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Hi all. I'm new here. Not diagnosed yet, but all signs seem to be pointing in that direction; ANA+ test, malar rash, fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, and the list goes on and on.

I got the positive ANA test at my annual physical with my doctor. She ran a bunch of test because I have been feeling lousy since March or so. I was also borderline low for TSH. My cholesterol was bad, but I have been eating horribly. I had my first daughter at the beginning of the year, but now need to lose about 50-60 pounds. It's not my daughter's fault either. I was heavier than normal when I got pregnant. I've been trying to research what to eat to lose weight and limit the constant flare I seem to have been in for months. (I have only felt normal one day since March or so.)

I have done Atkins in the past and done really well eating about 40g of carbs a day. I steadily lose about 2lbs a week eating that way and getting carbs mostly from veggies and some fruit. I'm not sure if it's a good idea or not though. I have heard from some folks to limit protein. :rolleyes: I just don't know what to do. I do know Atkins works for me because I fix the sugar addiction and I feel better. I also end up eating way more veggies to get my carbs in that when I just eat "normal" and fill up on all the crap in life; bread, sweets, etc.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. I want to help myself as much as possible. I can't get in with a rheumatologist until December 1st to ask any of these questions. Thanks in advance.
 

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Hello, I have found the Hospital Dieticians to be very supportive.
A low G.I Diet is recommended by ST. Thomas' and is especailly good if you struggle with steroid weight. (i do) I wish you lots of luck.
x Lola
 

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Hello!

Always consult with your doctor before starting any weight loss regimen!

Our GP recommended South Beach for my hubby. It focuses on fresh veggies and fruits, whole grains and lean meats, and is less restrictive than Atkins. We have focused on eliminating processed and packaged foods from our routine. We eat a lot of salads, but that is a personal choice. I've lost nearly 30 pounds since April, and continue to lose slowly.

Don't forget that exercise is a critical part of weight loss. Start off slowly and do things sensibly. A brisk daily walk is where my doctor suggested we start.

Good luck!

Terri
 

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Thanks for the tips. I have the South Beach book too. I might just copy and post the food lists on the fridge and give it a try. Either way I've got to do something. I must have done something right the past week or so because the scale stopped going up. I took a 45 minute walk this morning with my niece and daughter. I was sore from the day before, but it felt good to be doing something. I think we're off for an easy hike at the nature center and then out to eat at the prime rib place. *YUMMY*
 

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Hi,

Portion size is important. We now use salad plates instead of dinner plates so we eat less.

We have also done well having fruit smoothies. They are very filling and cut the sugar cravings.

A well known diet tip is never eat while watching tv. You will always eat more. If we do want a snack while watching tv I only put so much in a bowl and when it is done that's it.

Good luck,
Lazylegs
 
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