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MORE juicy details ;) Things I wish I knew when I was first diagnosed with Lupus

Updated: Jun 7, 2022

I’ve struggled with autoimmune diseases for the majority of my life, and 2 years of Lupus flares before I figured out that my “healthy eating” wasn’t enough. I needed to figure out what were my personal triggers. I felt so much fatigue, face rash, I had joint and muscle pain, I could barely move in the mornings and generally felt terrible overall. These are super common Lupus symptoms and were what helped with my Lupus diagnosis.

I remember the first time I learned about foods that can cause inflammation or act as triggers. I thought I knew everything until I started to really look at the research. All of a sudden, I realized I didn’t know enough about anti-inflammatory diets. So here are some things I wish someone had told me:

  • Some foods act as a trigger for inflammation: gluten, dairy, grains, soy, sugar, and even things like tomatoes and peppers can be a problem!

  • Each person has their own individual triggers

  • This applies to ALL autoimmune diseases! Not only Lupus!

  • Some food dyes and preservatives can also be triggers!

  • Sleep is soooo important!!!

  • Reduce stress and burn out - if you are pushing yourself too hard all day long, you will crash, and I certainly have done this

  • Photosensitivity - too much sun can throw me right into a flare

  • Lastly, support! Find the friends, loved ones and ME (The Lupus Dietitian!) that can give you the support you need!

Have a great day everyone!!!!!!! Reach out for a free meet and greet call if you are interested in more support from me!

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