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.
Lupus, you have no chance!
Love and hugs,
(mom to my little Chihuahua, Brandi)
Diagnosed with SLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Celiac, and arthritis November 2006.