Diet and flares

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   Posted 10/7/2015 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I was recently diagnosed with sle and currently in a flare. I have read diet and cetain foods should be avoided and could cause increased symptoms. I have 2 questions: 1. What foods have you all found that you avoid and 2. How soon after those foods do you notice an increase in symptoms? I know everyone is different, but I'm trying to find some solutions to keep my symptoms down. I found out im allergic to plaquenil :(

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   Posted 10/7/2015 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I know we have to focus on a healthy diet, getting enough rest, and gentle exercise.
Some people claim to follow the anti inflammatory diet helps. I've never tried that.

There are alternatives to plaquinel have you discussed them with your doctor?
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   Posted 10/8/2015 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
According to Dr Daniel Wallace, leading Lupus expert and author of the very popular must-read, "The Lupus Book" - Here is a Q&A from an interview with him.

Q – What dietary advice do you give to lupus patients? Are there any particular foods they should avoid, or eat more of? Do you advise on taking supplements of any kind (e.g. vitamins, herbs, etc)?

A – Lupus patients can eat whatever they wish, but I advise 2-3 fish meals a week (fish oil is mildly antiinflammatory) and the avoidance of alfalfa sprouts (seen in salads a lot in California but probably not a problem in the UK) which have an amino acid, L-canavanine, which flares lupus. Patients on steroids need to watch their carbohydrate and fat intake as well.
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