Hello Lovies! Oooh do I have some goodies to share with you today!
After keeping a "Lupus Diary" for the past 3-4 months I have noticed many different things regarding my diet. Contrary to what some of our rheumatologists believe, our diet DOES influence how our bodies feel with lupus!
For example, if you ate too much candy, and did it repeatedly, you would get a toothache/cavity. So why shouldn't the same rule apply to us? There are many foods that can help reduce our lupus symptoms, but there are also foods that make our lupus symptoms flare up! The only way to know which foods are having what affect is to keep a "Lupus Diary". Keep track of what you eat and when, that way when you feel a pain, or if you're feeling good you can make a note of it and know what you ate that day! It's that simple!
Now, I must be honest, I have NEVER been a fan of vegetables. I have always cringed at thee sight of greens, *chuckles* but I've created a new recipe that promotes eating healthy AND keeps your taste buds happy!
Without further ado, I introduce you to SPINACH!
Stop cringing, I saw you! Hahahaha! I promise your taste buds will love it, not to mention your body!
Olive Oyl (After Spinach!)
Ever wonder what all the hype was about "Popeye the Sailor Man"? He was always popping a can before he did anything! Did you ever notice how HUGE his muscles were, like who has arms that size!!?? And take Olive Oyl for instance, she's practically paper thin, always a damsel in distress...I strongly suspect Lupus is to blame, she must not have heard about prednisone yet! *giggles* The only time I can remember her ever seeming strong is after a dose of spinach, which she totally got from Popeye! So, it seems that spinach is the key ingredient to building strength. Let's dig a bit deeper and really get into the nutritional value!
Spinach is claimed to have more nutrients than ANY other food! Its available all throughout the year; its seasons being from March to May and from September through October. That is when it is freshest and best in flavor.
One of the most important nutrients you can find in spinach is Vitamin K; which is necessary for bone growth and blood coagulation (normal blood clotting). One cup of spinach produces about 200% of Vitamin K for your Daily Value! There are so many reasons why adding spinach to your diet improves your health, to find out more visit The World's Healthiest Foods!
For a complete and detailed breakdown; (charts included) of the nutritional value of spinach please visit Nutritional Data! Did you know that spinach is a natural anti-inflammatory food? 78% anti-inflammatory out of 100 to be exact! Not to mention that it's been proven to reduce risks of breast cancer, prostrate cancer, ovarian cancer,arthritis, and osteoporosis.
Now we can get to how we can use spinach to battle 'Lupus Fatigue'. Spinach is rich in Iron, which is a necessity for all especially women. It's a much healthier source of iron than red meat because its low in calories and completely fat-free! Iron contains the enzymes needed for energy production and metabolism in our bodies; so it's no wonder that Popeye the Sailor Man was always popping a can before any vigorous activity!
Special Note: People who suffer from Lupus Anticoagulant Disorder (NOT to be confused with Lupus SLE),Also if you are currently Coumadin or Warafin. Ask your doctor FIRST about spinach consumption, since those patients are often told to practice a diet that is low in Vitamin K.