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!