Lupus

Do Eat

  • fresh pineapple frequently
  • Eggs, garlic and onions
  • Brown rice, fish , green leafy vegetables
  • oatmeal and whole grains
  • use canola or olive oil
  • sardines

Do not eat

  • Dairy, caffeine, paprika, red meat, citrus fruit, sugar, salt
  • eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes
Things to do to help your lupus
  • Get adequate rest. People with lupus often experience persistent fatigue that's different from normal tiredness and that isn't necessarily relieved by rest. For that reason, it can be hard to judge when you need to slow down. Get plenty of sleep a night and naps or breaks during the day as needed.
  • Be sun smart. Because ultraviolet light can trigger a flare, wear protective clothing, such as a hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants, and use sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 55 every time you go outside.
  • Get regular exercise. Exercise can help you recover from a flare, reduce your risk of heart attack, help fight depression and promote general well-being.
  • Don't smoke. Smoking increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and can worsen the effects of lupus on your heart and blood vessels.
  • Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Sometimes you may have dietary restrictions, especially if you have high blood pressure, kidney damage or gastrointestinal problems.

 

  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Supplements containing this hormone have been shown to reduce the dose of steroids needed to stabilize symptoms in some people who have lupus. It also helps increase bone mass.
  • Flaxseed. Flaxseed contains a fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, which may decrease inflammation in the body. Some studies have found that flaxseed may improve kidney function in people who have lupus that affects the kidneys. Side effects of flaxseed include bloating and abdominal pain.
  • Fish oil. Fish oil supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids that may be beneficial for people with lupus. Preliminary studies have found some promise, though more study is needed. Side effects of fish oil supplements can include nausea, belching and a fishy taste in the mouth.
  • Vitamin D. There is some evidence to suggest that people with lupus may benefit from supplemental vitamin D. Great sources of vitamin D are shrimp, sardines, cod, and eggs
Egg Noodles with Shrimp and Broccoli
1 1/2 c. diced green onions 3 tbsp. chopped parsley 2 oz. olive oil 1/4 lb. butter 6 cloves garlic 1 c. diced onions 1 (12 oz.) pkg. egg noodles 3 c. peeled shrimp

1 bunch (approx. 1.5lb) broccoli

12 cherry tomatoes

Fry all seasonings in butter and olive oil for 15 minutes. Add shrimp and cook until done. Boil egg noodles. Drain and add to shrimp mixture and add broccoli cook for 10 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes cook till they pop. To serve, mound the shrimp mixture on a large platter. Sprinkle the mixture with parsley and  serve immediately.