Foods that make you flare

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   Posted 11/5/2008 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
What foods do you notice make you flare?
I had some soy milk for the first time in months yesterday and w/in a hour, my joints were really achey, I was very dizzy and just flu like.
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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Peace. Eggs, milk, milk sauces, and ice cream make me flare. I can eat cheese, but since lupus I've apprently become lactose intollerant (lots of gas). I'm sure cheese is'nt good for me, but I haven't been able to give up pizza. One of my other favorite foods is cereal, but lately the soy milk seems to be giving me diarrhea. I haven't given it up yet. Silly Butterflake  eyes   

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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
BF, I've replaced my morning soy with almond milk. It actually tastes better. Not sure why I was silly enough to take soy yesterday

Dairy is very mucus forming in the body and in fact, most adults do not have the enzyme to break up lactose. Some people just feel the effects from the lactose more than others.
Milk is for babies; babies have the enzyme to break up lactose. Once a baby is weened off dairy, then the bodies doesn't create that enzyme anymore.

If you have to stick with dairy, take probiotics to ward off the gas it causes.

I'm glad I can eat eggs.

thanks for the input :-)

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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Alfalfa is one to stay away from. I love alfalfa sprouts on a pocket sandwich, but no more sent me into a bad flare and even read (after the fact) that alfalfa is actually a known trigger.


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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, the offending foods cause inflammation . . . but not a flare. When I have inflammation, I can get it quieted down fairly quickly . . . but, for me, a flare would be when I have an extended period of time where I can't get my symptoms under control.

For me, sugar is most likely to cause inflammation. But then there are times when I don't feel affected by it at all.

But I've found that my inflammation is better, in general, since I've lost 50 pounds. I also *try* to do regular exercises prescribed by physical therapists over the years.

Interesting topic . . . . Its amazing what will cause trouble for each of us.


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   Posted 11/5/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I stopped eating carbs (bread, pasta, cake, noodles, potatoes, etc), eating sweets, and drinking soda about a month ago.

I feel much better! It might be something to try....

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   Posted 11/5/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, thanks for the great input.

Sugar and pasta are big ones for me also. I'm such a clean eater but still have the Sweet Tooth disease ;-) But I still limit it a lot.
I'm actually doing a bodybuilding fitness challenge right now and in order to build, I needed to cut out sugar and "dirty" carbs as we call them. I feel pretty darn good when I do.

Lynn you can replace white potatoes with sweet potatoes. I make these sweet pot. baked french fries that are out of this world. Sweet pots are a clean carb which burns at a faster rate and will not turn to sugar.

MSG is also a big trigger for me. Again, I eat very clean but I used to LOVE bbq chips. I'll buy chips all natural chips now which tastes exaclty the same as the ones loaded with chemicals.

All this food talk is making want to binge ;-)
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   Posted 11/5/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm still learning what makes me flare but I've noticed a problem when I eat too much dairy or soy. I really need to overhaul my whole diet. I tried the McDougall "vegan" diet for 3 months and felt so much better but caved after that. Eating a plant based diet is very difficult.
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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Never heard of the McDougall diet. I'm going to check that out.

I used to be a vegan, but had to start eating chicken and fish. I was lacking big time. Was tough to go back to meat, but it is tough to eat all vegan.
Though I do have some great/healthy vegan recipes :-)
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