My Lupus Journey & Foods that Support Auto Immune Function

So last year I was re-diagnosed with a condition called lupus, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). The first time was 39 years ago when I was 21. I went to give blood, they took my blood pressure and said “I think you should call your doctor.” When I went to the doctor, I was sent to the hospital and stayed for the next month because my blood pressure, 220/170. The thing was, that I didn’t have a clue or symptom that my pressure was beyond high – it was astronomical.

After spending a month in the hospital and taking every test in the book I was told that I had lupus and sent to an urologist who I saw once a month for well over a year. Well, this must’ve been a mild case because I never went on medications. After a while, I just stopped going (never do this). Eventually, when I got pregnant the doctors asked about my medical history. I told them I had been diagnosed with lupus to which they said, “You don’t have lupus.” So I kept living life as usual.

Recently, I went to a rheumatologist suggested by a church member to see if he could give me an alternative to surgery for my knees. After running test, he told me that I had lupus, and this could be a cause for the joint pain I was experiencing. To my dismay he put me on medicine, Plaquenil. It’s for mild cases of lupus.

So here I am, believing in the body’s ability to heal itself, taking medicine. I immediately started researching. I came across the AIP Diet, Auto Immune Protocol.

Looking at this diet upfront, I was like “WHAT???” All the foods I love taken away. Tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, and eggplant, nightshades, my number one foods. In addition to these foods, all grains, gluten, legumes, sugars, certain spices, dairy, and eggs and nuts (even my chia and flax seeds). Now in my mind I thought “okay, what’s left?” Granted, all these foods encourage inflammation in the body and promote a leaky gut, which is a big part of the immune system breakdown. Trying heal my body naturally, after months and months of procrastination and trying other things, I decided to give this diet a try.

I realized that, for the most part, eliminating these foods is not a permanent thing. After about 30 to 90 days, when you’re feeling better, these foods are re-introduced one at a time to determine what foods cause any flares or ill-effects on the body. That way, you know what foods your body is extra sensitive to. Those are the foods you might not want to eat or eat rarely. But you can see, this is not a quickie process and will take some time.

I’m only on week three. Actually, it’s not as bad as I expected. My biggest problem is the coffee. Yikes.

Man, I went back to work a month ago (I’m a school counselor, former teacher) and that boost of energy from caffeine really picks me up. But, if I seriously want to help my body, then I need to be faithful to the plan. I will keep your posted on my results. So follow me to see what happens next.

For more information about lupus and the AIP Diet, click the links below.

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