diet and lupus...does it work?

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Lise60
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   Posted 6/14/2013 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
                       I have always tried to eat well and watch the calories, especially on prednisone. More and more I am running across how much nutrient dense foods can change people's lives and basically "cure" many diseases. One lupus patient wrote a book on how she cured herself with diet, avoiding dairy, nightshades, sugar, refined foods and eating a basically plant based organic diet (and avoided stress...important). Has anyone experienced a noticeable difference in their health, lupus symptoms by eating this way? I have tried juicing and smoothies with greens and nutrient dense foods, and besides the gas (from so much fiber!!), I felt better and lost some weight (toxins I suspect). Most conventional doctors poo poo the idea that food can heal, but more and more I think they realize food IS medicine. How many of you can relate to this? We talk a lot about drugs to treat, but what about foods? I think there IS more to it than we realize. If I eat too much sugar or dairy I pay with joint pain and fatigue. Maybe it's a coincidence but I believe we are what we eat. Does anybody follow a specific diet to help keep their lupus/RA in check? Depending on what you all experience, maybe there is a common thread that ties us to this disease with food choices.(I don't support stopping ANY meds, just being our own advocate and try other supports like high nutrition). Does anyone notice a difference in their symptoms from the foods you eat? I am really curious about this topic and believe it holds real truth! What say you??

Lynnwood
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   Posted 6/14/2013 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I never ate quite as poorly as some, BUT I do feel better when I skip the white carbs, sugars, and caffeine and focus more on getting enough protein. And the recommended amounts of protein are much higher than most people think.

I've pulled parts from a couple of "anti-inflammation diets" to make something that works for me, more or less. I'm kinda' a picky eater and get bored eating the same all the time and hate spending a lot of time finding/preparing/eating & cleaning up after food....so I can't stick to anything too rigid.

But when I stopped all soft drinks & was drinking only water, and traded in all my other breakfast options for 2 hard boiled eggs, I did feel better within 2-3 weeks. Lunch was protein-rich yogurt with fruit, then a "normal" but balanced evening meal.

For me, this makes sense, not from a "Lupus makes inflammation I need to avoid it" point of view, but more that "sugar & fats increase inflammation risks and I don't need to further aggravate the inflammation tendencies I've gotten from Lupus".

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Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator
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Lise60
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   Posted 6/15/2013 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, sugar and carbs affect me too. I have a weakness for frozen yogurt and we have a new self serve place that has tons of toppings. Every time I go there I feel awful within hours! You would think I would learn!!!!
 
 I just wish doctors would realize how much food impacts disease. Too bad med school never really touched on this subject much, but I think more and more they are beginning to understand that food is not just our fuel but our medicine too. I see a D.O. now who specializes in rheumatology and his mom had lupus way back when so he grew up with that. He is more receptive to more than "band aid" medicine and the more I read the more I wish lupus patients would see for themselves that food IS medicine! I'm not trying to preach here, just want to put a bug in everyone's ear so they might get curious enough to look into this side of managing lupus, I want everybody to feel well !!! Gut health is especially important too, most of our immune system resides there so we need to keep that healthy. I take really good probiotics and TRY to eat as healthy as I can......easier said than done though, I have a sweet tooth and it is an addiction as we all know! :-))
I saw a Naturopath back in the late 90's and she had me on an eating program that was all organic, nothing with preservatives, chemicals or added colors or anything refined. No sugar, dairy, wheat, red meat and anything white (rice potatoes, etc). Lots of vegies and fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, certain supplements. In 3 months I lost 19 lbs and never felt better in my life. Most my labs went to basically normal range. It was really hard to eat this way (especially since my husband wouldn't)and little by little I fell off the wagon (vacations, etc and then we moved). But I know in my heart this is what I should do ALL the time. SO hard when we are bombarded with the American way of eating everywhere we turn! Please everyone who reads this, take a second and think about what you put in your body. We are worth it!!!

timaryla
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   Posted Yesterday 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa,
Yes, I can positively say that diet can totally change your life. www.hacres.com is a great resource to check out what kind of diet will help the most. Its a lifestyle change which I struggle with because I love my daily servings of "junkfood", but EVERYTIME I have stayed with it, I have improved! So, struggling a bit with my health again, so I am going back to the basics of this diet to get back on track. Hope this helps!

Lise60
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   Posted Yesterday 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Joel Fuhrman has a book called "Eat to Live" that has changed many lives with diet. He has written many other books as well as be on PBS programs, advocating a plant based diet high in micro nutrients, the ones that rebuild healthy cells. I have seen him on other reputable shows and he has a very successful practice, does seminars, teaches other doctors about nutrition. When I follow his advice I feel like a new person, but it's not easy to do. I tend to have a sweet tooth and that is the worst for anyone's health!! Try some smoothies with greens (like kale and spinach, VERY high density nutrients) and they aren't bad if you add some fruits. I try to make one meal a day a huge salad with everything in the world in it. It's worth the trouble when you feel so much better afterwards. I will still allow myself the occasional burger and fries but I don't always feel very good after.....must be something to this healthy food thing, the body knows what it needs, only we don't always listen to it. Dr. Fuhrman treats many auto immune patients with huge success. Check it out. I will look at the website you suggested too. Eat to live, don't live to eat!
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