Living with lupus can be a complex journey filled with uncertainties. I know, I have Lupus myself!
One part of living with Lupus that often requires careful attention is diet. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects various parts of the body, and managing its symptoms can be challenging. Your diet plays a significant role in how you feel!
That's where a dietitian comes in – a valuable resource to help you make informed choices. If you're looking for help with your diet, a dietitian is the right place to begin!
My name is Tanya, The Lupus Dietitian and I can help you navigate your diet for the best results. If you're ready to get started, see below for the button to schedule a free meet and greet call with me.
If you are looking for another dietitian, these are the questions you should ask ...
1. What Foods Can Trigger Lupus Flares?
Understanding potential triggers is crucial when managing lupus. Ask your dietitian about foods that may exacerbate inflammation or lead to flares. Your dietitian can help you identify specific triggers based on your unique sensitivities.
2. What Dietary changes can Help Control Inflammation?
Inflammation is a hallmark of lupus, and some foods can either worsen or alleviate it. Discuss with your dietitian the role of an anti-inflammatory diet in managing your condition. Foods like fatty fish, leafy greens, and berries are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and can be incorporated into your diet.
3. Should I Consider a Specialized Diet?
There are various diets designed to manage autoimmune diseases, such as the Mediterranean diet, anti-inflammatory diets, and the autoimmune protocol (AIP). Your dietitian can help you determine if any of these diets might be beneficial for your lupus management and guide you through their specifics.
4. What About Supplements?
Lupus can sometimes lead to nutrient deficiencies due to malabsorption or medication side effects. Discuss with your dietitian whether you need to take supplements to support your overall health. They may be able to recommend appropriate supplements and dosages based on your individual needs.
5. How Can I Maintain a Healthy Weight?
Weight management is essential for lupus patients, as excess weight can strain joints and worsen fatigue. Being underweight from nausea and poor appetite is also not healthy for you. Ask your dietitian for guidance on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight through balanced nutrition and regular physical activity tailored to your abilities.
6. Are There Any Medication Interactions?
Certain foods and supplements may interact with lupus medications. Discuss your medication regimen with your dietitian to ensure there are no potential conflicts. They can help you make dietary choices that won't interfere with your medication's effectiveness.
7. Can You Help Me Create a Meal Plan?
A personalized meal plan is invaluable for staying on track with your dietary goals. Work with your dietitian to create a practical and enjoyable meal plan that considers your preferences, nutritional needs, and any dietary restrictions or allergies you may have.
8. How Can I Monitor My Diet's Impact?
Your dietitian can teach you how to monitor the benefits of your diet and how your body is responding to the new habits. This can help you identify patterns and make necessary adjustments to your diet as needed.
9. Can You Provide Resources for Lupus-Friendly Recipes?
Eating well with lupus doesn't have to be bland or boring. Ask your dietitian for resources or recommendations for lupus-friendly recipes that are not only nutritious but also delicious.
If the dietitians you have found cannot help you with these things, I can. I offer meal plans, recipes, personalized diet and lifestyle advice that gets my clients fantastic results. I have done all these changes in my own life and have kept my Lupus in complete remission (through conception and a pregnancy!), for more than 8 years!
Don't wait any longer to get started on feeling better!!! Even if you're not 100% ready, we can start with small changes to help you start to feel better!