Eating Healthy - Check In & Support

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Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/13/2017 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
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

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couchtater
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   Posted 1/13/2017 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
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! :))

Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/13/2017 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
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?

Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/13/2017 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/13/2017 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
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!

Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/13/2017 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/14/2017 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
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

Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/14/2017 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/15/2017 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/15/2017 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
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
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couchtater
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   Posted 1/15/2017 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
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! :))

Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/16/2017 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/16/2017 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
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

FW
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   Posted 1/16/2017 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
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

Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/17/2017 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/17/2017 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
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!!!

Lisabeans
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   Posted 1/17/2017 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Today I had eggs and cheese with a touch of olive oil and coffee.
Lunch popcorn at Target while waiting for my medicine
Lisa
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/17/2017 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
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!

Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/17/2017 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

Butterflake
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   Posted 1/17/2017 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
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

Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/18/2017 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
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)


Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/18/2017 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Wednesday check in - vitamins - check, breakfast - poor, lunch - ok, dinner - ok. could've eaten more veggies. Overall -- C, I guess.

Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/18/2017 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
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
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Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Melissa D.
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   Posted 1/18/2017 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
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
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Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

couchtater
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   Posted 1/18/2017 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok on meals, but snacks were bad. Too much sugar.
Joy
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When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))
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