The Lupus and Diet Dilemma: What should we eat? What should we avoid?
“The Magic Disappearing Veggie Trick”
From the time we are kiddos, we are told that we should exercise and eat right in order to grow up big and strong, right? Well instead, we spent many-a-weeknight-dinners pushing around the peas and other veggies lying ominously on our plates, in the hopes that they will magically disappear, or hiding them under the mashed potatoes to make it look so. Then, making those stink faces at our parents, when we hear that we are having fish for dinner (unless, of course, its the breaded and fried unidentifiable kind.) As we grew, many of us -but not all of us- have had taste buds and/or common sense that grew and matured simultaneously with our bodies. We have since learned to like, perhaps even love our veggies and those little fishies we once abhorred. For others… not so much.
Tricks are for kids
- Reduction of inflammation and swelling
- Prevention of nutrient deficiencies
- Maintaining strong bones and muscles
- Combating medication side-effects
- Reach or maintain a desired body weight
- Reducing the risk of heart disease
Lupus and Diet: What are the recommendations for what we should be eating?
- A nutritious, well-balance and varied diet
- Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, the “make your plate a rainbow” theory of eating
- Whole grains
- Beans, nuts, and seeds
- Moderate amounts of lean proteins
- Fish that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.
And if you still don’t relish the ‘eating of the fish’ idea, there are always Omego 3 pills!
|Omega 3 Fatty Acids, if not in fish form, pill form works too!|
Ok, now for the bad news…what should we be avoiding?
- Foods high in fats, trans fats and cholesterol
- Red meats and other high fat meat
- Alcoholic beverages
- Salty foods
- Sugary foods
- Alfalfa sprouts- There has been some evidence shown that it can trigger a lupus flare. Some herbal teas have alfalfa in them so read labels carefully.
|Not this Alfalfa.
Ban together and say NO to alfalfa! They have indeed been prove to be “little rascals.”
Tips and Links!
Toasting to you right now with a Carrot Cake Smoothie from Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth.
Carrot Cake Smoothie
1 frozen banana
6oz cup Chobani Pineapple Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice – I love Almond Breeze by Blue Diamond!)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground ginger
Note: For a vegan option, omit the Greek yogurt (and almond milk) and sub with 1 cup of coconut milk instead.
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