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08-20-2009, 09:23 AM
so i was just wandering. can certain foods cause flares or make them worse?

08-20-2009, 09:27 AM
I know caffeine is a no no. I have been reading up on how anything from the nightshade family can increase inflammation...tomatoes, potatoes, green peppers. But I haven't found a whole lot. Some information goes over my head and some I'm not sure are good sources. You ask a great question and I look forward to replies.

08-20-2009, 11:44 AM
There is a lot of information out there on what you should and shouldn't eat. I know sugar should be avoided, caffeine, green peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes ect....of course they are all things I love and the things they say you should eat like salmon and other fish in general, pineapple ect are just things I don't like!!!

I can't say that any of the foods I eat actaully cause any of my flares. But definately eating foods that help reduce inflammation like omega 3 foods (fish, nuts, olive oil) will help! Also taking fish oil supplements are beneficial if you don't like fish...but check with you doctor first.

08-20-2009, 09:19 PM
Apparently you shouldn't have alfafa sprouts as they are high with a certain compound which I can't remember. Google it.

08-21-2009, 11:48 AM
Here is an article I found about foods and Lupus. Hopefully this will be a bit helpful to you:

While eating a healthy diet is important for everyone, it is especially important for someone with lupus (and any other chronic disease). To fight a disease like lupus, the body needs protein, vitamins, minerals and calories. But thereís another reason why practicing sound nutrition is so important for the lupus patient. It can help fight off other diseases like cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. Although many lupus patients might not think about such conditions, they are just as vulnerable to them as anyone else -- and sometimes even more so because of medications or a lack of activity.

Here, we answer some dietary questions commonly asked by many lupus patients.

Q. I have heard about vitamins and herbs that are supposed to ďboost the immune system.Ē Why would I want to boost my immune system if lupus is caused by an overactive immune system?

A. Letís look at this question in two parts. First, herbal, vitamin and other so-called ďnutritionalĒ products such as coenzyme A-10 that promise to boost the immune system
simply cannot live up to their promise, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Some may even be dangerous. Coenzyme Q-10, for example, can cause serious problems in people with poor circulation. Herbs may contain dangerous contaminants, some of which have been deadly (such as the chaparral herb). Such products are also expensive, robbing people (especially the chronically ill and elderly) of billions of dollars per year.

Secondly, you really canít boost the immune system, or make it more active, with diet. What you can do with a healthy diet is to strengthen the other disease-fighting abilities of the immune system. But do that with healthy food, like fruits and vegetables, not with herbs and nutritional supplements

Q. If some vitamins are good, does that mean taking extra is even better?

A. No -- overdosing on vitamins may even be dangerous. Unfortunately, many people, especially people with chronic illness, jump on the vitamin bandwagon and carry a good thing too far by taking far more than the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals (called recommended dietary allowances or RDAs). But this overzealousness can be downright dangerous. Consuming more than the RDA may cause toxic side effects, or interfere with the adsorption or metabolism of other nutrients. For some vitamins and minerals, amounts many, many times the RDA are necessary to cause undesirable side effects, but sometimes levels just slightly higher than the RDA are dangerous. The best advice is to buy a generic brand of multiple vitamins from your local discount drug store, and take just one per day. (Thereís one exception to this rule: patients taking methotrexate are often told to take a folic acid supplement).

Q. Are there any foods a person with lupus should avoid?

A. Thereís no overall advice for every lupus patient. While thereís some evidence from animal studies that some mice fed alfalfa sprouts develop lupus, thereís no evidence of that in humans. If you find that certain foods make you ill or consistently trigger a flare, you should certainly avoid those foods. Like everyone, you should avoid foods that are high in fat and sodium (as youíll read more about later).

Q. What kind of diet should a person with lupus follow?

A. The same healthy diet that every American is advised to follow is a diet low in fat (with 20-30% of calories from fat) and rich in complex carbohydrate foods such as whole grain products, legumes, vegetables and fruits. The other key characteristic of a healthy diet is variety. Try to include at least 10 different foods daily, striving for 15 different foods each day. Ideally, aim to include at least five and hopefully nine different fruit and vegetable servings daily (where a serving is 1/2 cup or one piece of fruit).

Q. Should I avoid all red meat.

A. Thereís absolutely no reason that beef and pork canít be part of a healthy diet. The key is in how much you eat and how you prepare it. Itís true that most Americans eat too much protein. While many people eat six or eight ounces of beef or other meat at one meal, the healthier amount is just 2-3 ounces per meal, or a total of 5 ounces per day. A three-ounce portion is approximately the size of a deck of playing cards, or a small fist. Prepare you protein foods by first trimming all visible fat; broiling and grilling are much better than frying. The best advice about types of protein food is again to think variety; rotate chicken, turkey, fish, beef, pork and cheese for your protein foods at dinner. At lunch, try to get your protein from legumes -- such foods as lentils and dried beans and peas. These high-protein foods are also very low in fat and high in fiber.

Q. What of Iím too ill to cook? Are there any frozen foods that are okay to eat?

A. Tread carefully through the frozen food aisle. Frozen foods are fat and salt landmines that can wreak serious havoc on fluid retention and your waistline. Read labels carefully. Choose frozen meals that have 10 or fewer grams of fat and no more that 500-700 milligrams of sodium.

In addition to frozen food, you might consider having some of the lower-fat, lower-sodium soups on hand. Choose varieties with chicken or beef so that you get some protein. Low-fat yogurt is also a good food to keep on hand -- itís not too high in sodium and a great source of protein. if you like it, low-sodium vegetable juice cocktail helps you get essential vitamins and minerals when you donít feel like fixing a vegetable.

Q. Is there any way to keep from gaining weight when I have to go on prednisone or when my dose increases?

A. Youíre very smart to think about how not to gain weight rather than later worrying about how to lose the weight youíve gained -- the latter is very difficult for everyone, and almost impossible if youíre still taking Prednisone.

Unfortunately, the increased appetite you experience when youíre taking predisone (or other forms of cortisone) is not just a figment of your imagination -- itís real. Be aware that you will feel hungry when youíre not, simply because your body doesnít supply you with the internal clues necessary to tell you to stop eating. Thatís why itís important to design a healthy eating plan (consulting with a registered dietician is a great idea for people with lupus, especially those who take cortisone), and then follow it. This way, youíre relying on a sound nutrition plan rather than appetite signals (which arenít reliable) to decide what to eat. Other tricks to try when your steroid appetite demands food:

*Drink a large glass of low sodium vegetable juice cocktail.

*Munch down a bowl of air-pooped (or low-fat microwave) popcorn.

*Snack on a plate of raw vegetables, dipped in fat-free sour cream, if you wish.

Hope This Helps
Peace and Blessings

08-22-2009, 09:15 AM
*Munch down a bowl of air-pooped (or low-fat microwave) popcorn.

Hope This Helps
Peace and Blessings

It's good to know I won't have to give up my Air-Pooped Popcorn, I do love it so.:laugh:

08-22-2009, 10:02 AM

I was advised by my former RheumBA...avoid processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners but Splenda was okay and alfalfa sprouts are to be avoided. For me it was easy, as I followed that rule prior...prior to being diagnosed. Maybe it helps to minimize the amount of flares of would have had...

My guide...avoid anything in a colorful wrapper.

Be well...

08-22-2009, 12:53 PM
wow i didn't even catch that. you know, "air-pooped" can mean several things. none of which i want to try!

08-22-2009, 05:47 PM

Isn't funny how a toot can make us laugh or gag...


08-23-2009, 09:39 AM
How funny!! I LOVE popcorn, but it is difficult to find air poppers any more. It was like a fad in the 80's. Now, all you can really find is the micro-wave bags....I have to admit that I do eat those:nah:

Peace and Blessings

08-23-2009, 06:05 PM
Alcohol bothers me..I am not a big drinker but being Italian and all...I do love my red wine!!! I feel it by the next morning..my muscles will ache. Chocolate bothers me too.....all the good 'stuff'..lol:hissyfit:

08-24-2009, 11:58 AM
It's good to know I won't have to give up my Air-Pooped Popcorn, I do love it so.:laugh:


Thanks Saysusie...I'm going to print that one...as is...it may come in handy one day when I need a smile.

08-24-2009, 04:44 PM
Hi All, My Rhuemy tested me for food sensitivities....gluten, milk, rice, and soy. I avoided them for awhile and now I can have them ever so often.

And my other doctor said MSG is a no good and even if places say they have no MSG most times its in the sauces.

And we are better off using real sugar. The fake stuff is a no no. And dark sodas......

Well that was just my two cents :cute:

Take care!!!