Selecting the right eating disorder treatment facility for you or your loved one can be difficult. That decision often comes at a time when the disease is at a critical point and you are under pressure to come to a decision. Despite the pressure, take a bit of time to find the treatment facility that is right for the situation at hand. This will pay off when it comes to making progress.

The first crucial consideration is what level of care is necessary. You need to work with the doctor to see if acute medical treatment is necessary. If the patient has reached the point where their life is in danger due to the eating disorder or suicidal thoughts, then it may become necessary to consider inpatient hospitalization. If there are no acute medical needs, but an outpatient program is not a good fit, then a residential treatment facility might be the best option. The next thing to consider is what is going on with the patient, besides the eating disorder. Many times eating disorders come with other medical concerns. Some people come in with substance or alcohol addiction issues. Others are dealing with past trauma due to abuse of different types. You want a treatment facility that can handle any co-existing conditions while also handling the eating disorder.

Once you have narrowed down your list of options, then it is time to contact each one and get the details. You need to consider a few things before you make a final decision. Some facilities have a waiting list of people that want to enter their program. If you need immediate treatment, you might not have to wait several weeks to get in. Another consideration is finances, you can provide the facilities with your insurance information to see if there are any reimbursements available. Some facilities require a level of upfront payment while others work on a pay as you go basis, and some will work out payment plans from the beginning.

You also need to look at the facility's treatment philosophy and focus. Are they a 12-step program? Do they work on behavior and nutrition therapy? How much time do they spend with individual and group therapy? What happens if you have a medical emergency? Are there treatment options for family or spouses? Do they have a program to step down treatment gradually as the patient improves? What are the statistics for patients that they have treated in the last year? All of these questions will help you choose the right eating disorder treatment facility for yourself or a loved one.

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6 thoughts on “Lupus Foods To Eat

  1. kennie

    Is there any natural herbs that I can take to control my Lupus? Also to get rid of discoid Lupus naturally?
    Is their a way that I can naturally control my lupus with out taking a great deal of medication. Also I have discoid lupus on my face, can something like shea butter help

    1. Linda R

      No. It is not normal for your immune system to attack you. That’s what happens in lupus.

      Lupus symptoms, whether in the skin or the body, are controlled when the overactive and confused immune system is suppressed. Shea butter moisturizes. Period.

      You have a choice. You can run around looking for the magic “natural” bullet or you can bite the bullet and work with your doctors.

      By the way, hemlock and arsenic are quite natural, but they can kill you. I have systemic lupus. Early on, I was sure there was some “natural cure” out there.

      I take very few meds now, despite the fact that I had severe organ involvement (heart, lungs, bone marrow, kidneys). I am 98% vegetarian, severely limit processed foods, do not eat fast foods or junk foods, exercise daily, practice yoga and meditation AND follow the treatment regimen that my doctor and I have worked out.

  2. RH

    What is a good diet regimen for a lupus patient to follow? What foods should be avoided?
    I would like to know what foods to stay away from and what foods may help people diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. What is a good diet regimen for this diagnosis? Are there any foods that are harmful or that should be totally avoided by lupus patients?

    1. Linda R

      Lupus patients should avoid alfalfa sprouts. They stimulate the immune system, just the opposite of what we need.

      Outside of that, here are some basic guidelines that work for me.

      1. Eat lots, and I mean lots, of fresh fruits and vegetables
      2. Limit or eliminate animal fat. We have a high rate of premature atherosclerosis. A healthy heart diet is essential.
      3. Limit processed foods
      4. Eat plenty of fiber (#1 will accomplish that)
      5. Get regular mild to moderat exercise-it improves immune function, lubricates joints and elevates mood. Ask your rheumy what would be good for you.
      6. Do not take echinacea or goldenseal. They also stimulate immune system.
      7. Some lupus patients find wheat gluten to be inflammatory, but many of us have no problem with it.
      8. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t put it in your mouth.
      9. Fish oil is anti-inflammatory. You can eat cold water fish like salmon to get that. A small amount of nuts is good, too.
      10. Make sure you get plenty of calcium. Our meds make us prone to osteoporosis. Exercise helps with that, too.

  3. daisymae

    Is anyone struggling with Lupus complicated with induced diabetes from taking?
    Predisone? I have a friend with this condition and she is losing a lot of weight (although she claims she eats). The doctor can’t explain the weight loss. She’s terribly thin and weak. Anyone with this problem?
    She “was taking” prednisone. She is no longer on that drug because it caused her diabetes when she didn’t have it

    1. christibro40

      Hi, Im Chris. I have lupus. I have been on and off steroids.. When on I am instantly on insulan, but I eat like crazy and get heavy… and have other problems.

      Off, I hardly touch food, and for my height, I do loose a lot of weight, though I hardly eat. I co-own a lupus support goup on line, there are many of us that have problems with either not eating and being malnurished, or the opposite, and being super heavy and eating too much.

      At certain points in my illness my family and home care workers have force fed me, or made me eat ensure. so, it is possible, and if you read books. weight lose or gain are both common.

      I had a period, where i lost 80lbs. Remeber I am 5’10. so dropping to 140-150 wasnt crazy bad, but was freaking my dr out a bit, but even with eating little it did stop at some point. and evened out. That was 5 years ago.

      Ive gained about 15 back, mostly muscle by swimming. but weight and food is an issue. some of the meds will make us loose weight. I have again dropped another 20 from a medication. Throught my illness depending on disease activity, and medications, my weight will go up and down, sometimes drastically.

      Over the years I have been diagnosed the prednison made me overweight once. than once I was very underweight. Now I stay within the 20 or so pounds of a normal weight, but can be hard. My husband lifted me the other day, and said it felt and looked like I had lost about 20lbs over the summer, which I had figured, because my clothing had gotten loose.

      some their weight never changes, but most it does.

      I dont know how often you see your friend, but My husband and my mother often show up with jamba juice, or ensure, if they know or suspect Im not eating. They know Ill always take a smoothie, and they will sit and watch me drink the ensure.

      a lot of times, just getting up to make or look for food can be a major task.
      or a smell of food can make me want to or actually make me vomit.
      its very difficult. I would think if she gets too thin her dr might hospitalize her and put her on a feeding tube, and the shorter she is the more likely, also the less muscle mass the more likely. since i swim when healthy enough, I can loose, and my dr will allow some weight loss. Plus at my height gping between 140-175 ish is ok, shorter people the weight is a bigger deal.

      but if possible, try getting her foods that dont smell, things she can just drink that have nutrition, that we cant really notice any specific odor. things like eggs, meats, some foods cooking, may really make us not want us not to eat. I will sometimes eat a few nuts, If I get desperate, or a couple teaspoons of peanut butter.

      But we can be difficult to feed. sometimes, My husband just feeds me ice cream for dinner, its not great, but its somthing.

      but it is possible for us to be eating somthing and loose weight. But I know she is not eating 2000 calories a day, or even 1500 hundrad calories a day. I rarely do, and Im still loosing.

      Hope this helped just a little
      Its just how it is, our meds, and the disease itself. but if she is way below her normal weight she should be on a feeding tube

      Good Luck

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