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Changing My Diet With Lupus

Everyone is not the same and I understand that, but there are a few things I noticed in my diet to help better my health. In my experience, my lupus had gotten better when I chose to eat less meat and more veggies. I used to be addicted to fast foods, fried, seafood, and more. I used to drink at least 5 sodas a day and maybe pick up one bottle of water. Well, we know a normal person is supposed to have at least 8 bottles of water a day. Sodas are high in sugar and carbs, and that was not really great for me because I was supposed to be on a low-sodium diet.

Diet changes can be difficult

I am from New Orleans, and it was hard to follow the diet at first because Louisiana is full of cultured foods and most of these foods are high in sodium – from the crawfish, oysters, pasta, gumbo, boudin, beignets, and more. These foods are high in sodium. Also, I did grow up around my side of the family that was deep country southern and the food would be filled with so much soul.

My wake-up call

My experience with my two kidney failures has brought me to reality to change my health around. The beef was a big issue for me. This food would make me flare up so bad my body would be drained, tired, and in pain. It was the same thing with pork and seafood sometimes. But, I completely cut off pork and beef and would only bake or grill chicken. I stopped eating fried foods and going to fast-food restaurants. I implemented salmon into my diet also. For the protein I was missing, I would eat avocados to supplement that.

Learning which foods work best for me

I started to eat more veggies and fruits. I would rest for 8 hours a day. I started to love to eat kale salads with nuts, fruits, tomatoes, and cucumbers. I started to be in the hospital less often and started to see better blood work results. I felt rested and less stressed out. When I used to “go pick up something to eat” I didn’t know how bad I was damaging my body because it would be fried chicken sandwiches, fried kabobs, pasta, crawfish. Louisiana is known for liquor, so I would have a drink also. These things were damaging my body. I started to retain all this sodium within my body and the outcome was bad on me.

Diet changes are possible

I am not a doctor so this is from personal experience. I started to eat fruits more crunchy and not fully cooked because you can cook all the vitamins and nutrients out of the veggies. When I decided to change my diet, it wasn’t hard to find a healthy part of the menu. All this time, I never noticed that restaurants can accommodate your needs to fit your diet restrictions. All you do is ask your waiter to cut back on certain seasonings or put it on the side and they will. There are also common fast-food restaurants that supplement any diet you chose to be on. I had to stop using the excuse of being a picky eater and more. When I chose to want more for myself I decided that what I needed to do to change is what's best for me.

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