Diet Tips from the Summer Sjogrens Foundation Newsletter to avoid inflammation and to avoid becoming drier.
- Avoid packaged foods with long list of ingredients.
- Avoid fried, barbequed and highly-processed foods
- Avoid trans or hydrogenated fats.
- Avoid refined oils such as safflower, corn and canola oils. These become inflammatory
- Avoid common food allergies such as milk products, eggs, gluten from wheat and peanuts.
- Avoid sweeteners and preservatives. These tend to promote inflammatory reactions.
- Avoid High Glycemic or Processed foods.
- Basically NO CARBS such as breads, pastas, cakes, candy, fruit juice or corn syrup. These quickly turn to sugar which causes an ?inflammation cascade? because of the insulin.
DO Select raw, fresh, steamed or broiled.
- Pick colorful whole fruits and vegetables
- Pick healthy fats such as fatty fish, avocados, extra-virgin olive oil
- Fiber. A few tablespoons of ground flax seeds daily
- Pick moderate amounts of organic meat.
- Pick garlic, ginger, and tumeric which are anti-inflammatory
Diet tips from the Sjogren?s Guide for the Patient (from the FMS Community Org.)
Avoid Chocolate, nuts, undissolved salt, vinegar and vinegar prepared foods, strong cheese (swiss, cheddar, bleu, Roquefort), high acid foods (tomatoes, citrus fruit and juices) and alcoholic beverages. Avoid wheat derived products because of the GLIADIN. This glaidian triggers an ?antiviral? response in the body. So again .. no breads, pastas, pastries,
Coffee, tea, and sodas have strong acid so they are to be avoided. Citrus fruits as well.
No oranges, tomatoes, etc. No orange juice, tomato juice, tomato sauce, etc..
Any big sugar items .. Ice cream, candy, chocolates, Ding-Dongs, Ho-Hos, etc .. are to be avoided. Same with snack items with carbs or wheat such as cookies and crackers, etc
Some sites say to stay away from processed meats because the additives and the sugars that are added also contribute to inflammation, which also contributes to more dryness.
So what does that leave us??
Fresh veggies such as carrots, green beans, broccoli, peas.
Some salad fixings like lettuce and black olives.
Chicken, turkey, fish, pheasant.
Plain burgers without any additives or fillers.
Steak on occasion is okay.
I think ham and bacon might be okay. They are processed but I?ve been okay with them.
I?m wondering about potatoes, or French fries. And I?m wondering about rice too.
Those are a starch, but they are carbs, right?
Carbs mean sugar which means insulin which is inflammatory which means pain and dryness.
If Rice is Okay does that mean Rice Krispies are okay? I really want some cereal.
Anyone know anything else we can add to our ?okay to eat? list.
After 4 months I?m freak?n tired of chicken and lettuce.