It may seem like healthy eating can be really hard to do. But, with the ideas below, we can help you make good nutrition a bit easier. Remember to discuss any changes you want to make with your doctor.
Every time I try to eat right, it just seems too overwhelming. Then I remember how yummy it can be.
Keep in mind
Three keys to nutrition
Get the right amount of calories—not too much or too little.
To know your ideal number, talk to your doctor or a nutritionist.
Look for nutrient-dense foods.
These foods are high in nutrients—vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats—and relatively low in calories. Good examples are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, and nuts.
Consider some swaps
Switch some of your everyday foods for healthier options. Be sure to discuss any diet changes with your doctor first.
|White bread||Whole-grain bread|
|White rice||Brown rice|
|Fried chicken||Grilled chicken|
|Fruit bars or fruit-flavored snacks||Whole fruit, like apples and oranges|
|Energy or fruit drinks or soda||Water, seltzer, or unsweetened tea|
Can any foods make lupus worse?
You may have heard to avoid “nightshade vegetables,” which include white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers (sweet and hot), and eggplant. While there isn’t any scientific evidence that directly links them to inflammation, you may find they trigger symptoms for you.
Have you noticed a flare after eating nightshades—not just once but on many occasions? If so, take note of it and discuss your concern at your next appointment.
One food for people with lupus to avoid is alfalfa, because of its connection with reports of a lupus-like syndrome or lupus flares. A substance found in alfalfa seeds and sprouts, but not in the leaves, may cause these reactions.