and see how you feel.
Hugs;
Melissa
_____________________________________________________
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : 10bmd10 - 1/23/2017 9:13 AM
Other than the stomach problem, I am feeling pretty darn good. Very minimal joint pain, almost no fatigue, high energy level, no fevers. pretty much my only complaint is the stomach cramping/nausea.

I think I'm going to add in some non-gluten carbs. I think that's going to be my next step... I like that suggestion!

Posted By : Butterflake - 1/24/2017 3:05 PM
Hi Ladies. For several days I have had more energy than the past 6 months. It's not great, but it sure is significant. Also more food is appealing to me.
I'm answering Lynnwood's and Melissa's suggestions. As for what Hubby prepares they are "unusual" Mexican dishes he developed and even without spices I couldn't choke most down. Protein drinks, yuck. Raw veggies get thrown out. A few frozen meals are in the freezer and don't appeal either. Sliced ham: For ten years the only meat I ate was fish. Then I added bird and since Lupus I've added some cow. You can tell by my writing that it's an animal thing. I haven't eaten pig in 25 years. One more barrier is that I must limit gluten. Too much and diarrhea visits. This is sad, but I'm so addicted to yogurt that I take Lactase every time I eat it. Too much dairy, diarrhea. BUT a tuna sandwich on my GF bread sounds good! Yea!
Now for exercise: Rheumy won't let me walk because my right knee is ruined, R hip bursitis, osteoarthritis completely down my spine (it's hurting very badly as I'm writing this. After I quit running for 20 years I continued to stretch and when I touch my toes I can still place my hands flat on the floor. I did yesterdaysmile During the past six months I rarely drove because I get cobwebs in my brain and confused. So that plus no energy = no arthritis swim class. Melissa Ahha! 15 minutes of chair yoga sounds good and I am going to look at YouTube! I really appreciate the effort and time both of you took to help me and even a couple of great ideas are great for me! Love Ya, Butterflake
SLE '05, Sjogren's, Fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, anxiety; CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency); IVIG and Benlysta infusions monthly; Hypertension; Osteoarthritis of the spine, right knee, fingers, toes; Bursitis right hip; Osteoporosis, CNS problems, GERD, angina, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: better living through chemistry

Posted By : Butterflake - 1/24/2017 3:24 PM
I do like this thread so I'm contributing a simple dessert I learned at Weight Watchers:
Buy a few of your favorite apples.
Core them (you can buy an apple corer bout anywhere)
Peal the tops, rub the tops with a little brown sugar and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour
Grab one out of the fridge and reheat!
SLE '05, Sjogren's, Fibro, Raynaud's, major depressive disorder, anxiety; CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency); IVIG and Benlysta infusions monthly; Hypertension; Osteoarthritis of the spine, right knee, fingers, toes; Bursitis right hip; Osteoporosis, CNS problems, GERD, angina, 1st stage kidney disease. Many meds: better living through chemistry

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/24/2017 7:46 PM
Tuesday Check In:
Vitamins - check
Breakfast - balanced
Lunch - balanced
Dinner- balanced
No snacking

Didn't get any fruit in, did manage to get some veggies and protein
Overall B for the day
Hugs;
Melissa
_____________________________________________________
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : couchtater - 1/25/2017 11:05 PM
I have a weird sleep schedule due to insomnia so I don't call my meals by normal names....

1st meal-ok
2nd meal-good
3rd meal-naughty
I did get a healthy snack of fruit in, though.

C minus
Joy
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Posted By : 10bmd10 - 1/26/2017 7:46 AM
I'm doing this three-day cleanse starting tomorrow...Basically 3 days of fruit and veggie smoothies to help rid the body of toxins. If anybody wants to join me, let me know! (I'm not affiliated with this or making any money off it. I have no idea if it'll work/help, but I think it's worth a shot)

http://www.doctoroz.com/article/dr-ozs-3-day-detox-cleanse-one-sheet

Plaquenil is all I'm taking right now, and it's still only been 20 days since I started it. I understand it takes a while, so I figured I'd get my body as healthy as I can while I let it start working.
January, 2017 - Doctor is toying between a UCTD and Lupus diagnosis

Plaquenil, 200mg since January 6, 2017

Gluten-free since January 5, 2017 - I don't have celiac, but doctor advised it might help with the lupus/UCTD

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/26/2017 8:46 AM
Wednesday check in:

Breakfast - balanced
Lunch - balanced
Dinner - balanced
Did get in some fruit, but slipped and had some bad snacks too.

Overall C

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/26/2017 9:11 AM
I've been doing really poorly - stress eating due to my home being in uproar. Painting and new carpeting going in. Nothing is where it belongs. Some would say now is the time to eat better, but... that certainly isn't how it's working out. shocked

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/29/2017 10:37 AM
Lynnwood, I hope you are feeling better, hope your able to reduce your stress and remember when you started the process of renovation you were committed to taking things slowly as to not let it get to you. I know it has definitely got to be easier said than done, I've been through plenty of renovations myself, we do a project every year. And every year it's huge stressor.

As for my eating habits, I am not renovating and have no excuses and I have not had a good weekend. It's just plain lack of focus, motivation and self control. My son and his family came in town Friday, so the day started out by me knowing I wasn't going to cook. Not a good thing. Saturday I went out of town to visit my daughter and another day of eating out.

Sunday, I'm back home, but exhausted from all the visitors and traveling and not energy to cook so I started my morning off with prepackaged breakfast bars. My joints are screaming at me; I know good and well as much as it's my disease it's also my own doing with what I put in my body.
Hugs;
Melissa
_____________________________________________________
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/30/2017 12:39 PM
Ran up to DC for a 3-day weekend, where relatives eat much more, much more often, and much more richly than we usually do! I think I gained at least 10 lbs this weekend -- haven't checked scale yet! lol (Got caught in the Delta airlines snafu - was supposed to be home 15 hrs ago but just got in.)

All that's in the fridge is water, vegs & fruits, so that's what I'll be eating next!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Posted By : Lynnwood - 2/3/2017 11:54 AM
Agh. No success. Starting over, one more time!

At least I've done 3 weeks of taking my vitamins successfully, after not taking them for over a year. Today I will count out a few more weeks and put into my pill minder containers.

I am at my heaviest weight EVER. (I was on the light side until well into my 40's when Lupus and that nasty prednisone came along.)

Today I discussed with my friend at the gym how to substitute good stuff for bad. Tricks like substituting carrots (orange and crunchy) for one of my carbs (an orange, crunchy carb). Sounds silly, but at this point any suggestions sound worth a try!

How is everyone else doing? Eating Well helps us Heal Well!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Posted By : cilly - 2/4/2017 12:41 AM
I love this thread.

I just wanna start eating as I don't eat much,nowhere healthy.
Joining this challenge will keep me motivated.

Thank you all.
Cilly

Posted By : Melissa D. - 2/5/2017 3:48 PM
Continue to take vitamins daily, breakfast goes well, lunch is usually a crap shoot unfortunately, I do better at dinner lately because I've been fixing dinner for my husband and I. I've been able to keep from snacking for the most part and if I do I grab a piece of fruit.

There's still room for improvement without doubt.
Hugs;
Melissa
_____________________________________________________
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Lynnwood - 2/5/2017 4:23 PM
Day 2 of restarting...

Day 1 - B, okay but lunch was sad.
Day 2 - B, okay, but again lunch was sad.

Like you, Melissa, it's my hardest meal. I can do eggs & fruit for breakfast, dinner is protein, veggies, and fruit with another person. Lunch, by myself, ugh. Shouldn't be this hard! Today it was a couple of slices of cheese and a drink that won't be mentioned.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
"Life is far too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde

Posted By : Melissa D. - 2/11/2017 8:32 PM
Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing with their eating? I'm actually doing fairly well with my diet, I did a lot of cooking this week, meals have been balanced, managed not to snack. Which is good because I have been in a flare and my joints have been red and swollen, so I really needed to be diligent this week. While I'm not a 100%, I am feeling a little better, the swelling is down a little and I've dropped 2 pounds which I attribute to fluid retention.
Hugs;
Melissa
_____________________________________________________
Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

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