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!!!