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    Hey everyone,

    It's been a few weeks since I've posted anything.... been super busy trying to finish up classes for this semester.

    I was wondering, I've been trying to do some research regarding diet and SLE, but haven't really come up with much.

    I've heard that a vegetarian or vegan diet can be helpful... I'm not so sure I could go completely vegan.. but I already don't eat much red meat. I don't know if that's been something I've strayed away from because on some subconscious level I knew it made me feel bad, but I just tend to not crave red meats much.

    Also, lately, dairy has been upsetting my stomach ALOT!! Then again, I suppose that could also be the Plaquenil.. I've only been on it since the beginning of November.

    Has anyone here had any luck with certain diet changes? I'd love to hear some stories about what's worked for you guys and try to develop a plan that suits me.

    Thanks.
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    I don't follow a specific plan but I can tell you... chocolate/caffeine(coffee)/alcohol do bother me.Having said that,,when I am feel badly or depressed about the LUP..what do I reach for...you got!! I am an admitted sugarholic and I have read that sugar and AI issues are not good together..it can cause inflamation...I have terrible will power.Good luck and eating healthy will never hurt you.
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    One of the first things I learned when I was diagnosed with lupus is to listen to my body. What helped me was to keep a food diary for two full weeks, listing everything I ate and noting how I felt after each time I ate. That helped me to understand which foods helped me to feel at my best.

    What I learned is probably not typical of many lupus patients, and I'm not sure why it's true for me, but I feel best when I eat fish, eggs, and beef. Close second is lamb. Also, lots of veggies, milk, grapes, and cherries.

    I feel the worst when I eat processed foods, sugar, fried foods, high fructose corn syrup, and caffeine.

    When I stuck to that diet, I lost 80 pounds and felt great.

    However...I've not stuck to it lately for a number of reasons, gained lots of weight back, and felt awful. I need to be more disciplined and not give in to emotional eating, but it's hard.

    For me, the best way to eat is to have 2 eggs over hard with a glass of V8 juice and a glass of milk for breakfast. For lunch, 3oz protein (usually what's leftover from dinner), 3 servings of vegs, and some fruit. For dinner, usually the same with maybe a baked potato or small serving of gluten-free pasta. It's also best if I have NO processed foods and no artificial foods like margarine, just real butter. No pop (soda) either, although I really love my Pepsi One!

    I'm really trying to get fully back on track, and I really want to do it, I just can't seem to manage to stick to it yet. In January, though, the lupus support group is going to have a nutritionist work with us each month and help us get on track with food and exercise, so I'm hoping that will motivate me.
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    Yea, I think the key probably would be to stay away from the processed foods and sugars..

    It's just so difficult, with working and school full-time! And I love my coffee =(

    Cheryl, what part of MI did you say you were from? I'd love to start going to a group, I'm feeling super isolated lately... it's hard to really talk to people about some things I'm going through because they aren't in my shoes, too.
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    Shannon, hi!! I'm from SE Michigan too, Royal Oak area. I didn't notice your location, but I'm so glad there's someone else here from our area! The lupus group meets in St. Clair Shores and it's an absolutely wonderful group of people who have become friends.

    Also, there is a fabulous social worker there once a week who helps us work through the issues we have to deal with in regards to living with lupus. You can have counseling in the office or even on the phone. There is a charge for counseling, but it's based on what you can afford.

    One reason I love the group so much is exactly what you said - it's a chance to be with people who truly understand, who are living this life dealing with isolation, fear, frustration...and when we're together we don't feel so alone anymore. I always leave feeling SO much better! We just had our December meeting on Tuesday night, but there will be a January meeting and that's when the nutritionist starts. Send me a private message if you want to know more about it - I really hope you join us. Also, if you want to get together sometime, that would be great! I'm going to be off for Christmas break after next week.
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    I gave up coffee. At 49 I have never given it up before, even during stays in the hospital and the sickest I've ever been. It was GERD that got me, I just felt too crummy trying to eat and drink and the coffee was just making it worse. Gave up alcohol too but have re-introduced it in small amounts.

    The surprising thing is, now that my reflux symptoms are in check and my appitite is back, I seem to want less sweets and I think it is becuase I'm off coffee.

    I'm feeling much better though I think it is the meds rather than the diet, a healthy diet and exercise I think is all the more important with lupus becuase we are extra sensitive to stress and eating badly is a form of stress to the body - anyway that's what I think.

    btw - am enjoying roobios tea - is very good
    much love to all my lupie friends -

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